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  1. Warre hives in winter-special insulation and wrapping needed in Michigan?

    I built a Warre this year after reading his book, and boldly sat there into the fall and even into Dec, and then I added insulating layers outside, and finally at some point got out my World books...
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    Warre wintering feeder questions

    I built a Warre out of 3/4" stock and they were delayed in delivery this year, we got them started late May. They filled 2 1/2 boxes and seemed fine, but then we noticed that we could no longer see...
  3. Thread: All dead

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    Re: All dead

    Can you learn from your mistake? I am sure you can....all you had to have done was to make closer observations on how much honey you had. How do I know this? I made the same mistake. However,...
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    Bees leaving in December...

    3 cases now, 2 TBH and one Lang. Bees fine, then poof, gone. Guy near me found his queen. We didn't and neither did neighbor. Plenty of food, and good bees late into fall...lost some track of them...
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    Re: first problem i have had with warré

    I read Warre's book. Sound like you just let them attach it, and if you have bars in every box, then you'd simply break off the top box when harvesting. Or you can slice it off with a thin wire thru...
  6. Thread: Dead Hive

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    Re: Dead Hive

    Are you saying they ran out of food? Ours just left, as did a friends, and, a neighbor's Lang. Vacated. Split. Vamoosed. And, did it in December!

    I'm going to do a Warre' next...I don't like...
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    Re: Cedar construction

    I suspect this WILL be the best looking beehive on the planet.
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    Re: Cedar construction

    Hate to say it but are we even sure bees will take aromatic cedar?
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    Re: Cedar construction

    I read right by the 'aromatic' part...I was also thinking of the type you find at Lowes, etc...building grade.
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    Re: Cedar construction

    Was reading on warrestore.com about cedar. Do that. Cedar is THE material to use.

    Some observations from a first year beekeeper, and tbh maker. Ours in MI was a hit, until mid-Dec, when they flew...
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    Re: TBH - Emergency Feeding Experiment

    Concern about humidity is my first thought...all that moisture. Fondant would be better...Make a regular shaped bar frame, then do the fondant mixture, and pour it in there. Put hardware cloth on...
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    Re: MI top bar hive ownwers.

    Oh boy...I hope yours did better than mine...My bees must have flown away this fall. Had about 30 dead ones that we found a few weeks back when our hive went silent. Girls all huddled around some...
  13. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    I'm all onto Warre' now. Makes sense. Vertical, top vent, and bees working down during summer, up during winter.
  14. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    Ya know, at this point, I'm back to basics. What do bees do/want/know. Reading about Warre' hives and it makes a ton of sense. Got a newly constructed Lang sitting in the garage made of heavy...
  15. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    We took the hive in the garage and in an hour or so, decided to just open it. Dead. 25-50 bees total, bunch with heads in cells, a few in a circle around them, just dead. No sign of foulbrood or...
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    Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    wow-www.thewarrestore.com has a ton of good info and insights...I wondered about cedar...
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    TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    Looking to talk to someone who may be around the Grand Rapids area about their experience with TBH, particularly, how they overwintered, and, my main concern-ventilation...

    If you wanna chat-send...
  18. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    Sure...that is VERY interesting. Like I said, we had a good amount of honey in bars 8+...but there was a lot of empty brood between 2 and 8. Makes me want to do an intervention assuming they are all...
  19. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    Reply to all-Thanks for all the input. Double deeps are used around here and make it. Makes sense to me to do Langs in the future. The TBH was fun but, due to angles and lack of standardization, I...
  20. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    (Reply to Honey-4-all)You may have said a mouthful. I did no research into TBH viability in MI. Guy up the road had one, they died first winter, but he said it was mold. Expert keeper near us didn't...
  21. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    WVMJ-we just took out a space heater so we could inspect. I basically just wanted to see if they'd all died, and if not, figured we should keep heat on them as a safety precaution since ya normally...
  22. Re: Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    Hmm. Out of say 8,000 bees in April, how many would one expect to over winter? How many bees would congregate in bars 1&2? I can't imagine there'd be more than 1000? I guess I figured we'd have 1/2...
  23. Michigan first year TBH and big concerns about wintering.

    See and hear no activity in our TBH. I did make a viewing window that spans most of the hive but we can't totally see into bars 1-3. Also, the first 2 are not straight-when we hung the queen cage...
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    Re: solid vs screen bottom

    I think we have to remember what bees do naturally-find a spot and build a hive. It must be warm enough, and safe enough, dry enough, etc. If they're in a tree, I'd suspect they could be below or...
  25. Re: Much ado about nothing, spoken by a first year beekeeper.

    I said that out of ignorance, figuring that bees would use the natural cavity above as a heat trap, helping in winter. But your experience then is interesting...And yes, I've seen coons in holes...
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