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    Re: Help buying a Top Bar Hive

    They are a lot easier to make than you might think.
    If you build two and sell one to recoup the cost of building both it can end up costing you nothing.
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    isn't much of the observation regarding the "attentiveness" required around a TBH compared to a Lang related to foundation. I have a foundationless national (like a lang) and I can tell you now if...
  3. Thread: what to leave

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    Re: what to leave

    Often really hard to tell until you have done a winter or two. Like dudeit said though you can always err on the side of caution and should there be any extra take it out in spring.
    It does also...
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    Re: Hive construction question

    Pretty mush whatever. I have made one out of old pallets. As long as you weather treat the outside (mixute of raw linseed oil and beeswax) you should be ok. If you are worried about the wood...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I originally started out with them because I wanted to try out beekeeping without it costing a LOT of money to find out I wasn't that fussed. The more I have done it, the more I have read, and the...
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    Nope, full round. I have tried half rounds and they work quite well. On the full rounds though the bees haven't put a foot wrong. I only tried it because I had a lot and couldn't be bothered to cut...
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    Re: To screen or not to screen...

    Good question:
    Julie at "happy hour at the top bar hive blog" just did a pros and cons on this. Check that out.
    You could also go with an ecofloor :) which I just did a review on for my blog....
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    btw mangum's approach using the 1-2" foundation strip is 100% effective provided the foundation strip stays put. If the strip isn't currently attached or warps due to the weather (usually only in...
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    Hi Shanna
    I remember breaking a comb in my first year, I was utterly apalled with myself. If happened to be a brood comb so the bees weren't too impressed either. It took them a good two weeks to...
  10. Thread: Buckfast bees

    by AugustC
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    Re: Buckfast bees

    Second generation nastiness is I am afraid a well known issue with buckfast. I am afraid once they have swarmed or superceded and the replacement queen has mated locally they really cannot be called...
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    Re: Top bar size question.

    Since I use a kenyan top bar hive the sides are sloped so the bars are sitting on the corner of the board. This means although the edge are flush you still have something to handle (not sure I had...
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    Re: Brood exclusion?

    There really are a lot of people who don't use top bar hives answering questions in the top bar hive section.
    You simply don't need to on the top bar hive buddy. You could, should you want to fit a...
  13. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Since you seem to be aiming for an equal split could you not split and then see which side makes queen cells. You'll know where you queen is then :)
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    Re: Checked my hive yesterday

    If there is pollen going in I wouldn't give it to them. If there is too much pollen available when there is little nectar they will fill the nest with pollen leaving no space for the first nectar...
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    Re: Different Races

    Here are a few I found with a quick google search:

    https://backyardbuzz.wordpress.com/major-types-of-honeybees/

    http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/queen-bee-identification/
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    Re: Any plans for top bar hives

    take a look at mine :)
    www.augustcottageapiary.wordpress.comThey are to Phil Chandler's dimensions.
    I would also suggest checking out the biobees website for other topbar plans, and the happy hour...
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    Re: superable topbar plans

    If you have already drawn comb there is less of an issue. You have three main options:
    1: Top bars with holes in. If you can stick a cork in them when not in use so much the better.
    2: Space the...
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    Re: superable topbar plans

    I don't think much in the way of plans are necessary and it depends on your setup.
    I take it you are wanting to use langs supers on a top bar hive sporting the same bar width as a lang?
    Are you...
  19. Thread: Deign feedback

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    Re: Deign feedback

    I have a double width topbar with a 1" hole drilled in. This has a skirting to recieve a 4 pint rapid feeder. This goes alongside the follower board with one empty topbar upstream of it. This means I...
  20. Thread: Pesticide

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    Re: Pesticide

    Speak to the farmer and ask them to spray early morning or late afternoon. If they can't/won't ask if they can let you know when they are spraying and block the entrances for 1/2 a day. Approached...
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    Re: Bee cluster is not moving to the food

    If you are concerned increase the insulation before you consider breaking the combs apart
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    Ruthie's right colours are good but basic shapes are often better. You can actually make use of it to move the bees around if you need to bolster a particular population. Cards with circle, square,...
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    Weeeeeeeell... queen breeding nucs technically only need to be 3-4 combs BUT it is sensible to have it a little scalable. Personally I would go for 8-10 bar nucs. These you could use as bait hives in...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    In my opinion provided all top bars are in place and there are no gaps there is no reason at all why in matters if your "roof" area is "well-ventilated". My lid isn't sealed and yes I have had the...
  25. Re: If at first you don't suceed.....blah, blah, blah...

    Here is my two pennies worth:

    Should I try to find a certain bee that would do well in our temps?
    Where ever possible collect/trap swarms in spring. These are colonies that have already...
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