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    Re: top bar construction question

    When I made my TBH, I made the bars the same length as a Langstroth frame to give me the option of starting a TBH frame in a Lang hive or, if necessary putting top bars from a failing TBH into a...
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    Re: AFB Identification

    In New Zealand the National Beekeepers Association is responsible for our AFB control, and on their website they have the following information which may be of interest.
    http://afb.org.nz/symptons
  3. Re: Hello from Alaska, I'm interested in the top bar hive....

    Coming from a warmer climate where the cold does not affect my bees, I am always amazed that beekeepers in colder climates do not use the A-Z hives of Eastern Europe. These are a vertical hives with...
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    Re: Any plans for top bar hives

    This looks like a good web page for some ideas.
    http://www.horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/gable-roof-hive-top-plans.shtml
  5. Re: Which length is best for a Top Bar Hive? 3 or 4 feet?

    When I made my TBH I wanted the bars to be the same length as a Langstroph hive so I could start my bars in a Lang if I wanted to and then transfer to a TBH or visa versa if the hive was failing....
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    Re: Warre Hive - Constructing Top Bars

    When I made up my Warre frames, I took a standard Lang' frame and cut a section out of the middle of the top bar (to shorten it to the required length for the 200mm internal size of the Warre hive)...
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    Re: Fischers honey be gone or bee be gone or somesuch

    I use Fishers Bee Quick and have found it excellent. I get the best results when I use both the fume board and a little bit of the smoker to drive them out of the honey super. The only time that it...
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    Re: What can I make with these?

    As I run all 3/4 boxes, I do the same as Paulemar and buy full depth boxes and cut them down to 3/4, usually before assembly, and use the off cuts for a number of uses. 1.I use slatted racks on all...
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    Re: The Joy of lighting your new smoker

    The best way to light your smoker and keep it alight is to drill a small hole in the fire box just above the fire grate. Make a small door out of thin aluminium and use a self tap screw as the swing...
  10. Thread: Beehive/house

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    Re: Beehive/house

    The hive is just the same as a Lang hive but worked horizontally instead of vertically. You still have a brood box, a queen excluder and one or two honey supers above. When it is time to harvest, you...
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    Re: Beehive/house

    If you Google 'A-Z Hives Images' you will be able to see a number of pictures of bee houses, bee trailers and the A-Z hive it self to give you an idea of how they work.. If you look hard enough you...
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    Re: Beehive/house

    In the Croatia / Serbia region of the world, the beekeepers use the A-Z Hives which are permanently built into a bee house building or motor trailer and are worked from the back of the hive...
  13. Thread: Smokers

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    Re: Smokers

    All the stainless steel smokers of the well known brands are OK, but the one frustrating thing of a smoker is getting it started and keeping it going, especially if you are by your self in the...
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    Re: Do mites fall of of dead bees

    Maybe it does not matter if mites fall off dead bees or not. What matters most is that they cannot reproduce if there are no brood cells and therefore will all die in time.
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    Re: drone frame for varroa control

    I have used the Randy Oliver's system and it works a treat.9042 The first photo is of the empty frame with the 2" section above and the lower section with just a starter strip. Second photo is 28...
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    Re: New Zealand packages?

    If you read the first few posts they all say that bees do not survive the winters and are replaced each spring. Their quote, not mine. If this is the case why not look at an alternative method of...
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    Re: New Zealand packages?

    I am surprised that beekeepers living in very cold climates such as Alberta, do not use the A-Z Hives similar to those used in Croatia. This is a hive that is built in to a bee house or bee trailer...
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    Re: New Zealand/Australia Vacation

    Hi Steve,
    Arataki Honey is a large beekeeping company with two sites on the North Island. Suggest you go to their website at www.aratakihoney.co.nz and have a look. It includes maps of the area and...
  19. Re: Question about swarming season in Israel/Iran/Greece

    Israel, Iran and Greece are between 30deg and 40deg North of the Equator and have very distinct seasons. Swarm in the spring and forage in the summer. Since the beginning of time in that region, bees...
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    Re: which swarm trapping book should i buy ?

    Nobody has ever only bought one book on beekeeping. Buy them all like the rest of us.LOL
  21. Re: How can you make Warre top bars without a table saw?

    The simplest way to make Warre Hive frames is to take a standard Lang frame and cut a piece out of the middle of the top bar reducing it to the desired length, and then doweling the two pieces back...
  22. Re: Just went to scope-out hive underneath a mobile home for soon-to-be cut-out

    I have a bee vac and when I do cut outs I vac all the bees off the comb first and then can take my time removing the comb, separating the honey comb from the brood comb, attaching just the brood comb...
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    Re: Extra drawn frames & swarm control

    I try to put them through the system starting new frames in the honey supers for a year or two and then moving them to the brood boxes for another year or two and then cleaning them off and starting...
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    Re: Extra drawn frames & swarm control

    The beauty of running one size of box through out your whole apiary is that this problem does not arise. I run all 3/4 boxes for brood and honey supers and I always have spare drawn out frames. Also...
  25. Re: Found these in a barn--What are they? Need help with ID

    This is the Japanese answer to the Warre hive. I have seen the same design on You Tube clips when Japanese beekeepers were harvesting their hives.
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