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  Topic: Feisty bees in TBH
B Dawson

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:33 pm   Subject: fiesta bees in my yard
I posted on another thread about my cranky girls. I'll do a search next time!

Here's whats up:

My bees have been defensive in the last few days, even when I merely opened the lid to start feede ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:24 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Brilliant videos, Barbara. Thank you. I've only watched a couple, but I hope at some point he does show actually removing the comb.

B
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:20 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks for the clarification, Adam. I admit when I read up on shook swarms, the method seemed a bit rough and I could just see my novice attempts traumatizing the colony! I'll take a look at the refe ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:52 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
I understand. I was following the idea that I'd let them build and then switch the bars around later in the season. Makes much more sense to let them store in a permanent position and not rearrange ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:06 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Barbara -

Here's a link I found for Rescue Bars which seemed rather well thought out:
http://www.thegardenacademy.com/micro-homesteading/rescue-frames-fast-comb-repair/. I do like the sturdy nat ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:38 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks for yours Adam. Some good thoughts on how to handle things. I had to look up "shook swarm", but it seems a possible solution if comb surgery fails.

I'm fortunate that I've no nei ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:59 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks to you both, Trekmate & Barbara.

I used 1-3/8" (35mm) top bars with the triangular guide, cut precisely on a table saw. My hives are built according to Chandler's book.

I star ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 16154

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:07 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
This is my first year hive keeping, there is no mentor in the area and i'm afraid I've tipped over the edge of disaster now.

Right after I installed my two packages in April, my mother passed away ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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