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  Topic: Failed experiment?
appshed

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 8:49 pm   Subject: Failed experiment?
Thanks, Phil. Have closed up the hive and given them some food on the other side of the follower. The robbers are still trying to get in but can't find a way. I hope they give up . Will report bac ...
  Topic: Failed experiment?
appshed

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 24, 2014 6:39 pm   Subject: Failed experiment?
Oh dear, think I screwed up. Rolling Eyes
Finally got into the hives to do a spring inspection, both colonies looking great despite a horrible winter/spring. One colony was at hive capacity and there w ...
  Topic: What type of bees?
appshed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:26 pm   Subject: Capturing
We see fewer and fewer bees each year, but they are there. I will put a small flower pot hive near the forest edge and see what happens.

Packages around here aren't until May. Very exciting pros ...
  Topic: What type of bees?
appshed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:57 pm   Subject: What kind of bees
Thanks everyone for your input! After much consideration, and still being quite confused, I have settled on Italians. That seems to be the most kept bee in my region and is what the local Bee-Keep Gu ...
  Topic: What type of bees?
appshed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:11 pm   Subject: What type of bees?
Well, can I just use the TBH as a bait hive? I have lemon grass oil, wax, and 2 new hives. One hive is going to be placed near the house with the forest just a short distance away. We have seen few ...
  Topic: What type of bees?
appshed

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:13 am   Subject: What type of bees?
I am confused about what type of bee to get. I thought Russians were a better bet for the TBH, but heard that they are generally aggressive and not well suited for beginners(me). Someone recommended ...
 
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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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