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    Bees Sleeping Outside The Hive?

    When I was feeding the hens this morning I noticed this clump of bees sleeping outside the hive. Any idea why they would be hanging out there over night? (This was about 6:45 in the morning)

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  2. Re: Just saw these top bar hives using barrel halves on youtube

    Interesting idea..

    So far with our inspections we've been able to check everything without a stand. Maybe when the barrels fill up with comb it'd be more useful to have a stand like this though!
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    Chickens are still in our basement growing up to be big enough to go outside.

    Our one neighbor has not said anything since we put the bees in and I've seen them out in their yard a lot so they...
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    I think I addressed this in my last post, but yeah I'll probably make a new one with a hole that small again for winter. Was just part of my learning curve. Figured start small and easily expand it...
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    Well, its only been about 4 weeks so I don't have a lot of different weather conditions and bee hive conditions to make a final judgement.
    I think there certainly should be some sort of screen...
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    I don't know how small the beetle larva are but I have window screening on the bottom of my hives so they may not be able to fall through that. I was certainly thinking along the same lines that...
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    Just browsing the forum. Our mentor had been recommending the forum for a while but I was too busy building the hive/coops and getting our bees setup to spend time talking about them.

    I'm finally...
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    Yes, I believe my top bars are about 24 inches in length (maybe 26). Got the barrel from this place: http://novabarrel.com/


    Yes, but I actually drilled a lot of holes in it so the bees can still...
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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Thought I'd throw my modified barrel top bar hive design in the mix...

    Main modifications are an addition of a divider within the hive, using a chicken water feeder with syrup inside to get them...
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    We bought these from http://novabarrel.com/ they were totally clean and had no smell at all when we bought them (and they had been sitting in a hot storage locker).

    Prior to putting our package...
  11. Re: Just saw these top bar hives using barrel halves on youtube

    Yes, those are my hive/coops.

    Was inspired by the idea of chicken tractors to maximize our space utilization and combine the chicken coops with the bee hives. The bees don't seem to be active...
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    Hello From Northern Virginia!

    Been browsing the forums here for several weeks. Lots of interesting information so far.

    Decided to join after seeing some of my work being referenced so I could give back to the community.
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