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Warre Langstroth adapter top

Warre hive box adapter

We decided to give up on the Warre hive box method of raising bees.

The plan is to lure the hive now living in one of our Warre boxes to migrate into a Langstroth box with a hole cut in the top.

I attached a piece of wood on each side to prevent any accidental bumps.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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What were your reasons for giving up?
Comment by W. Fri May 1 16:07:16 2015
W --- We're not entirely giving up on the Warre method. I do like the way bees survive in the Warre hive! However, I don't like the way we barely get any honey.... So I'm working on cobbling together a system that combines the good qualities of both our Warre hive system and the previous Langstroth system in hopes that we can both keep a colony alive without lots of sugar water and chemicals, and still harvest honey for ourselves. I'll be posting more about my hybrid experiments as I put them into practice.
Comment by anna Fri May 1 16:38:28 2015

Hi Anna, Good luck with your hybrid hive ware. I'll be following along to see how this progresses. Wishing you and M. a honey harvest this season. It's all about bees and trees for us this week end. Today, we split our largest(already three full mediums) and moved the o.b. hive outside (didn't want to loose it in a swarm). A second split will be carried out tomorrow after the remainder of the nursery order is in the ground. Then I'm making time to start a living willow pergola. A simple goal of getting its' main whips tucked in. Thank you for the inspiration you provided earlier this spring on living structures. Did you start your shade room, I wonder. ~Best

Comment by Eva Sat May 2 22:52:16 2015

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