Re: spreading Tob Bar Hive information Re: [TopHive] Les Crowder Seminars
- On 1/11/06, girl mark <girlmark_list_email@...> wrote:
> I think the idea of a TBH get-together is a very good one, and wouldn'tEarly spring is nice, because at that time the bee-excitement is
> be all that difficult to put together. What time of year would be best-
> early spring one year?.
building in the beekeeper. Fall would work too. Shall we plan on
early spring of 2007? In California?
> As for books, I got a LOT of info from the Peace Corps 'small scaleI like that one too.
> beekeeping' book, which I was luckily given a photocopy of years ago.
> It's now available online at
> I wish it were available in print still.Does the Peace Corp no longer print it for its volunteers? I'm in
touch with a Peace Corps volunteer who's just coming back from doing
beekeeping work in South America. I'll ask him if they still get any
beekeeping print materials from the Peace Corps.
Santa Fe, NM
- I am sure I don't agree with Jim on the bees not attaching comb to the
sides. They will attach whatever they need to, to ensure the comb
doesn't collapse, which is one reason why the kenyan style is so
popular. It relieves the unbalanced burden at the ends of the comb which
helps prevent weight born comb tearing. When the bees build new comb,
they attach it everywhere, and these attachments can be removed and the
bees will seldom reattach it again (though they sometimes do), however
the burden is now solely on the top attachment, and here is where the
shape of the comb becomes important. The trapaziod shape improves the
center of gravity for the whole comb even at the edges and distributes
the burden evenly. The square shape places greater strain on the upper
corners than on the ends.
Scot Mc Pherson
The Mc Pherson Family Honey Farms
Davenport, Iowa USA
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