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    Re: TBH not maintained for a year

    grin, it will be interesting to hear what you find on your first inspection. Ruthie covered things pretty well. I would only add a couple of things. I don't use my smoker much, but you will probably...
  2. Re: installing 1st pkgs in used top bar hives

    Krista, you can relax. If these are hives where bees have lived before, they aren't likely to abscond. Package bees are known to abscond from new hives, but yours should feel like home to them,...
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I think where and how the entrances are located can play a big part in overwintering. One of my hives that didn't make it had a center, long side, entrance aligned with the combs (Chandler style),...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    fruitveggirl, I place the bar on the opposite side of the follower board from the bees. My boards have an access hole that I usually leave open so the bees can patrol the other side, and my followers...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Like Ruthie, I have a ventilation bar with six holes. The bee side is covered with plastic screen and the top side with corks. I unplug corks as needed. I keep it on the hive year around, in winter...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    Msscha, you’re welcome! I’m sure you’ll find other uses for them, as I have. A couple weeks ago I harvested some honey I had left to overwinter with the bees. Since it was time I prepped the traps...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    Yeah, msscha, I'm the h-less Jon! I'm glad someone else is trying my system. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it, and if your experiences match my own. In case you can't find the bookmark,...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    I'm the southern beek who built a couple of eco floors. I decided against using them as such before I installed them and turned them into traps instead. In the end I removed them altogether. I got...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I chose top bar hives because I wanted something cheap and needed it ASAP. I have a good friend with Langstroths and from time to time I help him with his boxes. They can be very heavy! I appreciate...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    As I prepare for the spring, I have a few things to add. For one, excess water in the hive found its way into the traps. I didn't see this last year, but this year I had one hive I had to feed...
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    Re: middle or end?

    Foxhound said it. I've tried both center and end entrances. I prefer end entrances for the reasons already stated. Give them about 8 bars and use a follower board. Don't give them the whole hive....
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    Extra comb is one of the perks of having other hives; you don't need comb guides to start a new one, you just put a comb between every other bar and the bees will draw new comb between them nice and...
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    Re: Wax the bars or not?

    Do you have good comb guides? That's more important. I start out with wedges. I do wax the very tip of the wedge but that's it.
  14. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    You're welcome. Best of luck!
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    Ray, I appreciate it. I agree with your analysis as well.
    Msscha, you don't see any queen cups, so unless there are some in the cross combing, the bees don't seem to think it's time to swarm. Put...
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    RayMarler, my bad. I assumed you meant something more invasive. Clearly, we were on the same wavelength.
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    Do you have to split? No queen cells and six empty bars still gives you room to grow. You might want to rehive the colony into your new hive to better control what the bees consider an entrance, move...
  18. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Personally, I wouldn't try fixing it with brood and the queen in the midst of it. You will not only kill brood, you could kill the queen, too. I would place empty brood combs at the front end of the...
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    Re: Three dead hives...

    It's possible that the hives didn't all die from the same causes. In winter, excessive moisture in the hive kills bees. I don't know how quickly your winter weather set in this year, or how cold it...
  20. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Mike, thanks for the followup post. I haven't needed to use my rescue bars yet. Based on your experience, it looks like I'll be making some framed bars, too, just in case.
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    Bsmith, I inset the plexiglass to be flush with the wall and then just use small finishing nails to hold it in place, no caulking. The bees propolise the edges of the windows and seal it themselves....
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I, too, have Mangum's book and frequently go through it. Highly recommend it.
    I got a lot of scrap plexiglass and glass for free last time I was at Lowe's and was able to get two observation windows...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I do want to mention that I got perfect comb on 17 1/2" bars without any interference by me, but I had to watch the longer bars carefully and constantly correct curves. But longer bars give more...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I'm sure you picked up on it, but to avoid confusion, the degrees I used (110 and 120) are for the obtuse angle of the wall to the inside of the hive floor rather than the acute angle of the outside...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    You do want that 120 degree slope, and all my hives are 1"x12"'s. Other than that, bar length is up to you. I've tried 17 1/2" and 20". To get the proper slope for the shorter bars, the combs really...
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