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  Topic: Leftover honey from hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:18 am   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
Personally I'd be less inclined to put up a bait hive. But that is because most beekeepers around here try their best to avoid swarms. The chances of actually catching a swarm are therefore pretty rem ...
  Topic: Leftover honey from hive

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:07 pm   Subject: Leftover honey from hive
If you can rule out brood sicknesses you could store these combs in a freezer and feed to a new hive once they are established.

The freezer would kill of wax moths and obviously keep away wasps and ...
  Topic: Is my hive bearding?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:44 am   Subject: Is my hive bearding?
I saw the same thing on my Warré Hives the last days. We had extremly hot weather (over 40°C). Bearding lasted through the night until there was a sudden drop in temperature. Next morning it was only ...
  Topic: open mesh floor and ants

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:21 pm   Subject: open mesh floor and ants
Im very curious about the open mesh floors, since I haven't understood yet how these would improve the climate inside the hive. However quite a few people seem to use them.

What are the points in f ...
  Topic: Hive location, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 6:17 am   Subject: Hive location, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade?
From what I gather Bees try to have the temperature inside the hive at 35°C. In Summer when outside temperatures are high, they will need to cool it down. The rest of the time they will need to heat i ...
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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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