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  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:36 pm   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
I liked the concept because it was one piece of hive to build. Essentially, you just copy one piece as many times as you want.
  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:37 am   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
I think you could do a foundation-less approach with this if you had starter strips in the right spots.

I really love the modular aspect of this hive construction, and really, you could make them b ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:08 pm   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
This is a simpler way of achieving the hexagon shape for a hive: https://www.beescientific.net/
  Topic: Modular Horizontal hive
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:04 pm   Subject: Modular Horizontal hive
I came across this hive, they call it the "bee barrel", but it's basically a modular hive design. There's essentially one piece you create, the hexagon frame/section, and then they stack tog ...
  Topic: Hive without frames or top bars?
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:43 pm   Subject: Hive without frames or top bars?
Did anyone actually have a central column of brood in the Perone mk1 design? I seem to remember Oscar had a lot of those in operation, as well as other people in other countries, but I never remember ...
  Topic: Hive without frames or top bars?
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:11 pm   Subject: Hive without frames or top bars?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Japanese hive just boxes with internal supports, but no bars or plates at all?

I really don't care where the queen goes. Short supers usually keeps her downs ...
  Topic: Hive without frames or top bars?
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:57 pm   Subject: Hive without frames or top bars?
Ok, I found a photo of what I am talking about. I think it is a Warre, but look at the image on the right. See how instead of bars or frames, it is a plate?

http://www.dheaf.plus.com/warrebeekeep ...
  Topic: Hive without frames or top bars?
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:44 pm   Subject: Hive without frames or top bars?
Why have more than one box ?
cause lifting 40 kg of honey gets heavy!

The Eastern European 'Long Hive' comes close to what you're suggesting: check out the traditional Krainer/ Bauer/ Farmer's s ...
  Topic: Hive without frames or top bars?
velacreations

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:41 am   Subject: Hive without frames or top bars?
I was looking at the Perone hive designs recently, and one of the features I really like is the ability to harvest a whole box at once. No need to worry about cross comb.

So, instead of a grid of ...
  Topic: the honey cow
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:50 pm   Subject: the honey cow
me, too, because it has totally destroyed the apiculture business here. I have heard that there were not enough bees this year for the apple pollination, and I expect that to be true. Here in my vil ...
  Topic: the honey cow
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:52 pm   Subject: the honey cow
WhetzelMomma - nice job on your hives! Have you harvested honey from them, yet?

We've been plagued by drought, and I've lost all of my bees, from my honey cows, my Langs, everything. Even the fer ...
  Topic: the honey cow
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:38 am   Subject: the honey cow
Use whatever you have on hand. Bees are amazingly adaptable. The best hive, in my opinion, is the one that works for you and the bees.
  Topic: the honey cow
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:21 am   Subject: the honey cow
I've got 2 in operation, and they've been going for about 2 seasons. I also have a few Langs, and I hope to get some Perone's going as well.
  Topic: the honey cow
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:45 pm   Subject: the honey cow
That certainly makes a lot of sense in terms of re-use and recycling: although plastic will never be high on my list for a primary hive-building material, plastic flower pots make very handy nucs and ...
  Topic: the honey cow
velacreations

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:21 pm   Subject: the honey cow
I am the author of that article for Make Magazine. I will try and address a few of the concerns here.

Plastic being dangerous - as mentioned, it is food grade plastic, I don't think we have anyth ...
 
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