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  1. Thread: Narrow frame?

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    Re: Narrow frame?

    Seems all relevant to me. I guess because I'm not a commercial beekeeper my style differs. I've never worried about drones, etc etc... I've always used TBH and just let the bees do whatever they...
  2. Thread: Narrow frame?

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    Narrow frame?

    Is it possible to buy narrow foundationless frames? I've always used top bar hives but I'm having to put up some langstroth. I want to stick with foundationless and I also want to do narrow frames....
  3. Re: Scheduled first inspection -- inspectors aren't allowed to handle the TBH hive!?

    I use the bounce method...sliding the bars together and bouncing it on the bees in the way gently until they move...I also don't worry if there are a few casualties when inspecting a hive.
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    Re: how many queens in one hive

    wow!

    ...makes me a little nervous now as my goal is to re-queen this hive, I have the new queen sitting here ready to go...today was pinch day...was hoping to put new queen (still in cage) in...
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    how many queens in one hive

    how many queens have you guys seen in one hive? :)

    had a top bar hive recently swarm, was a little neglected over the winter (we don't really have winters here)

    we got in there today to clean...
  6. Thread: carni heat

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    Re: carni heat

    Thanks Michael! I'm going to give them a shot.
  7. Thread: carni heat

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    Re: carni heat

    cool, I like to hear real world experience as I've only read that they do not do good in hot weather (haven't actually talked to anyone)...south texas is a bit hotter than north florida but maybe...
  8. Thread: carni heat

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    carni heat

    Anyone have success with carnis in hot climates? Looking to re-queen with really docile breed, however, the heat and humidity in South Texas can get stifling and I've read they are more of a cool...
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    Re: Question about Very HOT weather,like 105

    I live in south texas as well (super hot and humid) and I don't ventilate my hives at all...no screen bottoms, no vents...just a bottom/end entrance...on the new hives we are putting up I'm...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    outside looking in, both my original hive and my modified hive are completely full (thriving), I haven't opened them yet

    per a previous post my original hive swarmed 3 times last year...the hive...
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    Re: Too many bees to see what's going on!

    I let them walk out on their own. ;)
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    Re: Too many bees to see what's going on!

    since everyone is throwing their .02 in...I personally wouldn't blow on bees to move them...they don't respond well to CO2, you could just use a little piece of wood to push/herd them off, I've found...
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    Re: Am I Queenless, Virgin Queen, or Honeybound?

    had one of my hive swarms and actually thought it was queenless because it went for an extremely long time and I still couldn't find the queen or open brood, this was after I saw hatched queen...
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    so far not too good

    been tough this year on my hives for swarming, the city only allows me two hives so I'm a bit limited on multiple hives

    I had one golden mean top bar hive (read: too small) and it swarmed in...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    yep, even with beautifully crafted top bars...as you said above, monitor frequently and use guide comb if you have it, you still have to watch it because of bee space though, one of my hives started...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    I've had problems with straight comb on every single one of them. The 2 hives we built this year have real bad cross comb, we cut and attempted to fix one last week and I'm doing another in the next...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    looks similar to a setup I have on two of mine...I will post some pics of the old and new next to each other
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    I've had two for a while. Built straight from the plans or bought...bottom line, they will probably swarm every year. If you ask me, I think they did that on purpose (to encourage swarming).

    We...
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    Re: Removing a bar of comb

    Generally, you are either going to need 2-3 bars of space to pull bars out or if it is a full hive you need to remove 2-3 bars so you can slide each back and pull it out.
  20. Thread: new hive mess

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    Re: new hive mess

    unfortunately, it's a time thing for me, we had some packages arrive early and this hive was rushed...meaning we didn't get all the top bars cut out yet...finishing that this weekend

    once I have...
  21. Thread: new hive mess

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    new hive mess

    Installed a new TBH couple weeks ago, gave them a while before I wanted to mess with them...looks like they got off track with the comb...straight side to side but not centered and as they got about...
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    Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    Charlie, I contacted them and they said they were still waiting to get more in. I plan on ordering one whenever they are back in stock. Also, do those have a hat style hood (no pic on their site...
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    Re: What is optimal bottom for top bar hive?

    I highly doubt your bees are going to tell you it was a wrong decision. Your rationale is good IMO, there aren't too many trees out there with screened bottoms. :)

    I would think a screen would...
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    Re: What is optimal bottom for top bar hive?

    what is interesting is I didn't have a single comb collapse last year and I'm in south Texas...most days were over 100 and we had an extreme drought last year

    however, I'm thinking some of it has...
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    Re: What is optimal bottom for top bar hive?

    well, I'm thinking in terms of bees moving air...I will see my bees line up across the bottom entrance on the end and cool the hive all the time, they line the whole width...if it was a side...
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