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  1. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Your ant guards look like they will work. good job. I had ant trouble. My hive is under an oak tree that was full of ants.
    I put boric acid around the base of the tree. and put diatomacous earth...
  2. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Because I have a bunch of wood working tools. And I'm not afraid to see what I can build. LOL Just kidding. I like to build things.
  3. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    That looks really good. Let us know how it works.( with pics.)
  4. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    I bent the hardware cloth up so that it was flush with the jar lid. The bees would empty a 20 oz. jar in two days.
  5. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Yes, it worked great.
  6. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Rairdog

    I made a mason jar feeder that sat on the opposite side of the follower board and has a screen to keep the bees from coming out when I changed the jar. I only made five small holes in...
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    Re: Bees are building new comb

    Try putting an empty bar between the full bars with comb. I would place an empty bar between bars 2 & 3 and between bars 3 & 4. When I add empty bars between full comb, the bees get very busy making...
  8. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    Nice job on the hive. When I installed my bees in April I hung the queen cage between bars 3 & 4. On a 5" piece of wire. Released her two days later. The comb was fine....
  9. Thread: Robbing

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    Re: Robbing

    I though my hive was having a robbing problem. Lots of bees flying around the entrance, some bees dashing in the entrance. No fighting.
    I asked about this at my bee meeting tonight. They said it...
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    Drone bee's kicked to the curb.

    Howdy, I'm new to bee keeping. I installed my package of bee's in my TBH 04/08/14.
    The bee's are doing great. lot's of pollen being brought in. and 8 bars drawn out with comb.
    I inspected...
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    Re: N00b top bar hive with video tour

    Yes, the feeder sits on the bee free side of the follower board. I just cut a slot that lines up with the hole in the feeder. The feeder sits flush against the follower board.
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    Re: N00b top bar hive with video tour

    The bar with the six holes in it has #8 screen stapled on the under side. In the summer months the temps. can be over 100 degrees. The thought is to help vent the hot air in the hive into the dead...
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    Re: N00b top bar hive with video tour

    Great job on the hive and video. I also like the feeder design. ( Wranglerstar inspired my hive also. ) I did make a few changes.
    I installed my bees two weeks ago and they are doing great. Good...
  14. Thread: My first hive

    by J-Rat
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    Re: My first hive

    I cut a slot in the follower board to match the feeder. Also I bent the #8 screen up to touch the jar lid. The feeder is placed on the opposite side of the follower board from the bees.
    The bees...
  15. Thread: My first hive

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    Re: My first hive

    Nice looking hive. ( kinda looks like mine ) I installed my bees 04/08/14. The bees seem to be doing fine.
    http://i988.photobucket.com/albums/af1/J-Rat/P1030334.jpg
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    I installed my bees on 04/08/14. this morning I saw ants on the hive. So I wrapped the hive legs with 3" of blue masking tape and then coated the tape with tanglefoot. seems to have done the trick....
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    Re: Installed my 1st. package of bees today.

    SNL you really made me laugh. New beekeeper = New bee suit. That is my daughter in the pic. She knew all about my new hobby and came over to watch the install. Seems normal to me :)
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    Re: Installed my 1st. package of bees today.

    Hello. Update on my install.
    I went into the hive and released the queen.
    I have seen some questions about feeders, so I wanted to share what I'm using. They seem to be working very well.
    The...
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    Re: Installed my 1st. package of bees today.

    Thanks for all the kind comments. My daughter is in the pic with me, she stayed back while I removed the queen cage and after seeing that the bees were not being aggressive came in to help.
    I...
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    Installed my 1st. package of bees today.

    I'm new to bee keeping and when my bees arrived via UPS this morning I was a little nervous. The box was buzzing very loud. ( I guess they didn't like the truck ride.)
    Well they calmed down and I...
  21. Thread: what to do?

    by J-Rat
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    Re: what to do?

    I built the hive in October and have made a few changes since then. The jar lid now has only five small holes. I also added a bottom board on a hinge. And added 2" gable vents at both ends of the...
  22. Thread: what to do?

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    Re: what to do?

    Hey Justin.

    I cut a slot in the follower board and plan to feed them from the other side. ( I will get my bees next week. ) You can use the follower board to get
    the angles for the feeder....
  23. Re: The Little Red Riding Hood Workbox-Nuc-Swarmbox-Top-Bar-hive.

    I like it and will be put on my long list of things to build. ( After I build the new garden fence.)
  24. Re: Just saw these top bar hives using barrel halves on youtube

    Looks like you have all bases covered. tbh,lang.,and half barrel. LOL.
  25. Thread: First time tbh

    by J-Rat
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    Re: First time tbh

    I have made a few changes since that pic. I added a bottom board on a hinge so I will keep in closed most of the time. ( I'll let the bees let me know if they need more air. bearding and such.) I...
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