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  Topic: Strong Windows and tbhs
Astrid

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:29 pm   Subject: Strong Windows and tbhs
If you have some left over space in the top bar hive, on the outside of the followerboards, this is a great place to put in some extra weight (I use stones) during winter - or year round, to help prev ...
  Topic: Sheep wool insulation?
Astrid

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Views: 9505

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:39 pm   Subject: Sheep wool insulation?
You are all so helpfull! Thanks! I will give it a wash and go for it!
  Topic: Sheep wool insulation?
Astrid

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Views: 9505

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:31 pm   Subject: Sheep wool insulation?
We learn that bees are sensitive to smell. As my TBH is in a very cold climate (Oslo), I am considering to give the hive some extra insulation during winter - at least on the side where I have inspect ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Astrid

Replies: 9
Views: 15053

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:02 pm   Subject: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Thank you very much! It does not look too bad in the hive. I do hope the bees have control over whatever nibbles on some wax. Nothing much to report on in my traps either. Checking again in a fem days ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Astrid

Replies: 9
Views: 15053

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:57 am   Subject: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Sorry, messed up with the quote. Will try to get it right next time..
  Topic: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Astrid

Replies: 9
Views: 15053

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:11 am   Subject: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Barbara, you ask:
How many combs do the bees have in total and can they afford you harvesting that much at this time of year?

I have 21 combs. I am planning to leave aprox 10 kg of honey, having ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Astrid

Replies: 9
Views: 15053

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:49 am   Subject: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
This modning I saw an old biologist friend whom is working with insects in wooden materials. Turned out he used to have bees! Through hvis microscope we could see that my one beetle is not a Small Hiv ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
Astrid

Replies: 9
Views: 15053

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:30 pm   Subject: Small hive beetle - honey destroyed??
I am quite sure I have Small Hive Beetles in my first tbh, built this spring. I do have 5-6 combs with 2/3 capped honey that I probably should harvest as soon as possible (tomorrow!) - also to make th ...
  Topic: Chop and Crop
Astrid

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 8:27 pm   Subject: Cutting through brood?
Plan to chop and crop when transfering from a Lang to my tbh. It was an early spring here. Activity is reported high, and people are putting supers on to conventional hives. In Norway this is very ear ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
Astrid

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Views: 51326

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:12 pm   Subject: My first selfmade TBBH
Buffalobob; could you please provide us with a photo or a scetch? I am also looking for the good bottom ideas. Thanks!
  Topic: Glue
Astrid

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:47 am   Subject: Glue
Thank you! Fantastic with this response! Very Happy
I do not have any old, weather worn material, so I will leave it out in the air as long as possible and then use shellac.

However, I think it is risky ...
  Topic: Glue
Astrid

Replies: 4
Views: 6613

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:01 pm   Subject: Glue
Any knowledge on the health risk for the bees when using glue in the hive construction? Eg followerboards in plywood or other ready glued materials? I hear about formaldehyde emission, and world like ...
 
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