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    Re: Reviving a dead hive

    That's good to hear Thomassen. If you have a follower board that the new package can get around, then you can do as Crosby has mentioned and put the worst of the mouldy combs behind it and the bees...
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    Re: Reviving a dead hive

    Which ever way you decide to go make sure that you install on worker combs and keep them together and only feed work comb into the middle of worker brood. Leave drone and storage size comb to the...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    Something that you may consider is to bevel your bars to reduce the surface area on the sides of the bars. It really helps when closing the bars back together. Less surface area makes fewer pinched...
  4. Re: Already ordered a nuc for spring, but now in love with top bar hives...

    Here's a few pics of the 3 cut outs Eric did last Aug. Just so you all know Eric is a successful TBH beekeeper running about 50 TBH's treatment free.

    Cut out #1 west side of building.

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  5. Re: Already ordered a nuc for spring, but now in love with top bar hives...

    It will work better if you have them build a few small combs with brood in them on bars from your TBH. Then place the new brood with the queen in the TBH portion with a queen excluder separating the...
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    Re: New Hive Build

    I am assuming you mean the follower board? One other design component you may be interested in is to us a false follower at the front entrance end of the hive. It is just a follower with a bee space...
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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    One of the reasons I like the slanted sides of the TBH is due to the amount of rain we get along the coast here. With a roof that extends out the ends the body of the hive always stays dry. It's easy...
  8. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    My hives are 12" deep with the size of comb being comparable to the amount of comb a deep frame holds. The change in shape makes the difference in where they put the stores. The reason I went with...
  9. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    This is from a cut-out from this summer and shows the frames I used.

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    Re: Springtime movement across combs?

    They don't typically move off the brood combs and the main reason you need to make sure the nest is well back filled with honey stores for winter. They may start to brood to one side of the brood...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    The biggest issue with TBH's is the newbe does not understand natural comb and how the bees want to build it. Having a Long hive using frames doesn't change how they want to build natural comb other...
  12. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Just to ad to my previous post. The 4 TBH's are starter from one strong over wintered colony in early spring.
  13. Re: Current status and thinking ahead to spring

    Comb size per bar is what you should consider. Not too large or too small. What ever bar length you decide on it is probably a good idea not to have each comb bigger than the surface area of comb...
  14. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    If you want more honey run more hives. 4 TBH's will cost about the same as 1 Lang. 20lbs a hive will get you 80lbs with no boxes to store or move here and there.
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    Re: Perished hive, what to do next?

    Are you saying that the bees in your alive hive are not clustered on the combs but rather sitting on the floor? If so this doesn't sound good.
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    Re: feeding bees back honey

    The upside down jar is the best way to feed liquid honey back. It helps to smear honey on the lid and a bit on the floor under the jar to help them find the feeder. Warming the honey is not a bad...
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    Re: smaller space = warmer bees?

    If you have prepped them properly they don't need any sugar bricks in our location. Also depending on the conditions we can have pollen entering the hives almost any month of the year. Anytime they...
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    Re: smaller space = warmer bees?

    Ray's advise is right on! What I would add being in the same location is you should be finished any feeding by now and the hive should be ready to go into winter with no further interference until...
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    Any pollen combs should be kept frozen until the day before use, otherwise it won't be useful to the bees. That's if you want to preserve it.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    Yes.

    The best thing to do now is freeze the combs to kill SHB, wax moth and to preserve the pollen for a new start in the spring with a package/swarm.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    Yes.

    The best thing to do now is freeze the combs to kill SHB, wax moth and to preserve the pollen for a new start in the spring with a package/swarm.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    If yellow jackets are freely entering the hive it is a weak hive. Strong healthy hives can easily defend against them. If you are seeing a large number of yellow jackets hovering near the ground near...
  23. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    I use my own wax and make about 50 sheets at a time that cut into 500 to 600 strips then use them as needed. When harvesting old comb or honey comb you can leave 1" of comb on the bar where you can...
  24. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    No, they will always curve the ends in that area as they progress in building, it is invariably storage cells in the upper ends. Once the bees over extend the cells for storage the mid rib of the...
  25. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    This is one of the main reasons that I use the foundation starter strips. They really do cut down on how often I need to check on the combs. I have hives in different locations that I may not get to...
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