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    Re: New Package not taking syrup

    I wouldn't be worried at all. Actually, the fact that they are finding nectar sources and don't need the syrup is really encouraging. That will allow them to build up their honey stores faster and...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    I have use poplar and pine. The pine seems to work just fine, just look for a board with as few knots as possible. Something else that really helped was purchasing a thin-kerf saw blade for my table...
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    Re: package install and feeding?

    As far as feeding goes, I have used all methods already talked about. The baggie works well if you have nothing else. It does require opening the hive to add a new one as well as to remove it...
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    Re: Who sells a good top bar hive?

    I would do a google search. There are a number of hives out there and I think every manufacturer is going to say theirs is the best. Backyardhive.com has a very nice one but it is pricey. You might...
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    Re: moving a 5 frame nuc into a Warre

    My question is will the bees find the sugar I plan to put on the Warre' bottom board?

    Yes, they will find the sugar. I have fed my Warre hives using just a ziplock back on the bottom board and...
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    Re: Three weeks till bees

    I've done it both ways and had success. If you suspend the cage I wouldn't wait very long to remove the queen cage as the longer you leave it the more likely that they will build bad comb. I usually...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    Sevenbravo, the bars look great. Nicely done. Now all you need is some bees. Best of luck!
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    Re: Using a Warre quilt

    I use the same melthod as Ueli in that using a route out a notch about 3/4 or the length of the bar on each side. That creates a good gap between bars and allows venting to the quilt. I use my quilt...
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    Re: Using a Warre quilt

    I don't think the type of burlap matters. I tried potato sacks and then burlap that I bought at the fabric store and they still chewed it. As far as the screen then the burlap, as long as the burlap...
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    Re: Using a Warre quilt

    I use aluminum screen. In all of the people I know that have Warre along with my own had problems with the bees chewing through the burlap despite the flour paste. I tried different mixtures and...
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    Re: moving a 5 frame nuc into a Warre

    Having worked with Warres for a while I would suggest catching the queen as well. Put her in a cage with a sugar plug and move her into the Warre box. Graft a frame or two into the warre box and let...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    You are right, the angle really won't matter to the bees. The spacing will matter more. There are a number of different opinions as to what to do. You can use 1 1/4" bars and then add 1/4" spaces for...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    Yes, that is how mine ended up. I changed the design of the top to eliminate the triagle pieces you are talking about so that the top sat firmly on the bars. That only lasted about 4 months and then...
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    Re: Warre question

    To the original poster I use 4/4 stock for the top bars. You will need to go to a lumber retailer not a big box store but it allows you to cut the board into slices and get many more bars as you can...
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    Re: Using a Warre quilt

    I have several Warre Hives and Quilts on by TBH. I started using the flour paste treated burlap but now use window screen. The reason for the switch was the bees chewing through the burlap and then...
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    Re: Top Bar Designs (The Bar Itself)

    I make my own bars with the wedge on the bottom. I too started with the 1 3/8 bars and found it much easier to make them all 1 1/4 and add a 1/4" spacer when needed. I use a table saw to make mine. I...
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    Re: A Question for TBH Experts

    Greetings from the Mile High City!

    I have had my top bar hive for three seasons now. It has wintered over with no problems at all. We have had several weeks of -15 temps here and the bees have...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    SevenBravo,

    The hive looks great. Yes I have a golden mean hive and it has worked well. What are your questions about the top? One thing I will say is that I had to make a new top that had a pitch...
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    Re: Warre hive comb collapse

    bigbear, you are a little quick to jump on the defensive, and yes I can read. My point was not to take issue with the exchange between the two of you but to make the point that her certification...
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    Re: Warre hive comb collapse

    Chris,

    I couldn't agree with you more. I grew up around langs and was taught the methods of bi-weekly inspections to look for brood, proper stores, that drones were the enemy and such. I didn't...
  21. Thread: Linseed Oil

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    Re: Linseed Oil

    I have used both tung oil and linseed oil. I have not had the finish turn black as others have said but I did mix the linseed oil with beeswax. The finish is holding up very well and we have some...
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    Re: Moisture confusion....

    I will add my two cents to all that has been said. I have both KTBH and Warre and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. I have to say that I liked the quilt enough on the Warre that I added...
  23. Re: found feral bees in tree near 2 tbh, what shoul i do

    There are a couple of potential concerns with the feral hive. There is a chance of robbing from your newly installed hives until they build up their strength and get situated in their new hives....
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    Re: New TBH day 7

    Sounds like they are coming right along. Give them another week before you start pulling bars and by that time you should have double the amount of comb and the bees will have spread out to work the...
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    Re: linseed oil?

    It doesn't have to be heated. I just think it soaks in better if it is warm, a good alternative to thinning. There are som natural citrius thinners out there that work well but I have not tried them...
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