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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Fixed legs on TBHs are not a good idea. It seems like a good idea at the time, but the first time you decide to move it you see the down side.
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    Hey, my honey is organic! I can't help it if the bees prefer the humming bird feeders!
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    ositolud, It is hard to classify how well someone is doing without seeing their books, accounting books, not bee books. He is a professor of math (as I recall) so he may not depend on his bees to put...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    I think that if you can afford Langs to start you should go that way. Starting with a TBH can be like taking a drink of water from a fire hose. Lots of stuff happen quickly, and a lot of them can be...
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    Re: My first little harvest!

    The only honey that taste better than from your own hive is the stuff I pull out of my cousin's hive when he isn't looking!:D
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    Re: Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    So true. But as a kid it we had a wood burning stove. If you wanted to be warm before you went to the school bus you learned to light a fire! We were all a bunch of pyro's!
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    Re: Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    Sorry, that was a joke. But I do occasionally start the smoker up with not nearly enough fuel thinking I will only go into one hive and decide, well, since I'm here...
  8. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    I think everyone that has bees should give them a try. It is interesting, and you can easily make an observation hive to see what is going on in the hive.
  9. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    True, I would say that if the goal is to optimize honey production then Langs are the best way to go. They remind me of the companies that Apple uses to produce iPhones in China.

    Its a hobby for...
  10. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    I thought Frank had saw the light when he built his TBH's and Warre hives in the spring.
  11. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    I got more honey off my TBHs this year than my langs. YMMV
  12. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    True dat, but I can make a top bar hive faster than making a Lang. Too many different cuts. A lot more work to make them than TBHs.
  13. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    No doubt. A single 10 frame deep box with frames and foundation cost around $50 or more once you add tax or shipping (which could be way higher!). And then I have to put them together.

    I can make...
  14. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    My point was about the bees. The point is that if the guy with the experiment has bees that tolerate Varroa getting out of hand they will die. When he has no more bees you don't have to worry about...
  15. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    If you know of an apiary that you suspect is a vector of dread things, and that it is not inspected why not just called the state inspector? If there is a requirement for inspection and they are...
  16. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I'm with you Harley. I'm not saying the one guy with untreated bees isnt a problem, but other than foul brood I don't think that one beek in the area not treating would make a difference. If his bees...
  17. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    WW, you say that a someone is running a survivor project that is impacting your bees. Could you elaborate?
  18. Thread: Combine?

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    Re: Combine?

    You may be fine. The first year in a top bar they seem slow to build, but they don't need much to overwinter. But the next spring they will take off. You could feed liquid on warm spells or feed...
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    Re: Nuc Into TBH?

    I agree with Ruthie. If you can get a local beek to sell you 3 bars of comb (two with brood), a few shakes of bees and purchase a queen you would have a nuc that would be ready to go.

    The best...
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    Re: TBH Build

    Solid bottom!
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    Re: TBH Build

    It looks good, but it seems like there are lots of nooks and crannies with that screen setup. I liked the pics on your website! What is that you are using for the outer cover? It looks like some kind...
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    Re: TBH Build

    I like a stand like Jake's. If you have to move the have and it has legs attached to it is a pain. I can set up a stand, level it and then move the hive to the new location. Less fuss.

    I like...
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    Re: Excessive Pollen

    You should send it to me.
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    Re: TBH Entrance

    I have holes and a few with slots. I like the slots but they are a bit trickier to make since I put them on the side. If you make a slot on the end it is easy, but I like the sides to keep the rain...
  25. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    I'm with Frank on using foundation starter strips. Not so much for the chemicals and what not, but from the additional work involved.

    I have one hive that all summer long I have been saying that...
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