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  Topic: Paper uniting entrance arrangment
stevebuzz

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:02 pm   Subject: Paper uniting entrance arrangment
Due to collecting swarms into double figures over the last two months, I have run out of boxes, I have three TBH's with one and two swarms the other end to the main colony, I have evaluated which quee ...
  Topic: Paper uniting entrance arrangment
stevebuzz

Replies: 2
Views: 3289

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:40 pm   Subject: Paper uniting entrance arrangment
Hi all hope your beekeeping year is going well.
I will be uniting colonies that currently occupy the same TBH's. I will be moving the bars up together with a modified paper infill follower, I am okay ...
  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
stevebuzz

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:31 am   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
Hi meant2bee,
Funny how this obsession makes you see beauty in things, that most people can't possible understand.
I hope they are as useful a they look.
Your location look like something to lust o ...
  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
stevebuzz

Replies: 8
Views: 7838

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:01 pm   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
Thanks for the kind remarks B Kind.
I started with a big list, that as fast as I finished one item, four more were added.
Being organised, not sure about that, I took over an abandoned apiary in 19 ...
  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
stevebuzz

Replies: 8
Views: 7838

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:22 am   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
Yes she likes to be where ever I am. The apiary is a small detour on our regular walks, I have prepared the site over the months an hour here and there, she knows deer are about hence her switched on ...
  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
stevebuzz

Replies: 8
Views: 7838

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:19 pm   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
A few more images as the season unfolds. I went from worrying about not getting any bees to having them all over the place and eventually running out of kit.
This all stared in September 2014 after a ...
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
stevebuzz

Replies: 15
Views: 17224

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:40 am   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
Image attempt.
Stevebuzz

Edited, now in Photo gallery section.
http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/steveg7was/library/?sort=6&page=1

Regards
stevebuzz
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
stevebuzz

Replies: 15
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:38 am   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
Hi Bunk/greengage,
In my Sep 05 and 09 messages I finalized my design, the hard work started. I am pleased to say all finished and ready for the coming season, I have been fortunate, a neighbour has ...
  Topic: Propolis collection methods in HTBH's
stevebuzz

Replies: 1
Views: 2709

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:27 pm   Subject: Propolis collection methods in HTBH's
Happy new year to all.
I used to collect a small amount of propolis, from my national hives using a screen on the upper most frame tops.
This year I will have an apiary of HTBH's, so my question, i ...
  Topic: Hive tool preferences
stevebuzz

Replies: 9
Views: 8075

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:27 am   Subject: Hive tool preferences
Hive tool preferences
I have my old conventional hive (national/langstroth) tools but they are probably too thick and short for a TBH. What sort of tools do you good people prefer, make or adapt. No ...
  Topic: Is BIBBA still active
stevebuzz

Replies: 3
Views: 3816

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:58 pm   Subject: Is BIBBA still active
That's pretty conclusive, thanks, Madasafish
I will have to wait till the sites applications/renewals tab stops giving
"The requested URL /cnb/shop/bibbashop was not found on this server". ...
  Topic: Is BIBBA still active
stevebuzz

Replies: 3
Views: 3816

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:50 pm   Subject: Is BIBBA still active
HI all
As a returning beekeeper I used to be a member of BIBBA (Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association). When looking to join I find their Webb site is giving errors and generally not behaving ...
  Topic: Entrance quandary
stevebuzz

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:11 pm   Subject: Entrance quandary
Hi AugustC and maskerade.
My intention is to go with high periscope, side entrances front and back with three 22mm holes, giving access to the first three combs. But the flexible nature of the HTBH m ...
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
stevebuzz

Replies: 15
Views: 17224

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:47 pm   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
Well I have decided on high periscope side entrances close to the vertical ends front and back, I guess half way between a front and middle side entrance, the holes will give direct access to about th ...
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
stevebuzz

Replies: 15
Views: 17224

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:55 pm   Subject: Eco floor ponderings, but a plan starts.
Thanks for the replies, Barbara, lacewing and AugustC.
I have made some decisions regarding my TBH building. The plan is to fit the hive floor mesh, build and fit eco floors with removable solid floo ...
  Topic: Entrance quandary
stevebuzz

Replies: 4
Views: 6472

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:40 am   Subject: Entrance quandary
I am undecided; hive end or multiple side holes, low or high level with periscope entrances. One or two post allude to issues with the central side entrances can anybody expand on this for me.
High/l ...
  Topic: Eco floor ponderings
stevebuzz

Replies: 15
Views: 17224

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:21 am   Subject: Eco floor ponderings
A TBH with two separate colonies would require the eco floor litter to be heaped up against the follower boards to affect a seal, does this really work.
As the eco floor litter now becomes the holdin ...
  Topic: Balanced Beekeeping II
stevebuzz

Replies: 4
Views: 6197

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:09 am   Subject: Balanced Beekeeping II
Balanced beekeeping I states there is a balanced beekeeping II Managing a Top Bar Hive document, I would like to obtain a copy via legitimate means of course. Is there such a document and where might ...
 
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