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  Topic: Badly dmaged hive

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:40 am   Subject: Sort of fixed it
Thanks Barbara for your help.
Yes it is a Top Bar hive
I had problems with getting the frames ( combs) to attach to the metal wire.
So I trimmed the top of the comb.
Punched 2 holes ( with a chop ...
  Topic: Badly dmaged hive

Replies: 3
Views: 5544

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:23 am   Subject: Badly dmaged hive
I had to move my hive by road some 200 miles.
In the process every frame broke off.

Bees have begun some rebuilding of comb.
But should I clean out the debris or leave it for them to clean off ( ...
  Topic: Hive from Hell

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:39 pm   Subject: Hive from Hell
I must admit that now I dont use a smoker but a water spray.

The fine mist makes the bees think its raining and they just leave me alone(almost)

Previously I used a smoker all the time, but in p ...
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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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