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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    In case no one mentioned it;
    Phil Chandler has build a thing called Eco-floor in his top bar hives. They are simply deep floors filled with aged wood chips to provide substrate to various mites...
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    Re: Propane Fogger

    I dont use smoke at all. I get headacke from smoke. Instead i use a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of EO like Lavender. Inexpensive and calms the bees.

    And if bees are realy...
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    Re: TBH size and transprt question

    In Scandinavia we move bees in the chill of the night. My mentor does it around midnight for longer distance.

    I will be moving my TBHs next year from Sweden to Denmark. 3 hours long jouney.

    I...
  4. Re: Your favorite 'natural beekeeping' BLOGS?

    Newbee blog;
    http://cheguebeeapiary.blogspot.se/
    Its mine. Hope to see you around :)

    Che
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    Re: Productivity of top bar hives

    Very old thread indeed :) but same questions remain it seems.

    I have clearly seen from first hand experience that horizontal Top Bar Hives cant make as much honey as commercial vertical hives...
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    Re: Deformed wing virus

    Im not sure if anyone mentioned this;

    Shriveled wings are not always an indicator of Varroa created issues. Apparently Chilled Brood can also cause deformed wings;...
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    Re: Let's talk about viewing-windows

    Hi Michael,

    as a regular member of Biobes forum I will try to post few pointers about Phil's central entrance design;

    Since bees place stores on both sides of the brood nest Phil rearange the...
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    Re: queen cells open and closed??

    An old thread but the mystery remains whether the Queens are released from their Queen Cell through the top end of the QC or the side wall :)

    I just experienced this and blogged about it;...
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    Re: When to pop more corks?

    Thank you :)

    Beekeeping in Sweden is 99,9% conventional; frames and 5,1-5,3mm wax foundation, Queen's wing clipping, drone culling, treating for Varroa religiously every year with Apistan/ Oxalic,...
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    Re: When to pop more corks?

    I decided to drill only 1 top entrance hole on my new TBHs. It is 30 mm in diameter and has a landing board under it.
    So far it looks fine;...
  11. Re: Top Bar Hive built from trash wood found on street yesterday

    Well done! I too keep an open eye for free reused materials.
    All top bar hives of mine are made from reused pallets found beside building sites. The roofs are also from reused materials. I only...
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    Re: Expansion Model Beekeeping

    Sol im buying 2 full colonies on 10 frame each! This May!

    My plan is to focus on increasing colonies. I was thinking to split these 2 colonies once more in Jun but after reading this post of yours...
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    Hives dont get winter sun!

    My hives will be placed at my summer house which is situated on the North side of a small hill.

    I have cut down a small shrubbery which is blocking the South-East sun. So in summer the hives will...
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    Re: 48 Hours to Save Bees

    A few hours left to ban the bee killers :)

    If you didnt already do so please sign now for the ban of bee killing pesticides in Europe! We need your help :) Bees need your help!

    Thanks a...
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    48 Hours to Save Bees

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_the_bees/?cfsyhab
  16. Re: Newbie trying to find alternative ways to get involved with beekeeping

    Im building my Top Bar Hives from reclaimed pallets so it costs me nothing. Building TBHs is way too easy. If there are cracks in the hive the bees will propolise it, so no worries if you are not a...
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    Re: Lemon Grass Not Oil as a Swarm Lure?

    I painted the bottom board of my top bar hive with sunflower oil mixed with a few drops of Lemongrass EO. This was 3 month ago and it still smells of Lemongrass (empty hive for the next year)....
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    Re: solid vs screen bottom

    I too made my first TBH with a screened bottom, but after a few month I took it off and screwed a solid bottom board in its place. Screens, besides not being sustainable, are of no big help for the...
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    Re: TF Che Guebee Apiary

    I just got an idea :scratch:

    I have seen in Les Crowder's book how he places cut out comb at the back of the hive away from the entrance. Like this the bees can still rare the brood in the combs...
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    Re: TF Che Guebee Apiary

    Oldtimer the weather depends but generaly its warm enough for bees to fly in May unless its a rainy period which sucks. I will feed them with sugar syrup to give em a start.

    Michael thanks.
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    Re: TF Che Guebee Apiary

    Im buying two colonies 10 frame each
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    Re: TF Che Guebee Apiary

    I would love to buy that book but he sells it only in America. To ship it to Europe I will need to pay around 70 dollars !!! That is way over my budget!
    I dont like screen bottoms and prefer to have...
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    Re: This poor hive

    I think that cloth is called Burlap in US
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    TF Che Guebee Apiary

    I started two KTBHs this summer which were part of my self-sufficient homesteading studies in Sweden. I looked after those hives until October, now they belong to the school. I will get updates...
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    Re: This poor hive

    You can seal that follower board by placing a hessian cloth or any other cloth over it so it overlaps the sides. I have the same problem and fixed it like this;...
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