2512Re: [TopHive] Bees in cluster
- Jun 14, 2012I've had bees for about 30 years but always in langs. I still have langs
but have always wanted to try the tbh. The bees I'm using are a late swarm
from one of my langs.
On Jun 14, 2012 11:02 AM, <elegans@...> wrote:
> In a message dated 6/14/2012 8:49:23 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
> robbie46@... writes:
> I live in the Arkansas Ozarks and our flow is about over. I am feeding
> will continue for as long as needed.
> So much about beekeeping is adjusting to fit your location and regional
> climate. some great nectar sources and pollen sources like golden rod and
> asters bloom later in summer in other parts of the US which provide a late
> summer flow. You could help them by planting for them too. sunflowers and
> asters of all sorts are great for them. Mustards too. Besides the nectar,
> good pollen sources are required. Don't even think about honey harvest
> year. Unless your bees really get it on and build out. But even then think
> in terms of only a frame or two. They'll need to get good honey stores for
> winter. Which Top Bar hives are really good at. THe internal archetecture
> of a TBH really is superior to a lang in terms of good wintering. At least
> in my experience. ALSO there is huge variability in bee behavior because
> their pedigree and genetics. If your bees were from local feral stock they
> will have adapted to your local conditions better and will have a better
> chance of making it. Anything can go wrong though, but don't be hard on
> yourself if it does. I believe the bees keep us not the other way around.
> think they are domesticated or domesticatable like a cow or hen, but they
> wild in nature. A good thing to remember and respect!
> George Mcrae
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