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Comment by Samuel Lopez on June 2, 2017 at 12:29pm

The blue one is alive and well - doing very good actually. The Yellow one is closed up - may try to split the Blue one next spring and add that to my resume :)

Comment by Rhett Renoud on June 2, 2017 at 11:41am

Looks good, Sam!  It didn't take me long to spot the two Warre hives!

Comment by Samuel Lopez on June 2, 2017 at 11:37am

Comment by Rhett Renoud on June 2, 2017 at 10:49am

Very impressive, Jeremy! 

Comment by Jeremy Nelson on June 2, 2017 at 10:22am

To chime in here- I ordered from Bethinking and received about a quarter of what i paid for. After two dozen calls and emails to them with no response, I finally went to Amazon. I used Amazon pay for my orders and filed a claim. Unbelievably Amazon was able to get me a refund from Bethinking. 

Comment by Gavin McCullough on May 30, 2017 at 3:40pm

I think beethinking just got ahead of hindsight it becomes a bit obvious...I read a post of the owner talking about how firing 47 people was the hardest thing he had ever done...all I could think was, "dang...47 people...hopefully 42 of them were making hives"...but i think they were top heavy...lots of managers and such.  Somebody also mentioned them over planning on mead production...again, Mead? really. probably too much hipster, not enough builder. anywho...maybe I can find, or make, a nice copper top.

as for the swarm harvester...yeah...the very first swarm we had at this house (13 years ago) we had a "bee guy" from the East Mountain come out and grab was cool how he could just put a box under the swarm and shake the branch and catch the protective gear at all. he mentioned that he could put a one way out for the bees and a small hive next to the wall and get most of the bees...but he thought the queen wouldn't come out...and we didn't want to kill a queen (reading more about hive and bees and I see a queen death is often part of the life of the hive)...

I might go that route...will wait a bit to see if this group picks up a bit...the hive seems did this once before and the bees dissappeared for a couple of years before returning (and by returning I mean a new swarm must of found some comb and decided this would be a good home). It would be ironic if I get a hive and the wall bees decided to go away...


Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 30, 2017 at 7:29am

That's too bad.  I don't and won't take anyone's money until the product is ready to ship.  BeeThinking was taking people's money just to stay afloat.  That, my friend, is called a Ponzi scheme!  Gavin, what did you think about my earlier post about the Swarm Harvester?     

Comment by Gavin McCullough on May 30, 2017 at 6:35am
Yeah, I ordered the copper roof from beethinking, but it was one of the items that didn't make it to me and that I consider a loss. Maybe I'll try to find one on eBay or something....
Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 30, 2017 at 3:15am

There’s nothing wrong with keeping an empty hive outside.  It seems that most people have more success catching a swarm in an elevated trap versus a ground level trap, but that’s not to say that your method won’t work.  Sometimes placing a bar of empty comb in the empty hive is also helpful in luring bees.  My only concern, overtime, is the condition of the Warre roof.  Maybe your roof has enough shade throughout the day to endure years of service without cracking.  From my experience, the cedar Warre roof will eventually warp and/or crack.  The Sweet Valley Hive roof was thicker and therefore theoretically lasted longer than The Warre Store or BeeThinking roof; however, they still felt victim to the harsh climate.  Sometimes the cracks are innocent and start where the screw holes are.  Overtime, the crack deepens and widens.  I know I’ve said this before, and at the risk of being a resounding gong, I will say it again.  In my opinion, the Warre tops in our higher elevations and drier climates really need a more protected covering than just wood.  Besides wood moisture extraction and UV effects, the extreme heat and cold temperature fluctuations is hard on the wood.  Perhaps pine is more forgiving and will handle the elements better.  Either way, I’m still an advocate for metal (or shingled) roofs and build all my hives using copper as the outer covering. 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 30, 2017 at 2:20am

Gavin, by the sound of it, I think you already have the beekeeping bug!  By the way, you have a beautiful backyard!  Sadly, BeeThinking; like many companies, grew too big, too quickly.  This probably isn’t the place to discuss politics and economics, but fiscal conservatism goes a long way.  Unfortunately, I think greed got in the way.  Many paying customers will not receive their orders, which is sad.  While Matt’s intentions probably weren't aimed to do harm, he took a lot of risks that eventually brought down the brand.

As for the bees in the wall, there is one method that we haven’t yet explored.  If desperate enough, you could always use something similar to the Swarm Harvester to lure them out.  Here’s the link: 

Here’s more details about how it works:


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