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Tavascarow
Posted: Jun 20 2010, 05:49 AM


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Hi.
Welcome to the Cornish natural beekeepers site.
Pull up a chair & make yourself comfortable.
Tell us a bit about yourself & your bees, or beekeeping aspirations.
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carolyne
Posted: Jun 20 2010, 04:27 PM


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I have a top bar hive. I live in roseland cornwall and am interested in aquiring a bee swarm. I can offer the bees a lovely home out in the country. Any help would be marvellous.
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Tavascarow
Posted: Jun 20 2010, 05:39 PM


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Hi Carolyne.
Welcome to the site.
If you PM me your contact details, daytime phone number etc I will add you to the swarm list.
I'm acting as our group swarm coordinator so if I hear of one in your area I will let you know.
I would also say let your neighbourhood know you are looking for bees.
Local post office, community bobby, that sort of thing.
The more people that know you are looking the more chance you have.
If it's to difficult for you to collect yourself, one of us here might be able to assist.
Steve M.
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Beebass
Posted: Jun 20 2010, 05:46 PM


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I'm Steve, I live in St Austell and have been keeping bees for a whole year now rolleyes.gif
I just jumped in at the deep-end I'm afraid, but my original colony appears to be doing fine, the swarm it generated in May is now filling, and I do mean filling, a TBH I bought from eBay. The bait hives I distributed worked in a way I had not predicted as although they didn't catch 'my' swarm (next door's cotoneaster had that distinction) they managed to attract one other swarm and the smell of the pheromones must have attracted yet another as I literally tripped over a third swarm in my garden about three weeks ago. So, I now have four colonies, the original in a National hive, the swarm from that is in a full-size TBH and the two bonus swarms are currently occupying a TBH nuc hive and a National nuc hive.
In the last year I have been stung about 20 times and I can say, hand on heart, that I thoroughly deserved each and every one. Possibly not the last one which I received last night however, as the little darling managed to penetrate a leather gauntlet...it was the canvas part, but even so....
I have probably reached full capacity now, although I have partially-formed plans to convert a another bit of garden into a potential hive-housing area, but six will definitely be my limit.
This time last year I'd never heard of Top Bar Hives and it wasn't until recently when I was fortunate enough to attend a talk by Phil Chandler that I became a convert. I have to say that I am a pretty casual convert however, I do prefer TBHs, but I will not be burning my two Nationals anytime soon. They will be replaced with TBHs when they wear out/fall apart however.
I'll keep my ear to the ground for any swarms that come my way as, now I have reached my current limit, I would be happy to pass on any more I stumble across.
I think the other Steve (Tavascarow) is keeping a list of people who need bees...
EDIT: He is...see post above smile.gif
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Beebass
Posted: Jun 22 2010, 10:44 PM


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Registering...

I notice there are a couple of members who's status is still showing as 'validating'. This is because, to become a full member, you have to reply to the email the board automatically sends you upon registration. Quite often this simply goes into the spam folder of your PC, so, if you are having difficulties...check your spam folder....
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Tavascarow
Posted: Jun 23 2010, 12:10 AM


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I'm Steve & live near St Austell.
Been keeping bees conventionally for many years.
Have been reading the posts on the Natural beekeeping forum for three years & convinced it is the way forward.
Only just embarking on my natural beekeeping but soaking it up like a sponge.
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Brookside
Posted: Jul 13 2010, 10:14 AM


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Hi Everyone,

Katie and I came along to your St Trudy Meeting Last Month with Steve. Very inspired and have now built a Top bar hive. Will put some pictures up soon

Regards

Mark

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Janco2
Posted: Jul 13 2010, 12:10 PM


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Hi Mark and Katie,

We did see you at St Tudy but we didn't have an opportunity to speak to you.
Very pleased to hear that you now have a top bar hive.
We look forward to seeing any photos.

Jan and Colin
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Tavascarow
Posted: Jul 15 2010, 05:33 AM


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Hello & a big welcome from me too. smile.gif
Sorry our swarm turned out to be bumbles, hopefully we will have better luck next time.
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gunther
Posted: Jul 25 2010, 08:48 PM


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Hi All
i'm gunther, have 2hives near gunnislake.
i practise non intervention , no treatment. cool.gif

the hives are homemade (national dimensions), fixed comb, with a small (1x4inch) opening in the crownboard.

in a bad year i could feed, in a good year (like this one tongue.gif ) i can super with a small box rolleyes.gif

i do NOT open the hive.
2 years running all is well (touch hive) biggrin.gif
1 loss due to queen failure only in 2008.

regards gunther




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Janco2
Posted: Jul 25 2010, 08:55 PM


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Hello Again Gunther,

Glad you made it here. smile.gif

Jan and Colin
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Tavascarow
Posted: Jul 26 2010, 12:25 PM


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Hi Gunther.
What you're doing sounds very interesting.
I'm trying something similar with national & commercial equipment myself but running it along the same lines as a Warre hive.
Empty boxes put under in the spring & harvesting from above in the autumn.
Do you use a mesh or solid floor in your hives?
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gunther
Posted: Jul 27 2010, 08:25 PM


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QUOTE (Tavascarow @ Jul 26 2010, 12:25 PM)
Hi Gunther.
What you're doing sounds very interesting.
I'm trying something similar with national & commercial equipment myself but running it along the same lines as a Warre hive.
Empty boxes put under in the spring & harvesting from above in the autumn.
Do you use a mesh or solid floor in your hives?
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Hi Tavascarow

i have solid floors
one of my hives (this year's swarm) will actually also be run warrestyle.
it is 3 boxes high, so nothing doing till end of next year.

regards gunther
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steved6530
Posted: Mar 25 2011, 07:45 AM


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Hi everybody

My name is Steve from Exeter. I know its not part of Cornwall..yet, but am interested in natural beekeeping and reading views and comments from all over the country to improve my knowledge.

I currently use nationals and have just built my first TBH as per Phil Chandlers instructions. Eagerly awaiting swarming season to get started.

Will keep you posted with all my success................and failures!!
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Beebass
Posted: Mar 26 2011, 02:01 PM


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Hi Steve!

Welcome to the forum... smile.gif

I think we are all waiting for the new season to kick off, the recent good weather should certainly help.

Steve
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