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    Re: Long Lang Transfer

    I did the same thing earlier in the year. If you put in medium frames, the bees tend to build comb on the bottom of the frame. Not really a big deal, but you need to know they will do that. I...
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    Re: Max time in a swarm box

    I got them into the finishing hive at about 50 hours and they appeared to be none the worse. 24 cells were started and looked to be a little longer than usual but I would expect that. Michael was...
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    Max time in a swarm box

    I have 30 queen cells in my swarm box that would be in the box 24 hours right now. It's started raining and gotten cool, 60 degrees and going to 55 tonight. My inclination is to wait to move the...
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    Converting a top bar hive to a langstoth

    I need to convert a couple of top bar hives into langstroth hives, realizing that questions are usually asked going the other way. If you have made this conversion, did you learn any lessons that...
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I keep about half langs and half top bars, 30 hives total. In the 9 years I've had top bars, I have noticed little difference in the wintering ability of the two styles. We get pretty cold with a...
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    how to calculate honey weight

    I noticed that most of my beekeeping buddies talk about how many pounds of honey they get out of their hives. I tend to keep track of quarts or gallons. Is it just as simple as multiplying the...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    Agree with dudelt. I put vent holes in the ends of my top bar hives and that really helps with the moisture. I've had both types for about 10 years and would say the survival rate is comparable. ...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I have tried pure foundationless langs and you're right. They can really make a mess. In my experience, getting the top bars started straight is really important. But after that, especially as...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    Here is an interesting post on the Long Hive. I think I may try one of these this year.
    http://www.beebehavior.com/modified_european_long_hive.php
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    Yep, agree. Waste of time.
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    Of course you've all heard the interview:

    Q. What would you do if you won a million dollars?

    A. I'd keep bees till the money ran out.

    I used to think that was a joke.
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    I've used popsicle sticks, and 3/4 inch strips cut in half for guides. Both worked fine. In my opinion, you have to keep all the comb straight, right from the beginning even if that means tearing...
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    Re: what is your guys opinion on these hives.

    You can scrape off the cocoons and the rest of the mess. they will leave depressions in the wood where they were attached but I don't think that bothers the bees. might be a good deal, or not. $100...
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    Re: To screen or not to screen...

    I put screened bottoms on all my langstroth hives years ago but saw no difference in those mite counts as opposed to my topbars that didn't have screens on them. After doing some research on the...
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    Re: top bar mentor?

    I think you are already experiencing one of the problems in keeping top bars. No one else does it! that's somewhat of an overstatement but when I first started I got the "you're not a real beekeeper"...
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    Re: top bar feeder

    I use a similar feeder, but I have to say that is one fancy top bar hive! even a place for a hive tool and brush...very cool! whats the little block hanging from the center of the roof?
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Dsegest, thanks for the reply and the link to your clubs website. I think offering a mentoring program like the one your club has is a good first step.
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    Re: screened bottom in observation hive

    I put sbb on all my langs in the hope that it would aid in the varroa fight. after a number of years I can see no difference in the mite counts and decided all my new bottoms will revert back to...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    Actually I don't think it makes much difference on the inspection. All of my topbars are on legs at waist height so I don't have to bend, lift and so on, but there probably isn't much difference...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I have 15 langs and 12 top bars. My experience is that it takes more management for the top bars than it does for the langs. In particular, if you get behind and let the bars get cross combed you...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Monitoring craigslist. LOL. I never thought of this up side!
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    Re: foundationless frames

    I stole Lauri Millers idea (referenced above) and absolutely love it. I get a mostly foundationless frame but I also get a little stability of the comb that is missing with a pure foundationless...
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    How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I have watched more and more people who attend my, and others, introduction to beekeeping classes, fail and give up after a couple of years. They spend a lot of money on equipment and bees only to...
  24. Thread: 1/8 screen?

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    Re: 1/8 screen?

    Our local Ace Hardware carries it.
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    Re: Cutting Rite-cell?

    I cut mine on a standard chop saw. It works great and the bees seem to really take to the partial foundationless frame. this isn't the first idea I've stolen from Lauri .
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