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  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:02 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Brilliant news!
So pleased it went well and delighted that the bee inspector was sensitive to TBH issues and interested in Natural Beekeeping. As I've previously stated, I've learned a lot from seaso ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:50 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Just an update as promised Smile

Thankfully the inspection went well, the colony's in good health and disease free and of fantastic nature, they had been rather busy and had almost filled all ten bars ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:54 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Thanks Barbara, very useful information Smile
Fingers crossed for Tuesday...
Nick
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:54 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Thanks Trekmate and Lacewing!
It's been quite a steep learning curve pushing to get established this year as opposed to next, and on a DIY budget. Still a fair way to go before I can concentrate pure ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:24 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
That all sounds very positive and I hope you don't have any cross combing and it all goes smoothly.
In my opinion, having good comb guides is the most important part of top bar beekeeping, so that y ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:25 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
....I hope the bee inspector is familiar with top bar comb handling and you find the experience of inspecting your bees with him, as useful and informative as I have over the years. Do make sure he is ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:29 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Great to read of forum members helping each other behind the scenes so to speak and delighted that your bait hive was successful so quickly.

Thanks Barbara, yes it's great isn't it ?! I thought pr ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:18 am   Subject: Update
Well, I made two bait hives,
http://i1358.photobucket.com/albums/q770/flowing2/IMG_20150525_163726_zps6b7ccxrv.jpg

primed with some old comb mixed with a little 'new' wax and Lemon Grass oil, and ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
orchard

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 6:57 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Here's some evidence:

https://youtu.be/zyX00_BiKX4

Good job! Smile

I'll add that i'm going TBH (hold me back), but the choice for me was a matter of faith in you guys that it works in the long-t ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
orchard

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 3:16 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
As a noob, I think you guys ought to have some objective evidence here to counter those that say colonies won't survive more than a year in TBH's, mainly because, someone who's inexperienced has no re ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 7:27 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
I have caught swarms from my own bees in my garden in my bait hive on my oil tank....out of one box directly into another within 10 metres.

There maybe a reason for this...when the bees emerge from ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:29 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
The average distance a prime swarm travels is I think 800yds. So if you're worried have bait hives set within 1 mile of your apiary to catch any of your colonies that swarm. Any other swarms you might ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 1:18 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
What sort of incidence are we looking at for angry bees caught in a bait hive ? Anyone know please ?

All of the swarms I have caught have been perfectly well behaved, well.... appart from one and t ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 9:16 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
I've baited nothing but gentle bees, but I've lost horrors in swarms that someone else may have caught! Shocked

Hahaha!

My suggestion about swarms in an area which had had known AFB last year ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:29 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
As above....I caught the worst tempered bees in a bait hive and had to put them in a wood. Disease is not the only issue. These were very prolific but dangerous and as the wood was not mine and the la ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 3:38 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Using bait hives gives a much better opportunity to "get a look at the goods" than swarm collection. It has the added benefit of not having drop everything and run out the door.
Foul brood ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 3:35 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Is there not some danger you should watch out for setting bait hives.
you should isolate the bees from your own stock, do not feed for a couple of days maybe send some off for testing. i know someon ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 12:08 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
I myself have caught a swarm in every location I have placed a bait hive. Mind you I do only put them places that the fairies tell me they should go *nods sincerely*
Do you charge much to mediate wit ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 7:38 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
You have done your research! Great.

I use two old national supers with top bars in the top one and a screened floor for travelling (ventilation) which give me near to 40 litres.. And a roof of cour ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 07, 2015 7:30 am   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Have you read the bulletin on bait hives by Prof Thomas Seeley? There is a lot more info in his paper and all based on field research. A good read. Free to download from Cornell University, just Googl ...
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 4:51 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Hahaha, what a happy sight on the video Smile
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 4:46 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
I did something for this a few posts back on my blog so to save me re typing Smile



Thanks August, that's ace, i'll check it out asap ! Smile
  Topic: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
orchard

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:27 pm   Subject: Bait Hive Construction -- Help Please!
Hello!

I'd like to make a bait hive, or two, and get them out whilst I build my hTBH using the plans that Phil's kindly provided online, and i'd appreciate any advice at all please.



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