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  Topic: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
Swing Swang

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:26 pm   Subject: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
One of my Warre's is looking just the same too.
  Topic: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
Swing Swang

Replies: 19
Views: 26785

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:24 pm   Subject: Too hot in a deep floor hive?
One of my Warres is looking just the same too.
  Topic: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
Swing Swang

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:08 pm   Subject: Dead and dieing bees around my TBH's
Can't comment on the bees, but you've got a nice sound recording of a chiff chaff.
  Topic: Rose Hive method
Swing Swang

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 8:37 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
Tim makes some very good points in his book which is essentially about the method and not just about his hives-eg single size box that is small enough to be lifted when full of honey, no queen exclu ...
  Topic: Propolis/Shellac recipe for inside of hive
Swing Swang

Replies: 16
Views: 27580

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:32 pm   Subject: Propolis/Shellac recipe for inside of hive
Thanks for the link Phil
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
Swing Swang

Replies: 28
Views: 50807

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:49 pm   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor

Any natural, non-chemical prevention/control has to be better than the twice yearly chemical strip treatment we must perform here (NZ) as part of the hive registration enforced Varroa control steps ...
  Topic: Propolis/Shellac recipe for inside of hive
Swing Swang

Replies: 16
Views: 27580

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:42 pm   Subject: Propolis/Shellac recipe for inside of hive
Just out of interest - why the desire to varnish the inside of a hive with propalis and/or shellac, or anything else for that matter, when given a season the bees will do it for you?
  Topic: Painting Our House
Swing Swang

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:53 pm   Subject: Painting Our House
My observations are different. I used bitumastic paint last year and the bees just kept on landing on it and getting stuck - about 50 dead bees per square foot. Paint a stick, plant it near the apiary ...
  Topic: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
Swing Swang

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Views: 50807

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:52 pm   Subject: adding stratiolaelaps to a new deep floor
My first impression is that as S Scimitus is a soil living organism its natural inclination will be to go down rather than go up, so the best that you can hope for is that the bug will stay in the dee ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
Swing Swang

Replies: 26
Views: 51086

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:42 am   Subject: My first selfmade TBBH
A bitumen ridge piece is lang-lasting, reasonably lightweight, and not too expensive. Might need two if your hive is longer than 1m though, but you could get two Warre coverings out of a single sheet. ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
Swing Swang

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Views: 51086

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:41 am   Subject: My first selfmade TBBH
A bitumen ridge piece is lang-lasting, reasonably lightweight, and not too expensive. Might need two if your hive is longer than 1m though, but you could get two Warre coverings out of a single sheet. ...
 
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