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  1. Re: Scheduled first inspection -- inspectors aren't allowed to handle the TBH hive!?

    Nice! I'm going to try to make something like this but I want to be able to put 2 - 3 bars on it at the same time.
  2. Re: Scheduled first inspection -- inspectors aren't allowed to handle the TBH hive!?

    Thanks!
  3. Re: Scheduled first inspection -- inspectors aren't allowed to handle the TBH hive!?

    Would you please post a link to the plans for a stand?
  4. Re: Sugar Water almost gone - do I re-fill it?

    Thanks guys. I have 3 hives running and they each have a minimum of 4 drawn comb. The most successful hive has about 6 drawn.
  5. Sugar Water almost gone - do I re-fill it?

    I started with 3 quarts on Saturday April 12th. Last night Tuesday, April 22nd, it was almost all gone. I have capped brood and larvae, and I see plenty of nectar in cells. I didn't notice capped...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Good Luck JW!
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Yeah, I think that's the case. It was cold when I looked through the window, and I just want to be sure.
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Sounds good. When I get home, if I don't think the hive can make it with the new queen, I'll see if anyone can use her.
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    How would I go about "banking" her? I've not heard that term before.
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    That's the problem. I'm new and these are all new hives.

    If I have any open brood, it's in brand new hive. I'll check around and see if I can get any from another local beekeeper, but almost...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Thanks! I'll just have to chalk this up to the cost of an education. Live and learn I guess.

    Is there anything else I can do with this queen so I don't loose her as well?
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    OK. Thanks! I'll see what happens with the new queen and the few bees that may be left. I was just worried that there weren't enough bees to get the weak hive going and support the new queen that I...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Thanks for all the advice so far!

    OK, so the queen will be delivered today. I checked the hive yesterday evening (just through the window). The hive is almost barren, very few bees on the...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Thanks! I should get the queen today or tomorrow. I'm worried that they will have eaten through most of the candy already. She was shipped 2nd day on the 14th. Due today, but the tracking doesn't...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    So what should I do if they are acting aggressively like this? I have a situation where my queen may have been drowned, or damaged by a leaking feeder. I'm not sure she's dead, but I'm pretty sure...
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    Re: Package Bees - Cell Size

    Right, but don't the bees tend to back-fill brood comb with honey? I'm just asking because I saw that somewhere. I'm still new to all of this.
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    Re: Package Bees - Cell Size

    Thanks! I really appreciate your help.

    So another advantage to top bar is that in the top bar system with the higher turnover of comb (crush & strain) this should happen at a "relatively" quick...
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    Re: Package Bees - Cell Size

    So in your experience they tend to build a slightly smaller cell than they were raised on? Do they continue to go smaller over time / generations?
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    Package Bees - Cell Size

    I will be getting my bees tomorrow and installing them in my top bar hives. I was just curious, do package bees immediately start building "small cell" comb, or do they build the larger size they...
  20. Re: Setting up 4 hives this weekend - Introduction of packages question

    Thanks! It will be a lot easier to set up this way.
  21. Setting up 4 hives this weekend - Introduction of packages question

    So I am getting 4 packages of bees on Saturday morning. I should have them to my place around 9:00 - 10:00 am.

    I will have the hives set up in groups of 2. There will be around 200 feet...
  22. Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    Files Sent. Thanks!
  23. Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

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    Hows this? Feel free to use it. I just did this in Paint. I know someone with access to a better program (and artistic talent) could do a much better job, but if you like it, you can use...
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    Re: Nucs for Top Bar Hives

    Thanks everyone! Sounds good. I'll make up several to go with my hives.
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    Re: Nucs for Top Bar Hives

    Does it matter how much shorter? Should I have a certain number of bars in it? Can there be too many or too few?

    My hives are going to be 48" long.
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