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Tom Carroll


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I can answer questions on African bees and beekeeping and top bar hives.

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I have worked in Kenya and other African countries for 14 years on beekeeping development


Baraka Agricultural College Kenya Honey Council International Bee Research Association


I have a Bachelors degree in Agriculture A Masters degree in Agriculture - Environmental Resource Management A Masters degree in Entrepreneurship I am currently studying for a PhD in Agriculture specialising on beekeeping and sustainable livelihoods

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rob06/17/16101010Thanks Tom!
Cory02/09/16101010Thanks so much. God bless!
Bonnie07/16/12101010Thank you Tom for your reply. My .....
Linda06/14/101010Even though I still don't have a .....

Recent Answers from Tom Carroll

2016-06-17 queens:

Hello Rob,    Thanks for your question.  The question is a good question and not weird at all.  Ideally to maximise honey production we aim to keep young queens (up to two years old).  This advice is for

2012-07-13 feeding a new hive:

Congratulations Bonnie on getting your first bees!  Don't worry about the sugar syrup fermenting - the bees should be well able to use it all well before it ferments. However if it starts to look mouldy

2011-09-14 Hive materials:

Hi Jayson, I assume you are making beehives from plastic?  I cannot advise on the polymers etc.  My one piece of advice is to look at the hive from the point of view of the end users (people) as well as

2010-06-10 Bee deterrent:

Hi Linda,  I am sorry I don't know the answer to this question.  I am not sure what will drive them away naturally without using some nasty chemical.  The best bet is to contact your local beekeepers association

2009-07-01 Honey:

HI Dan.  Thanks for your question - you may have a problem with swarming.  Are your bees swarming? This will reduce honey yields.  The best thing to do is get someone from your local bee association to


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