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22nd November 2017 at 4:15pm

Eric Beaumont
North-east London

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It's a clear article (and influenced by Derek Mitchell's work) but wanders off towards the end into DIY Americanese - Homasote, Imirie shim, telescoping cover - which is likely to confuse the less experienced. No matter, I'm sure Bee Craft edited that section ruthlessly...

Of course, a good poly hive would go some way to resolving insulation issues, but the US has yet to embrace such novelty.
22nd November 2017 at 2:15pm

JimNorfolk
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North Norfolk

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AdamDarling wrote:
This clearly-written article in Bee Culture explains 'modern thinking' about ventillation and insuation of beehives.
  

The same article is to be found in the latest Bee Craft. It is well referenced and a "must read" for anyone seeking to understand ventillation and insulation.
22nd November 2017 at 12:39pm

Chris Barlow
Leeds

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online bee supplies sales that are on at the moment still.

 

maismores till the end of this month, wood work, frames, extractors

 

Bee equipment starts Friday.(black friday sales)

 

Abelo has a few items on sale - poly hives discounted, extractors

 

Simon the beekeeper has a cyber monday sale (10% off selected items)
22nd November 2017 at 11:53am

Eric Beaumont
North-east London

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This old BBKA topic covers DE, red mite, scaly leg and paraffin. Luckily, it relates to chickens.
22nd November 2017 at 11:53am

Eric Beaumont
North-east London

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This old BBKA topic covers DE, red mite, scaly leg and paraffin. Luckily, it relates to chickens.
22nd November 2017 at 11:48am

Eric Beaumont
North-east London

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Patrick Lehain wrote:
the text itself referred to Calico.  Not familiar with it. Doesn't say what he used.
        
Calico is a rough plain-weave unbleached cotton, though less coarse and thick than denim. This photograph shows a calico hood as worn by prisoners confined to solitary confinement in Old Mebourne Gaol, circa 1875. The quality of the material can be seen clearly.

Patrick, your book may have intended beekeepers to use this. Insulation level would be excellent, and it would prevent entry of mouse and wax-moth.
22nd November 2017 at 8:46am

Helen Doyle
Hastings & Rother

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I use DE to help eliminate red mite and other beasties in my chicken ark. It is made from the fossilised remains of diatoms whose cells are made of silica. It is this that cuts the shell and so desicates the red mite, which is black and almost invisible unless it has been gorging on the blood of your chickens when it is red, but still pretty small.
I’m really posting to say you should wait until any powder falls to the surface as inhalation is not good for your lungs.
21st November 2017 at 6:23pm

Patrick Lehain
Somerton

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AdamDarling wrote:
<br class="quoteStyle user_Patrick Lehain" />Do you know what the quilts were made from?

Forgot to mention I looked it up at the weekend in his book I referred to and the text itself referred to Calico.  Not familiar with it. Doesn't say what he used.
21st November 2017 at 3:54pm

Roger Patterson
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Wisborough Green

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Quilts used to be made from thick canvas. In a BBS hive they rested on top of the frames. With this and split top bar frames there was a nice breeding ground for greater wax moth.

Roger Patterson.
21st November 2017 at 1:42pm

AdamDarling
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Norfolk

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This clearly-written article in Bee Culture explains 'modern thinking' about ventillation and insuation of beehives.