Friends of the Bees
Natural Beekeeping International Forum
low-cost, low-impact, balanced beekeeping for everyone

 Forum FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileYour Profile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Please Read The Rules before posting.

Please support Friends of the Bees to keep this forum free to use.

Bait hive

Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Horizontal top bar hives
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Carl and Petra
Guard Bee

Joined: 29 Jun 2011
Posts: 74
Location: Blandford. Dorset. England

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 12:08 pm    Post subject: Bait hive Reply with quote

Hello all,

On the 16th May i set out a Top Bar bait hive i made on the roof of my bungalow in the vague hope it would actually catch a swarm.
Happily it appears to have done so as yesterday Petra said 'Have you seen that?' Lo and behold a steady flow of bees in and out. Fantastic.

The hive is built to the same dimensions as my other two Top Bars in the garden but was really built as a nucleus hive to use for this winter. I just stuck it up there on the off chance.

I am really pleased as i built a hive for a nieghbour last year and i will be able to drop these combs straight in when they are ready still leaving the bait hive to use as a nucleus.

It is 9 bars wide and all bars were prepped with strips of foundation. I made it with a screened bottom and a removable board which i left in place on the assumption a swarm would prefer a dark cavity.

So hopefully they will grow and be a success. Now the wait.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Dexter's shed
Scout Bee

Joined: 16 May 2014
Posts: 307
Location: Grays, Essex, UK

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats a good bit of woodwork, love it
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    beekeeping forum -> Horizontal top bar hives All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

SPECIAL OFFER FOR UK FORUM MEMBERS - Buy your protective clothing here and get a special 15% discount! (use the code BAREFOOTBEEKEEPER at checkout and be sure to 'update basket')

Are the big energy companies bleeding you dry?

Is way too much of your hard-earned family income going up in smoke?

Are you worried about what could happen if the ageing grid system fails?

You need to watch this short video NOW to find out how YOU can cut your energy bills TO THE BONE within 30 days!


(country selected automatically - UK/USA/CA/AU)

Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

There is a spectacular display of wild bee hotels here

More about bumblebees and solitary bees here

Information about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum)

Barefoot Beekeeper Podcast

Now available from

Now available from

Now available from

4th Edition paperback now available from

See beekeeping books for details and links to ebook versions.
site map
php. BB © 2001, 2005 php. BB Group

View topic - Bait hive - Natural Beekeeping Network Forum