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    Default Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    GG: one idea - since we are talking of essentially "row of hives", it also makes sense to alternate entrance height (say: low-high-low-high) OR make it configurable so you close the low/open the high - this is to make the neighboring units somewhat distinct and also give them choices - some swarms will move into the low entrance/others will prefer the upper - a consideration.... Excited about your idea already.
    yes configurable, that needs some thought. the end ones can be around the corner, so that angle of entrance would help, also I can paint something different on the entrance area. Maybe a piece or tin in between entrances, a foot /12inches would help a lot. what about making them all interconnected and just do not worry about drift? 4 eggs in 1 basket. or a combo 2 singles and a double. want to make it easy and winterable. the mice worry me, big issue here , they are everywhere.

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    Default Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Goose View Post
    yes configurable, .......... the mice worry me, big issue here , they are everywhere.
    Entrances around the corner - a good idea.

    NO interconnections. NOOOO!
    Unless you are a priest - then maybe.

    Mice - I never worry of the mice and don't get the the problem - just staple 1/2 or 3/8 screen EVERYWHERE you have even a little doubt.
    I never have mice problem with 1/2 screens in all entrances and all ventilation holes and in few weak spots, for a good measure.
    Considering most all of my hives are in out-yards (woods, bush and tall grass) - varmints are a plenty - I don't get people complaining of the mice.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Entrances around the corner - a good idea.

    NO interconnections. NOOOO!
    Unless you are a priest - then maybe.
    so do you have experience with connected complexes? They are wild if you like the edge. They go to the dark side somewhat easy. Turn into to robber towers. they easily figure out they are bigger and go about robbing out all the little hives. A priest is actually a good idea, "Bless this complex and take away its evil ways"
    Last edited by Gray Goose; 08-22-2019 at 03:14 PM. Reason: spellling

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    Default Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Goose View Post
    so do you have experience with connected complexes? ....
    No, I don't.
    I only read documented cases where bees lived in the inter-connected tree cavities.
    It was *not* documented how many actual queens were present (I suppose that would be near impossible to know).

    But, heck, you can make those interconnections configurable and give it a go just as well (beauty of the bee-wall).
    A simple hole through the stud - all you need (nothing to over-engineer there).
    Simple is always good.

    Plug it permanently with steel wool plug/wooden plug - very simple - bees will not get through.
    Plug it temporarily with a rag/paper towel - bees will chew through and unite.
    Unplug the stud hole into the empty cavity if the neighboring volume is getting overflown - extra bees will hang out in the empty volume and maybe even build into it.
    If the connection holes are done at the bottom of the each cavity (the bees will be starting at the top) - you can just keep those inter-connections opened at all times and don't worry - colonies may unite (OR not) as they grow down and reach those connections holes.

    If going crazy, then just go nuts.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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