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  Topic: READ THIS FIRST
BuffBum

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:23 am   Subject: READ THIS FIRST
Hi Phil,

You are probably aware with the recent issues with Photobucket (now AKA photobucks) so the "photo gallery" notes for posting photos may no longer apply.

http://www.biobees.com ...
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
BuffBum

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:20 am   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Andy,
HTH
http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=117779#117779
Lance
Cool
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:23 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
My attemp at Bee homing has failed.

Some time after the third swarm I reduced the number of bars in the hive after using the managment section in PH's book. It was almost full. I only removed emp ...
  Topic: Overcrowding
BuffBum

Replies: 12
Views: 1510

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:26 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
Rakeman,
I've only had bees for less than a year and I have recently bought PCs book Managing the Top Bar Hive and It has explained a lot, for example there are several management plans showing comb ...
  Topic: Overcrowding
BuffBum

Replies: 12
Views: 1510

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:50 pm   Subject: Overcrowding
" and they are quite capable of surviving a down pour on the outside of the hive at this time of year as the bees on the outside orientate their wings to shed water like slates on a roof and they ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:08 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Swarm No3
There was activity behind the camper again this morning and when I had a look there were a few hundered bees around the high up rear lights. Here we go again I thought but to my suprise dir ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 8:46 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Another swarm, this time I saw them making for the camper shortly after backing it up after working on it. Doug reckons just a small one, about five thousand this time plus a few more on a rear light ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
BuffBum

Replies: 17
Views: 2141

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:29 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
""Should I simply put the clip on top of the top bars?""

I didn't capture the queen, but because the length of the hive will be filled with bars and a roof over the whole hive t ...
  Topic: Beginner's problem - what to do?
BuffBum

Replies: 17
Views: 2141

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed May 03, 2017 11:23 am   Subject: Beginner's problem - what to do?
I’m a newbie and with a vertical hive beekeeper did a crop and chop from a National Bait box into a new 48” hTBH last July and they have gone from strength to strength.
The bait box had been placed ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 9:13 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Thanks Barbara,

Bees are now in a National Nuc' box with five combs to play with, fanning the opening and stragglers going in so we are confident we have the queen.

http://i.imgur.com/jJN5SUn.jp ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 5:03 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Wow, so excited my own swarm in my garden in the cut down conifers, couple of yards fron the hive.

http://i.imgur.com/dIMw19O.jpg

Only about chest height, waiting for matey to come and help.
...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:50 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
My hTBH has topbars all being used now from the middle to the left, center holes, one in use and very busy.
Had a look in yesterday for the first time since last September to remove the empty fondant ...
  Topic: Feeding Fondant in a top bar hive
BuffBum

Replies: 3
Views: 1477

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:10 pm   Subject: Feeding Fondant in a top bar hive
From what I have learned the problem with fondant in containers in the bottom of hTBH is that it may become sticky and trap the bees and this doesn’t happen if it is suspended above the bars in a hive ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:05 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Good ideas, I like the flattened bag best.
Cool
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:03 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
The bees in my hive have been there since July 2016, they have occupied one half of it up to a follower board, and I decided to let them do their thing and not remove any honey this year, next year we ...
  Topic: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
BuffBum

Replies: 5
Views: 3507

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:30 pm   Subject: Entrance size - how do you decide you've made it too small?
Hi Ben,

Here are details how to make a wasp trap given to me by my vertical hive mentor.

Get an empty two litre plastic pop bottle and cut it in half, throw away the cap.
Put a small amount of ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:27 am   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
AndyC
Well I hope mine are not fussy either as I have a selection of prepaired top bars as you describe plus some with waxed string Smile

My waiting hive has waxed triandular profile in at present, ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:50 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
This is what I been given.

The top box with National frames has a triving nucleus which will be chopped and cropped and supported with chicken wire stapled to the top bars of the hTBH. Doug will be ...
  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
BuffBum

Replies: 17
Views: 9991

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:17 pm   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH
Yes I did bend the ends on two of the top bars after I took the photos, only a few degrees. But 90 degrees and opening the gap is a better idea, cheers.
Cool
  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
BuffBum

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:24 pm   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH
The other method is a chop but with much less crop.

Cut pieces of chicken wire about 200 x 100 and trim the short ends so it is spiky.

Staple them centred under plain top bars or fold them over ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:44 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Just a quicky.
It's 22:45 here and I have just arrived home to be be told that I have had a bait box of bees delivered.
They must be from my mate Doug because he said I'm the next on the local swar ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:43 am   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Feeling down at present.......little family did not survive. Crying or Very sad

Earlier in the month I had a visit from Beewrangler while he was in the UK and he could not find the marked Queen. The number o ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 7:12 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Hi Barbara,
The bees had already started building comb in the poly box, I was not aware of that until I took off the lid which also had a tiny bit of comb attached to it.
Maybe that explains why the ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 3:12 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Made a syrup feeder from a food container and plastic waste pipe components.
Does the team think it will work?

The pipe fittings are pushed together not solvent glued and the pipe that enters the ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:09 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
My hTBH has bees, feeling good at the moment.
I went to see some of my friends National hives today and he suprised me by offering me a small box containing a queen and family doing what bees do.
So ...
  Topic: Observation window design
BuffBum

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 05, 2016 11:04 am   Subject: Observation window design

Thank you Barbara. I was thinking about the same, except I was going to use triple-sheeted glass on a complete side (no wood).


This is what I'm playing with.......double glazed units for the lo ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:43 am   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
The advice I got from this forum for using food poly boxes as bait hives was that the bees would likely strip the polystyrene out over time as it is a different density to that used for poly hives. co ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:26 am   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
Hi Lance,
I'm in Kingswinford throughout June so I could pop over for a coffee and chat if you would like.

Just restarting at my new house here in Lorraine after a couple of years moving around to ...
  Topic: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
BuffBum

Replies: 49
Views: 19928

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:01 pm   Subject: My hTBH in Quarry Bank
I'm using an old polystyrene food box as a bait hive, it's the right size and volume.

Only thing is it's been down the garden for years trying to persuade a local cat to use it as a bedroom at nigh ...
  Topic: READ THIS FIRST
BuffBum

Replies: 8
Views: 18985

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:05 pm   Subject: READ THIS FIRST
Off Topic.

Get password incorrect for that link to Photobucket


Andy, I think there have been some changes since the Photobucket link was posted (2008), for example when I try via Firefox, I ge ...
 
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