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    Re: Rearing queens for packages

    Thanks, Beregondo and ruthiesbees! Ruth, I think I'm on the same page as you. If they make queens on multiple bars, then definitely, I'll just split the bars up rather than cutting/inserting queen...
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    Rearing queens for packages

    I have two packages that I installed May 11, and I want to requeen them with local overwintered TF stock -- namely, I want to use genetics from another fantastic colony of mine that overwintered and...
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    Re: honey allergies?

    Thanks for these ideas. Ruth, I've seen Mike's video, and I try to be careful about my stuff. However, you're right about an allergist being in order if he keeps having these reactions.
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Thanks for all the replies. You've certainly given me a lot to think about and some great ideas. Thanks again!
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I had 4 hives going into winter. Condensation killed three of them. The only hive that survived had an observation window. My naive theory is that moisture may have condensed on the glass instead of...
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    Re: Top bar hive entrance front or side?

    I have end entrances, which I like for the reasons Michael mentioned. Also, with end entrances, you need just one divider board. I try not to feed, but if I have to, my divider board has a hole in...
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    Re: New to beekeeping

    I leave the entrance open when I install, but I install later in the day. That way, the bees stay inside for the night. Also, I'd would leave the hive closed for about 5 days. This includes...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    I like the idea of a ventilation bar that can be left on year round. Do you find that the bees build comb on it or try to propolize the screen? How wide is the bar? Is it next to the entrance or...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    Thank you all for your input. I believe my hive width is about the same as a lang, so I'll definitely look into the lang reducers. Thanks for that tip, AdamBeal. CharlieKing, that is really...
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    Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    I lost 3 out of my 4 colonies about 2 weeks ago to condensation. As a result, I'm thinking of switching to top entrances this year. However, I'm a little worried that they might cause robbing. Has...
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    Re: Hello from New Hampshire

    Welcome to BeeSource. Good luck with your new obsession, I mean, hobby.
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    Re: Screened bottom? Ventilation?

    I agree with Michael Bush. Even though I don't have any scientific data from controlled experiments, I have found that I have less bearding with solid bottoms than with open screens.
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    Re: Pollen for New Hive?

    They need syrup to build comb. Without comb, they have no place to store the pollen. Also, you should have blooms available by the time you get your bees, so they'll collect their own pollen.
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    Re: Greetings from Hungary

    Welcome! Your English is great, and this community is already degraded. ;)

    I love seeing how this site attracts so many people from around the world. Your area of the world seems to have an...
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    Re: Newbee in central VA

    Welcome & goood luck with your bees!
  16. Re: Hello from Alaska, I'm interested in the top bar hive....

    I have and love my TBHs, but I have no experience with your climate. However, I do know of TBH beeks in places with severe weather like Sweden, Michigan, Maine, and Canada who have successfully kept...
  17. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Florida is in AHB territory, which is probably why it's illegal to have a queenless hive. My guess is that they don't want queens open-mating and introducing AHB genetics. I'm not saying I agree or...
  18. Re: Hello again from very cold connecticut

    Welcome back. You're not too far from me, and you're right -- It is very cold this winter. Hope your hives are doing well!
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    Re: Lubbock Texas

    Welcome! It's great that you plan to get your kids involved. Even though my kids don't seem to be able to keep their bee jackets on for more than 5 minutes in the summer, they still enjoy seeing the...
  20. Re: Greetings from western PA! looking to get started

    Welcome!
  21. Re: Hello, I'm a newbie beekeeper starting this spring in southeastern Connecticut

    BTW, if you're on FB, Christy Hemenway started a FB group for Connecticut Top Bar Hives. It's a good place for us TBH beeks who are near each other to compare notes.
  22. Thread: Hey Ya'll

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    Re: Hey Ya'll

    Welcome! That's kind of amazing that you're getting packages in March. I guess it must be a lot warmer down there.
  23. Re: Hello, just joined, from Middlefield, Connecticut

    Welcome from the Farmington Valley! Nice to have another Nutmegger on here.
  24. Re: Hello, I'm a newbie beekeeper starting this spring in southeastern Connecticut

    Hi, Bryan! Welcome to BeeSource! I'm going into my third year with topbar hives in Hartford county, CT.

    Regarding the bottom of the hive, I don't think the bees care. They'll build in it no...
  25. Re: LOL...somebody made top bar hives in video game

    I've seen lots of games with beehives, but never TBHs. LOVE it!
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