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    Thanks Michael- I'll go ahead then & cut it...

    Thanks Michael-

    I'll go ahead then & cut it out. It has been very foggy here every morning so the weather is right!

    Alethea
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    In May I hived two swarms in empty TBHs I had...

    In May I hived two swarms in empty TBHs I had built the year before. I checked them about two weeks after housing them - they were both queenright & building straight on the bars. I have been busy...
  3. Hi- I'm in Marin County (Bolinas) & have three...

    Hi-

    I'm in Marin County (Bolinas) & have three TBHs. You are welcome to visit sometime with plenty of advanced notice.

    Alethea Patton
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    Hi - Dennis, thanks for the link. I've...

    Hi -

    Dennis, thanks for the link. I've noticed that the bees build the comb deep before they build out the width of the top bar which frustrates me because it seems so delicate - that is why I...
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    Wow Dennis- I had been considering building my...

    Wow Dennis-

    I had been considering building my next thbs shallower, narrower & longer than my first (based on your design) but after reading your musings on Joe's feral hive you have given me...
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    Thank you all for your good advice. ...

    Thank you all for your good advice. Unfortunately, our tbh design is not wide enough to fit Lang frames in it - Our next one will - we will be trying out a variety of shapes and sizes as we...
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    Does anyone have good advice about how to make a...

    Does anyone have good advice about how to make a split from a Lang hive to populate a new TBH? I have a couple of good colonies that I'd like to split & put in TBH's &I've never done that before. ...
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    My top bars are 1-1/4" wide by 1-3/8" deep,...

    My top bars are 1-1/4" wide by 1-3/8" deep, ripped from
    scrap 2x4. I put a 60 degree bevel on the bars w/ 1/8" flat on the bottom of the bars & notch the ends to sit flat on the
    sides of the...
  9. Hobbyist hoping to be a sideliner w/ 14 thriving...

    Hobbyist hoping to be a sideliner w/ 14 thriving hives (11 langs & 3 TBH's) hoping to work up to 50. Also sell other products of the hive (candles, soap made from beeswax & honey, propolis...
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    Thanks for the good advice. I just started my...

    Thanks for the good advice. I just started my 2nd tbh with a swarm my husband & I collected on Thursday. The swarm was settling on brambles by the side of the road. They seem to be strong. One...
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    Hi- I just checked my TBH that had the...

    Hi-

    I just checked my TBH that had the collapse on Saturday. There was still some capped brood on the top comb so I didn't take the collapsed comb out yet. It looked like they were filling the...
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    Wanted to make a correction to my last post - I...

    Wanted to make a correction to my last post - I checked with my husband (who orders the queens ) & he told me that we've never ordered russian queens - just yugoslavians - so that is all I have...
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    I think it all depends on where you live. Here...

    I think it all depends on where you live. Here in coastal california, I've definately had the best luck with italians. I've tried Yugoslavian & Russian bees & they both tended to swarm into non-...
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    what is so frustrating about this collapse is...

    what is so frustrating about this collapse is that the oldest combs were the ones that collapsed - but they were also the biggest & heavy with brood, pollen & honey. I didn't feed this hive anything...
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    Thanks for the link. Good to have some feedback...

    Thanks for the link. Good to have some feedback so we don't make the same mistake - by the way, I used top bar guys design for my tbh's. My top bars are ripped from 2 x 4s to 1-1/4" wide by 1-2/8"...
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    Thanks for the advice. I have decided to leave...

    Thanks for the advice. I have decided to leave the comb alone & see how it goes. My husband was thinking about modifying the top bars by inserting a 1/4" dowel in the center to give the comb a...
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    Checked my tbh today & was dismayed to find four...

    Checked my tbh today & was dismayed to find four to five of the oldest largest combs had colapsed. I haven't checked this hive for about a month because we have had constant rain. It was looking so...
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    Hi Dennis- I started three TBH's this spring...

    Hi Dennis-

    I started three TBH's this spring but only one survived. It was from a feral swarm & is doing really well. I think
    the hives I made have 30 top bars and by fall about 12 were built...
  19. The Mann Library at Cornell has a great...

    The Mann Library at Cornell has a great collection of old beekeeping books for view. I was only able to download one page at a time which is a real disadvantage but their collection is really worth...
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    Hi Scottie- I also live in Northern...

    Hi Scottie-

    I also live in Northern California. Last year I built three top bar hives based on Topbarguy's specifications. For our climate, I have decided that his hives are a bit too roomy. ...
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    Hi- I'm keeping bees in coastal california. ...

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    I'm keeping bees in coastal california. I've only been doing it for seven years and mostly as a hobby. We have always used organic methods and a have definately lost hives to mites over the...
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    Thanks for all the good advice. The swarms were...

    Thanks for all the good advice. The swarms were put in the top bar hives between three & five weeks ago. Unfortunately, I have my three tbh's in three different bee yards which are a couple of...
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    This spring I had an interesting experience with...

    This spring I had an interesting experience with 2 swarms. I happened to see bees swarming at my hives, when they landed, I noticed two separate swarms about 20 feet apart. I decided to box the...
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    Hi- this is my first post. Back in April my...

    Hi- this is my first post. Back in April my husband and I built three tbh's from the plans on this site using a bunch of old recycled redwood t&g we had lying around. They went together easily. ...
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