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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 12:33 pm    Post subject: Info wanted on wild hollow tree bee nest Reply with quote

Hi people. I'm wondering if anyone can help me find some information.

I remember reading a really interesting article a while ago about the volume and diameter of wild honey bee nests in hollow trees. If I remember rightly someone had done a survey of tree cavities in trees that had been cut for logging and counted the ones that had been used for bee nests. It had really good stats on the internal diameter, the thickness of walls and total volume. And seem to recall the internal diameter was a lot narrower than Id expect. Does anyone else on here know of this and can give me a link? Or if you know of any other information on the subject Id love to hear it.

I'm thinking of making a new cylindrical hive. I know there are lots of different ideas on the ideal dimensions of beehives but thought since I remembered this article included some solid evidence I'd look at it first but I'm darned if I can find it anywhere.

Thanks, Duncan
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like prof. Thomas Seeley to me

friendly greetings

Adriaan

ps there is no such thing as ideal dimensions of a bee hive
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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ps there is no such thing as ideal dimensions of a bee hive


Agreed. Each swarm will have different needs depending on genetics, size of swarm, prime or cast and probably the cavity size of the parent colony and maybe climate and forage conditions too.
My trusty swarm catching skep has just been rejected by a very large swarm. I have increased the volume by placing it on an eke and they have now gone in.
I am personally leaning more towards smaller volume colonies particularly in our UK climate where the weather can be less predictable. The smaller volume means they swarm sooner which gives the swarms maximum opportunity to survive..... then again if you are more interested in honey production, then you will need to maintain larger colonies in order to produce a surplus, so the beekeepers needs may also be relevant.
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