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  Topic: Basic hTBH construction question
thesolarsailor

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:19 pm   Subject: Basic hTBH construction question
It depends on the look you want. If it is a fine decoration for your yard the lumber anywhere can get expensive. If you are building a home for bees there is rough cut garden bed lumber available at a ...
  Topic: Adding bars to growing colony
thesolarsailor

Replies: 16
Views: 24403

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:11 pm   Subject: Adding bars to growing colony
There is comb being built out to bar 14 ( a very small start) and brood on bar 8 as of yesterday. I estimate it was a grouping around 3" across in the center of the comb. I stopped moving the bar ...
  Topic: Adding bars to growing colony
thesolarsailor

Replies: 16
Views: 24403

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:50 pm   Subject: Adding bars to growing colony
Wow, I didn't expect a mathematics war over a simple question. Smile I opened the hive back to bar 5 which appeared to have some capped brood, added a bar at #6, #8, and 2 more on the end. They have the ...
  Topic: Adding bars to growing colony
thesolarsailor

Replies: 16
Views: 24403

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:58 pm   Subject: Adding bars to growing colony
The swarm has been in the hive a full 7 days. I gave them 11 bars initially, opened it yesterday (day eight) and saw that bar 11 is 1/3 drawn. Pulled back bars 11-7 to check comb and all comb is nice ...
  Topic: Swarm capture
thesolarsailor

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:06 pm   Subject: Swarm capture
One week in now, I read the At The Hive Entrance PDF this weekend and sat and watched while eating lunch today.
I noticed:
2 distinctly colored bees coming and going, one group with wide yellow ban ...
  Topic: Swarm capture
thesolarsailor

Replies: 7
Views: 11976

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:45 pm   Subject: Swarm capture
Hi All,

I spent the winter reading every post on this forum (not quite actually), Bush's entire site as well as a lot of other material. I built my Top Bar Hive from recycled western red cedar and ...
 
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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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