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Fixed comb Hives

…For instance, it would not be possible to divide hives so the beekeeper is entirely dependent on natural colonisation to fill up the hives. The biggest problem of these hives,…

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Top bar hives

  Under the right circumstances, top-bar hives are highly suitable for the entrepreneur or novice beekeeper. They are easier to manage than some local-style hives and cheaper, simpler and more…

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Bee hives

…use of moveable comb and frame hives opens up new opportunities for beekeeping management as beekeepers can improve colonisation rates by dividing hives. Top-bar hives simplify harvesting compared to a…

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Movable frame hives

…of frame hives. Most significantly they are far more expensive than either fixed comb hives or top-bar hives. They are also more complicated to make so a beekeeper is less…

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Practical hive making

hives made out of freely available local materials and more hives leads to greater total honey harvests. There are many different designs of hives and a wide range of materials…

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Dividing colonies

hives without having to wait for swarms to colonise the hives naturally. This helps to avoid the uncertainty of natural colonisation, especially in areas where colonisation rates are low. Dividing…

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Baiting and colonisation

Beekeepers in many parts of the world depend on natural swarming to stock their hives, cavities or rafters. Rapid colonisation of hives needs plenty of honey bee colonies in the…

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Queen excluders

…harvesting very easy in well designed top-bar hives or in fixed comb hive as honey only needs to be removed until the first brood comb is reached. After that there…

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Ants

…of holes. Wood ashes scattered around the hives can help reduce the problem during dry periods but ceases to work once it gets wet. Many beekeepers place hives high up…

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Honey bee biology & behaviour

…bee hives were hollow logs or simple cylinders made of natural materials and after thousands of years these types of hives are still used. The hive enables bee colonies to…

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Honey harvesting

…above the brood. In a long hive, such as some traditional fixed comb hives or top bar hives with the entrance at the front end of the hive most of the honey…

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