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  Topic: the honey cow
SaveOurSkills

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:53 pm   Subject: the honey cow
thanks for the replies. There is much to consider.. regardless I need something before spring
  Topic: the honey cow
SaveOurSkills

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:42 pm   Subject: the honey cow
Yes thanks for realizing that. I don't think food grade plastic would harm the bees in any way. And it is a cheap way to make 2 hives out of materials I already have on hand.

I realize plastic suck ...
  Topic: the honey cow
SaveOurSkills

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:03 pm   Subject: the honey cow
I'll leave this open as an option, however I'll probably just use the barrels for rain catch instead
  Topic: the honey cow
SaveOurSkills

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:07 pm   Subject: the honey cow
I appreciate your opinion, however these aren't new barrels they are recycled food grade barrels which would otherwise be trash

not sure if this changes your opinion or not... but my more specific ...
  Topic: the honey cow
SaveOurSkills

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:31 pm   Subject: the honey cow
http://makeprojects.com/Project/Your-Own-Honey-Cow/539/1

I've come across these plans. My initial thought is there won't be enough insulation to over-winter the bees in this sort of hive.

I live ...
 
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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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