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RE: [beekeeping-128] RSVPs

From: Jim and J.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 10:54 AM
John said:

> We are both traditional "Langstroth hive " people, 
> but we will touch on top bar hive management 
> at some point during the course

I need to stress that we have a specific reason for 
encouraging urban beekeepers to stay away from any 
approach that does not allow one to monitor and
control swarming with a full suite of tactics.

The biggest problem with top-bar hives is one that
I saw firsthand in the decade that I had a dozen 
of them was simple - they swarmed before they built 
up to a size that was even half that of my 600 
conventional hives.

If not for propensity of Top-Bar Hives to swarm, 
there would be no reason to discourage inexperienced
beekeepers from starting out on TBHs in urban sites.

Swarms are perhaps the worst-case scenario we face
as they scare the civilians and call attention to 
the area where one's hives would otherwise go unnoticed.

             jim fischer

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