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Davey Bees is about ideas to help the hobbyist beekeeper. Including ways to reduce the chance of loosing swarms, reducing condensation and easier maintenance of beehives. It's based on our experience as beekeepers and many things we've read over the years from other bee keepers experiences. We have a few ideas and this site is about recording the results of testing these ideas.

Opening the Sides of the Broodnest - OSBN Method

30 Jan 2019 13:18

Updated details of the Swarm Prevention Method that I call:
Opening the Sides of the Broodnest (OSBN).

Click here to view the method.

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Latest Long Hive

13 Dec 2013 13:05

The latest Long Hive I have made is a 3x 10 frame hive. Click here to view.

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05 Nov 2013 03:22

I hate wiring frames! So instead I have been using two thin skewers for comb support. I've also made my own frames from 19mm (3/4") board. Works great. See here for more.

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Combo Lid/Base

05 Nov 2013 03:18

After several Lid designs, I have settled on a Lid can can also be used as a Base. It allows for a top entrance, and can be used on a long hive.

See it here.

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Post-swarm Autopsies

10 Dec 2012 12:31

Added a page about a Post Swarm autopsy. Checked a hive after it swarmed and found three virgin queens had recently emerged! See the details and photos here

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Causes of Swarming

18 Apr 2012 12:51

In order to prevent swarms, you need to understand what causes them. Here is a list of the general stages involved in spring buildup that contribute to Reproduction Swarms. To view the list click here.

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Clip and Nuc

07 Feb 2012 12:00

The Clip and Nuc method has just been updated! Learn how to catch a swarm by clipping a queens wings so that the swarm goes to a Nuc. Click here

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Tags: catch clip nuc queen swarm wing

Artifical Swarm Board

06 Feb 2012 08:00

The Artifical Swarm Board page has had further updates! Check it out here

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Tags: artificial board excluder queen split swarm
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