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    Sugar Syrup Comb vs. Honey comb

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    Location: Mill Spring, NC
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    "Do you still think their only purpose is to mate with queens?"
    Well, yeh. I thought the sole purpose of a drone was to mate with the queen. Am I misinformed?
    Bruce
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    I would say the drones are spread out throughout the hive and plenty of worker bees too. I'm going to go in again and take a better look to find eggs.
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    Lots of Drones?

    This is my first package of bees and I have one hive which is growing nicely but as of late, I'm noticing a lot of drones and capped drone cells. My understanding was that you'll see about 300 to...
  5. Thread: What's Next?

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    What's Next?

    I've got a very active hive of bees and they are not only growing rapidly but kicked it into high gear in the comb production department. But, they are also still taking a lot of sugar syrup. I'm...
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    How long does it take?

    I'm just curious, if you start with a package of about 3,000 bees and assuming good nectar and
    pollen resources are available, about how long will it take before you have 40 to 50 thousand bees in...
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    Re: What would you do?

    Old Guy,

    I can certainly see your point, but then I take a look at my other top bar hive that I personally started and monitored more frequently then my friend and I appreciate what the potential...
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    What would you do?

    I started out with a friend and each of us has one tbh. Both hives are on my property. My hive has been strong and straight with no issues whatsoever. My friend's hive started out crooked with...
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    Drinking a lot of sugar syrup

    I installed my bee package on April 13th. The hive has grown in a strong way with all straight comb. The bees are bringing back lots of pollen (we have plenty of clover right now and tulip poplar)....
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    Mouse Guards and Entrance Reducers

    Where can you find a mouseguard designed to be used for a TBH?
    Also, when do you open the entrance of the hive all the way. I've read only 2 inches or so when a package is first introduced and then...
  11. Thread: Planning Ahead

    by Beeheck
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    Planning Ahead

    I built some modified Supers for my TBH. I'm planning how I'm going to do this and need some help to make sure I don't screw things up. First I built some Supers that fit exactly over my TBH. Then...
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    Hive inspection at about 32 days from the initial package put in. Replaced Syrup. About 13 top bars in various stages but all healthy. Lots of new babies. Almost broke off a large top bar by...
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    New Bees Question

    It's been 26 days since I put my package in. I'm sure bees have been born. How do I know what a new adult bee looks like? What are the distinguishing characteristics of bees who have just been...
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    It's now been 26 days since I installed my package and my hive is really active today. I just walked over to the hive and there are a lot of bees circling in front of the hive. A couple on the...
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    Hive inspection today on a mild day of about 69 degrees. I was concerned about how cool it was but there was neglible wind so I went for it. I spent 15 minutes to reduce the exposure but I was...
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    Couldn't find the swarm and my hive looks fine. I expect if the weather gets warmer tomorrow I should take a look. I think I'm expecting babies :0)
    Bruce
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    I'm about a day or two from some new bees born and excited to see the results. All my comb is straight still and loaded with capped brood, nectar and pollen. I did see something interesting today. ...
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    The Tulip Poplar is in full bloom here and on my property I have quite a number of these trees. There is going to be a lot of nectar from these. I also have quite a bit of honeysuckle as well and...
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    Re: My new TBH with Supers

    Checked my bees today and everything was perfect. Saw the queen on the 2nd top bar I looked at from the back. Larvae and capped pupae are nicely distributed on both sides with nectar and honey...
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    Re: Sping installed package -- All bees died --

    Sorry to hear about your bees. I had the very same arrangement on my TBH however, my entrance is on one of the sides. My bees had no problem walking through the follower board to get to the feeder...
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    Re: What Would You Do?

    What about the cross combs with larva and capped larvae that are on some of those cross combs?
    By putting them back around bar 10 aren't you going to have the attendants ignore them because they are...
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    Re: What Would You Do?

    We're using an applied wax guide (no rubbed on wax, painted on). It's flat and about 1/2 inch wide at the bottom of the bar.
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    What Would You Do?

    New beekeeper here and a friend and I have purchased one TBH each. After, 11 days,
    she went into hers and found a nice straight comb on the bottom of the TBH. Looked pretty clean. As she was...
  24. Thread: I need help!

    by Beeheck
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    I need help!

    I installed my first package of bees on April 13th and they've been doing well. The queen was released in a day or two and I saw her on April 19th. Today, the 23rd, I opened the window on the TBH...
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    Re: How Many Beekeepers Using Top Bar Hives?

    New to beekeeping and TBH's. Started one with a package on April 13th and going strong. Have a 2nd one on the property which is owned by a friend. Also installed on the 13th. I have built some...
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