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    Re: Where to put pollen patty in tbh

    I modified one bar with small holes drilled near each end. I ran a stiff piece of wire through the holes and hung the pollen patty from the wire. I place that bar near the feeder. When not using that...
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    Re: Bees like sugar more than honey?

    My few years of experience have taught me that they do prefer nectar to sugar water. It was suggested to me a couple of years ago to leave the sugar water feeder on during a major flow. I did and the...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    Thanks LeeB. The robber screen is a ridiculously obvious solution I overlooked and really easy to do!
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    I apologize ahead for adding another question into this thread but it is related. I have never used a frame feeder and always used the mason jar through the top. Last fall I changed to top entrances...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    TheSorce, Welcome to Beesource. This year I lost 1 of 2 Langs and 1 of 4 top bar hives. You will hear over and over in beekeeping that the cold will not kill the bees but moisture will. I removed...
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    Re: restarting my topbar hive from a package

    I don't think you have a lot to worry about with the installation of the 4 lb package. I am not too far north of you and always prefer the 4 lb to the 3 lb package. In fact, I probably get them from...
  7. Thread: what to leave

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    Re: what to leave

    I usually leave them all of it and harvest in the spring. I do pull the frames in the Langs in the summer. My reasoning is that if I pull too much, now I have to get them building more comb and feed...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Of course! To this day I still love all the sports metaphors. For years Babe Ruth was the home run king, but he was also the strike out king and so on. Losing half of my hives the first year (only...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I believe the biggest problem with the beginning beekeepers is a complete lack of knowledge about what they are really getting into. For a hobbyist with one or two hives it is not inexpensive, it is...
  10. Re: OAV, Safe for bees, what about the bee keeper

    Any sensible person will tell you to use the mask, eye protection and proper clothing. Will you actually do all those things? probably not. The average person in this country will take shortcuts and...
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    Splitting beehives

    In the past I have done splits by dividing the resources evenly between two hives. Is it reasonable to assume a three way split should work OK? I think it will and I am hoping to do a larger increase...
  12. Thread: Is it worth it

    by dudelt
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    Re: Is it worth it

    I believe now is the time to get started. Yes, you will be going away in three years but the knowledge you will gain beekeeping over those three years will stay with you for your lifetime. Most of...
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    Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    I bought the Varrocleaner last year from Oxvap. Worked like a charm. For the less than 10 hives I have I did not think spending $40.00 more for the Varrox was worth the extra money. The gentleman...
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    I have done it both ways and from my observations, the bees could care less. Don't waste the time.
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    Re: top bar construction question

    IMHO the length is fine, I make mine 46-48 inches. Most of the hive plans I see are between 15 - 19 inches wide at the top and 6 - 10 inches wide at the bottom. The depth I have seen is 9 - 12 inches...
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    Re: top bar construction question

    Yes you can but what are the dimensions on the one you built? How long is it? How wide is it? How long are the top bars?
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    Re: Hive construction question

    I have one hive made from left over cedar decking boards. It works just fine.
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    Dave, I have both but prefer top bar hives. My reasons are:
    1: I find working a TBH easier than a Lang
    2: I find the bees are MUCH gentler in a TBH when you inspect the hive. Fewer bees are...
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    Re: Grants for beginners

    Foxyboxy89, There are some real good ways to start beekeeping on the cheap. I have done everything here I list. Start with a top bar hive you build yourself in about 2.5 hours or less using scrap...
  20. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Tomas, thanks for the link to your website. I really enjoyed it.
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    I put mine in a 5 gallon food safe bucket with a bunch of holes drilled in the bottom. Under that is a filter (about 400 - 600 micron from Mann Lake and others) to get the small particles and under...
  22. Thread: Just my Opinion

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    Re: Just my Opinion

    One of the regulars here posted a link to her website not long ago. It does an excellent job of comparing Lang vs. Top bar. It is located here ...
  23. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    I think all beekeepers should agree that whether it is a Lang, top bar, Warre or whatever hive beekeeping is just plain FUN! All of us have different reasons for beekeeping. I will keep between 3 -...
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    Re: Beekeeping routine?

    Like all things in agriculture, strict timetables don't work very well and location and micro-climates are a huge factor. A mentor is a great help. A local beekeeping club can be a great resource. Do...
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    Re: Any plans for top bar hives

    No, it is not too long. All of mine are 4 feet and it seems to be a really good size for me. When the hive gets full, I know it is time to do a split. I did 4 feet because the first one I did was...
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