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    Re: they are alive!

    Congrats from me too. :) Two of my hives have carried out a few dead so I knew they were active. I too saw a few fly on a day over 50 a week ago and that made me happy.One I couldn't tell anything...
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    Re: Bad luck, dead hive, now what...

    My 2 cents:
    Unless you Found a dead queen I don't the queens "died".
    I'm honestly not trying to be hard on you but I wanted to list "facts" as I've learned them(most I learned Before I got my first...
  3. Thread: New Hive

    by HappyBeeing

    Re: New Hive

    Last year I had a 5 frame (lang size) nuc from a small top bar split in June that made a queen and swarmed in SEPT ... and they left a hand full of nurses to die...very little brood and they ate...
  4. Re: Been a while since I checked in--here and in our hives

    Good to see you and glad you are keeping at it. Our climate has been good to me and I have 3 top bars and a split waiting for a new Long Hive! Funny those packages of yours wanted Their Own queens!...
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    Re: To shade or not to shade?

    I put up a shade canopy every summer before the 90-100 degree heat comes in(fairly cheap crafts booth type of thing) because luckily my 3 hive apiary fits under it. The top is high so they still get...
  6. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    Top bar hives don't Need a super of honey if they have plenty of bars inside going into winter so I'm sure pretty sure the same is true of long langs.
    My TBs (first year one hive,second winter 3...
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    Re: Why Beekeep?

    I have 3 busy hives and they've never swarmed the yard At All Except when a nuc box from a split I made literally "swarmed" away and chose a path over our driveway to cluster on a low hanging fir...
  8. Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    I just bumped an old thread before seeing this one! I'll read through here now, but here were my questions.... I have the Lazuntin book too but didn't want to go 20" deep!

    "Would LOVE to hear how...
  9. Re: Making horizontal hives with langstroth frames

    Bumping up an old thread!
    Would LOVE to hear how your hives turned out and what sizes/types of bars etc you used! I have 3 top bars and just split one. Providing the split makes a queen and...
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    sorry double post
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    Re: should I be concerned

    If your bees are Carniolans and the queen is healthy IMHO they'll build up again. I don't know about other types of honeybees but I've had alarmingly small Carnie colonies in Spring make it just...
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    Re: How to prevent secondary swarm?

    I have 3 TBHs with Carnies too! If I don't split them they swarm early(by June) even if the colony overwintered is very small. They Do go gangbusters in a warm Spring!!!:D
  13. How Many/what percent of USA Beeks have top bar hives now(2015)?

    Are there any statistics out there? I can't find a good answer. It used to be "there aren't many of us"....hard to believe that's still true! I know Lang Hives outnumber top bar Hives by a huge...
  14. Thread: Oregon

    by HappyBeeing


    late Jan/early Feb, southwest Oregon(near Calif border)--Still freezing or raining often BUT On nice days bees come out and find yellow pollen. Alder catkins have yellow pollen and bay-laurel trees...
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    Re: Confused Bees - what can I do?

    :s I've Always read that bees should Never be moved like that but just a few feet at a time if they are flying at all. This is just one of...
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    Re: went out with my cheap stethoscope today

    Gee,my bees don't go near the windows in winter,even with that side insulated,so your TBHs must be cozy!:). I Like learning how different hives behave though,so thank you for responding. Mine cluster...
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    went out with my cheap stethoscope today

    I hadn't checked my three top bar hives since winter set in,except to see one or two bees at the entrances on warmer days. I decided to do a Dec check today. I went out and put a stethoscope over or...
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    Re: Perished hive, what to do next?

    Cold bees are not on the bottom....probably in the middle of combs.Bees cluster Tightly in the cold and it just "looks" like they are gone.Windows become useless until Spring. The one hive sounds...
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    Re: top bar numbering?

    I started with the numbers too but mine also got mixed up when I split and went from one hive to three. Now I'll be looking at color. Darkest most used combs to the back for honey to get the oldest...
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    Re: combs of capped honey!! woo hoo!!

    I had a couple of dark capped honey combs on both sides that initially gave me a "now what?!?" feeling, that I harvested early this year but they were good thick honey. I had to look it up, but found...
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    Re: Overwintering TBH nucs

    I agree with ruthiesbees. Also,I had a small TBH that first drastically reduced themselves and ended up with a nuc sized population live over winter,clustered at one end, but with severe losses...
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    Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    The reason to go in is to make space In the brood nest area(in spring and summer) so they don't block the brood area with honey and swarm with half the hive still empty.Queens often will not pass a...
  23. Re: Hoping initial panic is due to not wearing the reading glasses when inspecting...

    Good to hear from you again Tango!
    So you made a third hive. I decided I wanted three this year also! Had one to start that DH made to specs I got, and built my second last year from a kit,but...
  24. Re: QUESTION for folks with Home Use Intended ONLY, TOP BAR HIVES only,please

    THANK You to those who posted. I get to feel "at home" with your types of comments and I've enjoyed them very much.

    I got a huge surprise from This year's package of Carnies in a 4 ft TB/19"...
  25. Re: QUESTION for folks with Home Use Intended ONLY, TOP BAR HIVES only,please

    Ruthiesbees : 13# is considered a small harvest compared against Lang boxes which make about 60# per hive. Topbar hives are usually harvested one or two bars at a time so you don't have all the...
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