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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Here's mine, got plans from backyardhive.com and modified it. Used 2 x12 for one of mine and doubled it to two 2 x 12 on next. Both had winter survivor bees in spring. 18277
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    Re: TBH's in cold climates

    I live in Marquette, Michigan long cold winters below zero many days. Have had tbh's survive last two winters. Both carniolan and Italian bees. Followed advice of info on backyardhive.com
    Mine...
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    How to transfer from top bar to langstroth

    Have colony of Italians that survived the winter here in th upper pennsula of Michigan in a top bar hive. I want to move the bees to a langstroth hive and in the process requeen them with a carni...
  4. Thread: what to leave

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    Re: what to leave

    Have had tbh's survive last two years in Michigans upper peninsula. Carniolan and Italians. Both winters left all the honey and harvest in the spring.
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    Over wintered hives

    So, first year went great. We did minimal interfering with the bees, never went into the brood deep or hunted for the queen. Left them plenty of honey to make it through the winter.
    Question : is...
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    [QUOTE=Silverbackotter;969675]Alright as I am thinking about wintering top bars for the first time I want to poll ya'll, if you would be so kind. Please respond to the following

    Years keeping top...
  7. Thread: They made it

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    Re: They made it

    It was only 41 today so no bees were flying so I checked them through window. Previously they were clustered about two frames away from brood comb. Today they are clustered back on brood combs. ...
  8. Thread: They made it

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    Re: They made it

    No. It's hinged -tips off to the long side. Also has a inspection window.

    I ordered roofers garbage bag from backyardhive.com There DVD really helped me get going with my TBH

    As far as...
  9. Thread: They made it

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    Re: They made it

    No, that's wood. I doubled up 2x12s. It's a top bar so I don't have to lift anything once it's in place. We straddled it on wheelbarrow to get it out of the basement. Here is a pic. Monty9970
  10. Thread: They made it

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    Re: They made it

    Hi All. First of all I built my first top bar hive out of 2x12 lumber. Felt that I wasn't moving it around so could build it heavy. It was built to be able to hold 28 bars. This was a new package...
  11. Thread: They made it

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    They made it

    Well after the super cold winter up here in the upper peninsula of michigan, concerned about the TBH. I'm happy to say THEY MADE IT. 52 degrees today and they are coming out, orienting and flying....
  12. Re: Package is coming early. Need some suggestions!

    Hi, I know it's kind of late but I thought you would like to see the feeder I used last spring on my new package install on my tbh. It worked great and you didn't have to open hive to feed. ...
  13. Thread: New TBH

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    Re: New TBH

    9 full bars w/ 2 pollen pluss what they have stored in the brood bars. Then 3 not completely pulled.
  14. Thread: New TBH

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    New TBH

    Hi all, just set my new top bar into position for next spring. My 1st one is doing great. Had to do a one bar harvest and gave them an empty bar. They had filled the hive.7795
  15. Re: Bees starting comb on the far end of the hive

    No, I haven't. Started a package this spring, had follower board placed at 12 bars from front (entrance end). 4 days later they had clustered in middle of those 12 and were pulling comb. At that...
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    Re: After extracting?

    Put the wet super back on hive on Sunday above the inner cover. Took it off today. The cleaned it up perfectly and were in process of rebuilding. Took it off and brushed the bees off.
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    Re: Hive Size, how big?

    Hi I also built from backyard hives plans. Used their angles but built 42 inches, bars are 20 inches. I did 1 e3/8 with the 1/4 inch spacers. They have three bars at front with pollen and nectar,...
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    Re: After extracting?

    Spinning
  19. Thread: extracting

    by Montyb
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    Re: extracting

    Dadant jr. Works well
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    After extracting?

    Hi, we plan on extracting a super of honey today. Was wondering what to do with the super after. Can I put it back on the hive for the bees to clean it up? What do you do? Monty in marquette
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    Started my TBH this April. They have drawn out 3 combs at the front, pollen and honey, then 12 brood combs, and 9 honey combs. They were getting close to building comb on the last bar before the...
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    Is it too early for drone expulsion?

    Yesterday we checked the hives and all 3 were very busy throwing drones out. Took video of one hive
    Http://youtu.be/7yR4c2VgVKE
  23. Thread: Keep Feeding?

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    Keep Feeding?

    I hived a 3 lb package around May 1st. They and the queen were doing a great job added 2nd deep and when about 70 % filled added medium super. July 4th they swarmed and of course activity on the...
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    Re: Italian and Carniolan in the same hive?

    I hived a package of carniolans with a carniolian queen but there were quite a few Italian looking bees in the package. Now it's about 50 x 50. The other two hives also have some Italian looking...
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    Re: Let's talk about roofs

    I built two tbh's with this roof. No shingles, white aluminum flashing over 1x12's7120
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