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    Re: New Beekeeper - New Top bar Hive

    Congrats on your new hive. We started out with a top bar; now we have a mix of those and Langs.

    For attaching comb: we use the follower board as a shape guide and cut out a section of a Lang...
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    New Split: how long before foraging/orienting?

    We have a TBH hive that was booming with brood, so we took the queen and about three frames of nurse bees and put her in an 8 frame medium, along with a frame of capped brood and several frames of...
  3. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    We're trying this out this year. We're in our third year of beekeeping and getting more successful each year.

    Our situation is thus: we have one Lang hive. We had a deep brood chamber and two...
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    Last year, we lost our one hive early winter; this year, we've got 100% survival on both hives. Neither had used much of their stores, either. Now the TBH is booming with brood, and the Lang is...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    Dr Lonzo: Don't think that kind of hive top would work well in a TBH.

    To OP: Baggie feeding works out OK for us. If your hive isn't full, put the baggie on the bottom after a follower board that...
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    Re: Nearly full in July?

    We're seeing something of the same here (albeit in early August). We have a 3 foot hive, about 24 bars. Right now, 18-19 are all brood. Brood, brood, brood! A couple combs are mostly empty with a...
  7. Re: QUESTION for folks with Home Use Intended ONLY, TOP BAR HIVES only,please

    We have a TBH booming with bees, but almost no honey. They started as an installed swarm this spring, with 16 bars or so of honey and no brood; now they are about 18 bars of brood, 1 partial bar of...
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    Re: How many of you lose hives to ants?

    We wrap painters tape around the legs or blocks that our hives are on and smear it with Tanglefoot (...
  9. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    Borrowing this thread for my question:

    We just did a mite count today on our 1st year hive. We cleaned off the bottom board, waited three days and pulled it out. Went over it with a magnifying...
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    Re: How are we doing?

    Thanks for your response! We don't usually have very brutal winters here; around freezing with little snow.

    What can we do to facilitate them expanding brood to two boxes before winter?
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    How are we doing?

    This is our 3rd attempt at bees, our first with a Lang hive.

    Installed a swarm in the spring, in a deep. Checked on them periodically, have found no signs queen cells/swarming. Very busy bees.
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    Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!

    We were interested in some of the EZ Nucs from Dadant. Shipping doubled the price of each nuc and then some. Seems like it's just best to order $100 from Mann Lake -- too bad they don't carry the EZ...
  13. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    They were "mostly" together. Maybe two smallish groups with a smattering of singles here. I don't think that even together, they would have been enough to live through the cold snap. The amount that...
  14. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    Our hive didn't make it. We had our suspicions in late fall that the queen was gone and as far as we can tell. We're not sure why; there WAS a queen who had been laying and a lot of bees and lots and...
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    Re: Requeen or let them try to resolve matters

    I'm glad to hear! Hope that happens for us. Haven't been able to hook up with a local queen supplier and we are waiting for a warm enough spot of daylight that isn't overcast/rainy to peek in again...
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    Re: Requeen or let them try to resolve matters

    The hive has lots and lots and lots of bees right now. They are foraging and have been stocking pollen. Lots of capping as well. Out of about 20 bars, 17 or so are all honey. Brood scattered on the...
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    Requeen or let them try to resolve matters

    Inspected Top Bar hive today. The broodnest area looks to be largely full of honey/nectar, very little brood, just a few capped old brood. No larvae, no eggs. We did find what we think are 2-3...
  18. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm

    No, it did not have a hole in it. It was completely gone now, so either it was a dud or the new queen took care of it in the past ten days.
  19. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm and afterwards

    Today (7/13) we went out and took a look. We were worried at first as the hive was really quiet and the first bars we pulled had comb but few bees. Then - ta da! Lots of capped worker brood and...
  20. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm and afterwards

    On 7/2, we took another look. We'd been feeding, so almost all comb was full of nectar. They have three empty bars to build on. Didn't see the queen this time, didn't see any eggs, or larvae from the...
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    Re: Ventilation recomendations

    It's 95+ here this week. We dropped the bottom board to expose the screened bottom. When they beard, they tend to go fly out and land on this and sort of buzz around the bottom of the hive. No pests...
  22. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm and afterwards

    We did a full inspection today (6/29). Three of the capped cells were open from the side like someone had scored it with a finger. The cap end was intact but the cell was more or less gone. Not sure...
  23. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm (and after)

    Following up to my swarm:

    We are trying to do our bee math. We *know* that on 6/15, when the swarm left, there were at least four capped queen cells, along with some open ones and one that...
  24. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm

    Follow up: the bees hung around on the tree all day Saturday, spent the night and left sometime between 2:30 and 7:30 pm. They did not care about the bait hive we put down. Oh well.

    The original...
  25. Re: 100 degrees June8,dearth,wind,bearding,drone eviction and full hive!

    No, we bought a swarm from the American Bee Company guy in town. Probably four-five lbs of bees.

    We have six capped queen cells and three open ones in the hive now. I'm not entirely sure what to...
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