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    Re: Top Bar Hives in Ohio

    The president of our local beekeeping association is also the Apiary Inspector for Stark, Carroll and Columbiana counties in Ohio. He inspected my hives this summer and found no problems - he's so...
  2. Re: thinking of building several tanzanian style

    Check out Laura in Portland's (aka Wannabee) "Son of Hivemonster" - a hybrid Warré/hTBH hive. The main hive body is the volume of three Warré boxes, about 36" long.

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  3. Re: thinking of building several tanzanian style

    This sounds very similar to the Dartington Long Deep Hive - the basis of the recently introduced plastic Omlet BeeHaus. I wonder how long it will be before somebody converts a BeeHaus into a top bar...
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    Re: screened bottom on TBH

    This question was answered by Gareth on the Natural Beekeeping Network:



    I miter the edges of my side boards parallel to the ground in order to add a hinged bottom board and do not get this...
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    Re: Need Tips on Wintering

    Some of the local Lang beeks here in Ohio wrap their hives with tarpaper in the winter. It adds a bit of insulation and the black color absorbs a little heat. I hear if you over-insulate the bees...
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    Re: Anyone using Warre hives?

    Check out the forums at the Natural Beekeeping Network. They have a very extensive forum on Warré hives. See:

    http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=12
  7. Thread: Huge drones

    by Stevedore
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    Re: Huge drones

    The worker bees born in your top bar hive probably ARE smaller than typical Lang bees. They pupate in natural-sized cells - not unnaturally enlarged foundation cells.
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Plans

    I have found 2x4's for legs makes a really sturdy hive. I take off enough for one top bar length off of an 8-foot 2x4 and then cut what's left in half. That makes two legs. I cut the tops off at a...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Plans

    I like the side entrance and two follower boards for the reasons Buckbee stated above. I went for the hinged bottom board with a lip around it under #8 mesh. It does collect pollen and wax scales...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Plans

    Some people think that Kenyan sides are less prone to comb attachments to the sides - others don't think it matters. I like the tapered combs that Kenyans produce and think they are lighter/easier...
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    Re: Losing my 1st ever hive

    If you didn't have some frames of honey left in the hive, I would say that the streaking could be signs of robbing as the robbers can get dysentery from eating the uncapped nectar. I lost a split...
  12. Re: what kind of beehive is this...??? Omlet Beehaus

    It's a plastic version of Robin Dartington's hive that takes 14x12 British National frames. In fact, Dartington was part of the design team and it appears that his own web site (where he sold plans...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Plans

    I also modified Phil Chandler's plans - to take 14.5-inch top bars and use US nominal 1x12's for sides.

    http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=19576#19576

    I found that the smaller inside...
  14. Re: what kind of beehive is this...??? Omlet Beehaus

    Here's a sneak peek at Omlet's new migratory version: :)

    http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/10b/8/AAAAAlFhc4cAAAAAAQuGIg.jpg
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    Re: Best time for Splitting

    So, why bother posting here? Suggest you look up "Internet Troll" on Wickipedia.
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    Re: Kenyan Insert for British National Hive

    Here's a couple shots of the modified Lang in the apiary shortly after installing a 3-pound package of Italians.

    http://i698.photobucket.com/albums/vv350/Stevedore_photos/SANY0396.jpg
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    Re: Kenyan Insert for British National Hive

    This is meant for those who have BN equipment who wish to transition later into a Kenyan hTBH but may not be ready to build their own hive. It is also a way to super a top bar hive while minimizing...
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    Re: Brood, honey and larva

    What are the inside dimensions of your hive? I have read that if the bars are too long and the hive too deep, you can have trouble getting separate combs of honey. I'm not sure what the "sweet...
  19. Thread: Ant Nest!

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    Re: Ant Nest!

    You could also put a ring of Vasoline around each leg.
  20. Re: Looking for a TBH keeper in La Grange, TX

    See this link to the Houston Beekeepers Association - looks like their monthly meeting is tonight.

    http://www.houstonbeekeepers.org/
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    Re: Am I a Redneck?

    Q: What do a divorce in Alabama, a tornado in Kansas, and a hurricane in Florida have in common?

    A: Somebody's fixin' to lose them a double-wide.
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    Re: Combining top bar hives

    See the Newspaper Combine thread below:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229560

    Do you plan on pinching the weaker queen first? Not sure how this combine will work with two...
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    I have also heard of setting the legs in coffee...

    I have also heard of setting the legs in coffee cans half full of used motor oil.
  24. I like to tilt one end of the top bar lower than...

    I like to tilt one end of the top bar lower than the other - the lowest side being the side of the hive with the fewest bees on the edge - and set that side down first up against the next bar. Then...
  25. This thread on the Biobees forum may be useful -...

    This thread on the Biobees forum may be useful - especially the pictures.

    http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3072


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