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  1. #1
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    Default Bee lining box source?

    Hi All,

    I thought I would try my hand at the age-old art of bee lining. It sounds fun and interesting, and it would helpful to know the location of feral colonies in my area to perhaps collect swarms from.

    I am aware of this thread on bee lining from mid-2008:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...bee+lining+box

    I am also aware that forum member "Jim Fischer" has a dad who has made bee lining boxes in the past, and I hav an email in to Mr. Fischer to see if such boxes are still available.ee

    I don't have time to make my own bee lining box, so I am wondering if anyone knows of other sources of bee lining boxes? Or maybe someone has a bee lining box they no longer use and wouldn't mind selling?

    Thanks!

    --shinbone
    Last edited by shinbone; 03-11-2013 at 12:11 PM.
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 12 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    shinbone,

    Here are a couple of possible literature sources:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34044...-h/34044-h.htm

    http://northernwoodlands.org/article...-wild-beehives

    Please let me know how you make out.

    Bear Creek Steve

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    Here are a couple sites I've got bookmarked. I never seem to get around to building one or doing it myself though.

    https://sites.google.com/site/beelin...rted/bee-boxes

    http://www.bee-quick.com/500/box_demo.html There's a cool explanation of how it really works.

    http://www.mitzenmacher.net/photogallery/v/TheBeeHunt/
    Ninja, is not in the dictionary. Well played Ninja's, well played...

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    Thanks for the links! Fascinating stuff.
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 12 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    To make it easier to follow bees dust them with bright orange chalk box chalk, you can get it any any hardware store.
    "Of all God's creatures, only the honeybee improves its environment and preys on no other species."--Haydon Brown

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpbees View Post
    To make it easier to follow bees dust them with bright orange chalk box chalk, you can get it any any hardware store.
    Now that's downright clever. I've hear of tying tinsel to them but I knew that would eventually kill them. The chalk is cheap and easy to cleaned off with the bee none the worse for wear.
    Ninja, is not in the dictionary. Well played Ninja's, well played...

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    Did you read the article on hunting feral colonies in the "Points of View" section?

    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-vi...eral-colonies/

    It talks about trying to find feral colonies on Santa Cruz Island. It is pretty interesting if you are thinking about bee lining. Doesn't really help with the box though.

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    Default Re: Bee lining box source?

    Huntertn - Thanks for the link! That appears to be the most up-to-date information on bee lining currently available. Interesting stuff!
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 12 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

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