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    Re: Sizeof Drone Cell ?

    HI Orthoman

    I've measured cells in a natural top bar hive broodnest.

    I'd Look for the largest and smallest cell sizes that on each comb, Then I'd measure across ten cells for a cell width.
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    Re: housel positioning

    Hi Guys

    Back in the dinosaur days of small cell, I tried it. But I also set up a top bar hive to observe natural comb building for myself.

    Initially though I saw some relationship on the first...
  3. Re: Wild bees, distance from bait per minute round trip.

    Hi Redsnow

    > I'd just like to find them, and get a good flight time. Once I do, I'll carve my initials on the tree and walk away!

    Neat!

    Sometimes, if they're not a nuisance, a feral hive,...
  4. Re: Wild bees, distance from bait per minute round trip.

    Hi Redsnow

    A good first approximation, using the formula, is 1200 yards. Looks like it's in the River! I'd time the bee a few more times and refine the calculation.

    Finding is the fun first...
  5. Re: Wild bees, distance from bait per minute round trip.

    Hi Guys

    Found the study, It's here on BeeSource:

    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/adrian-wenner/efficient-hunting-of-feral-colonies/
  6. Re: Wild bees, distance from bait per minute round trip.

    HI Guys

    The timing has been extensively studied and a working formula developed. The study was done when researchers needed a fast way to locate feral colonies on Channel Islands.
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  7. Re: How winter bees move across the combs in TBH ?

    Yep, a real Neanderthal thinker!
  8. Re: How winter bees move across the combs in TBH ?

    Hi Ruthiesbees and Everyone

    Thanks for the images.

    Most of my tbh comb started out the same way with 3 combs on one bar that were eventually joined together. But as time and comb building...
  9. Re: How winter bees move across the combs in TBH ?

    Hi Guys

    Some more thoughts and a little experience on tbh winter clusters/solar exposure.

    My tbhs entrances, on the long side, faced south during the winter. My 3 deep story hives, with their...
  10. Re: How winter bees move across the combs in TBH ?

    Hi Guys

    >Frankly, the clusters in two of the three never moved during the winter.

    Movement? That's been my experience with both vertical and horizontal hives as long as the bees have a normal...
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    Re: Can spaced top bars prevent cross cromb

    >Spacing from center to center matters a lot. Every bit more than 32mm in the brood nest will make more cross comb.

    And combs get thicker and wider spaced, sometimes up to 2 inches, as they get...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with Vertical Side Walls

    Hi DaisyNJ and Everyone

    >. . .which design would you suggest for colder climates?

    For a cold climate, I prefer a hive with comb taller than a deep frame. My hive designs reflect that. They are...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with Vertical Side Walls

    Hi DaisyNJ

    >... half elliptical shape...

    Yes, when the combs are small and new. But after that, they curve the comb. And when it gets heavy and needs more support, they will attach it to the...
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    Re: Possible Hive Design

    Hi Erikebrown

    Here are a few thoughts and some plans.
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with Vertical Side Walls

    Hi Guys

    Here are some top bar hive plans you might find interesting.
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    Re: Best top bar hive plan

    Hi TSWisla

    I've got a few tbh plans. But before choosing a plan checkout my thoughts on building them. And some specifics on hive bodies, top bars, covers, and accessories.

    You might be...
  17. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Hi Mycroft Jones

    Details? Here's what I've written: https://bnaturalguy.wordpress.com/tag/ccd/

    I'll answer any specific questions. Just ask.
  18. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Hi Guys,

    >but how would you rate MB who would advise small cell and no treatment? is that unethical?

    RANT WARNING :)

    It would only be unethical if he misrepresented his experience and ...
  19. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    Hi Guys

    I suspect the term 'intro class' accurately describes the contents. It probably covered a brief description of bees, behaviours and needs. What a package is and how to handle it. What a...
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    Re: Bees tossing out sugar cake

    Hi Guys

    Most of the time, bees will work and use sugar with smaller crystals when they are hauling granulated sugar out. Baker's sugar is a good choice. I've never had them treat it as trash.
  21. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Hi Oldtimer

    Most of the commercial bees in that yard did succumb starting a season and a half before mine. They were quickly replaced in the 4500 colony outfit.

    At the time they were crawling...
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    Re: Are winter bees smaller?

    I've measure a thousand of them several different ways. Yes, mine were. And I suspect yours are also.
  23. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Hi Oldtimer

    Chemicals? No. Those combs were heavily contaminated with those viruses Randy Oliver describes in his articles.

    The foreign comb contaminated those few hives and all their combs....
  24. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Hi jim lyon

    3 years? I personally inspected them at the end of the second year.

    While in the migratory outfit, they were inspected and managed by my commercial friend. He managed just like any...
  25. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Hi Oldtimer

    Genetic? Could have. I had marked some of the queens, but not all.

    Comb? Initially it was in a few hives. But when those hives were split, all of it got randomly spread around. Yard...
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