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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    Ruthie's right colours are good but basic shapes are often better. You can actually make use of it to move the bees around if you need to bolster a particular population. Cards with circle, square,...
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    Weeeeeeeell... queen breeding nucs technically only need to be 3-4 combs BUT it is sensible to have it a little scalable. Personally I would go for 8-10 bar nucs. These you could use as bait hives in...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    In my opinion provided all top bars are in place and there are no gaps there is no reason at all why in matters if your "roof" area is "well-ventilated". My lid isn't sealed and yes I have had the...
  4. Re: If at first you don't suceed.....blah, blah, blah...

    Here is my two pennies worth:

    Should I try to find a certain bee that would do well in our temps?
    Where ever possible collect/trap swarms in spring. These are colonies that have already...
  5. Re: Anything I forgot to add before it leaves garage, first TBH build.

    A really nice build. I like it a lot. I am just glad they aren't standing next to mine so people can compare.
    The way you have done the legs is really nice though I think I would have problems with...
  6. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    I think your best bet would be to wait til spring. Do not mess about with their winter setup.
    In spring the least complicated approach would be to do a shook swarm. This way you can remove all the...
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    Re: top bar numbering?

    I stole an idea from Julie @ Happy hour at the top bar hive. I use coloured drawing pins/push pins.
    white - empty
    yellow - honey
    green - brood
    blue - drone brood
    red - queen cell
    it is much...
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    Bees are just too clever for such skulduggery ;)
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    The bees hovering around could well be the hives own foragers returning to find the entrance they usually use blocked. They'll figure it out.

    Dealing with robbing, learn last year!
    1 Do not feed...
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    Re: Dark comb and no eggs

    Is what you are referring to as "goop" in the corner of pic2, because if so that is just wet capped honey.
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    Re: The trouble with Russians

    I would say it depends!

    Many believe that italians are the best choice for Warré hives anyway because they are prolific comb builders. HOWEVER, if you are going to manage the Warré hive using...
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    Re: New Bee with Follower Board Question

    I would not recommend using tar paper. The fit of the follower board isn't too concerning if you have gaps either skirt the follower board with masking tape or make one slightly larger from cardboard...
  13. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    The popsicle sticks work well as guides in framed hive (lang and national) but don't find them particularily reliable for the TBH. They work fine when inserting a bar between two drawn combs but then...
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    Re: Overwintering TBH nucs

    Hi Julie

    Perhaps put them side by side for shared warmth with the entrances alternating. If I remember right the hives are painted quite distinctly so the bees should be able to figure which one...
  15. Re: Morning inspection -- a lesson in "should'ves"

    I use a smoker to smoke myself to ensure I don't have any offensive deodourant, or soap related smells the bees dislike. I also smoke the air above the hive before opening. Other than that I use a...
  16. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    I have no experience of the earths magnetic field affecting comb building. All my hives are orientated differently and they all produce perfectly straight comb. The only cross combing issues I have...
  17. Re: Turnkey topbar hive for selling to my "students"

    heh... sounds like they're giving you some trouble ruthie.
    I think I would like to know why you are doing this?
    Is this in order to start a business? or to start people out in beekeeping but ensure...
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    Re: List of Beekeeping Rules

    wow .. I am breaking those babies left, right, and centre. I can see what you are getting at though.
    The only things I really don't agree with is:
    The bees brush should be avoided unless...
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    Re: aggressive bees in top bar hives

    I am afraid I have never moved the same bees between framed hives and kTB Hives so don't know.
    I know that the bees I keep in my kTBH are a lot calmer than the bees in the national hives at my...
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    Re: Bars drawn out goofy

    If it is on the outside edge of the hive leave it till spring then remove it when the comb is empty and they can try again. If the comb is in the middle then try and sort it out. They need a lot of...
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    heh... thank you for your frankness.

    I should maybe point out then that these are not drone cells. They are worker cells which the queen has then laid drones in. The swarm is a few weeks old and...
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    Queen cup. Yeah the bees want a queen. The thing is it will take them another month before the queen will "up and running". I think that will put the colony at a massive disadvantage since they have...
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    Re: Drone layer in swarm

    It is 100% drone brood I am afraid.
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    Re: Top bar hive traps

    There are a few things to remember when baiting swarms. Most just increase your chances of catching but some are important. I have baited 5 swarms in june alone doing this before stopping because my...
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    Drone layer in swarm

    Hi All

    One of the swarms I collected this year has a drone layer of a queen.
    It is odd as the swarm had pollen going in within a week of arrival which suggests to me an old queen that has run out...
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