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  1. Thread: yields

    by mtbe
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    Re: yields

    Still haven't seen anyone post their TBH yields (or it got lost in the cross talk):

    Northern Illinois with 3 TBHs: I strained about 15 lbs/hive, and I left about 10lbs of honey in each.

    So, 45...
  2. Re: Newly established tbh swarmed with new queen cells in process

    Swarming has been a problem for my TBHs too (in N. Ill). Even the first year with new packages, they swarmed. Then I went to 48" long TBHs.

    This Spring, still had lots of swarms, but I wasn't...
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    Re: Dang it! Comb broke off tob bar :doh:

    Sam-Smith:

    Any pictures of your frames? I just had 3 combs collapse in one of my hives due to the heat and weight. They were 3/4 full of honey, 1/2 capped, so I took them, but I'd rather leave...
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    Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    But with every cell with honey, where would a queen lay?

    On a top bar hive, if they place honey in what was previously brood, how does that affect the taste/quality of the honey? Remember...with...
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    Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    Hives are 4' long
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    No Brood - Only Honey!

    I have 3 top bar hives.

    I was out of country for a few weeks.

    Neighbors let me know several swarms while I was away.

    Last weekend, I opened one hive and saw brood and found the queen.
    ...
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    Re: Beekeeping Software

    I like the idea of an inspection checklist. But one may need seasonal checklists as well. What is done in the Spring is different than Autumn.
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    Re: Regressing towards small cell

    The theory is it wasn't the actual smaller cells that help reduce varroa. It was indirectly because the cells are smaller, the brood time in the cell is shorter, and the varroa can't take 'hold'...
  9. Re: Strategies for Varroa Resistant/tolerant stock

    Some have experience with foundationless frames reducing the varroa count. No matter the bee type/race.

    Of course, there are other issues with foundationless (honey extraction is different), but...
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    Re: Who's trying not to feed - At All?

    I have 3 new hives, started in April. One did very well this summer, making loads of honey. The other two did not.

    My plan was to leave the honey for them overwinter, so I wouldn't have to feed....
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    Re: Beekeepers take action

    Our beekeeper's association had a presentation last year by a researcher/professor from a university in the MidWest who also indicated the same things posed in this article.

    Sounds like there...
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    Re: A New Type of Hive: We need your input

    As others have suggested, it sounds more like input for marketing for clients:

    linkedin@com/pub/daanish-ahmad/6/129/863
  13. Thread: 1st timer

    by mtbe
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    1st timer

    Great site....

    I will be asking questions soon...after searching of course!

    First time keeper, dropped two boxes in Top Bar Hives in April.

    In Northern Illinois.
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