Feeding

Feeding

The Idea A newly stocked tbh needs continuous feeding until it makes a living. But eventually a beekeeper will encounter a hive that needs feeding. Failing to feed a hungry hive always retards development. Extended hunger demoralizes a hive and threatens its survival: put all feed inside the tbh bee stored honey/pollen combs are the best feed when needed sugar can substitute for honey pollen […]

How I Build Top Bar Hives

How I Build Top Bar Hives

Building my top bar hives. The Idea Hive Body My tbh bodies are built from 1″ x 6″ x 6′ lumber. These boards are glued together forming the basic building stock. Individual parts are cut out of the building stock. Then they are glued and screwed together. Top Bars They are 1 1/4″ wide. Are 1″ thick. And a 1/8 inch saw kerf is cut […]

Beehive Probiotic News

Beehive Probiotic News

Ted Hankock, at Bee-L, posts a interesting link to a Cosmos article describing some bee gut bacteria transfer experiments. Previous research has demonstrated the importance that probiotic honeybee gut bacteria play to disease resistance. For me, the implications are clear. Running bees un-naturally will produce a cascade of unintended consequences. That’s been my own beekeeping experience. Probiotic relationships, so necessary for a colony’s health, are […]

Oxalic Acid’s Sublethal Effects

Oxalic Acid’s Sublethal Effects

Treating bees with oxalic acid damages honeybees. Peter Borst, at Bee-L, writes: Sublethal effects of oxalic acid on Apis mellifera are hardly investigated. However, permanent damages of the digestive organs of adult workers are described. This can influence the nutrient supply and the feeding behaviour of the bee. In cage-experiments the food ingestion of A. mellifera after a treatment with oxalic acid was investigated … […]

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