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    Placing "cups" or "cages" over Queen cells?

    I have 4 queen cells on one of my nucs and I would like to "harvest" all the queens. Question is: can I cut out each Queen Cell, put it in a "cup" or "cage" and attach back within the Nuc or a full...
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    At Last a Very Good Winter!

    Three years ago, I began with 3 Top Bar Hives. Lost 2 out of 3. Second year, I began with 4 Top Bar Hives. Lost 3 out of 4. Last year, I purchased a bunch of packages, split one package in half...
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    How long for Virgin Queen to mate?

    I am planning to raise some queens, but am not sure how long it usually takes for a Virgin Queen to make/finish her mating flight(s) and begin laying? I read that it can take anywhere from 10 to 20...
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    Starving Top Bar Hive Question

    Hi,
    I am giving a talk to my local Beekeepers Association on Top Bar Hives in 2 weeks and have a question on starving in Top Bar Hives. Their concern is bees starving, because they were clustered...
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    Using Mite Away Strips in Top Bar Hives

    Has anyone used Mite Away Strips in Top Bars Hive for Mites? If so, what was your experience? What do you consider the most effective and safe treatment for Mites in Top Bar HIves?
    Thanks for...
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    New Package swarm cells

    I hived a package 11 days ago and today when I checked it, I found 6 sealed queen cells, but no queen. Should I cut out 5 and let them raise 1 new queen or cut out all 6 queen cells and introduce a...
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    Re: Buckfast bees

    Thanks to everyone who answered my questions on Buckfast Bees. I am planning to re-queen using more gentle Buckfast Queens.
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    Buckfast bees

    Does anyone have Buckfast Bees and if so what is your experience? I have a hive of Buckfast started from a package last year from Weaver Apiaries in Texas and they survived the winter in great...
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    Re: VIDEO!! Endoscope for inspecting hive.

    Thanks for your reply. I look forward to your new video! I have Top Bar Hives with screened bottoms and also a "false bottom" under the screened bottom. There is an insert with sticky tile in the...
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    Re: VIDEO!! Endoscope for inspecting hive.

    I liked your idea and video very much, but have a question. Are the slots open all the time? How wide are they? Can you post just a photo of the slots? Thanks!!
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    Re: foundation starter comb

    Linda's method is very good, but I just use regular glue in my slot to hold the foundation strip and it does not bother the bees. I have used it for 2 years. I just put a very small bead in the...
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    Re: Feeding Pollen Patties to Top Bar Hives

    Sounds like to me that you are doing well. Thanks for more detail. I will use your idea, but modify it somewhat. I recommend Grant F.C. Gillard's book, tiled " A Ton of Honey" His email is:...
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    Re: Feeding Pollen Patties to Top Bar Hives

    Thanks for your thoughts. I like your method, because I neglected to separate the attached sides of Top Bars from sides of hive; so it would not be so easy to slide bars. I will try Joe's method...
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    Re: Feeding Pollen Patties to Top Bar Hives

    Thanks for your reply. I like your idea and will try it.
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    Feeding Pollen Patties to Top Bar Hives

    I am wondering how to feed Pollen Patties to Top Bar Hives so that the bees eat them, because Lang Beekeepers tell me that in Lang Hives, the patties must be put on the top of the Brood or the bees...
  16. Re: TBH-Hybrid, Long Lang Advice Needed Pretty Please :)

    Hi, Can you tell me if Mr. Bogdan is willing to share or sell plans for his Long Hive? Also, how I can contact him? I really like his hives. I built something similar, but not as good as his. ...
  17. Re: I don't think I did too terribly badly... did I? first installs today, direct rel

    Hi Matt, It sounds like you did okay. I have 2 suggestions. Suggest you put a strip of foundation in the slot cut in the center of the Top Bar for a guide. I use foundation as a guide and have...
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    Re: Anyone keeping 3' top bar hive?

    I have two 4 foot Top Bar Hives and one 38 inch TBH, which I started this Spring. I used Russian Hybrid bees and all hives did very well. The 38 inch hive filled most of the Top Bars and I expect...
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    Re: More of Insulated Top Bar Hives

    Hi Steve, I agree with insulating the space between the viewing window and the window cover, but my window cover filled fairly snugly in against the window. I glued/nailed a piece of plywood to the...
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    Part 3 of Insulated Top Bar Hives

    Hi all,
    Thanks to those who took the time to view and response to my photos and notes. Yes, I agree that too much insulation could cause an unhealthy rise in hive moisture, but I believe that is...
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    More of Insulated Top Bar Hives

    Here are 2 photos of my insulation of Follower Boards using 1 inch insulation board
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    Insulated Top Bar Hives Follower Boards

    Attached 2 photos show how I insulated my Follower Boards for the winter. In the Spring, I will remove both the insulation and the Follower Boards.
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    Insulated Top Bar Hives

    I finally determined how to upload some photos of my Top Bar Hives. These 3 photos show how I insulated the bottoms. I have L shaped brackets which I use to attach the bottom boards to my screened...
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    Insulated Top Bar Hives

    Here are some photos of my insulated Top Bar Hives. I hope the photos are attached.
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    Shkake out from LaNG. Hive to Top Bar

    I have a very strong Lang Hive and wish to shake out bees from it to a Top Bar Hive. Has anyone tried this and how did it turn out for you? My thought was to separate the shakeout bees from the...
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