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  1. Thread: Combine?

    by shannonswyatt
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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...
  8. 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...
  9. Re: Turnkey topbar hive for selling to my "students"

    TBH nucs sell for a premium, but $250 is pretty high. I personally wouldn't spend much on a TBH, that is one of the advantages, they are cheap to make. I'm sure you could find some people that would...
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    Re: arc topbars

    To me these look like a solution looking for a problem.
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    Re: Late August swarm

    Hell, no wonder there is little activity, the bees in there need to keep the brood warm! Good capture and good luck!
  12. Re: My removal videos in all their true hi-def glory

    Pretty sure that eventually you would have to start paying for the shared storage.
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    Re: Our first honey!

    Nothing taste better than your own honey. Except maybe when I steal a taste from my cousins hives when he isn't looking!
  14. Re: My removal videos in all their true hi-def glory

    Upload to Vimeo, it should look better. The problem with drop box is that you are not streaming.
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    Re: SHB: is this a true statement

    Awesome, good thing my bees never emit alarm pheromone! :D

    I have some in pretty much all my hives. In the top bars they congregate at the end of the hive. Normally I see one or two in those...
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    Re: Combine or not to Combine?

    Take your lose now and combine. If it is weak now it isn't likely to get strong enough to make it through the winter in one brood cycle, which is probably all you have before the first frost. Bevy...
  17. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Thanks Jim, this is what I was asking about.
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    Jim, my question is more for the folks in the 1 to 25 hives and antibiotics. I understand that for the commercial folks it is a numbers game. If the profit that you increase is higher than the outlay...
  19. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Yup. I've heard folks talking about burning the hives in whole, I was wondering why you just wouldn't scorch them.
  20. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I saw some photos from the seventies (I would guess) of boxes stacked up really high with some gas soaked newspaper in the bottom. I was told they would light it and when flames came out of the top...
  21. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I've never understood just treating with antibiotics on the off chance that they need it. How is that helpful, unless they are already infected with something like nosema or foul brood? Why don't we...
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    Re: The Russian Scion

    I need to see if that little girl has any free time to help me build one or two. Can't get my kids of the computers!
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    Re: A smelly smell that smells smelly...

    The key is to do it very gently. And wear a veil. :D
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    Re: A smelly smell that smells smelly...

    I rarely use a bee brush. It comes in handy when pulling honey, but that is about it for me. If I'm just trying to move some to see a section of brood I will just gently blow on the frame. They don't...
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    Re: The Russian Scion

    Would this be better than a swarm trap in your apiary?
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