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  1. Re: Finishing up a TBH nad have a few questions..

    Shannon has some good advice. Like her, I now go with only one size bar. I found that as the brood bars became honey bars, they were too narrow and more likely to cause cross combing if they ended up...
  2. Re: Package is coming early. Need some suggestions!

    True, that's why I love my system of feeding through a hole in the bottom board. With enough of them at strategic spots, I can usually place a jar of syrup directly below the cluster.
  3. Thread: Crooked comb

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    Re: Crooked comb

    It's for our benefit. Bars that are cross combed can't be inspected, a requirement in the US.
  4. Re: Introducing package bees to a Virgin KTBH

    I hang the queen low enough that the cage won't interfere with initial comb building but high enough to remain in the cluster. If there are attendant bees, point the candy plug up so that if any of...
  5. Re: Top Bar Package Install in 46" Long Hive Without Follower Board

    Follower boards are a must, in my opinion. I only give a new package about 7-8 bars. I read once that bees prefer to build along the longest axis, so if that happens to be the same direction as the...
  6. Thread: Crooked comb

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    Re: Crooked comb

    Do you have guides on the bars? Most of my bars have wedges. Last year I tried Wyatt Mangum's method of cutting strips of comb and waxing them on the bars. The bees drew perfect comb on those bars....
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    Re: TBH Build Pics

    Although Penasco, NM, being up in elevation, has mild, pleasant summers (at least compared to where I live now in Georgia), I know he transports his hives for pollination services to the southern,...
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    Re: Veggie/mineral oil and SHB

    Basically, yes, it drowns them. Insects breathe through spiracles, openings in their thorax and abdomen. Air passively moves into the body through a tracheal system. The oil clogs this up and doesn't...
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    Re: Cross comb and spring inspection

    Good luck!
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    Re: Cross comb and spring inspection

    One disclaimer: the combs in my hive did not have side attachments. If yours do, you will need to find a way to cut them before shifting the combs.
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    Re: Cross comb and spring inspection

    Shift all the cross combing to what is the very back of the hive, which in this case is probably your divider board. Make sure you keep shifting it backward as you add new bars between your straight...
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    Re: feeding bees in a topbar hive

    I'm going to try periscope entrances on my hives. I've heard claims that they reduce robbing to about nil, and small hive beetles also have trouble navigating them, so they reduce beetle populations...
  13. Thread: Best hives

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    Re: Best hives

    Right. Just make sure to use a divider to keep the hive small to start with. Don't give them the whole hive. Try not to put two empty bars side by side.
  14. Thread: Best hives

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    Re: Best hives

    If you start with drawn Langstroth frames and then insert empty top bars in between the frames as the bees need to expand, you will get straight free comb. I have some old crosscombed comb that I've...
  15. Thread: Best hives

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    Re: Best hives

    Be aware that with no frames and longer bars, the bees are inclined to curve the combs at the ends and crosscomb. I have one hive with twenty inch bars and I have to really stay on top of that in the...
  16. Thread: Best hives

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    Re: Best hives

    Belewsboy, there are many ways to keep bees. I don't see anything wrong with it. I have Kenyan style hives. I experimented with two angles for the side walls: 10 and 20 degrees, and found that the...
  17. Thread: Best hives

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    Re: Best hives

    How much are you willing to spend on a hTBH? There are some out there with good reviews: Bee Thinking, Gold Star Hives. If you want to build one, you can download Phil Chandler's plans at Biobees....
  18. Re: The ancient tradition of honey hunting in Nepal

    I traveled Nepal in my younger years. Wish I'd known about this at the time. It would have been an amazing thing to witness first hand.
  19. Re: Possible winter loss TBH - how to preserve the comb

    It did occur to me at the time that bees must deal with moldy comb all the time. My main reason for not including it was I didn't know why the bees absconded from the hive, leaving brood and stores,...
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    Re: Lost both my TBH's this winter

    BrettJ77 and Silverbackotter, sorry to read about your hives. I had one colony abscond in the fall, leaving brood and honey and a hive full of drawn comb. It was a mystery. My others are doing fine....
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    Re: Using hardware cloth to attach comb

    Galvanized metal has a lot of zinc. I don't know what long term affects it might have on bees. Last year I was experimenting using galvanized hardware cloth in feeders to give the bees something to...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    txbeek, I added three photos to my album. One shows the trap backlit so you can see the funnel. Another shows beetles in the trap after I unscrewed it, and the third shows a feeder after the bees...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    It's gutter screen that I've had for some years, 1/8, I think.
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Not a dumb question. Thanks for asking. When I want to turn a feeder into a trap, I place a funnel into the jar mouth and a screened lid over that before screwing the jar back in. That keeps the bees...
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    Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Small hive beetles are beginning to build in numbers. One jar trap had over a dozen. The beetles don't know how to get up past the funnel once they go down to the bait. I bait my traps with a piece...
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