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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    If you have a local club, it is probably easier to see if anyone needs a queen. In early spring there are usually people looking for queens. You could easily sell it to someone to recoup your money....
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    The best advice I got in another one of my other hobbies applies here as well...

    "Relax, have a homebrew"
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    Looking good.

    I'm jealous of your window. I built my hives in a hurry, so didn't have time for a window. Maybe I can build a new hive with the same dimensions over the year and have a window for...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Thanks, this was all great advice.
    I had another related question. If I use foundationless deeps in the brood nest, will they be stable or will I have trouble with breaking comb. I use mediums for...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I like those partial foundation frames! I might have to copy those.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    The size observations you make are interesting, but probably misleading. A hive of bees is the real 'organism' rather than each individual bee. Body mass helps insulate and keep warm blooded animals...
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    I put red coloring in my syrup. I like being able to see where it goes. I haven't noticed any downside.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I don't mean to doubt this, but...

    I've heard it said that SC bees are smaller but have the same size flight muscles? Is this a documented fact? It seems somewhat counter-intuitive.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I have also seen very differnt sizd bees from my same hives at different times of the year.
  10. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Wouldn't it be better to make the nucs from the mountain hive and bring them down to the valley hive? That way you are transporting nucs with bees and there is no worry about chilling queen cells....
  11. Re: Plans and dimensions for top bar hive follower boards

    As for hive length, I like MB's recommendation to make it slightly shorter than 4' so you can use 4' boards to make the cover. I made mine with 19" bars and a 4'x8' sheet makes 4 perfect sized covers...
  12. Re: Plans and dimensions for top bar hive follower boards

    If you didn't make the follower boards before making the hives, you can do what I did. Measure how wide the top is. Measure how wide the bottom is. Measure how deep the hive is from the floor to the...
  13. Thread: Full Sun?

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    Re: Full Sun?

    They have the normal ears (which is the top of the side bar) as spacers that lang frames have. I believe the width (including ears) is 1 3/8 inches. They width (including ears) is the exact width of...
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    Re: Full Sun?

    Thanks,
    I should mention that I decided to give my new hives a head start and cut down a box of medium lang frames, so each will start with 5 bars of comb. That should help them get a quick start,...
  15. Thread: Full Sun?

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    Full Sun?

    So, I am finished building my KTBHs and am ready to put them in place and level them in preparation for my bees this weekend. I have my lang hives on a south-facing hill in the full sun. It does get...
  16. Re: Setting up 4 hives this weekend - Introduction of packages question

    In my opinion, you're overthinking it. Your layout is fine if that is how you want them. I have found it more convenient to have the hives in one group a few feet apart. The bees really don't mind...
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    Re: Second Top Bar Location Question

    I have my langs 6" apart. Is there any reason that TBHs need to be space further than langs?
  18. Re: Package is coming early. Need some suggestions!

    In my lang hives in the fall I feed with a ziplock bag with a small slit cut it in. Is it possible to simply put one of these on the floor of the top bar for feeding? Also, if I want to feed pollen...
  19. Thread: Rough boards

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    Re: Rough boards

    I'll get some pics soon.

    The first try was a disaster. I put too many nails connecting the bottom to the sides. When I tried to spread them the bottom board split. I guess I learned my lesson,...
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    Re: Rough boards

    Luckily we don't have any shb in theses parts, at least not yet. (Knock on wood) so I should be safe on that front.
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    Re: Rough boards

    Thanks for the answers. Seems that rough side in is the consensus, so that's what I'll do.
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    Rough boards

    Another dumb question from the new top bar keeper...

    I decided to buy cedar lumber to build my top bar with the hope that I can avoid painting. These boards are smooth on one side and rough on the...
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    Re: 19" Top Bars? (Best Bar Length?)

    Thanks for the input. That's what I am trying to avoid. I don't want huge, unmanageable comb. I want to try top bars for their own sake and with two, I can share resources between them. If I just...
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    Re: 19" Top Bars? (Best Bar Length?)

    Thanks for the quick replies!
    I'm still listening if there are others with opinions.

    If I do go with 19" bars, does it sound like a good plan to just use 1x12s for the sides and a 1x10 for the...
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    Re: 19" Top Bars? (Best Bar Length?)

    I have a dozen langs of my own. I guess I forgot to mention that. I am just trying top bars because they seem like fun and a new chance to learn.
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