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Top Bar Hives for Bees
October 26, 2010
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Yes, and not expensive to subscribe to, either.  Their featured articles are usually posted online, and you can sign up (free) for e-news which often contains articles or links to articles.

 

If you can't find the magazine, call them! Their customer service is AWESOME. If you subscribe, I'm sure you can make arrangements with them to recieve that particular magazine. :)

October 26, 2010
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Hi Angela,
 

Thanks for posting all the sites.  I'm going to do lots of reading.  I'm not sure there are any bee keepers around Waterford, MI but I'm going to be looking.

Does anyone have a book that they suggest reading?

Thanks everyone.

Hugs Cheryl

October 27, 2010
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Cheryl, Your in luck. Your not far from the Green Toe Gardener. Rich Wieske!  This guy is a hoot! They have a very strong bee club.  Look him up!  [email protected] He is located in Royal Oak, MI.

Theres  are many good books. The Barefoot Beekeeper PJ Chandler.  Natural Beekeeping by Kim Flotum

And sadly the Dummies and Idiots guides are good too. I just dont like the titles name.  For some reason I just dont feel very “smart” when buying those books!  LOL!!!  wink wink But they are full of very useful information.

My club will be hosting its annual  Bee School too. Check out our website.  http://www.michiganbeekeepers.com  we have lots of people come from far away to attend.

I will do my best to help you from here also.  I dont know everything but Im very sleuthy at finding out stuff!

Best of luck to ya in your beekeeping adventure!!!sun

Angela

October 27, 2010
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Angela…
 

Wow thanks so much for all the interesting links… I've been browsing already and loving it.

I'm going to keep watching the site and see if I can attend the Bee School.  You are close enough for me to be able to do that   sun

I'm going to check out a few book stores and see if I can find any of the books you listed.  I also checked out Green Toe Gardens and you're right he's very close   butterfly

Thank you so much for sending all this information, bee keeping is something I've always wanted to do.

Hugs Cheryl

October 27, 2010
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Hello all,

When looking at traffic to our website, I noticed this forum thread and figured I'd check it out! I'm the owner of Bee Thinking — one of the websites mentioned here. We sell top bar hives and Warre hives, teach classes and provide bee-related services in the Portland metro area in Oregon. 

Some books I've found particularly useful in addition to The Idiot's Guide and Kim Flottum's works have been:

Abbe Warre's Beekeeping for All – It can be downloaded for free here: http://warre.biobees.com/

The Hive and the Honey Bee

The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture

Note that most books about beekeeping focus on traditional (Langstroth/Frame) beekeeping methods, and thus likely won't cover horizontal top bar hives in any detail. They also may focus on more commercial methods that may not line up with your own beekeeping aspirations. There is value in these books, however, as they cover many concepts that translate into “sustainable” and alternative methods. 

A new book by Dr. David Heaf that I'm very excited to get my hands on is titled The Bee-friendly Beekeeper. Mr. Heaf is a Warre beekeeper in England who has been very influential in the translation and promotion of Warre beekeeping information. 

If any of you have any questions about top bar hives, Warre hives or beekeeping in general, feel free to let me know!

It's amazing how many chicken keepers become beekeepers…and then goat keepers! Here in Portland it seems to be a voting requirement. 

Best regards,

Matt Reed

Bee Thinking

http://www.beethinking.com

October 27, 2010
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I showed all the information about TBHs to my husband and he wants us to start keeping bees!  Hurray!!!!

George Orwell - 1984
- Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

October 27, 2010
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Way to go Helen! happy-feet

October 27, 2010
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Stop trying to suck me into keeping bees!!!!

 

Oh wait, this wasn't about me.  I think I have honey issues, that's all.  Never mind……

Clover made me do it.

October 27, 2010
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Suzanne McMinn said:

Stop trying to suck me into keeping bees!!!!

 

Oh wait, this wasn't about me.  I think I have honey issues, that's all.  Never mind……


We'll see. Folks, how long do you give her before the bees are buzzing around Beulah Petunia?laugh
October 27, 2010
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I'm very scared of bees (and wasps) so I never even thought about keeping bees.

Than you girls started to chat about it..and a friend borrowed me a book about a girl who starts a farm in the city and guess what is on her balcony?

Yep bees..and now I keep thinking about them….THANKS ALOTstop

October 27, 2010
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Think of your great your garden would grow, Suzanne.  Besides Clover+Bees = Honey!  ( I know, I need to go to bed, I am wonky.)

October 28, 2010
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Well, I just got back from the local sawmill, I ordered most of the wood I need for one based on the plans on the PJ Chandler's site.  It recommends western red cedar or Douglas fir, because of being out in the weather … well, he didn't have either of those, (I'm in NE Ohio) but he said he's got some nice sassafras wood which he says will weather great…  I have no idea for sure, but he's the expert (as far as I know.)

I will have to get the pressure treated parts for the legs, and some plywood for the roof, and maybe a few bits here and there for other parts, but I'm happy to support a local guy.  He's got some great barn siding, both cut from logs he's got stacked out back, and some reconditioned he's got from local barns that have been torn down.  It's a cool place!  Maybe next week when I pick up the wood, I'll try to take some pictures.

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October 28, 2010
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Suzanne McMinn said:

Stop trying to suck me into keeping bees!!!!

 

Oh wait, this wasn't about me.  I think I have honey issues, that's all.  Never mind……


Think of all the bee-sized cookies you would need…help

George Orwell - 1984
- Orthodoxy means not thinking--not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.

October 28, 2010
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Helen , now that's funny, I don't care who you are, that's funny!laugh

October 29, 2010
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That is a great visual I just got- little bees flying around with tiny little cookies or waiting at the back door for them, lol.

October 29, 2010
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BuckeyeGirl said:

Well, I just got back from the local sawmill, I ordered most of the wood I need for one based on the plans on the PJ Chandler's site.  It recommends western red cedar or Douglas fir, because of being out in the weather … well, he didn't have either of those, (I'm in NE Ohio) but he said he's got some nice sassafras wood which he says will weather great…  I have no idea for sure, but he's the expert (as far as I know.)

I will have to get the pressure treated parts for the legs, and some plywood for the roof, and maybe a few bits here and there for other parts, but I'm happy to support a local guy.  He's got some great barn siding, both cut from logs he's got stacked out back, and some reconditioned he's got from local barns that have been torn down.  It's a cool place!  Maybe next week when I pick up the wood, I'll try to take some pictures.


I thought I posted to this before, but now I dont see it…Sorry if this is a double post…. I just had to say how wonderful your post is.  YES!!! Please post photos of your journey.  That would bee awesome!  I just know we are going to have a very happy, Spring.  Look at all this we get to look forward to. TBH…new package of Bees.  Wooohooo.

Another  type of wood I recently heard about is Osage Orange.  I believe its the one responsible for the “ugly” fruit???  I was also told that this wood/ fruit  keeps away spiders….Maybe your sawmill guy would know something of this???  My friend recently made her raised bed gardens from this praticular wood…Just a thought.

Thanks for your enthusiasm.  hugLets keep it going fellow beekeepers…..wave

ps…we need a Goat and Bee icon dont you think???

October 30, 2010
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Angela. Osage Orange is a sturdy, weather/water-proof wood. The old-time farmers used to grow it for fence posts because the posts took longer to rot away. The only problem was when the bees in the area foraged in the orange blossoms (NOT real oranges, they grow a “fruit' that resembles an orange, vaguely) the honey was bitter, bitter, bitter! Totally unusable. I wonder if the wood used in hives would affect the flavor of the honey?

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.  Ogden Nash

October 30, 2010
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P.S. Yes the fruit is ugly, but I don't think it's the “ugli” fruit you buy in stores. That is tropical, isn't it?  Osage orange grows in my neck of the woods up north. As a matter of fact, the local community garden path is lined with them. They make a sort of natural barrier because the trees grow kind of tangled and if I remember rightly, they have spikes on them. I wonder if the fruit was used like moth balls in people's houses to keep away the spiders, any one know anything about this?

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.  Ogden Nash

October 30, 2010
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Osage Orange fruit is what we as kids called Monkey Balls, or Monkey Puzzle Balls.  When I was really young, I totally didn't get why the boys all fell out laughing every time any of us said it, by the time I did figure it out, I didn't care, in fact I think us girls said it more so we could act disgusted and roll our eyes at the boys.  Nothing like a bunch of 8 – 9 year old boys acting like idiots eh?  I will say they really HURT when you have fights with them, they're very knobbly hard apple sized fruits and I'm surprised none of us got seriously hurt!

Located in N.E. Ohio

October 30, 2010
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All day there had been a bee on our porch.  First she was on the railing, but then the wind must have blown her off the railing, because she was on the porch floor.  I went out with a cup of hot tea just now and she was still there.  I felt really bad for her, but I didn't know what to do.  Then I had an idea.  I put the hot cup down right next to her, which blocked the wind and gave her a heat source.  I sat down to watch, and in a minute she started to thaw a bit.  She actually sidled up to the hot cup and snuggled right up against it.  In another minute she was washing her face and cleaning her antennae.  Next she started to shake her wings and buzz a little, and then all of a sudden she flew awayhappy-flower

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