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  1. Hello everybody, I am a French Warré hobbyist beekeeper and author of the Small Hive Project (www.smallhiveproject.eu) This non-commercial project is about a small horizontal hive that I designed for backyard beekeeping. Starting from spring 2018, I will populate 4 copies of this hive and share my experience on the website. You may wish to participate in the project by building your own copy of the hive. To do this, you may build it from scratch OR transform one of your Warré hives. Independent experimental data is necessary to evaluate the real potential of the hive design. All necessary information is available on the project website. New content will be added over the course of the project. Stay tuned by subscrbing to the Newsletter on the website The Hive has been designed to meet the following requirements: - favor bee colony survival in low-input beekeeping situations (no Varroa treatment, no sugar feeding). - adapted to rather small bee colonies of Apis Mellifera in environments dominated by agriculture (moderate nectar flow). - suitable for comb honey production (Low productivity is acceptable, as long as sufficient for personal use.) easy to build and to manage. Hive plans and more information are available on the website. Feel free to comment the project. Thank you!
  2. I’ve been bee keeping for around 2 years now (DECA certified), started off with 1 hive and have slowly increased my hive numbers to around 30 hives through splitting and the purchase of the odd nuc here and there. We are a dairy farming family (sharemilking) who have shifted to a new farm on the West Coast that also happens to have quite large areas of Manuka and Kanuka. I have been following this message board for quite a while now and find it a valuable resource. I have a number of questions that I would like to put to the group. The property is quite large around 800 hectares (450 in pasture and the remaining in Manuka with some Kanuka in places), which is way more than I need for my 30 hives. There has been a history of beekeepers placing hives on the farm during the manuka season but no longstanding agreement between the farm owner and beeks. As I am now responsible for the management of the farm along with who can operate on the property (hunters, beeks etc), would it be reasonable to charge a per hive fee for beehives placed on the property? What rate per hive can one expect? We’re not expecting to get rich from it, just a fair rate for sole access (similar to our sharemilking agreement). Is it reasonable to ask for a percentage of the value of the honey produced from the hives as well, or is it easier/more sensible just to charge a per hive fee. I was thinking of approaching a few of the local honey companies that I know of and possibly negotiating a deal that would provide them with sole access to the property. Hopefully if the relationship went well I could also get my own hives extracted through their facilities as well. I haven’t had the chance to extract any honey yet as I’ve been concentrating on increasing my numbers, plus with the colder and wet weather that one can expect on the coast I chose to keep my honey for the girls to get them through the winter. I’d greatly appreciate any comments or feedback. Thanks
  3. Hey beeks! A beek from a backyard apiary 500 metres down the road from my two hives wants to downsize, so he’s offered to sell me a couple of his hives. My question is how can I get the bees to my apiary successfully without having them all go back to his apiary?
  4. Here is your December 2015 Apiary diary. Let us know what is going on in your hives, so that others can see what they should expect to see within their hives at this time of the year. Photos and video welcome - use the media gallery and share codes if you want to. If a good story develops, then we may pull it out into its own topic, to make it more easily available to others.
  5. Hi there Just wondering whether is possible to paint boxes that have been paraffin dipped? I've read that you can paint them when the wax is hot and the heat draws in the paint and wax. But haven't found anything about painting something that has been dipped previously (I'm buying it pre-dipped)... If I can paint them, would I need undercoat?
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