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  1. #1
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    Dec 2004
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    Totnes, Devon, England
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    Default bottomless beekeeping

    I'm not necessarily recommending this as a design principle (although Charles Martin Simon did, see http://www.beesource.com/pov/simon/bottomless.htm, but it is interesting how bees can adapt.

    Very sweet-tempered bees, though - I was wearing ordinary clothes, no veil and they had no objections to being filmed from close range.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...86538155&hl=en
    The Barefoot Beekeeper http://www.biobees.com

  2. #2
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    Feb 2012
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    Eugene, Oregon, United States
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    Default Re: bottomless beekeeping

    Hey Buckbee,

    I have four hives all top bar. One is a Kenyan the other three are in supers. The Kenyan and two of the top bar are bottomless. I find that when they are bottomless they are more aggressive. My theory is that it is due to the increase of bees acting as guard bees. Bee eye surface area equals more guards, as opposed to the small amount at a small entrance.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
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    Eugene, Oregon, United States
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    Default Re: bottomless beekeeping

    ...I will be putting bottoms on for the winter. Probably going to go away from bottomless. Plus in the "wild" bees would never by choice have an exposed bottom; quite the opposite; they seem to close up everything as tight as possible.

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