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  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 5:13 am   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
This is great. Did the comb survive ok in the hive while it was lying fallow? I would worry that it would be in bad shape after a year.
  Topic: Reducing Perone volume initially
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 4:03 am   Subject: Reducing Perone volume initially
At the suggestion of a local beekeeper, I painted potions of the hive interior with beeswax mixed with a few drops of lemongrass. The bees went inside the Perone hive and are now busy doing bee stuff ...
  Topic: Reducing Perone volume initially
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 12:03 pm   Subject: Reducing Perone volume initially
Thanks, it's been raining for a week. So no nectar flow, but I've provided syrup so they should have started doing something.

Anyway, I have placed the Warre hive on top of the Perone hive, so the ...
  Topic: Reducing Perone volume initially
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 1:24 am   Subject: Reducing Perone volume initially
The bees are not liking new hive - My experiment with a Perone hive is failing. I introduced a package into the hive and they have released the queen, but they are not accepting the hive. I reduced t ...
  Topic: Partitioning a Perone Hive
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 12:17 pm   Subject: Partitioning a Perone Hive
Not really sure what you mean by - "forcing them to live in a huge mk2 area". Bees are, or should be free to come and go as they please. My understanding is that the perone hive ideal holds ...
  Topic: Partitioning a Perone Hive
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 12:04 pm   Subject: Partitioning a Perone Hive
I have found that placing a colony on standard frames with brood and stores from a nuc will stop them absconding. The bees are still in situ after 18 months. Will be opening for first time in Septembe ...
  Topic: Partitioning a Perone Hive
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 2:28 pm   Subject: Partitioning a Perone Hive
I have recently installed bees into my Perone hive. To keep them from absconding, I installed a divider giving them approximately 1/5 the total space. The divider has gaps around the edges so they c ...
  Topic: Reducing Perone volume initially
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 10:52 am   Subject: Reducing Perone volume initially
Thanks, I'll let the group know how it goes.
  Topic: Reducing Perone volume initially
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 3:30 am   Subject: Reducing Perone volume initially
i plan on inserting a package of bees into my newly constructed Perone mk2 hive this weekend. After some reading, it seems that one problem with Perone hives is the bees absconding because the volume ...
  Topic: Perone beehive in Dallas
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 12:05 pm   Subject: Perone beehive in Dallas
Here are some of the mods I made to the mk2 plans:
- It has top and bottom entrances that are 2" holes. I can close or reduce them with cork stoppers. I plan to only use the top entrance initi ...
  Topic: Perone beehive in Dallas
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 11:55 am   Subject: Perone beehive in Dallas
It is placed in a wooded area with deciduous trees, so it should be shielded from direct sun during the summer, but receive sun during the winter.
  Topic: Perone beehive in Dallas
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 11:47 am   Subject: Perone beehive in Dallas
Thanks, it looks interesting. I am also trying a Warre hive, and it looks similar. I guess the Japanese hive uses a nadiring approach. But it looks like after a while, the comb is just supported by ...
  Topic: Perone beehive in Dallas
eussrh

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat May 02, 2015 10:01 pm   Subject: Perone beehive in Dallas
I wanted to try a different type of hive (I have Kenyan topbars) so I built a Perone hive. I will install bees next weekend. I built in an observation window since I don't want to be totally clueles ...
 
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