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  Topic: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
R Payne

Replies: 8
Views: 6992

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:29 pm   Subject: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
I'm just south of Wichita. Until a really wet spring right after my hive swarmed and they failed to requeen I had a colony for 3 years in a top-bar made with 1-by lumber.

Ron
  Topic: Ants
R Payne

Replies: 4
Views: 5277

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 1:28 am   Subject: Ants
The way diatomaceous earth (or talc) works is to get into the joints of an insect and wear the exoskeleton away (ultimately dehydrating the insect). So in order for diatomaceous earth to harm the bee ...
  Topic: varnishing the outside of tbh
R Payne

Replies: 12
Views: 9844

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:09 pm   Subject: varnishing the outside of tbh
You can use this on the outside, depending on the local conditions it may or may not last past the first season.

As to linseed oil, it can spontaneously combust. This is because it generates heat ...
  Topic: Exterior finish for TBH
R Payne

Replies: 5
Views: 7464

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 9:35 pm   Subject: Exterior finish for TBH
A quality exterior paint will provide a bit more protection for the wood until it needs repainting (a few to several years).
Linseed oil and wax are likely a bit more environmentally friendly but t ...
  Topic: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
R Payne

Replies: 19
Views: 24507

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat May 16, 2015 2:30 am   Subject: Spraying Canola in bloom!!!
It's nice to be neighborly if you can. From that perspective, I'd go talk with him and have a copy of the law in my hand.
If that gets you nowhere then try the local farmers association.
If he ...
  Topic: Bar preparation
R Payne

Replies: 5
Views: 7302

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:26 pm   Subject: Bar preparation
Linseed oil if very different from olive oil. Linseed oil will cure (polymerize) while olive oil will go rancid.

You can use just the beeswax or you can let the bees take care of the inside.

T ...
  Topic: Spring honey harvest.
R Payne

Replies: 3
Views: 6281

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2015 10:48 pm   Subject: Spring honey harvest.
I don't have the experience of many here, I've had a hive make it through 2 winters without help and with only taking a small partial comb of honey, this spring it looks like they have plenty of exces ...
  Topic: contructing top bar hive - thickness of wood
R Payne

Replies: 8
Views: 15384

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:04 pm   Subject: contructing top bar hive - thickness of wood
Assuming your zones are the same range as mine (in the U.S.), I'm in zone 6 (temp range from 10 F./-12 C. to 105 F./40 C, occasionally outside of that). My hive is 3/4 inch/19 mm thick wood and that ...
  Topic: Mice on top of top bars
R Payne

Replies: 4
Views: 6140

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:26 am   Subject: Mice on top of top bars
You have to block the opening the mice are using. This can be a hole less than an inch (2.5 cm) across. Finding all the potential openings can be time consuming and frustrating. A stout mesh, secur ...
  Topic: Bees and horses
R Payne

Replies: 19
Views: 25835

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:12 pm   Subject: Bees and horses
Just to put it out there

I work in a zoo. There is a "farms" area in this zoo with horses, cattle etc. This last spring a bee exhibit was added in the barn with the horses and cattle, t ...
  Topic: First hive stripped clean
R Payne

Replies: 22
Views: 32139

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:52 am   Subject: First hive stripped clean
If you're interested in beekeeping, then try again. My first colony got robbed out and killed off. I got another package the next year and they became a strong colony and survived the first winter a ...
  Topic: Unidentified poo on hive floor - wax moth?
R Payne

Replies: 8
Views: 11799

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:05 pm   Subject: Unidentified poo on hive floor - wax moth?
My first thought from the "white on one end" is either bird or reptile. Their physiology is such that the "urine" is excreted in the form of uric acid through the same opening as ...
  Topic: live queen out of hive on ground?
R Payne

Replies: 11
Views: 16527

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:00 pm   Subject: live queen out of hive on ground?
This sounds similar to what I went through in May. My hive swarmed (maybe a cast or two after the prime). I left the hive alone for a month from when I inspected right around the time they swarmed b ...
  Topic: Adding SPACERS between bars on Top Bar Hive
R Payne

Replies: 17
Views: 30573

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:34 am   Subject: Adding SPACERS between bars on Top Bar Hive
I decided to stop using spacers once I realized that everywhere I put a spacer, my bees would cross comb. Even in the honey combs, they seem happy with the 35 mm bars, building straight comb so long ...
  Topic: Ants!!!
R Payne

Replies: 10
Views: 14960

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:42 am   Subject: Ants!!!
Ants may or may not be a problem. It depends on the ants.
If you want to keep them away from your hives, you can spread something non-toxic around the legs/base such as talc powder, diatomaceous ear ...
  Topic: Did my hive swarm?
R Payne

Replies: 4
Views: 8235

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:28 pm   Subject: Did my hive swarm?
Update:

It has been 3 full weeks since I think they swarmed. As I haven't noticed pollen going in yet, I opened the hive and looked. I did find a queen and saw some bees with pollen in the hive. ...
  Topic: Did my hive swarm?
R Payne

Replies: 4
Views: 8235

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:58 pm   Subject: Did my hive swarm?
Thanks for your reply.

I did add at the end. And it is possible there was more than one swarm. I do view this as a positive (not that I've seen any evidence of varroa, and I take pictures when I ...
  Topic: Did my hive swarm?
R Payne

Replies: 4
Views: 8235

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:55 pm   Subject: Did my hive swarm?
I think so, but as I'm still relatively new I'd like opinions of those who know more than I.

The hive in question is a horizontal top bar started from a package in the spring of 2013. I did feed s ...
  Topic: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
R Payne

Replies: 9
Views: 9772

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 12:55 am   Subject: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
The wood does expand (and contract) with changes in humidity, however whether this happens in winter or some other season depends on where in the world you are. Here in the central U.S. the humid sea ...
  Topic: Top bar hive plans
R Payne

Replies: 9
Views: 11995

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 2:32 am   Subject: Top bar hive plans
The most common pallets on this side of the pond are made with thinner materials, it could be run together to get a suitable thickness.

As for the clear cutting, again, on this side of the pond, mo ...
  Topic: Can I use flat galvanized steel sheets to make a hive body?
R Payne

Replies: 16
Views: 27792

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:37 pm   Subject: Can I use flat galvanized steel sheets to make a hive body?
You don't want to use galvanized. If you heat that, you will burn the zinc off and that can lead to heavy metal poisoning if you breath any of the fumes. And if you don't get sick from that, them yo ...
  Topic: Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated
R Payne

Replies: 7
Views: 8875

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:02 pm   Subject: Two-Thirds of European Honeybee Pollen Contaminated
It would be better is someone with a little bias as possible does the research.

The problem with a study done by someone with obvious bias is that is will always be questioned by the other side (pa ...
  Topic: Releasing the queen... when?
R Payne

Replies: 12
Views: 16231

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:28 am   Subject: Releasing the queen... when?
I expect you can check to see if she is free and if not then free her and remove the queen cage. When I did a package I think I released her on the 3rd day.

ron
  Topic: Installing package bees into a tbh
R Payne

Replies: 2
Views: 4773

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:37 pm   Subject: Installing package bees into a tbh
The package I bought (before finding resources and knowledge to get bees otherwise), I took the queen and hung her in my hive and set the package close to the entrance. The bees found their way in.
...
  Topic: Weather proofing my TBBH
R Payne

Replies: 4
Views: 5736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:07 pm   Subject: Weather proofing my TBBH
The bees will take care of the inside. If you want to put something on the inside, shellac works, is not toxic once dry and easy.

ron
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
R Payne

Replies: 47
Views: 89772

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:05 pm   Subject: New experimental arched top bar design
It is a lot of work and can take a lot of glue. If you are doing several pieces, it can be tedious. First you have to build a form. It goes faster if you build several form to the same size.

If ...
  Topic: Terra cotta clay flower box for top bar hive
R Payne

Replies: 20
Views: 27397

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:10 am   Subject: Terra cotta clay flower box for top bar hive
I would think the surest way to know if the barrel was food grade is if it had food in it.
I believe industrial frogs (think hospitals, prisons, anyplace that prepares large quantities of food d ...
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
R Payne

Replies: 47
Views: 89772

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:01 am   Subject: New experimental arched top bar design
The problem with bending (by what ever means) is spring back. After the wood is bent and removed from the form it will straighten a bit. As for how much is only known after being releases. Gluing u ...
  Topic: Propolis/Shellac recipe for inside of hive
R Payne

Replies: 16
Views: 27068

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 1:29 am   Subject: Propolis/Shellac recipe for inside of hive
Phil is right that the lb cut isn't important.
But if you want to know what the lbs to lbs means it is a reference to how much shellac is dissolved in a gallon (not sure whose gallon originally). ...
  Topic: First hive
R Payne

Replies: 8
Views: 15139

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:04 am   Subject: First hive
Have you read the stickies? (threads pinned at the top of the beginners' section)
Also have you looked for someone to mentor you close to you? IF you can find someone, it can make things much easie ...
 
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