More Bees

More Bees

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:07 pm

Hello,

I thought I'd post some more pictures of the Top Bar hive. All is well and I put 4 Honey Top Bars on today. Those combs will be all mine to do with what I will. I was able to get the hives transferred and stabilized before the main honey flow. Wahoo! Now I won't have anything to do with the green hive, Casper, for 3 weeks when I'll look inside and see how things are going. The blue hive or Lola is a weaker hive and will need my attention for a while longer, that's because of the mess I made when I tried to split the old hive and transfer it to the new TBars. It should be ready to go by the 15th or so. Still in time for the spring honey flow. Take care, Lisa
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This one's for Freddy. I didn't even know the bees were on my back.
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This one shows the differences in the TBars in the two style of hives. The old ones are closer to the clothe.
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See how tightly the new TBars fit together. They form an inner cover to protect the hive from robbers and other pests.
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See how the bees enter the front and Tbars run perpendicular to the openings. That's a nature pest or enemy protective feature of the TBH.
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The finished product.
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Re: More Bees

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:10 pm

Glad to hear that things are going well!!!!
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Re: More Bees

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:13 pm

There was a story on the news tonight about a pestacide (that's thought) to be killing the honey bees, it's a derived from nicotine, and they are doing studies but will take 5 years for a conclusion. It was claimed the bees loose their sence of direction, not comming home to the hive.
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Re: More Bees

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:37 pm

Yeah, it's a big problem here and in England. There are many research projects trying to uncover what's going on. The large US corporate farms tend to be one crop producers and that facilitates a build up of one type of pesticides. The bees take that home and it builds up in the wax. That's why there is a push for back yard beekeepers like me who are breeding survivor bees, bees raised without insecticides or chemicals. The bees are vital to our food supply and that's why there is a real push right now to get more people doing backyard beekeeping. It used to be that every house had a beehive in the back yard, we need to move that way again. Thanks, Lisa
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