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    Re: Transfer tbh to...

    I have been experimenting with transferring KTBH bees into lang boxes. I am trying 2 different styles, but have been too lazy to try a 3rd option which would likely work best. When/if it actually...
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    Well, the bees are building comb and bringing in pollen (the dark spots), so those are both good signs. Based on the photo, there isn't much else that I can tell you.
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    Re: Pierco ? Plasticell ??

    We started using langs at home this year (we have KTBHs and used langs at work) and got a good deal by buying unused Pierco plastic frames and Pierco foundation for wood frames from a friend. We...
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    Re: What is optimal bottom for top bar hive?

    We use a screened bottom, along with a solid wood bottom board which we can open, close and remove as needed:

    http://thehoneybeat.com/2011/07/our-top-bar-hive-bottom-board/

    I can't say that...
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    Re: What is optimal bottom for top bar hive?

    You can do an icing sugar shake if you don't want to kill bees, or an alcohol wash if you do.

    Do a google search for the details, I am not sure what the thresholds for treatment (ratio of mites...
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    Re: Direct release, or bee release...And feeder?

    The feeder looks good to me. Sometimes it helps to drizzle a trail of syrup leading to and on the entrance holes on the feeder follower board to help lead the bees to the feeder.

    Here is the link...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    Around here, in the Fraser Valley (south-west B.C.), the commercial pollinator I worked for last year gave the following price ranges for pollination contracts when he was lecturing at the Bee...
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    Re: Screen in Bottom of TBH

    They aren't needed, but they do help to with keeping varroa under control as part of an IPM. As others have mentioned, keep the bottom board closed until the bees are well-established in the hive.
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    Re: commercial way for installing packages

    Here's a summary of our experience pouring packages for various commercial beekeepers last season - http://thehoneybeat.com/2011/04/shaking-all-over/

    The key point is to have everything prepared...
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    Re: preferred method of feeding with TBH

    Here's the way we feed our KTBHs: http://thehoneybeat.com/2011/07/our-top-bar-hive-syrup-feeders/
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    Re: Commercial tbh hives

    Here is a link on this topic that someone else posted on a different forum:

    "THE TOP-BAR HIVE IN COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPING AND RESEARCH" by Dr. Wyatt A. Mangum
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    Re: Commercial tbh hives

    Agreed Herb. The definition is as good as any, as a place to start the discussion. The sarcasm in my post was directed more towards the way the information was presented to the class as "the"...
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    Re: Commercial tbh hives

    Well, if you want the opinion of one of the lecturers at a beekeeping course I recently attended, then the answer to the question "What is a Commercial Beekeeper?" has a very succinct & clear...
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    Re: I want to learn the trade

    Hey Brian,

    This won't help you this year, but if you want to relocate a long way from where you are then maybe keep this course in mind - http://honeybeeworld.com/fairview/
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    Re: Veil Observation. Your Opinion?

    Along the lines of what Michael said, when I was reading up on africanized honeybees it was recommended to use lighter coloured veils as opposed to black.
  16. Re: Purchasing Beekeeping Equipment & Bees in Nicaragua?

    I very much agree with you dgl1948.

    I have worked with a number of skilled beekeepers from Nicaragua this summer, and they would also have the advantages of knowing the region and having...
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    Re: Who's Harvested from their tbh this year?

    From our 6 colonies this year we only harvested ~20kg which was jarred as liquid honey and another 8kg which we are selling as comb honey. Still, it should be enough to cover our costs for the year,...
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    Re: Timing of Honey Flow in Nicaragua?

    Here's some info in case anyone ever needs it:

    The main honey flow is generally from November to April, and some regions such as Jinotega can also harvest in May/June due to an abundance of Guava....
  19. Re: Purchasing Beekeeping Equipment & Bees in Nicaragua?

    Just in case anyone ever needs this information, here is what I have found so far:

    * Ingemann Food - telephone: 8375 6814, websites: http://www.ingemann.com.ni/ or http://www.ingemannfood.dk/

    *...
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    Re: Screened bottom boards in a TBH, yes? no?

    We use a screened bottom with a wooden bottom board that can be left fully closed, partially open or completely removed. See this link for details...
  21. Purchasing Beekeeping Equipment & Bees in Nicaragua?

    We are planning to set up an apiary and teach beekeeping in Nicaragua as part of a volunteer project. Does anyone have any information (or know where we could find info) on where to buy all the...
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    Timing of Honey Flow in Nicaragua?

    Were planning a trip to set-up an apiary and teach beekeeping in the Jinotega region of Nicaragua. For the timing of the trip we are wondering when the honey flows are - does anyone knows (or knows...
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    Re: Removing Drone Brood in a KTBH

    We usually find at least one full bar of drone comb in each colony in the spring, so we just remove that bar and freeze it (to kill any mites before we put it back in the hive). Later we thaw it out...
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    Re: Using a TBH in Canada

    Here in the Fraser Valley ours are doing just fine. We didn't do anything special to insulate the hives for winter, and both colonies did well.

    So far this season we have increased to 6 colonies...
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    Re: Adding a super to a top bar

    I don't have an answer to the question, except to say give the sideways super a try and see if it works. The bees expand sideways within the main hive, so it stands to reason that they would expand...
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