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  Topic: Review of two more Skep books
Ernie Farmboy

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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:25 pm   Subject: Review of two more Skep books
These two books came earlier then expected, so as promised, my reviews of the two books. From 1850- “The bee-Keepers Manual, Practical Advice” by Henry Taylor and “The Handy Book of Bees; Being a Prac ...
  Topic: Great skep keeping book
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 7
Views: 2435

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:59 pm   Subject: Great skep keeping book
Hi Barbara, finally getting back to you. So many projects Smile.
A correction, the grass I use for my skeps is not Canary Orchard Grass it is called Canary Straw Grass.
It absolutely fascinates me ...
  Topic: Great skep keeping book
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 7
Views: 2435

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:47 pm   Subject: Great skep keeping book
I just ordered Pettigrew's book and another called The Bee-Keepers Manual: Practical Advice, by Henry Taylor in 1855. Taylor's book appears to have skep keeping in it also. They are supposed to arriv ...
  Topic: Great skep keeping book
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 7
Views: 2435

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:01 pm   Subject: Great skep keeping book
Hi Barbara,
I am a bit of a bee keeping book collector. Modern and historical, I honestly love the books as much as my bees. So I couldn't help myself when you mentioned a new book I hadn't se ...
  Topic: Great skep keeping book
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 7
Views: 2435

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:18 pm   Subject: Great skep keeping book
Skeps- Their History Making and Use, by Frank Alston. It's published by Northern Bee Books. I have spent years looking for historical accurate sources for beekeeping in skeps. I have found a few bo ...
  Topic: Skeps
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 10
Views: 5208

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:55 pm   Subject: Skep covering
I thought I would drop a line and share my skep building experiences. I found the recipe for an authentic ancient skep covering from the 1600's and it is awesome. It is called Cloam. It is 1 part f ...
  Topic: My next post- Good beginners book
Ernie Farmboy

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Views: 1528

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:26 pm   Subject: My next post- Good beginners book
The Thinking Beekeeper, by Christy Hemenway. An excellent easy to read and understand guide to successful Top Bar keeping. Ms Hemenway writes skillfully along the thin line of- assuming you know not ...
  Topic: Undoubtedly the most in-depth Top Bar Keeping book
Ernie Farmboy

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Views: 1011

PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:11 pm   Subject: Undoubtedly the most in-depth Top Bar Keeping book
Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping: Wisdom & Pleasure Combined
By Dr. Wyatt A. Mangum.
I am a keeper and I will openly admit I am obsessed about bees, have loved them all my life. I hope that Dr. Mangum ...
  Topic: Equipment needed to go collect a swarm?
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 2
Views: 5144

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:52 am   Subject: Equipment needed to go collect a swarm?
It seems to me that there was a post somewhere on this forum where fellow keepers discussed and listed all the possible tools and equipment that were needed to successfully answer swarm calls and coll ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 22
Views: 19980

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 1:28 am   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Madasafish,
Thank you for detailed response, I appreciate it.

Ernie
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 22
Views: 19980

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:19 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Che,
I have to agree with the insulation under the roof and in cold wet climate and at least one small secondary top entrance. Here's my theory- The top bar is a horizontal movement hive as opp ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 22
Views: 19980

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 2:44 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Bees do survive in TBHs in winter.

The current design is totally unsuited to harsh winters and requires significant modifications to reduce heat loss...

Madasafish,
Now we're getting clos ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 22
Views: 19980

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 7:47 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
This business of wintering a Top Bar seems to be a major arguing point among non-top bar'ers. My concern is not so much trying to debate nonbelievers as needing to answer beginning Top Bar keepers qu ...
  Topic: cold climate top bar keeping debate
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 22
Views: 19980

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 6:25 pm   Subject: cold climate top bar keeping debate
It's the old "Top Bar hives can't survive cold winter climates" debate again. I know there has to be a thread on this subject somewhere on the forum. I don't really want to start another o ...
  Topic: Where to install bees in a Top Bar hive
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 0
Views: 2754

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:34 pm   Subject: Where to install bees in a Top Bar hive
I am sure this question has been asked and answered over and over. So if I can get some help being directed to those threads I would be glad to answer my own questions on this matter.
What is th ...
  Topic: Plans for the Golden hive?
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 5
Views: 10318

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:44 pm   Subject: Plans for the Golden hive?
Luc,

Click on the "PLANS" link for the hive.

Ernie
  Topic: Plans for the Golden hive?
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 5
Views: 10318

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:52 am   Subject: Found- plans for the Golden Hive
Just found online plans for the Golden Hive!

http://horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/hive-frame-swarm-trap.shtml
  Topic: Plans for the Golden hive?
Ernie Farmboy

Replies: 5
Views: 10318

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:23 am   Subject: Plans for the Golden hive?
I did try a search here before posting and couldn't find the answer to my question. Are the plans for making the Golden hive available anywhere? I mean the large framed single box Golden Hive, not th ...
 
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