Many thanks for your kind welcome message. I have been having some trouble with my ancient PC, hence the delay. Please abide with this ancient machine!!!
So far I have noticed no difference in terms of bee acceptance for different materials, regarding that the cavity provided for the colony fulfills minimum requirements concerning, among others, with factors such as total available space, absence of excess moisture, freedom from pests, darkness (?), absence of obnoxious smells, appropriate internal air flow, appropriate internal temperature (I live in the tropics, but too low temperature might be a factor in temperate climates; due to exposure of metal containers or lack of light colour paint, as in the case of halves of metal drums), etc.
Just think for a moment about the myriad of weird (for us humans, anyway) locations where swarms settle down on their own volition. As usual the bees themselves answer our questions.
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Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 1:17 AM
Subject: Re: [TopHive] me too
It would be a real pleasure to hear about your activities so far.
Have you found the bees having any preference as to housing material?
>Hello fellow top-bar hiveists,
>I am Jorge Murillo-Yepes, Colombian Agronomical Engineer, living in
>Grenada for the past 26 years.
>I've done the conventional (Langstroth) beekeeping for a long time
>and, not so recently, have started recycling old refrigerators, air
>conditioning unit casings, steel drums, pallets, etc. in order to
>practice what I've been preaching in terms of taking care of our
>little planet with the help provided by honeybees.
>I hope to be able to contribue my grain of sand to this group.
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