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  Topic: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
elderken

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:43 pm   Subject: Final Chapter
Sunday, 21SEP, while installing a robbing screen I noticed little activity at the entrance. Upon opening the box I found empty combs and less than 25 bees. No evidence of any fully-formed queen cell ...
  Topic: How small a hive opening for a new, queenless, colony?
elderken

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:01 am   Subject: How small a hive opening for a new, queenless, colony?
My queenless, cutout bees working brood comb and hopefully making queen cells are now 4 days in a 36" Top Bar hive box. They have a 1 3/8" round entrance on the lower part of the end of one ...
  Topic: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
elderken

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Views: 15724

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:00 pm   Subject: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
Thank you for these responses! I saw no activity indicating the presence of a queen.
How far away from the hive do you recommend I place honey to feed them? When I first started with bees, I put a ...
  Topic: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
elderken

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Views: 15724

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:19 am   Subject: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
Anything I need to do while they, hopefully, make a queen?
  Topic: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
elderken

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Views: 15724

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:34 am   Subject: Will a picture help with answers?
I really want to hear from you more experienced Beeks! Or is my question too common? Well, here's a picture of my Top Bar Box:
(Just found out I can't include images until I post 5 times. Well, th ...
  Topic: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
elderken

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Views: 15724

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:11 pm   Subject: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?
I did a very rugged cutout of a feral hive in a space under a boulder in the desert. Vacuumed 3 or so pounds of bees, and got 8 good pieces of brood comb, and a little honey. I did NOT get a queen. ...
 
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Quality Top Bar Hives by Andrew Vidler

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

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