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  1. Musings about looking backwards in order to move forward Looking ahead to constantly

    Musings about looking backwards in order to move forward
    http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2016/07/musings-about-looking-backwards-in_2.html

    Looking ahead to constantly improve and...
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    Re: Mixing frames and top bars

    I’ve run a mixture of frames and top bars in my Tanzanian-style tbhs. Here in Honduras I did the opposite of what you plan. I wanted the brood on top bars and the comb drawn naturally according to...
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    Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives

    For the followers of my blog who may have not seen these last two posts… I originally put this over in the swarms forum a while back since it’s about my use of trap hives. But here it is again for...
  4. More Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Learn from My Mistakes

    Almost all beekeepers learn from trial and error. I know I have. I’ll admit that I’ve made more than my share of mistakes when dealing with swarm traps. Learn from the messes I’ve made and maybe you...
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    Re: Usurpations all AHB?

    In my 25 years of working with Africanized bees, I’ve never seen this happen—at least while I was in the apiary working with the hives.

    However, that’s not to say that it isn’t possible. I can’t...
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    Re: Lets talk swarm trap location

    Keep them on the edge of the pasture areas, along the tree line—a location that you think the bees will easily find. I don’t like to put traps inside dense plots of trees. If there is a lone tree in...
  7. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Here’s a photo with the dimensions for my tbh swarm traps (and the permanent boxes). The width of the swarm traps is exactly ten bars.
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  8. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Whiskers, in that sense, yes, it is almost like Eden. There are some very stunning views around here. I love the contrast between the mountains and the valley.

    It is somewhat hit and miss about...
  9. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Whiskers, if you're refering to the abundance of swarms that I can catch--yes. But no, wait...they're all Africanized! You take the good with the bad.
  10. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    The forgetten swarm trap..... That's happened to me on occasion. Someone stops me in the street to ask when I'm going to take the swarm trap down and I've been thinking they have all been taken down...
  11. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Based on my experiences with Africanized bees, what you say does make sense. These bees aren’t that particular about where they set up shop. However, the ideal for the bees (40 liter) is not always...
  12. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    I first started out in beekeeping when I went to Honduras as part of the Peace Corps. After meeting my wife and finishing my time as a PC volunteer, we decided to stay and try to make a go at life in...
  13. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    There is no reason it couldn’t work. I’ve seen swarms in lots of strange places. The size seems good to me.

    However, a couple things come to mind. If the bucket is white, there might be too much...
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    Re: Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees

    Thanks for the comment Dennis. My blogging, unfortunately, has been very hit and miss. My laptop crashed on me and my teaching job with fifth/sixth graders often gets the best of me. I always make a...
  15. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    I hope the swarm arrives for you, John. But it’s not always a sure sign that the bees will come. I’ve seen lots of scouting activity and then nothing. It’s exactly like what was mentioned in the...
  16. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    I always like when that happens to me also—I hang up some trap hives and within a week I have several of them already filled. Did you have the chance to see the swarm move in? Always neat to watch.
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  17. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Coffee is one of the perks of living down here--I have my cup next to me right now. I hope you enjoyed the blog post.
  18. Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    The most recent from my blog:

    Most people don’t mind getting freebies—getting something for nothing. Beekeepers aren’t the exception. They always need to find ways to save a bit of money with...
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    Re: Musings About a Double Colony Hive

    Para los apicultores y miembros de este foro quien habla español, ya tengo este en mi otro blog, “Reflexiones Sobre Apicultura.”

    For the Spanish speaking beekeepers and members here on this forum,...
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    Re: Fundamentals of beekeeping: Cost to get started

    I agree that the costs can be a big factor for many wannabe beekeepers and those who want to expand. The cost of the equipment can be expensive and the possibilities of recovering those costs with...
  21. Thread: Queen excluder

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    Re: Queen excluder

    One of the main ideas behind a top bar hive is to keep it simple—and that means not using a queen excluder. Usually a “natural queen excluder” is used—a comb full of honey. When a queen reaches this...
  22. Thread: TBH swarm trap

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    Re: TBH swarm trap

    As far as managing the bees, the long hives work just the same as my ktbhs. The idea was to set them up with the brood combs on just a top bar. There were frames in the front and back for honey, that...
  23. Thread: TBH swarm trap

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    Re: TBH swarm trap

    Swarms are my primary way of increasing/replacing hives. I usually let the swarms be for at least a week once they move into one of my trap hives, but usually two. I want them to set up shop and...
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    Musings About a Double Colony Hive

    Seeing anomalies and other oddities is common enough with beekeeping in Honduras, because of both the Africanized bees present here and also the population of different native stingless bees. One...
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    Re: TBH doesn't work in warm climates

    I too have few problems with comb breakage/collapse due to the heat—in this case Honduras in Central America. It gets very dry and very hot for part of the year, during part of the honey flows in...
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