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    Musings on Minimalist Beehive Management

    Musings on Minimalist Beehive Management
    http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2017/06/musings-on-minimalist-beehive-management.html

    In their zealousness, some new beekeepers always want to...
  2. Re: What would you think about extra long cleats?

    I used extra wide starter strips one time, maybe a bit over an inch hanging below the bar. The problem I had was the bees attached the comb only to the starter strip and not the bar itself. It gave...
  3. Thread: TBH website

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    Re: TBH website

    Ruthie, thanks for posting the link to Dee Lusby’s book, "The Way Back to Biological Beekeeping." I´ve never run across this before. I think it’s going to be a good read.

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    Re: TBH website

    Saludos Jeff,

    The two-colony hive you are referring to was a special case. Both colonies entered on their own. The wall was propolis made by the stingless bees. The other colony was Africanized...
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    Re: TBH website

    Saludos Jeff,

    For me, the top bar hive fórum here at Beesource is the best. However, there are several other places where you can get some good tbh information.

    Both Phil Chandler’s “Natural...
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    Re: Beginner Beek Interested in TBH

    Saludos BeeChick,

    It’s always good to hear of new people wanting to get into beekeeping with top bar hives.

    I’ve been beekeeping with top bar hives for 25 years now and have been writing about...
  7. Musings About Making a Top Bar Hive—the basics

    Musings on Beekeeping: Musings About Making a Top Bar Hive—the basics
    http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2017/01/musings-about-making-top-bar-hivethe.html

    The newest post on my blog—the...
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    Musings on Bees in the Cemetery

    Musings on Beekeeping: Musings on Bees in the Cemetery

    I went for a walk the other Sunday to stretch my legs with Scooter, my dog. Of all the possible routes we could have taken, I decided to head...
  9. Re: The Pros and Cons of the AHB (Africanized Honey Bee)

    I’ve worked with Africanized bees in Honduras for the last 25 years. I have no other choice. It is the only bee that is available for me.

    It’s a love-hate relationship. They have their good...
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    Re: Horizontal hive (long lang) plans and pics

    Saludos Razoo. Before I respond, understand that I deal with Africanized bees in Honduras in a tropical climate. What my bees do might not be the same as the European bees up in the States.

    My...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Romania

    See this page of photos and descriptions of Romanian beekeeping from the website of Eric Tourneret, “The Bee Photographer.”
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    Re: Horizontal hive (long lang) plans and pics

    I’ve played around with some long hives but they have never been a major part of my operation. Just about all of my hives are the trapezoidal Kenyan tbhs. The rectangular shaped Tanzanian tbh tend to...
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    Re: Musings on a Survivor Hive

    Thanks for the comment and liking the post. I'll do my best to keep churning out more posts.

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    Musings on a Survivor Hive

    http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2016/09/musings-on-survivor-hive.html
    Musings on a Survivor Hives

    There’s this little hive I have behind my house. They came on their own, moving into an...
  15. Musings about looking backwards in order to move forward Looking ahead to constantly

    Musings about looking backwards in order to move forward
    http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2016/07/musings-about-looking-backwards-in_2.html

    Looking ahead to constantly improve and...
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    Re: Mixing frames and top bars

    I’ve run a mixture of frames and top bars in my Tanzanian-style tbhs. Here in Honduras I did the opposite of what you plan. I wanted the brood on top bars and the comb drawn naturally according to...
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    Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives

    For the followers of my blog who may have not seen these last two posts… I originally put this over in the swarms forum a while back since it’s about my use of trap hives. But here it is again for...
  18. More Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Learn from My Mistakes

    Almost all beekeepers learn from trial and error. I know I have. I’ll admit that I’ve made more than my share of mistakes when dealing with swarm traps. Learn from the messes I’ve made and maybe you...
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    Re: Usurpations all AHB?

    In my 25 years of working with Africanized bees, I’ve never seen this happen—at least while I was in the apiary working with the hives.

    However, that’s not to say that it isn’t possible. I can’t...
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    Re: Lets talk swarm trap location

    Keep them on the edge of the pasture areas, along the tree line—a location that you think the bees will easily find. I don’t like to put traps inside dense plots of trees. If there is a lone tree in...
  21. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Here’s a photo with the dimensions for my tbh swarm traps (and the permanent boxes). The width of the swarm traps is exactly ten bars.
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  22. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Whiskers, in that sense, yes, it is almost like Eden. There are some very stunning views around here. I love the contrast between the mountains and the valley.

    It is somewhat hit and miss about...
  23. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Whiskers, if you're refering to the abundance of swarms that I can catch--yes. But no, wait...they're all Africanized! You take the good with the bad.
  24. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    The forgetten swarm trap..... That's happened to me on occasion. Someone stops me in the street to ask when I'm going to take the swarm trap down and I've been thinking they have all been taken down...
  25. Re: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”

    Based on my experiences with Africanized bees, what you say does make sense. These bees aren’t that particular about where they set up shop. However, the ideal for the bees (40 liter) is not always...
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