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  Topic: Home offered for swarm
Houstonbees

Replies: 1
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:56 pm   Subject: Home offered for swarm
Hello,
Read, read, read !!! So much to learn but so much fun. David Heafs' book an excellent place to start---https://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Beekeeping-Warre-Hive-David/dp/1908904380/ref=as_sl_pc_ ...
  Topic: TBH material, leylandii cypress
Houstonbees

Replies: 4
Views: 5537

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:36 pm   Subject: TBH material, leylandii cypress
I agree with Barbara---Do not coat the inside of the hive body with anything not naturally occurring in a hive. The Warre's I built using plain pine boards have all been coated on the inside with pro ...
  Topic: Bee's built combe across all the bars!
Houstonbees

Replies: 11
Views: 7200

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:17 pm   Subject: Bee's built combe across all the bars!
Batesy, someone else is going to have to take it from here as I have no top bar hive experience since I've got Warre's. It does sound like you'll have to cut the comb apart and reattach to the top ba ...
  Topic: Bee's built combe across all the bars!
Houstonbees

Replies: 11
Views: 7200

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:00 pm   Subject: Bee's built combe across all the bars!
What type of hive do you have? Makes all the diff in the world as to how you should proceed.
  Topic: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Houstonbees

Replies: 19
Views: 13136

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:10 pm   Subject: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Nice to "experiment", but reinventing the wheel ? I use Warre hives here in Houston, Tx. I'd say use either Warre, Langstroth, or "Nationals" and maybe tinker from that known bas ...
  Topic: To sand or not to sand?
Houstonbees

Replies: 7
Views: 7690

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:58 pm   Subject: To sand or not to sand?
I'd be willing to bet that you won't notice one bit an "as sawn" look when that top bar is drawn with comb and packed full of honey!
  Topic: Just finished building this bee mansion
Houstonbees

Replies: 11
Views: 14310

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:17 pm   Subject: Just finished building this bee mansion
Total overkill. But she got what she wanted, and I hope she paid you well for those palaces. Next will come the call asking to help move tenants in and manage the hives.
  Topic: Afterswarm
Houstonbees

Replies: 4
Views: 5211

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:12 pm   Subject: Afterswarm
Hmm......a swarm in May is worth a load of hay, a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, a swarm in July is not worth a fly (old proverb from the 17th century).
If there isn't a queen I'd combine em ...
  Topic: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
Houstonbees

Replies: 22
Views: 24719

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:39 pm   Subject: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
Consider some sort of GPS location device, plus a brand?
  Topic: 1st top bar Hive going well
Houstonbees

Replies: 3
Views: 5142

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 12:09 pm   Subject: 1st top bar Hive going well
Experience with my Warre's has shown the hive will accept the feed until they decide it is no longer wanted. My hives abruptly stopped feeding when our Tallow trees started blooming. That's when I pu ...
  Topic: Feeding a weak colony: is 3% organic corn starch a problem ?
Houstonbees

Replies: 2
Views: 4363

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:21 am   Subject: Feeding a weak colony: is 3% organic corn starch a problem ?
Dean,
Would be better to use plain sugar if you can get it instead of powdered sugar with corn starch. Not certain why you used powdered sugar, might be all you had available. Think of it, bees do ...
  Topic: Original KTBH - Nearly 5 Years On.
Houstonbees

Replies: 8
Views: 11582

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:05 am   Subject: Original KTBH - Nearly 5 Years On.
You posted that the bees seem to prefer a solid floor. Could you please expand on your statement and give your thoughts from what you have observed these past 5 years that would support the preference ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Houstonbees

Replies: 22
Views: 28595

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:51 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Dusko,
Sad to see the damage done and so many bees squashed. They will recover though. But there is a silver lining to be seen with the pictures you took and posted. It shows very well that even wi ...
  Topic: My first hive
Houstonbees

Replies: 8
Views: 8311

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:46 pm   Subject: My first hive
Well....ummmm.......ugh......hmmmm......interesting.
  Topic: When to start your hive
Houstonbees

Replies: 5
Views: 5537

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:17 pm   Subject: When to start your hive
This info may help. I hived my package May 11th of last year into a Warre hive. Temprarture was in the low 80's by that time in Houston. Top bar shouldn't be much different I'd imagine. You've got to ...
  Topic: Condensation problem?
Houstonbees

Replies: 9
Views: 11166

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:55 pm   Subject: Condensation problem?
Thanks for all of the info so far. I've got a Warre hive built to Warres' specs almost to the exact dimensions. So, think what I'll try first from all the suggestions is lift the hive( I built a hiv ...
  Topic: First hive
Houstonbees

Replies: 8
Views: 12220

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:22 am   Subject: First hive
Ok, I'll step in with the first obvious question as details are lacking. What type of hive did you construct?
  Topic: Condensation problem?
Houstonbees

Replies: 9
Views: 11166

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:15 am   Subject: Condensation problem?
Has anyone seen this happen before? Past couple of days we've been in the low 70's , partly sunny, and the girls flying pollen in like crazy. Then we had a cold front pass thru yesterday late afterno ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Houstonbees

Replies: 134
Views: 211044

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:47 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
See post above first from member 9945121 (Yes, a name would be very nice to have). WOW, exactly as I see things. I have to agree with 994's post. I'm a first year "beehaver" having hived my ...
  Topic: Healthy Bees in Texas
Houstonbees

Replies: 21
Views: 29821

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:39 pm   Subject: Healthy Bees in Texas
Just thought I'd post and say hello. I'm located on the NE side of Houston close to IAH. I'm not even through a "first year" having built my Warre and hived a package May 11th. From what I ...
 
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