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    Did my first split!

    This weekend I did my first split from a top bar hive to a lang! My very crowded top bar hive has an incredibly mean queen. It took 3 hours from start to finish. Nothing is easy, when you have...
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    Re: There is only ONE reason to burn equipment

    I'm grateful for a bee club with an irradiation program!
  3. Thread: MAQS in TBH

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    MAQS in TBH

    Any suggestion on how to apply Mite Away Quick Strips in a top bar hive?? Should I space out a few bars and lay it accross the top??
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Colleen - I think you're right. I also agree with your description. They are definitely defensive, maybe not mean and nasty. Unfortunately, I always seem so squish a few bees, which they don't...
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Added my final info. My one top bar hive is south eastern PA is booming! My queen is nasty as can be. I think that's what has kept them going. They're srong bees. I'll be splitting the hive at...
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    Re: Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    I guess it would be processed sugar water. I've tasted extracted sugar water. It's nothing like honey. :(
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    Re: Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    As always, I knew I'd get good answers!

    This was the first year for these bees, and they had no honey stores going into fall, hence the feeding. Hopefully, in years to come, I can just leave them...
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    Treatment Free Package - Feeding?

    I just reread the forum rules and feeding seems to be an ok topic to discuss??? Hope this post is ok.

    I am getting a package of bees from Sam Comfort this spring. All his bees are small...
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    Re: Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    I haven't used a lang yet, but from what I've read, you take the supers off and then feed. In a top bar hive, the bars all stay in. I don't want to harvest any bars that are half honey half sugar...
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    Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    I fed heavily in the fall to prep for winter, and will possibly still have sugar filled combs in the spring. How do you know what combs to harvest when the time comes?? This is one of the things I...
  11. Re: Zone 7-8 ,52 degrees and my bees found pollen!!!

    I'm in Pennsylvania. My bees were bringing in pollen this weekend too! So exciting!!
  12. Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    I have top entrances based on the recommendation of Michael. I used 3 each 3/4" holes accross the top. In winter, I close 2 up with silicone wine corks and the 3rd gets covered in harward cloth. ...
  13. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    I'm in SE PA, about 40 minutes north of Philly. I have 1 top bar hive. It is my first hive, and I've only had it for a year. Started it with a package from Georgia and they requeened 3-4 times...
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    Re: Fondant almost gone

    It's going to go up to 50 on Monday and I have off from work. I'm going to try and clean up some more and check on things.
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    Re: Fondant almost gone

    Well.... I checked on them. Things have gone from bad to worse. Turns out the fondant just melted into the hive and things were a mess. There was a puddle on the bottom board. As I was wiping it...
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    Fondant almost gone

    I made a fondant feeder board in mid-December during the warm spell and it's almost completely gone! I'm hoping they don't completely starve in between now and the next warm day. :( I did leave a...
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    Re: How to build cheap top bars.

    Good to know! Bee very careful with the fresh comb.
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    Re: What is local raw honey?

    It's not something that they just started recently. They have been doing it for a few years now, ingesting the honey every single day. Their allergies are non-existent during spring an fall, so it's...
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    Re: How to build cheap top bars.

    Go to Michael's or A.C. Moore with a coupon. They call popsicle sticks "craft sticks," but they're the exact same thing. You can get a box of 1000 for pretty cheap.
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    Re: What is local raw honey?

    I don't know if he's ever been tested, so I don't know what exactly he's allergic to. We live close to Philly, but he's originally from England. He had no allergies whatsoever in England. His...
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    Re: jar o pac honey

    Following. I think this idea is intriguing. I would probably only do it if I had more hives than I needed, so using one as a test wouldn't matter.
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    Re: What is local raw honey?

    I don't have an opinion on what is local, but my brother in law cured his seasonal allergies with honey from 55 miles away.
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    Re: How to build cheap top bars.

    Tom, how deep is the barrel? I put hardware cloth along the bottom of my old hive that was also very deep. It worked well. The bees could get through, but it stopped them from building. It...
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    Re: How many packages?

    What about boxes?? New hives are expensive. I'd hate to have an empty hive sitting all season.
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    Re: How many packages?

    There's a local guy up here who takes orders. His packages come from the south. He still has packages available.
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