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    Re: Top bar management...what's going on???

    Ray,

    I did a quick inspection today, hoping they might have capped some honey. You hit the nail on the head.:applause: In the past 9 days, they have consumed more than half of the honey that...
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    Re: Top bar management...what's going on???

    Hi Adrian,

    Thanks for the quick response! I actually responded shortly thereafter; however, that was from my tablet and for some reason it did not post...much to my dismay.

    I actually...
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    Top bar management...what's going on???

    BACKGROUND: I have two KTBH's that I started from packages in mid-April 2012. I fed them 1:1 syrup extensively and they built up nicely before winter with substantial capped honey (and probably...
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    Re: Installing Two Pkges of Bees

    I agree with the others. I installed both of my packages in new TBH's within minutes of each other last year. In my case, I got local bees and the workers hadn't even been introduced to their...
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    Re: To Paint or Not To Paint

    The one thing I would NOT do again is use boiled linseed oil and beeswax! I did two TBH's and a nuc with that stuff a year ago and they all are turning black with dirt streaks and mildew. I liked...
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    Re: New bee person in NC.....

    Welcome! You are about to embark on a FASCINATING journey...bees are great! I've had my two Kenyan top bar hives for almost a year now and love watching the bees.
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Size

    I agree...mine are about 45" long inside (30+ bars) so I could get the maximum yield for the roofs of several hives out of a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood. I also made my top bars 19", the same as a...
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    Re: Moving Bees to New Hives???

    Mayday,
    There is a window behind the door that allows me to check out what the bees are doing without opening the hive. This is a great feature, especially for a new beek like me. I built one of...
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    Re: Moving Bees to New Hives???

    Delber & Rob,
    Thanks for responding so quickly to my inquiry! My instincts told me the plan should work, but the last thing I want to do is mess up after getting the packages this far!

    Rob,...
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    Re: First check of the year

    The pic of the solo bee on the old hive with the nail is a gem!
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    Moving Bees to New Hives???

    I have two top bar hives that I started from packages in April 2012 (photo attached). I lost a nuc that I split from my stronger hive to small hive beetle infestation last summer. While the two...
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    Re: putting hopguard on the hives more quickly

    I haven't been able to find anything that I can use to treat varroa in a TBH. I am looking for suggestions.

    Can anyone tell me how thick (not wide) the Hopguard strips are??? :s I am thinking...
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    Re: No bees going into my new walk away??

    Keth,
    Thanks for the quick response! I try to read everything I can about bees, but it seems like something unexpected always happens...guess that is what keeps it interesting! Patience is NOT my...
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    No bees going into my new walk away??

    I am a first-year beek. I have two top bar hives from packages installed 4/14 and one was booming (24 drawn bars) so I decided to do a walk away split on it a day and a half ago (6/25). I made an...
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    Re: How do you identify robbing?

    Thanks Michael! I built a robber screen that emulates the one on your website, but on a smaller scale. I will put it on before daybreak tomorrow.

    I had been concerned because mine is a Kenyan...
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    Re: How do you identify robbing?

    [QUOTE=robherc;801609]If you want to know if your hive's still "viable," you can check on them in the evening, after the bees have stopped flying; that way you won't be making it harder for them to...
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    Re: How do you identify robbing?

    I have two five-week-old TBH's. Both have 12+ combs and built up well and are still taking 3 pints of syrup per day. This morning when I went feed them, there were lots of bees in the air and I saw...
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    Re: Using hairclips

    [QUOTE=David LaFerney;785140]...a simple thing that works really well: get a small piece (about 4x10 depending on your top bars) of 1/2 x1" mesh hardware cloth - commomly used for rabbit cages. And...
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    Re: methods of releasing your queen

    Follow-up questions...I installed the two packages with the queen cages on the floor on Saturday morning. It has been warm so I think the queens should be fine. How long should I wait before...
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    Re: methods of releasing your queen

    I am a newbee and will be picking up two 3# packages tomorrow to put in my KTBH's. These bees are local and were shaken this evening. They will not have been exposed to their new queen until I put...
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    Re: What to feed a new package?

    Ravenseye & Fish Stix

    Thanks for the quick responses! I love this forum...instant access to so many knowledgable, experienced beeks! 1:1 it is.
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    What to feed a new package?

    I am a newbee from North Carolina and I am getting two 3# packages in about 10 days. I will be installing them in a Kenyan top bar hive. I know I will have to feed them to help them start building...
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    Re: bending jig for top covers?

    David,

    I have been in the business of making the aluminum coil for almost 40 years and have never seen anything this cheap that works so well to bend aluminum sheet! I just hemmed and bent...
  24. Re: Hello from a Newbee in Raleigh, North Carolina!

    I know where... Thanks for the compliment! Since that post, I have added a white aluminum sheet to the roof.

    I am really getting anxious to get my bees now that they (two of them) are ready to...
  25. Re: Hello from a Newbee in Raleigh, North Carolina!

    Avesterfelt,

    Thanks for the hints on what to watch for! That is really helpful!

    I set my empty hives out on the pavers after the heavy rains we had this past weekend and put about 80 lbs. of...
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