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  Topic: Musings About Making a Top Bar Hive—the basics
Tomas

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 11:42 am   Subject: Musings About Making a Top Bar Hive—the basics
Musings on Beekeeping: Musings About Making a Top Bar Hive—the basics
http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2017/01/musings-about-making-top-bar-hivethe.html

The newest post on my blog—the basic ...
  Topic: How to make a top bar hive using straw and cow dung...
Tomas

Replies: 4
Views: 9121

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:16 pm   Subject: How to make a top bar hive using straw and cow dung...
Very interesting video, Phil. I ran across an article somewhere on the internet where they used a similar technique for making Langstroth-type hives.

I’ve had the chance to experiment with natural ...
  Topic: Bait hive matching TBH?
Tomas

Replies: 20
Views: 10487

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:01 am   Subject: Bait hive matching TBH?
From my blog, "Musings on Beekeeping."

Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”
http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2016/03/musings-about-swarms-and-trap-hives.html
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  Topic: Musings on a Survivor Hive
Tomas

Replies: 1
Views: 1340

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:16 pm   Subject: Musings on a Survivor Hive
http://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot....ivor-hive.html
Musings on a Survivor Hives

There’s this little hive I have behind my house. They came on their own, moving into an empty trap hive I had stor ...
  Topic: Musings about looking backwards in order to move forward
Tomas

Replies: 1
Views: 1421

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:41 pm   Subject: Musings about looking backwards in order to move forward
https://musingsonbeekeeping.blogspot.com/2016/07/musings-about-looking-backwards-in_2.html

Looking ahead to constantly improve and modernize something isn’t always the answer to the problems we fac ...
  Topic: More Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Learn from My Mist
Tomas

Replies: 0
Views: 1714

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:55 pm   Subject: More Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Learn from My Mist
Almost all beekeepers learn from trial and error. I know I have. I’ll admit that I’ve made more than my share of mistakes when dealing with swarm traps. Learn from the messes I’ve made and maybe you c ...
  Topic: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”
Tomas

Replies: 0
Views: 1588

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:16 pm   Subject: Musings about Swarms and Trap Hives: Getting “Free-bees”
Most people don’t mind getting freebies—getting something for nothing. Beekeepers aren’t the exception. They always need to find ways to save a bit of money with their beekeeping.

Whether it is ju ...
  Topic: Musings About a Double Colony Hive
Tomas

Replies: 2
Views: 2273

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:07 pm   Subject: Musings About a Double Colony Hive
Para los apicultores y miembros de este foro quien habla español, ya tengo este en mi otro blog, “Reflexiones Sobre Apicultura.”

For the Spanish speaking beekeepers and members here on this forum, ...
  Topic: Musings About a Double Colony Hive
Tomas

Replies: 2
Views: 2273

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:26 am   Subject: Musings About a Double Colony Hive
Seeing anomalies and other oddities is common enough with beekeeping in Honduras, because of both the Africanized bees present here and also the population of different native stingless bees. One thes ...
  Topic: Even More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
Tomas

Replies: 1
Views: 2793

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:26 am   Subject: Even More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
Para los apicultores y miembros de este foro quien habla español, ya tengo este en mi otro blog, “Reflexiones Sobre Apicultura.”

For the Spanish speaking beekeepers and members here on this forum, ...
  Topic: Musings about Beekeeping, Bee Art, and Jícaro Trees
Tomas

Replies: 0
Views: 1859

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 5:36 am   Subject: Musings about Beekeeping, Bee Art, and Jícaro Trees
I never want to buy a t-shirt or other factory-made trinket as a souvenir when I travel. I want something a bit different, preferably made by a local artisan with local materials. Engraved “calabashes ...
  Topic: Even More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
Tomas

Replies: 1
Views: 2793

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:32 am   Subject: Even More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
A beekeeper needs to learn certain tricks of the trade to work with Africanized bees. Their defensiveness can make them difficult. It’s taken me a good number of years to sort of figure them out (and ...
  Topic: More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
Tomas

Replies: 1
Views: 2274

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:15 am   Subject: More Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
My first experience with beekeeping was through Africanized bees. This is the only bee available in Honduras so I learned how to deal with their defensive behavior and take advantage of them for honey ...
  Topic: Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
Tomas

Replies: 0
Views: 2105

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:55 pm   Subject: Musings about Beekeeping with Africanized Bees
I have a love-hate relationship with Africanized bees. It’s what I have to work with in Honduras. Sometimes I just want to get rid of all of them and say that’s enough—no more dealing with these orner ...
  Topic: More Musings About Beekeeping and Coffee
Tomas

Replies: 2
Views: 3011

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:34 pm   Subject: More Musings About Beekeeping and Coffee
For those interested (and those who speak Spanish), I have now posted this blog entry in my companion blog, “Refexiones Sobre Apicultura”.

“Más Reflexiones Sobre La Apicultura y Café “
http://refl ...
  Topic: More Musings About Beekeeping and Coffee
Tomas

Replies: 2
Views: 3011

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri May 01, 2015 12:45 am   Subject: More Musings About Beekeeping and Coffee
The “coffee culture” is something that has always interested me—but it’s not only because I thoroughly enjoy my daily cups of coffee. This fascination is also not about the coffee culture of the cafés ...
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping: Beekeeping and Coffee
Tomas

Replies: 1
Views: 2410

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:17 pm   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping: Beekeeping and Coffee
Beekeeping and coffee—they go hand in hand for me. It’s a beneficial situation for both the beekeeper and coffee farmer. My highest honey production comes from coffee zones while my bees increase the ...
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Tomas

Replies: 5
Views: 5368

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:44 am   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
For those interested (and those who speak Spanish), I have now posted this blog entry in my companion blog, Refexiones Sobre Apicultura.

http://reflexionessobreapicultura.blogspot.com/2015/03/refle ...
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Tomas

Replies: 5
Views: 5368

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:49 am   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Broadwell, your questions about Africanized bees give me another topic for a future blog entry. I’m sure that somewhere down the road I’ll be writing something. This post will be some initial thoughts ...
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
Tomas

Replies: 5
Views: 5368

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:19 am   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping: Top Bar Hive Apiary
I think everybody’s beekeeping depends on their own unique situation and desires. Beekeeping takes many different forms around the world and there is no one right way. It all depends on the circumstan ...
  Topic: Hive tool preferences
Tomas

Replies: 9
Views: 8059

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:42 pm   Subject: Hive tool preferences
I always carry a standard hive tool—for prying, scraping, and sometimes pounding/pulling nails. I also always carry a normal bee brush.

But I also have what’s called a “lettuce knife”—probably my f ...
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping Development Projects
Tomas

Replies: 0
Views: 2794

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:44 pm   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping Development Projects
Beekeeping is just about the perfect income-generating project for developing countries. It’s one of those activities that should always come up when ideas are thrown around about how to help the econ ...
  Topic: Musings on Beekeeping
Tomas

Replies: 0
Views: 2851

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:56 pm   Subject: Musings on Beekeeping
For the longest time I had been meaning to start my own blog as a way to jot down my experiences and thoughts on bees and beekeeping. Several months ago I finally did so. Check out my blog, “Musings o ...
 
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