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  1. #1
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    Default Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    I ran across a picture of glass jar beekeeping. Looks very interesting. Has anyone else tried it? I would think it would make a fascinating conversation piece for bee talks.

    http://wasba.org/wp/wp-content/uploa...-Ostrofsky.pdf


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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    I have tried to do it but my flows are not strong enough to get the bees to go into the jars. I have told a friend of mine about it and he does it every year. He swears by it, as being the best way to get honey from bees, no fuss and no mess. Only problem is sometimes they swarm, as the hive must be packed and running out of space before they'll go into and start using the jars.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    You must place a started strip of foundation of comb in the bottom of the jar before it is inverted and placed on the hive. Other wise the bees will not start working it.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    How do you get all of the bees out of the jar? What if one dies in a jar, how do you get to it?

    Diderot's Encyclopedia of 1660 shows a pyramid shaped glass hive.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    Must be a cool climate thing, here if I tried that today (hit 98 in the shade) I fear it'd be a right mess for the girls to clean up. That said neat idea if you can do it!

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    When it's done, it's done inside a super w/ a cover on it. Not out in the open. Bees won't make comb in direct sunlight. Or so I have heard.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    I have done this - harvesting is hard. Difficult to get the bees out. No starter strips needed.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    What is the "bee escape" mentioned in the article?
    Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06

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    Default Re: Glass Jar Beekeeping?

    What is the "bee escape" mentioned in the article?
    It's the oval device made to fit the hole in the inner cover.
    installed correctly bees can go only one direction (out and not get back in)

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