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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:25 pm    Post subject: Launched Beekeeping Site, Appreciate Feedback! :) Reply with quote

Hey everyone,

After 3 months of accumulating beekeeping information from expert beekeepers, governments, bee specialists, and beekeeping associations, is live!

Anyone can do beekeeping, but it’s easy to become confused without knowing the path to get started. HowToBee gives the sequential steps to take you from the beginning (how to plan for your bees no matter where you live) to how to handle your bees on a daily basis. I made the site because I really love bees. I currently live in the heart of Rome, Italy in a small apartment as a student at an American University, but as soon as I graduate this May I'm moving to Sweden where I'll have the space to start beekeeping. My interest in bees pushed me to search for all of the necessary steps to become a great beekeeper, which I couldn't find anywhere easily online. As I research heavily for my two degrees at John Cabot University, I collected only reliable sources to simply give people the sequential steps to becoming a beekeeper.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You lost me here since my experience tell the oposite;

Main Disadvantages
Honey with High Pollen Content: Since top-bar honey harvesting is done by simply cutting the honey comb, crushing it, and straining the honey, the resulting honey frequently has a very high pollen content, which may not be ideal for individuals with allergies.

Lower Quality Honey: The design of the top-bar hive results in irregular comb sizes which easily break and do not typically fit in most commercially available honey extractors. This means that the resulting honey may not be of the best quality since it’s difficult to purify it commercially.

I know of several local people who had spring allergies associated with pollen and once they started eating unfiltered Local honey with pollen in it, their allergy went away.
Honey with pollen cost more in Denmark then the filtered and extracted honey.

What do you mean by "purify it commercially " ? Purify from what? Pesticides maybe?

Also in 3 years I had only 1 comb break due to my fault. Top bar hive beeks use a method called "crush'n'strain" so we use no extractors.

Crushed honey comb is of much better quality than extracted honey.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am deeply suspicious of sites that claim to be authoritative but which are constructed by people who are not themselves knowledgeable through practice of their craft, but are merely loose accumulations of other people's knowledge.

Statements that look like 'facts' but which are merely reiteration of other people's opinions are a plague of the Internet, and serve only to spread confusion.
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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.

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