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    Re: foundation starter comb

    Here's the easiest method I've found. Simply melt some wax block into a grove with a torch (be careful) and stick a strip of foundation in there. The wax will drip/pour nicely off of a bottom...
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    Re: Pollen Substitute

    Hoosier - Iím not sure but all of the recommendations Iíve read say place the pollen patties ďabove the brood.Ē Since above isnít convenient to TBHs, adjacent is what Iím trying to accomplish. I...
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    Re: Pollen Substitute

    oops, double posted and I dont know how to delete it...maybe ill find it later...
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    Re: Pollen Substitute

    efaure,

    Sure, I was just guessing at what might fit in the mixer and it barely made it. I simply made a 1/25th version of Randy's recipe posted...
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    Re: Pollen Substitute

    No SHBs. That was the idea. If the bees can get to all sides of the pollen substitute then they'll keep the beetles out (hopefully).

    Those are acrylic bars that I made for my observation hive. ...
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    Pollen Substitute

    I was recently experimenting with pollen substitute and I thought Iíd share what I did and found. Actually, Iíve been thinking about this for over a year and have finally gotten around to it. In...
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    Re: Top Bar Hives from Honeybee Habitat

    Thanks for posting this because I'll recommend them to folks around here, since they're a comfortable driving distance to DC. Its similar to what I build and the price is very reasonable. As for...
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    Re: any experience combining TBH's???

    I use the news paper combine but I just smoosh the paper into the corners with my hands. I suggest not leaving more paper than necessary because they have a shred party to celebrate the sucessful...
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    Re: Yay!! Dr. Mangums book arrived!!

    Hoosier,

    I got one last month too and I think its well beyond anything else out there for TBH beekeepers. It's organized very much like his presentations. Our local club has been lucky enough to...
  10. Re: An odd thought about a natural observation hive.

    Virginiawolf,

    No, I don't cover the top or the sides. Despite what you read, mine don't seem to mind. Since it's really just a top bar hive, there's plenty of darkness between the combs. The...
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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Here's a simple design that I use with an optional screen bottom and stand. It's based on a Dr. Wyatt A. Mangum presentation (and now book). It's very practical because it uses dimensional lumber. ...
  12. Re: An odd thought about a natural observation hive.

    TokerM

    It's doable but I'd be concerned about the weight of the comb. I simply stuck with the size of my other TBHs. My comb are about 15x10x10 and they can weigh a little over 5 lbs. If you...
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    Re: Commercial tbh hives

    Oldtimer,

    More specifically, he started pollinating for money with langs before he was a ten (driving hives around his bicycle) and kept 125 hives as teenager. He's worked in bee academia, in...
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    Re: Commercial tbh hives

    Oops, I just read the nitpicking above. I didn't mean to start that up again.

    Stuart
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    Re: Commercial tbh hives

    Fwiw, Dr. Wyatt Mangum has run ~200 tbh commercially for ~20 years or so. He writes a lot in ABJ. I suspect its like anything else, learn through mistakes. His book is due out soon and maybe there...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Top Feeder

    I've mostly use a milk carton with the top cut off. For a bee ladder I insert a wide band of window screen pushed down to the bottom. The long ends of the screen overlap the edges of the carton and...
  17. Re: Front top bar #1 with wax foundation cut shape of hive to get the bees started ri

    Simply put a very shallow saw cut in the center of the bar, chop up some wax and fill the groove, melt the wax with a small torch and insert a ~1" strip of foundation. I did this on a couple of...
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    Re: who sells carni's

    If nucs and a little driving is ok for you then look into Bjorn aparies in central Pa.

    Stuart
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