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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...
  12. 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...
  16. 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...
  20. “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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