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  1. Re: Even More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees

    Thanks for the comments Dan and Dennis. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog.
  2. Even More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees

    A beekeeper needs to learn certain tricks of the trade to work with Africanized bees. Their defensiveness can make them difficult. It’s taken me a good number of years to sort of figure them out (and...
  3. More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees

    My first experience with beekeeping was through Africanized bees. This is the only bee available in Honduras so I learned how to deal with their defensive behavior and take advantage of them for...
  4. Thread: New Hive

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    Re: New Hive

    I always consider a five-frame-sized swarm trap a bit on the small side. Mine usually have at least eight workable bars, the comb built from each will be about the equivalent of a deep frame in area....
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    I’ve been working with Africanized bees for the last 24 years in Honduras. It kind of bugs me when someone says that Africanized bees are fake. My first beekeeping experiences were here in Honduras...
  6. Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees

    I have a love-hate relationship with Africanized bees. It’s what I have to work with in Honduras. Sometimes I just want to get rid of all of them and say that’s enough—no more dealing with these...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    This is another good reason to at least begin with top bar hives. It is a low risk investment monetarily if it turns out that you really aren’t that enthused about beekeeping.

    This is one of the...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    Kind for me isn't really so much about the type of box you put your bees into. Feral colonies sometimes set themselves up in a vertical situation similar to a Langstroth hive (in the wall of a house...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    What you say about bees building comb to fit almost any space is true. You can get comb in a big variety of sizes and shapes when dealing with feral colonies. In a wall, for example, I’ve seen combs...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    Saludos to everyone. I’ve been using top bar hives for nearly 25 years now—mainly in Honduras (where if live) but also in Wisconsin (where I grew up). My average number of top bar hives in Honduras...
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    Also look at this other post from my blog, “Musings About Bees in Termite Nests: Stingless Bees on a Sunday Morning.”
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    I’ve done three Farmer to Farmer assignments with this top bar hive beekeeping project, spending the month of July in Jamaica during the last three years. I sort of take these comments personally...
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    Re: More Musings about Beekeeping and Coffee

    For those interested (and those who speak Spanish), I have now posted this blog entry in my companion blog, “Refexiones Sobre Apicultura”.

    Más Reflexiones Sobre La Apicultura y Café...
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    Re: x2 3lb packages and 1 top bar hive

    I would install the first one and then wait a while for it to settle down. If things look calm, then install the second. You could also try to do it right before dark so they don’t have a lot of time...
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    Re: x2 3lb packages and 1 top bar hive

    One option is to find a way to divide your hive box in two—make a follower board if necessary. You could even staple on some sort of heavy plastic material to form a wall. Two feet of space should...
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    Re: Musings About Beekeeping and Coffee

    For those beekeepers here who speak Spanish, I now have this same post on my companion blog "Reflexiones Sobre Apicultura."

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    More Musings about Beekeeping and Coffee

    The “coffee culture” is something that has always interested me—but it’s not only because I thoroughly enjoy my daily cups of coffee. This fascination is also not about the coffee culture of the...
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    Musings About Beekeeping and Coffee

    Beekeeping and coffee—they go hand in hand for me. It’s a beneficial situation for both the beekeeper and coffee farmer. My highest honey production comes from coffee zones while my bees increase the...
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    Re: Musings About a Top Bar Hive Apiary

    For those interested (and those who speak Spanish), I have now posted this blog entry in my companion blog, Refexiones Sobre Apicultura.
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    Re: Musings About a Top Bar Hive Apiary

    Paul Graperunner, your questions about Africanized bees give me another topic for a future blog entry. I’m sure that somewhere down the road I’ll be writing something. This post will be some initial...
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    Musings About a Top Bar Hive Apiary

    I think everybody’s beekeeping depends on their own unique situation and desires. Beekeeping takes many different forms around the world and there is no one right way. It all depends on the...
  22. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    As has been said before, both types of hives have their place in the beekeeping world. Both Langstroth and top bar hives have their advantages and disadvantages. Everybody has their own unique...
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    Re: Newbies moved wild african bees to hive

    My experiences are with “Africanized” bees in Honduras. Many times here I don’t even want to deal with colony cutouts because they abscond on me much more than they stay. If is something simple, such...
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    Re: Best way to clean labels off glass Jars.

    I guess you could say wine and rum bottles are sort of the custom/tradition here. This is what they have been using forever, probably. You make do with what you could get. Even the new plastic...
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    Re: Best way to clean labels off glass Jars.

    I’ve always been reusing wine and rum bottles for honey ever since I started beekeeping. I can get new plastic bottles but there are always some customers that prefer honey in a glass bottle. (New...
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