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    Default Re: Making a skep

    Quote Originally Posted by StewRoten View Post
    There's a jail somewhere with a block reserved just for miscreant bee keepers.
    Population: Zero
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    Default Re: Making a skep

    Many swarm traps dont have moveable frames....
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    Quote Originally Posted by honeydrunkapiaries View Post
    Many swarm traps dont have moveable frames....
    They are temporary housing, not hives, right? Were they permanent housing they would be illegal.
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    Default Re: Making a skep

    In my location, coppiced willow would be best.
    USDA hardiness zone 6b

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPeacock View Post

    I understand that keeping bees in this manner is frowned upon, so my intention is not to place bees in the skep, but rather to simply put a skep out somewhere away from the hives and simply let nature run it's course.

    I'm curious about opinions on dimensions though. I doubt there was a "standard" size, but there are surely accepted values...perhps the 40 litre volume of a swarm trap?
    The use of skeps is illegal in America. Combs cannot be removed for inspection for brood diseases.

    Skeps were a specific size. Look up the word in the Oxford English Dictionary and you will find it was used as a unit of measure. A skep of grain, a skep of coal. It was also an office trash can, and about that same size.
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    Default Re: Making a skep

    If you will find and look at Dideroit's Encyclopedia of 1660 you will find illustrated there special tools for cutting combs out of skeps. Just FYI. Not to tell you how to use skeps.
    Mark Berninghausen

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    Default Re: Making a skep

    I'm out. It was both the non-removable comb and the hand coating with fresh cow dung.
    David
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