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  Topic: NEW BOOK - Building a Top Bar Hive
msscha

Replies: 15
Views: 23865

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:05 am   Subject: NEW BOOK - Building a Top Bar Hive
just basic white pine -- the price of cedar and cypress is so much higher. I did use plywood for the follower boards, but switched those to pine as well. I don't use them for long...maybe b/c of the h ...
  Topic: NEW BOOK - Building a Top Bar Hive
msscha

Replies: 15
Views: 23865

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:09 pm   Subject: NEW BOOK - Building a Top Bar Hive
Yes, the shellac helps the bees out with the interior -- there are some who say it shouldn't be done (Marla Spivak), but I tend to think that trees in nature already come with some pre-conditioned woo ...
  Topic: SHB and Eco (Deep) Floors
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 6172

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:47 pm   Subject: SHB and Eco (Deep) Floors
Hi, JGW07!

The hive has had bees only since 4/09/14, and I also have seen the roaches move in, though I haven't opened the floor itself ever. Partly this is because I used the wrong size wire cloth ...
  Topic: SHB and Eco (Deep) Floors
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 6172

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:57 pm   Subject: SHB and Eco (Deep) Floors
Hi, All.

Not sure if SHB is a problem in the UK yet, but it is an issue here in SE US. While I've seen a few SHB in the hive and flying outside, I am not having a problem so far as I can tell. But ...
  Topic: Not quite done...
msscha

Replies: 11
Views: 11992

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:45 pm   Subject: Not quite done...
Thank you, Mike!
  Topic: & now the birds.
msscha

Replies: 2
Views: 3932

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:42 pm   Subject: Additional support
Just got this today -- http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v511/n7509/full/nature13531.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20140717 "Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid conce ...
  Topic: KEEPING COMBS STRAIGHT
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 23879

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:05 pm   Subject: KEEPING COMBS STRAIGHT
what to do with the 10 bars, all brood nest, that are cross combed.

if it's shorter than the length of one bar, then fix a piece of ply to those 10 bars, so they could be lifted up, turned 45 deg ...
  Topic: KEEPING COMBS STRAIGHT
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 23879

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:10 pm   Subject: KEEPING COMBS STRAIGHT
Thank you! I was stopping here to ask about that, and run a plan by the experienced members. If I don't find what I need on the link you provided, I will post my question Smile .
Edit: I should be more ...
  Topic: Bees under wire wesh in eco floor area
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 8054

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 5:33 pm   Subject: Bees under wire wesh in eco floor area
Thank you for the fast replies. I used the wire we had in the garage, so didn't buy it, but building my own hive has certainly been a lesson in woodworking. I got a table saw for Mother's Day, so that ...
  Topic: A Truly New Bee!
msscha

Replies: 2
Views: 7186

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 12:12 am   Subject: A Truly New Bee!
Thank you! She came out so quickly that I was happily surprised to find the picture worked.
  Topic: A Truly New Bee!
msscha

Replies: 2
Views: 7186

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:14 pm   Subject: A Truly New Bee!
I got this picture yesterday during the official state inspection of the hive. A newly emerging bee!
http://i.imgur.com/MPjJRXll.jpg
  Topic: Bees under wire wesh in eco floor area
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 8054

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:12 pm   Subject: Bees under wire wesh in eco floor area
HI, All.

My first (and only) package arrived 4/09/14, bees hived successfully, queen out within 2 days, and so far, all seems to be going well. I'm dealing with the normal cross-combing problems, a ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
msscha

Replies: 26
Views: 38478

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:33 pm   Subject: My first selfmade TBBH
Lovely! My hive has only been in place for 8 days, and they've already constructed enough comb that you can smell the hive from about 20 feet away. I had no idea that it would start so soon -- the sce ...
  Topic: Bees using alternative entrance -- should I close original?
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 4100

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:40 pm   Subject: Bees using alternative entrance -- should I close original?
Thank you for the advice! More bees today seemed to be using this entrance, especially drones -- in fact, the workers seemed to be pushing the drones out of the way of the smaller crack they're using, ...
  Topic: Bees using alternative entrance -- should I close original?
msscha

Replies: 3
Views: 4100

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:10 pm   Subject: Bees using alternative entrance -- should I close original?
My immature hive building skills apparently left a small gap between the feeding station and the hive roof. The bees found this gap and have made it their entrance point. Essentially, the feeding stat ...
  Topic: My first package is working!
msscha

Replies: 0
Views: 3609

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:04 pm   Subject: My first package is working!
While my hive-building skills are not all that great (the bees are using an alternative entrance that I didn't realize was there!), today was the day to check the queen cage -- I found the queen was N ...
  Topic: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
msscha

Replies: 7
Views: 8175

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:53 pm   Subject: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
As it turned out, closing off the entrance was a non-issue since my immature hive-making skills left a small hole at the top near the feeding station. When I checked the hive yesterday to remove the b ...
  Topic: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
msscha

Replies: 7
Views: 8175

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:28 pm   Subject: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
I believe it has to do with TBHs and the absconding issue, particularly if it's a brand new, never been used hive. I am planning on the 24 hour route, given that it seemed the queen already had attend ...
  Topic: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
msscha

Replies: 7
Views: 8175

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:41 pm   Subject: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
As it turned out, the storm grounded the package in Louisiana over night. They arrived this morning, to a beautiful blue sky and somewhat cooler temps then normal, but still fine weather (63 F, down t ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
msscha

Replies: 26
Views: 38478

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:10 pm   Subject: My first selfmade TBBH
Nice! I really like landing boards, though I didn't add them to mine. Congrats on finishing Smile.
  Topic: My first Top Bar Bee Hive almost done
msscha

Replies: 12
Views: 22600

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:09 pm   Subject: My first Top Bar Bee Hive almost done
FWIW, I used both the mesh and eco-floors. Probably didn't need to, but that was what I chose. My bees arrive today, so I have no data one this decision one way or the other!
  Topic: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
msscha

Replies: 7
Views: 8175

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:51 pm   Subject: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
Swarms -- yes, how silly of me! Amazing how two years of reading can just slip out of one's head as the reality of experience hits Embarassed.
  Topic: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
msscha

Replies: 7
Views: 8175

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 12:41 am   Subject: Package arriving in bad weather -- best procedure?
I just received the UPS confirmation that my bees arrive tomorrow -- yay! Just in time for the tail end of a nasty spring storm and a brief cool spell -- not so yay. It will get down to the low 40s (F ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
msscha

Replies: 26
Views: 38478

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:09 pm   Subject: My first selfmade TBBH
To post photos, photos have to be stored somewhere on the web. There are lots of programs to do so -- flickr, imgur, photobucket, etc. I recently began using imgur because it was incredibly easy -- mu ...
  Topic: My first Top Bar Bee Hive almost done
msscha

Replies: 12
Views: 22600

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:26 pm   Subject: My first Top Bar Bee Hive almost done
My bees will be late, too, b/c of the winter storms the US has been enjoying. Hard to believe now, as spring as finally arrived, and we're enjoying beautiful blue skies and afternoon temps back in the ...
  Topic: Honey bees on the brain!
msscha

Replies: 0
Views: 3574

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:58 pm   Subject: Honey bees on the brain!
You known that honeycomb is occupying neural space when a trip to a big box garden center results in time spent bee watching. I couldn't help it -- I found myself looking for where the bees were, and ...
  Topic: Not quite done...
msscha

Replies: 11
Views: 11992

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:52 pm   Subject: Not quite done...
Thank you, J Smith. I will fill them in to straighten bars out. Don't know why I didn't think of that!
  Topic: Not quite done...
msscha

Replies: 11
Views: 11992

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:19 pm   Subject: Not quite done...
B Kind, we chose the pre-sized route for bars -- we made 1/2 at 1.25" for brood and half at 1.5" for honey/drone, etc. If the 1.25" turns out to be too small, then I'll have to add spac ...
  Topic: Not quite done...
msscha

Replies: 11
Views: 11992

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:12 pm   Subject: Not quite done...
Thank you! I hope the hive lasts a while -- our first venture took a good 20 hours to complete, and the bars are not as even as they need to be. Of all the components, those are hardest to build witho ...
  Topic: Not quite done...
msscha

Replies: 11
Views: 11992

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:18 pm   Subject: Not quite done...
Thank you so much!
 
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