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  1. Julie

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    No Alastair, I have no link. It is a photo of an artifact in a museum in Greece taken by John Phipps - editor of the British Bee Keepers Quarterly, who lives in Greece. He probably knows all the details about it.
  2. Julie

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    Perhaps it would be better to say that "Some top bar hives have no particular lineage....." Having "spoken to one of the guys who was there..." is fine in its place, but some of us come from a completely different direction.
  3. Julie

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    The Greeks were using a kind of top bar hive 5,000 years ago. In the picture attached the hive body is made of terracotta and the bars wood - and if you google Greek top bar hive Wikipaedia gives you a picture of one with the hive body made from basketweave. As P K Tan says most things are new to people until they find out about it, and then usually they find it's all been done before.
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    Keeping bees in top bar hives is the oldest way on earth of beekeeping, and yes I have modified mine to the standard required in the 21st century not only to make them legal but because working them is easy. Daley, next time you travel down to the top of the South Island and have time to spare come and work my bees with me. Then I am sure you will understand why!
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    I agree that a swarm is definitely the best option. Although I do occasionally do it when necessary, cutting and attaching comb to top bars is very messy and you can lose a lot of brood that way. Depending where you live and what the food source is like you may like to attach undrawn comb to a few bars to put into the hive with starter bars when you get your swarm.
  6. Hi Stu, I am very interested in trying this in the coming year. This autumn I used bayvarol but would rather steer clear of chemicals in future if I can. Using an OA vaporiser (is this what you used) and brood break how strong did you find the secondary treatment had to be? I am thinking of sugar dusting, either fortnightly or monthly. Regards Julie
  7. Which is exactly the point I was originally trying to make.
  8. You read the same literature as I do.(y) It is disturbing when one realises that the scientists have only just started research on this and already the virus is mutating. Have you read anywhere whether varroa load themselves up with the latest strain or do they carry multiple strains and so make finding a remedy more difficult, remembering that all flu strains are not treatable with one vaccine.
  9. I don’t think I said anything about using chemicals on low mite populations and so causing resistance, rather the opposite - If you are treating your hives more circumspectly to try to prevent mite resistance for as long as possible to chemicals which work to a degree, by having to allow a high number of mites the colony is left open to viruses such as DWV which is also difficult to eradicate. “PMS (eg. DWV) occurs with high varroa levels” (Control of Varroa 3.2.2 – Goodwin and Taylor rev.ed). We have to treat the mites effectively to maintain a bee population but some of these vi
  10. But it is a vicious circle, isn't it. If you are treating your hives more circumspectly to try to prevent mite resistance for as long as possible to chemicals which work to a degree, by having to allow a high number of mites the colony is left open to viruses such as DWV which is also difficult to erradicate. At the moment the brick wall seems to be winning:( which of course doesn't stop us trying until something like the Metarhizium fungus is eventually found to work.
  11. Brilliant idea, Erin, what did you make the add-ons for the shape from.
  12. Oh well, I guess it had better go back to the land of fable for now. Many thanks.
  13. Have you been able to notice any difference in development time with your sc colonies or are they just acting as bees normally do?
  14. Anecdotal is what I have read but have not been able to find any actual evidence for it. Have you heard of anyone who is looking into that side of it on a scientific basis?
  15. That will be pretty soul destroying for you having to leave them to live or die by their own terms. Does the smaller bee take as long to hatch as the bigger ones and if not, does the shorter brood cycle make no difference at all to the reproduction capabilities of the mites?
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