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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    I just finished my second build (only my second hive!), and I can enthusiastically endorse the observation window -- maybe b/c I'm sensitive to the how much criticism I get locally for keeping TBHs,...
  2. got the plants in the ground just before the rain started!

    We've had a very dry fall after a pretty wet summer, and I'm not sure how my fall planting will fare, but Saturday, we got four 30 gallon Vitex into the ground along with a row of 5 Eleagnus just a...
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    Re: went out with my cheap stethoscope today

    Stethoscope--what a great idea! We're still warm enough that bees are out foraging; the loquat is filled with bees (honey, bumble, and other assorted varieties). Makes me wonder if I'll need to...
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    Re: Assistance in Identification

    I'll be curious to see what USF has to say about your bees! I'm just a bit north of you, and while I bought my first package out of state, they were "mutts" that still varied quite a bit in...
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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    This is what I'm thinking of doing -- I have a single hive with 17" bars, the other local TBHers use 19", and I figured I could go 19" with this winter's hive builds (hoping to expand to at least 3...
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    I have it on my kindle. If lending is enabled, I would be happy to send it your way. Also, I got a notice yesterday that Christy Hemenway is releasing an electronic version of her intensive weekend...
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    My first little harvest!

    I must've gotten a bee in my bonnet, b/c on Saturday, I decided I wanted a wee harvest from the hive. I didn't grab one of the full bars, but just the first one I encountered that was mostly capped...
  8. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    For those visiting Amazonia, it's on sale for $29.70:)
  9. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    Neat -- I'll have to check this out. I ordered "Native Plants for Honey Bees" recently and found it fairly disappointing. Lots of pictures and discussion, but not really aimed at honeybees, and the...
  10. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    As a first year beekeeper, I was told not to harvest anything, so I haven't...but if the bees fill another couple of bars with honey, especially the loquat that's now blooming, then I might rob a...
  11. Re: Current status and thinking ahead to spring

    I used 17" bars simply b/c I used Chandler's plans, which I now understand are based on the UK National box, which uses a 17" bar. There are a couple of local beeks using TBHs, and they both went...
  12. Re: Current status and thinking ahead to spring

    As I recall, the recommendation for wider bars and a shallower box comes from Les Crowder who works out of hot, desert country. I think the width is intended to provide better strength given the...
  13. Re: Current status and thinking ahead to spring

    Thank you, Ruthiesbees! I'm considering going up to the 19" b/c it matches what local TBHers are using, and matching langs also seems prudent. I have a plan in my head to add a bit of length to the...
  14. Current status and thinking ahead to spring

    This weekend we had our first real cold spell (frost last night!), though it'll be back into the 70s by tomorrow:-). I went out to the hive just out of curiosity with my newest toy, a little...
  15. Re: Triumph to tragedy -- a tale of broken comb -- when to fix?

    I've moved to top bars with wax foundation to help build straight comb. I'm also considering going to a wider bar for next year's hive -- perhaps the 19" that Wyatt Mangum uses, or maybe even a 24"...
  16. Re: Triumph to tragedy -- a tale of broken comb -- when to fix?

    Wow. It's way cooler working bees in the morning when it's only 70 outside! I didn't even break a sweat :-). Bees were calmer than I expected, too, though I did use smoke. The broken comb was a mix...
  17. Re: Triumph to tragedy -- a tale of broken comb -- when to fix?

    Thank you -- I suspected the same. I'll suit up early tomorrow and fix this before it hits 90. I'm not even sure the comb can be repaired. It just sort of folded in on itself. I was going to move it...
  18. Triumph to tragedy -- a tale of broken comb -- when to fix?

    Today's inspection showed capped honey, curing nectar, all the stuff you want to see, but it was also warm...apparently, too warm. I just went to check on the hive, and one of the combs with nectar...
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    combs of capped honey!! woo hoo!!

    Went into the hive to clean up the burr comb, and found at least 4 full frames of capped honey + a couple more half full -- yay!! The hive was full of bees, and I'll next have to figure out how to...
  20. Re: Experiences with the first "flow" -- I think!

    Thank you, Bee Gora! Yes, I did feed initially -- everyone, even the natural beekeeping folks I concentrated on, recommended feeding for the first couple of weeks. So, I did, with a 1:1 solution...
  21. Experiences with the first "flow" -- I think!

    The last few evening's observation of the hive have proven interesting -- at least for a new beek! I think I'm experiencing our first "flow" -- there are more and more bees all the time, and they are...
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    Re: 1 bar observation hive

    Really cool idea! And I'm totally jelly (as my daughter would say) that you can find the queen so easily:D.
  23. Thread: TBH Entrance

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    Re: TBH Entrance

    So, I think it's Les Crowder who found (quite by accident) that bees preferred side to end entrances, but Wyatt Mangum does just fine with end entrances! In my hive, poor carpentry skills led to...
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    Lactic Acid in Honey Bee Stomach

    Hi, All. Not sure if this is the best place to post this, but thought it might be of general interest:...
  25. Re: Morning inspection -- a lesson in "should'ves"

    Thank you, Marysia2. I've seen a couple of nice designs for SHB traps for TBHs and because I have that additional floor space below the comb, I'm pretty sure I can make a trap and set it down there....
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