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    Re: Dr. Wyatt Mangum top bar hive plans

    Thanks, Bob. This is a great way to compare volume. My 4' hives have more than the other three on the spreadsheet (98 liters), but unlike yours, my bees do use the entire space. I split a hive this...
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    Re: To shade or not to shade?

    I'm really surprised that at 80 degrees you're having trouble like that. I have two hives in morning sun and afternoon shade, and one in full sun almost all day until late afternoon. Temps range from...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    I've been keeping bees in top bar hives since 2010 and currently have three occupied. I started with them because beekeeping with Langstroths was prohibitively expensive, but with my woodworking...
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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    I'm sure wax moths make sure feral hives have to renew comb on the periphery of the cluster every year, which gives the bees the space and opportunity to build fresh, clean comb for brood. New comb...
  5. Re: Best methods of correcting cross / curved comb?

    Yeah, sometimes we get lucky. I'm testing the cardboard sling idea right now to see how well the bees reattach the comb and remove the cardboard from the hive.
  6. Re: Best methods of correcting cross / curved comb?

    If you already have straight drawn comb, keeping new comb straight is simple, as the others have mentioned, by placing empty bars between straight comb. But if it's a new hive with only empty bars,...
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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    If a TBH is managed right, there's plenty of drawn comb for the bees to use after the first year while leaving work for the wax builders. I think a TBH allows for a good balance in that regard.
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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    Thanks, Michael! This turns conventional "wisdom" on its head. Let's see if I can summarize this.

    Foundation in heat sags and creates far more work for the bees to correct than if they just built...
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    Re: Almost Full Hive

    Good advice, but I want to add that I have one hive that in five years has not made a queen cup even when, like last year, they filled the hive from end to end. It was packed, but I didn't have a...
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    Re: Brood

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    by Jon Wolff
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    Re: Brood

    This is an idea I'm working on. I'm currently testing it in a hive. I just use strips of cardboard and a stapler. It's quick, and when pinned between bars, the slings seem secure. 19211
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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    There are a lot more people using top bar hives now than even five years ago when I started, so it's very possible you might find someone in your area selling top bar hive nucs. The success rate for...
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    Re: problem staring a new colony

    Try taking a propane torch to the inside. Scorch the wood. I also pour melted beeswax on the inside walls and rub it in, then scrape it off. When I'm finished, there is no new-wood smell left. Old...
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    Re: Newbee. New member. please help.

    What kind of guides do you have? Triangles work best. Level is important. Followers really help, too--all good advice. Another beek gave me this idea for rescuing combs. It works best on comb that...
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    Re: TBH Design Questions

    John,
    What exactly is your concern with the "sag"? Do the bars not fit in the middle due to the walls bulging out? Or are you concerned the follower board doesn't fit tightly? Personally, I wouldn't...
  16. Re: what kind of top for ktbh in hot, hot south Texas

    Unless you are using the hive to house two colonies, like when making a split, there's no reason to keep the bees from the other side of the follower. They won't build comb behind it (at least mine...
  17. Re: what kind of top for ktbh in hot, hot south Texas

    Sorqit, I agree with Michael. Keep it simple. I've spent a lot of time in the past making some great roofs with attics and separate compartments, but now my roofs are metal shed doors painted white...
  18. Re: A comment and a question about new package

    A brood break is when you disrupt a colony's brood cycle--no eggs laid for a period of time, no brood. There are different ways to do it. You can cage or kill the queen (or split a colony to allow...
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    Re: TBH Comb Handling Advice

    It looks like they have a lot of room to go off course. You could try straightening the comb and move the follower board up. I would see if you could place them between straight combs. The bees will...
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    Re: bees loosing pollen

    I would remove the screen altogether and securely screw on a good bottom board. The bees don't need or want so much ventilation, and it will solve your problem, too.
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    Re: No queen again. HELP

    How long has it been since she was released? And how positive are you that there are no eggs? I thought one of my colonies was queenless, a swarm I caught with a virgin queen. After giving her what I...
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    Re: what to do????

    I wouldn't panic just yet. You still have a good number of bees. I accidentally killed the queen in my first hive only a couple of weeks after installing her in early June, after the nectar flow, due...
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    Re: New Beekeeper - New Top bar Hive

    Very nice! I wouldn't open that roof up on a windy day, though, without staking the legs down.
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    4 mm high, to keep the queen in but let the workers out.
  25. Thread: Sealing TBH

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    Re: Sealing TBH

    I gave my first hive a beeswax/linseed oil stain. It kept it from rotting, but after almost five years it looked bad from all the black mold. All my hives are now painted with white exterior latex.
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