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  Topic: Preparing for winter
Katbiene

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:34 am   Subject: Preparing for winter
Hello again,

after overlooking the hives, we decided to feed them. In one hive the bees sit on 22 combs (no more drones) - the others on 14(many drones!). There are no breadcells at the moment. We ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
Katbiene

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 1:37 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
o.k. we will have a look on the bees end of next week. Then we will weight them an see how much honey they have and if ist anough for winter. I plan to remove all empty bars and reput the followers ne ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
Katbiene

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:51 am   Subject: Preparing for winter
Thanks for your advices! My TBH are "Phil Chandler style" - three centered entrance holes in the middle of the front side and either two holes on the back on each side (normely closed).

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  Topic: Preparing for winter
Katbiene

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Views: 45115

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:46 am   Subject: Preparing for winter
Hello,

my two swarms in my 2 TBH have built nice straight combs and collected much honey. I whant to let them all the honey they need for the wintertime. My question: do I have to put all honeycomb ...
 
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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

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

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