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    Re: Top Bar Bee Hive Plans

    There's a hint of a suggestion in the above that there are some TBH's which perhaps don't work - or which don't work too well ?

    I invite you to look at this picture, which is of a guy building...
  2. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    The original question is slightly flawed, in that it ought to contain a qualifier such as: "which produces the most honey/bees in a given location ?".

    So - if we take the hilly regions of Spain...
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    FWIW - this is how Doolittle came to own Langstroth hives:



    Doolittle expressed his reasons for not continuing to use the two experimental Long Hives which had produced such bumper harvests -...
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    That simply isn't true - he was gifted a number of Langstroth hives which he then continued to use - but his favourite hive, right throughout his life, was what he called his "6-frame hive". This...
  5. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    There are many variables involved in Honey yield, not just the shape of the boxes - location, weather, availability of forage, bee-type, colony strength and timing, beekeeper skill, and so on ...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Hi Frank - well spotted ! That's one of the details I forgot to mention.

    As you say, a central batten would solve that problem. This is an example of someone else having done just that:
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    That's one of the things which appeals to me too. :)

    If 5-frame nuc boxes are already available, then one alternative to modifying a 10-frame brood box would be to build the whole stack using...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Yes - Frank is spot on - our standard brood boxes are indeed 18" wide, 18 & 1/8" to be exact. If you count the number of frames in the bottom box of that diagram, you'll find there's 12 - which is...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Thanks to fatshark for supplying a link to the Steve Rose Method. I've often thought that this is one of those cases where a simple diagram could replace a long description, and a few years ago I...
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    Re: Moving splits

    With the exception of drone hives, I operate within just the one yard - zero problems providing anti-robbing screens are deployed. I like to place new colonies on old stands whenever possible to...
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    Re: Translation & Authenticity ?

    Quite riight too. :)
    De Layens is BIG on leaving combs of capped honey in the hive for winter use. He's quite specific about when to use the Fusay feeder - for early spring build-up, and...
  12. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    I used to be big into 'Self Sufficiency' (on a bit more than 1/4 acre !) until I woke up one morning with the sudden realisation that what I was engaged in was the ultimate in selfishness - because I...
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    Re: Translation & Authenticity ?

    I'm sure that kind of feeder would work ok if it were full-width - but in the narrow format I wanted that design didn't work very well at all.

    This is a mock-up of what I wanted - a feeder for a...
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    Airwreck - what a refreshing read - nice one :)

    Re: Mann-Lake being 'cheap' ... not overall in my experience - only their price tag. But - just in case you think I'm bad-mouthing ML - my...
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    Re: Beekeeper of the year criteria

    My concern wouldn't be so much about the criteria used - although it would always be nice to see some recognition of those who are generous with their time and their assistance towards others - but...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    This is one of the original threads about the Joseph Clemens method:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?245982-Larger-queen-cells-do-they-produce-larger-queens

    As you will read in...
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    Strewth. I has no idea people used such strong colonies - indeed, one of the features of the Cloake Board is the congestion which re-directing the returning foragers up into the top box causes. ...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Ray's quite right: there are indeed many methods - so many in fact that's it's easy for somebody setting out on this path to become confused between them.

    I've always found it useful to bear in...
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    Why have you got a QX between the Bottom Board and the Q+ve Brood Box ? - it's both unnecessary & undesirable.
    LJ
  20. Re: Feeding dry sugar in top bar hive in winter

    Inability to supply feed above Top Bars was one reason why I stopped using TBH's.

    I did made one possible solution:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/99/b2/n7fjX6Pb_o.jpg
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    I mainly use equipment that can't be bought from any beekeeping supplier, so in practice there's no other choice than to make it myself.

    If I ran a beekeeping operation along business lines,...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    But there is a reason - it's the same one which causes supersedure cells to be started - a reduction in, but not an absence of, Queen pheromone. This pheromone reduction can be further increased...
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    Re: New fight against the mite?

    There's yet another issue which hasn't been mentioned yet. Even if this were to be a roaring success (which I doubt), there's also the issue of public perception to take into account, as GM bacteria...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Bit of a change in the weather. Got hit by a storm last night which wasn't expected until later-on today - the site here looks pretty trashed right now: anything which wasn't firmly held down is now...
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    Re: Translation & Authenticity ?

    Interesting ... Quite a production - but then you're talking about a work which would have been hugely important to many devout followers.

    I don't think De Layens' book is in quite the same...
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