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  Topic: First timer!
Chameau

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:25 am   Subject: Sorry state !
So the queen cell that I posted a video of some time ago has not yet produced a queen. The colony is rapidly diminishing and there is evidence of wasps entering the hive. I think that it is too late i ...
  Topic: First timer!
Chameau

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Views: 6091

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:13 pm   Subject: Three months on
After the bees decided to build across the bars I chose to leave them to it until next spring when (if they get through winter) I will re align them or rehouse them. I had a peek through the mesh floo ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
Chameau

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:40 pm   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
Thanks for that. Tell the truth I am a joiner with my own workshop so knocking up a few different types of hive is easy for me. Probably build the Perone and leave it in my woodland until next spring ...
  Topic: Perone build with observation window.
Chameau

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:04 pm   Subject: Perone build with observation window.
I have just built my second Kenya hive and put a glazed panel on the rear of this one. This is subsequently covered with a removable timber panel. Yet to be populated. Is there any reason a similar vi ...
  Topic: First timer!
Chameau

Replies: 9
Views: 6091

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:46 am   Subject: Diagonal comb !!
About a month after housing the swarm I popped the lid for the second time yesterday. From the outside all seems ok, pollen coming in etc.
I was aware from the last inspection that they had decided t ...
  Topic: First timer!
Chameau

Replies: 9
Views: 6091

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:15 pm   Subject: First timer!
Thanks for the advice, I will reduce their living area a bit and leave well alone as they seem to know what they are doing. I wish I had put in an observation window so I could monitor more frequently ...
  Topic: First timer!
Chameau

Replies: 9
Views: 6091

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:15 am   Subject: First timer!
Hello. A follow up post from my introduction post. I mentioned I have made a tbh and collected a colony to put in it. Seemimgly all went well with the collection. I wasn't able to locate the queen whe ...
 
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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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