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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...
  3. 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...
  7. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    I’ve used frames like these also for cut outs and saving fallen combs in my tbhs. Very handy. They work especially well for newer combs that are more fragile, especially if heavy with brood.

    I...
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    Musings on Beekeeping Development Projects

    Beekeeping is just about the perfect income-generating project for developing countries. It’s one of those activities that should always come up when ideas are thrown around about how to help the...
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    Re: Musings on Beekeeping

    Saludos Eduardo,

    To begin answering your questions you need to know that my beekeeping style is low maintenance, hands-off. Part of this has to do with time constraints due to my teaching job as...
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    Musings on Beekeeping

    For the longest time I had been meaning to start my own blog as a way to jot down my experiences and thoughts on bees and beekeeping. Several months ago I finally did so. Check out my blog, “Musings...
  11. “Hives for Nothing, Bees for Free”

    NSBee--check out a recent post in my blog, “Musings on Beekeeping,” about starting an inexpensive top bar hive project.

    It may not be completely applicable to you but hopefully it will at least...
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    Re: meliponine bees or stingless bees

    I also don’t think they would be legal in the United States. I also have doubts about how they would survive anyways. They’re a tropical bee and if they could naturally survive in a temperate...
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    Re: Do bees overwinter in hot climates?

    Even here in Honduras there is a definite dearth period where the bees “overwinter”. Obviously the temperatures never get low enough to keep the bees inside. The only thing that may keep them from...
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    Re: Transferring a nuc to a top bar.

    As Rader said, a straight-sided long hive is one option. The hive in the following picture I threw together with some old barn boards and installed a five frame nuc. After the hive gets building some...
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    Re: buzzing in Jamaica

    Welcome to the Beesource forum. I hope your stay at Yerba Buena Farm has been good. Kwao and Agape are wonderful people. I had a look at part of your blog. It seems like you’ve been having a really...
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    Re: 19" top bar hives

    I do the very same thing as TheGeneralsBees. I first learned about top bar hives (and beekeeping) as a Peace Corps volunteer here in Honduras. One of our sources of information was “Small Scale...
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    Simple top bar hive feeders

    I had a Beesource member private message me about how a feeder works that he saw on my Photobucket page. He is looking for something simple (minimal carpentry involved) that will hold enough feed to...
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    Re: Anyone Have Plans For A KTBH Swarm Trap?

    I do catch swarms down here in Honduras, but I suspect it is more the Africanized bee than my trap hives. The trap hives I’ve designed, however, do work well for me. The way I’ve designed them and...
  19. Thread: Starter Strips

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    Re: Starter Strips

    I usually make my starter strips by cutting newspaper or regular white photocopier paper into one-half inch strips and bathing it in melted wax. Putting it into melted wax two times has worked fine...
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    Re: entrance location

    The entrances are about in the middle of the end pieces on my trap hives. Mine are about three-quarters inch high and four inches long. You may want to tack a piece of half-inch wire mesh over the...
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    Re: Feeding Fondant Idea

    I sometimes use a “candy frame” for feeding some of my tbh hives here in Honduras. It’s made to fit inside my Kenyan tbhs and will hold about five to six pounds of sugar. I like these for my hives...
  22. Re: How many bars of honey do you get from an established TBH?

    This with my Africanized bees here in Honduras so take that into consideration. Also, I don’t do intensive management with my hives—sometimes none. Some I only enter to take honey.

    So with that...
  23. Beekeeping in Jamaica—“bush bee” cut-outs

    For those beekeepers who like to do cutouts and may not have seen this (because things get buried so fast over on the Bee Forum), I’ve had a thread there about a Partners of the Americas’...
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    Beekeeping in Jamaica—top bar hives

    For those top bar beekeepers who may not have seen this (because things get buried so fast over on the Bee Forum), I’ve had a thread there about a Partners of the Americas’ Farmer-to-Farmer...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Jamaica

    Final thoughts on my Farmer to Farmer top bar hive assignment

    My month of beekeeping in Jamaica is over and I have been back home in Honduras for about a week now. The whole Farmer to Farmer...
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