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  1. Thread: Ant invasion!

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    Re: Ant invasion!

    I used to keep Tanzanian Topbar hives. Like a KTBH, but straight sided, sized for Lang frames. I used on the legs a mix of automotive grease, used motor oil, and a large portion of insecticide. I...
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    Re: 'Native' & 'Local'

    There are feral black bees here ,in rural eastern Arizona. High plains, high altitude Pinyon/Juniper ecosystem.Some year I'll catch a colony. They are large too. Not typical of this area.
  3. Thread: Ant invasion!

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    Re: Ant invasion!

    If you can make a large size landing pad out of 1/8" hardware cloth, not touching the ground, you can put diatomacious earth in a ring around the hive. Except for the entry area bees seldom go around...
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    Re: Warre Modifications

    The spacing inside a Warre hive is pretty exacting. (By bees not us). If your boxes are smaller you'll have the bees make 2 or 3 combs and by the 3rd topbar they will build comb on the edge of a bar....
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    As long as the total of the bars and the gap remains 1 3/8" or less you can make them longer. In KTBH they are 1 3/8" wide and (usually) 17" long. I've used 1 1/4" for smaller wild bees and they...
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    You will find, as you work Warre hives, that it is very easy to maintain beespace within the box. You will see and hear of the " maintenence" in Lang hives. Much of it consists of scraping the frames...
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    Re: My latest incredible invention - the BBWAB

    I use a lot of warre hives. I used the basic idea of a Bushkills vacuum set, but Warre hive sized.. I believe you will be held up in history, not as a beekeeping great but right up there with Christ...
  8. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Whole hives can be blown over here. It's not just the cover. I live in a high altitude prarie area. 40 - 50 mph wind is not uncommon on a sunny day here in spring. Most places are not so bad. But......
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    Dont worry about it. Just learn about beekeeping. Warre hives are easy to use.
  10. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Thank you Bernhard. That is interesting. My modifications that I mentioned in the hives I make are; A flat roof and a feeder deck built into the quilt. It's simply a jar feeder. I use folding frames...
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    Do your own research if you care.
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    To Honeyforall, if you had any experience keeping Warre hives you would not say they are "Rube Goldberg". Is your opinion based on your limited knowledge? Seems so.
    Even with mass production of...
  13. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    @ Bernhard, Very nice hives! They show the excellent brood laying pattern common with a properly set up Warre hive. My hives do the same. More thought went into them than most folks realise.
    I do...
  14. Re: Queenless split...your opinoin on my options

    Here's a way to use an eeevil hive as a resource.
    Get boxes for doing splits or nucs. Estimate how many nucs you can make with the frames in your nasty hive, then order that number of queens. You...
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    Re: Harvesting a single frame

    Take a comb out, cut it into chunks, in a large mixing bowl. Smash it well with a potato masher and put it in a big kitchen strainer set into a large enamel or stainless stock pot. Place in a nice...
  16. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Re: lifting Warre boxes. Get a small box stand, or use a flat roof. The roof is more convenient. Remove the roof placing top down or set stand down by hive and put quilt on it kitty corner. Place...
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    Re: OMG...I did it!

    Good luck with those queens! I do mine the lazy way. I split a box and wait for the bees to make one ( or 10 ).
    Re: getting stung in the eye. 4 years ago I took one on my eyeball changing...
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    Re: Warre - Top Entrance

    I have to put in my 2 cents worth here. It's fairly short. I have tried the top entry and find the floor of the hive full of junk dropped by the bees. I doubt it is an advantage, except for the wax...
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    Re: Newcomer building custom warre hive

    I built some with 2x8. Also some with 2x10 cut to the metric height. (Approx 8. 3/16"). They are great for wintering over. Strangely, the bees seem to prefer them. They do better. U.S.standard...
  20. Thread: Buckfast bees

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    Re: Buckfast bees

    Yes. My typing is off today. Some are well described with an f word though!
  21. Thread: Buckfast bees

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    Re: Buckfast bees

    I do a lot of swarm lure boxes yearly. Here in AZ we get a lot of AFB.All your descriptions of Buckfast bees are worse than most of the wild hybrid and AFB. There are a few that are that bad. They...
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    Re: Tanzinian top bar hive plans

    I tried using a TTBH as a full size hive. My thinking was that it would be easier to start nucs or give brood to a swarm.( I also was using some Lang boxes.) I made the width the usual 19 7/8" for a...
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    Re: Tarantula Hawk wasp friendly or foe?

    There are many around here. I watched one jam a tarantula, paralized by that venom, back down its own hole. Eggs are laid on or in the still living spider and the wasp larvae feast and hatch out of...
  24. Thread: Nuc Into TBH?

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    Re: Nuc Into TBH?

    Personally hybrid hives make me never want to see one again. I would consider putting in a plain package. One benefit of aTBH is that you have room for a temporary inside feeder to give a new package...
  25. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    you can just shove a wad of wax or comb into a top bar hive's holes. Save one for the bees. Smaller entries need fewer defenders. Drastic measures can be needed. Traps are good. Got 100's? Screen the...
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