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  1. Re: Wanting to build TBH for next year - Q's on construction material

    Mine are made of plywood, or pine, or fir, or all of the above, depending on which hive you are looking at. If you look through the forum there is a guy who built one from a barrel and he has...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    Shannonswyatt, I like your analogy about the software. How true! I believe my top bars are free because all of them have been made from scraps from other projects. I look at my time spent on them...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    It is not, but trying to describe without any visuals is close to impossible! If I can create a video showing it I will let you know.
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    Joe, Here you go

    http://wabeekeepersforum.proboards.com/thread/1786/photographs-inspection-july-photo-heavy
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    Estreya, I remove 6 of so bars from the back for working room and break the propolis connecting the bars to the hive, break the propolis between the two bars where I am going to inspect and slide....
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I believe, and it is just my opinion, that when you open the top of the TBH the only bees that notice the opening are those that are right there at the moment. It is a small opening, about 2 inches...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I am in year 4 of beekeeping and second year of trying top bars. I have expanded to 6 top bar hives and reduced to 2 Langs. I am not concerned with major honey production but much prefer working with...
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    Re: Where have all the butterflies gone?

    I am not an expert but I would be more concerned about BT corn being the culprit. It targets moths and butterflies. I am not sure if it is still in use in the U.S. but it would be my guess.
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    Re: growing brood nest no stores

    Cnt, I am in Bellevue and have the same issue you do. I was so concerned that I started feeding again. This is my first year in 4 years of beekeeping that they have produced absolutely nothing during...
  10. Re: Do you let them use every bar or keep a few end ones blocked off?

    Justin, as it was told to me and I believe it is good advice that has served me well, when the hive gets that full it is time to split or start pulling bars of honey. However, every area of the...
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    Re: top bar hives are a headache.

    Shannonswyatt, I have a long hive too and it is with Lang deep frames and foundationless. Works well and is in my opinion a nice idea. They too have their positives and negatives. The worst problem I...
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    Re: top bar hives are a headache.

    Langs are a headache too! I have both but prefer the TBH. Why is a Lang a headache? Have you ever picked up a lang box full of bees or honey and dropped it? Have your bees made a mess of comb in...
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    Re: condensation in TBH

    Estreya, For more beekeeping info in the Pacific NW there is a great forum you can check out. The link there is: http://wabeekeepersforum.proboards.com/. The forum does not have the traffic that you...
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    Re: So why DO you keep bees?

    I keep bees because watching them is almost like meditation. Sitting in the grass watching them come and go is very relaxing. Besides that, the honey produced in western WA is the greatest any where!...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames/Drone Cell Heaven

    Last year was my first year going totally foundationless. My reasons for the change was the apparent hesitance of the bees to draw on plastic foundation the two years prior. I was surprised how much...
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    Re: Follow board question

    When I build my top bar hives the ends and the follower board are exactly the same size and shape. However, the wood sides are almost never perfectly straight so there is some gapping. With time, the...
  17. Re: Crush & strain-nylon cheesecloth, plastic mesh filter, stainless steel mesh filte

    Shinbone, This is my third year as well and I have only used the crush and strain method. I used the paint filter the first year and bought nice filters after that. The ones I used are the plastic...
  18. Thread: Best hives

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    Re: Best hives

    I have 6 TBHs and the design I used can be found at http://mistressbeek.com/2009/05/03/diagram-and-plans-for-a-top-bar-hive/. Simple to make and have had good luck with them. I am clearing out the...
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    Hoosier, you are welcome. I used a similar method last year for my Langs and it worked great. I believe I will try it for the the couple of extra TB hives I am expanding to this year.
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    There is a great video on hiving a package in cold weather at the following link: http://alaskabeeproducts.net/hiving-a-package-of-bees.html.
    It is not for a TBH but it might give you some ideas...
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