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dash
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Location: Hampshire

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 3:41 pm    Post subject: Totally new, Totally lost Reply with quote

Hi all
I have just finished building a TBH and i have a few questions, firstly what size mesh should be used for the floor?and can anyone tell me of a good feeder that can be used in this hive, it seems that for every recommendation about a certain feeder someone will say that it is not ideal.
I do intend to join a club but until i do i wanted to get the hive complete, thank you for any advice.

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mannanin
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Joined: 25 Feb 2009
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Location: Essex. UK.

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would suggest 3mm if you can get it. 4mm you will probably be ok, but don't go for 5mm, it's too big. Don't be tempted by plastic mesh, it's feeble, go for metal. As for feeders, sorry can't help you there, never fed a bee in my life. Good luck.
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Smorning
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Joined: 20 Aug 2013
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dash look at Phil's video on YouTube he describes a really neat feeder design
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biobee
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recommend mesh floors any longer. Look here http://www.biobees.com/media.php for a list of YouTube videos, and download the latest version of the plans.

This is the latest eco-floor video https://youtu.be/Vy8i1Uxthv4
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ingo50
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Joined: 30 May 2014
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Location: Newport, Gwent, Wales, UK

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a stainless steel sheet designed for a National Hive ( about 46 x 46 cm square ) and cut it down to the correct size to fit the ecofloor. I bought it from my local supplier, can't remember how much I paid last year. It was nailed on with some clot nails used for felting. It should last many years. It is very strong and won't rust easily.
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