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  1. Welcome Forum
    Hi everyone! We bought a tract of land in Missouri consisting of 70 acres wooded and 10 acres tillable. We will be making our new home there. We are not beekeeping yet, but will as soon as we get there. We will trap wild bees and raise them naturally in horizontal hives. Can't wait.
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I'm a newbie. I have 2 Layens hives with 3 entrances across the bottom front of each one. What's the purpose of these multiple entrances? Are they only used if you have multiple colonies in each hive?
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I've decided on building a hive and have settled on the Layens. But before I start I'd like to ask for opinions. Firstly, should I go for solid wood or insulated plywood. I am in the PNW (Vancouver/Zone C) so moisture is a much bigger concern than cold. Secondly, what size should I build or what...
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Found this YouTube video of a gentleman discussing an antique Layens hive. Beautiful hive, unfortunately I don't speak or understand French, and YouTube translate is not helping me identify the tube of paste/balm he is wiping on the hive. Is this Lemon balm? Is this the same as than lemon...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hi everyone. I'm Nick, I live in Southwest Michigan, and I am a recovering package-buying beekeeper. Three years of doing that, three years of Georgia bees dying for various reasons. PSM, SHB, mice, condensation, and bad beekeeping too I'm sure. I'm ready to try something different this time...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hey everyone, I'm curious if anyone else does this (using top bars that don't touch and a cover cloth) because I'm genuinely interested in working my top bar hives (well, also my extra-deep horizontal hives) this way. The idea is to use a cover cloth like in a Warre hive, or in the German...
  7. Bee Forum
    Greetings all, This will be my first year beekeeping. I will be starting my beekeeping journey with a Layens, Lazutin, or Long Langstroth Hive. Hoping to find others on this forum familiar with horizontal and extra deep horizontal hives, and ideally folks who are familiar with their use in a...
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