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  Topic: hardware cloth above and below an eco-floor?
Chris L

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:26 pm   Subject: hardware cloth above and below an eco-floor?
Thanks so much, Barbara. That is exactly the kind of problem I would not have foreseen, and we certainly do have wax moths here. SHBs, though, are really not a problem here in Colorado (yet) where i ...
  Topic: hardware cloth above and below an eco-floor?
Chris L

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:41 pm   Subject: hardware cloth above and below an eco-floor?
I've built my first hTBH with an eco floor. The bottom of the eco floor is 1/8 inch hardware cloth and I've filled the floor with old composted leaves and some soil and pine needles and chips from ou ...
  Topic: TBH materials, Merbau?
Chris L

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:17 pm   Subject: TBH materials, Merbau?
I just finished building my first top bar hive (48 inches long) from 1" pine. Though it's awkward, I can lift and move it myself (empty, obviously) and the roof is also fairly easy to lift off s ...
  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
Chris L

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:02 pm   Subject: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
Thanks for the ideas, all. Our climate here is extremely dry - probably want to maintain some humidity in the hive, as much as possible. Good thoughts.
  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
Chris L

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:38 pm   Subject: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
Thanks so much for the idea. I have a coarse sawdust that we use as bedding for our horses - I suppose I could sew it into a sort of a pillow case so it wouldn't be so messy!
  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
Chris L

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:11 pm   Subject: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
I just finished building a top bar hive and am wondering what to source as good insulation for underneath the gabled roof. I am in Colorado where it is quite dry, very hot at times in the summer, and ...
 
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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.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

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