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  1. Need help with a permanent observation hive

    I work in a zoo, and as part of our nocturnal building TPTB decided we needed a beehive. So, they contacted a local beekeeper and he gave them the plans from this forum for the three frame...
  2. It was a very large file as I didn't really...

    It was a very large file as I didn't really resize alot of my original photos. I don't really have anywhere online I can place a file that large and it did not e-mail very easily either.
  3. The presentation went well and I got some good...

    The presentation went well and I got some good responses. Mostly it was positive. I didn't get the impression that anyone was going to run out and build one, except maybe the teenage kid who is in...
  4. My backup will be OH Well, try again next...

    My backup will be OH Well, try again next month!!! It's just a small local meeting so if things don't go well I will just reschedule.
  5. I'm a definite newbee so I don't know that I'm...

    I'm a definite newbee so I don't know that I'm qualified, but I'm giving a power point presentation on TBH's at our local beekeepers association meeting tonight. I got tired of the blank stares or...
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    Randy, you sound like you are exactly where I was...

    Randy, you sound like you are exactly where I was about 4 weeks ago. See my thread: That was SO COOL!!!!

    It even sounds like your bees are in a similar hive and have about the same amount of...
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    3pepper Why a circular saw instead of a table...

    3pepper
    Why a circular saw instead of a table saw?
    DH taught me how to use the table saw for this project and we were able to do all of it with the table saw.
    We also used a router, but that was...
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    OK, that's a neat hive drobbins, but it doesn't...

    OK, that's a neat hive drobbins, but it doesn't answer her question. We've got a potential new beekeeper here who is trying to decide what equipment to go with. I built a TBH because I'm cheap,...
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    Neal, The best overall "book" about top bar...

    Neal,
    The best overall "book" about top bar hives is Small Scale Beekeeping

    After I read through this then all of the bits and peices I got from forums and websites really seemed to make much...
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    You should be able to find smaller quantities of...

    You should be able to find smaller quantities of beeswax in craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michael's in the candlemaking section.

    I was also surprised to find some beekeeping supplies at a...
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    I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer this as I'm...

    I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer this as I'm also a Newbee but I just installed my bees this weekend so I'll tell you what I've gotten away with so far. I bought a $3 straw hat at Wal-Mart. I did...
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    The window has a cover, it was just off at the...

    The window has a cover, it was just off at the time the picture was taken because DD had just been taking a peek.
  13. Here's a pic of the smoker we used. Pretty darn...

    Here's a pic of the smoker we used. Pretty darn simple but it seemed to work. Either that or these were really gentle bees. Actually I think it was a combination of the two.

    Simple tin can smoker
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    I finally was able to get pictures to load up on...

    I finally was able to get pictures to load up on Yahoo photos.
    Here is a slideshow of the pictures:

    Bee installation
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    My suit was long pants, long sleeve white shirt,...

    My suit was long pants, long sleeve white shirt, gardening gloves and a hat/veil. Next time I'm going with short sleeves and veil. I'm ditching the gloves and winter clothes.

    I've got to rig up...
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    I took a peek through the window a little while...

    I took a peek through the window a little while later and they were repairing the comb where the string had cut through it. It looked like more were maybe working at the top but I couldn't get a good...
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    I went to pick up my bees today. I got them from...

    I went to pick up my bees today. I got them from a guy that does bee removals. They were a swarm that had made a hive in a plastic valve box that hadn't been installed yet. The guy just boxed up the...
  18. I've survived!!!! No stings! I ended up not...

    I've survived!!!! No stings! I ended up not getting ahold of the people I was going to borrow a smoker from. We used a tin can and fanned it some with some cardboard or the bee brush.
  19. OK, I'll go get the smoker in the morning. One...

    OK, I'll go get the smoker in the morning. One question though. What if I didn't fasten the comb to the top bars? What if I I just lean the comb against the side in the bottom of the hive? Ok, that's...
  20. I do have a veil. We don't smoke, but any other...

    I do have a veil. We don't smoke, but any other ideas on a simple smoke source? Maybe a fire in a coffee can and a hand fan?
  21. I haven't purchased a smoker yet. Money's been...

    I haven't purchased a smoker yet. Money's been real tight and I've been reading that many people do without one with a TBH. I thought I'd get a package or a captured swarm and just kind of shake them...
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    I liked this one also on E-Bay. I like the ones...

    I liked this one also on E-Bay. I like the ones that look nice in the yard or garden. This one is early in the auction at $62. They've sold others for around $200.

    Top Bar Hive on E-Bay
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    Also, should I make them about half and half or...

    Also, should I make them about half and half or more honey bars (1 1/2") than brood bars (1 1/4") or vice versa?

    I cut 12 new 1 1/4" bars but ran out of wood and only got 7 or 8 1 1/2" bars done....
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    > I've got about another hour of work left on my...

    > I've got about another hour of work left on my hive.........well, maybe a little more since I've got to cut more top bars. It just occured to me that since I've already grooved the middle of my top...
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    "Shaken swarm"? I've got a number given to me...

    "Shaken swarm"?

    I've got a number given to me by a beekeeper of a guy that does nothing but bee removals. I'm going to call him today and see if I can get some bees this weekend. I've got about...
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