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  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Rusty Strings

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:08 pm   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
I see, thanks for that
  Topic: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Rusty Strings

Replies: 7
Views: 625

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:30 am   Subject: Robbing indicator, or natural slow build up ?
Is this mesh to allow bees through and not wasps? surely bee robbers from other hives would still fit through, or does the mesh have another function?
  Topic: Western Red Cedar
Rusty Strings

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:04 am   Subject: Western Red Cedar
I wasn't aware of that, thanks for that.
Despite what I've read about cedars inherent stability, my gut feeling is to make the sides from 4" planks as it simplifies making the window I may inclu ...
  Topic: Western Red Cedar
Rusty Strings

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Views: 707

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:51 pm   Subject: Western Red Cedar
Decided build my next hive from the above wood. I have a local supplier that cuts up trees for the building industry and they supply what ever size planks I want. So, would 12"wide planks be sta ...
  Topic: Direct ways to manage a hTBH
Rusty Strings

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Views: 1360

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:51 pm   Subject: Direct ways to manage a hTBH
Thanks for that Barbara. I'm favouring the entrance on the end of the hive, and I like the idea of the porch before a follower. The feeder located there kind of scuppers that. I'm happier being able t ...
  Topic: Direct ways to manage a hTBH
Rusty Strings

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:04 am   Subject: Direct ways to manage a hTBH
I'm reading Phil Chandlers managing the top bar hive book and I have a question regarding what he calls plan B. After the end entrance the bees pass an internal feeder before entering the brood via a ...
  Topic: Hive scorching
Rusty Strings

Replies: 8
Views: 1557

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:30 pm   Subject: Hive scorching
Thanks again
I have noted a social meet for Derbyshire beekeepers next month so I'm going along.
  Topic: Hive scorching
Rusty Strings

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:23 am   Subject: Hive scorching
Thanks for that Barbara.
After I posted the question I noticed the current featured video from Phil Chandler on the Biobees w/s and there appears to be a scorched top bar in the frame.

As I'm a be ...
  Topic: Hive scorching
Rusty Strings

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Views: 1557

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:58 pm   Subject: Hive scorching
Hi all
When scorching the inside of a new hive, does this also include the top bars? I've seen Phil Chandlers hive on the videos and what appears to be scorched insides but the top bars look unscorch ...
 
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