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  1. Re: Honey production terrible in Top bar hives?

    Are you sure your friend wasn't on the Rodger's honey flow! 200lbs per hive is pretty unrealistic for Vancouver even for this year. It's not that difficult to have a TBH produce 30 to 50lbs from a...
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    Re: Why would do this

    I've seen this mostly with colonies that are broodless waiting for a new queen to start laying. I've always assumed they are in cleaning mode at this time and don't like something about the combs. I...
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    Re: Brood comb in bottom of hive

    If there was young larva and eggs in the combs then it will take more than eleven days for all the brood to emerge. If most of the brood has emerged you could take it out. As long as it is not being...
  4. Re: New comb not centered, should I intervien?

    Pics would be helpful so we can see the degree of off set. If it isn't too bad you can push the leading edge of the comb so the mid rib is pointing toward and along the center guide without detaching...
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    Re: Assembling the Top Bar

    Decking screws and no glue. Over time you will need to replace parts. Screws are reusable as well.
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    Re: How late can I split a hive?

    Aug. 1st has worked for me. Drawn comb is best and feeding for sure.
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    Re: New to beekeeping

    Looks great! Remember to always enjoy your bees. Observe and learn when you can.
  8. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I hope you don't think they are mite free. When you buy these packages they come with NZ mites, Some years more than others.
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    Re: TBH doesn't work in warm climates

    I know of at least one person that over winter a TBH in Alexandria MN. He goes by the handle Bush 84 on here. That was 2011/2012 winter. I don't see that he is active on the site any more. He used a...
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    Re: Mites in Comb with no bees??

    They wouldn't be the varroa mite, More likely they are pollen mites which are very tinny and hard to see with the naked eye.
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    Re: What's with these bees?

    Assuming you made your hive? All you need is to run off a 1\2 dozen bars that will take foundation strips. Your option now is to force them to do what you want rather than disrupt them several times....
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    Re: What's with these bees?

    The wedge guides should have a very deep v for best results. If they are shallow the bees can easily build the combs any way they please. Get some plain flat bars with a saw kerf down the center so...
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    Re: first problem i have had with warré

    If you make one frame per box placed to the outside, this will allow you to remove that comb to make room to work. A ham knife then can be used to detach the remaining combs for inspections. A dummy...
  14. Re: bought 10 frame hive with bees only had 7 frames

    Other than the one sleeve were it looks like an extra comb between the two frames, the rest is more than likely bur comb for honey storage and probably doesn't extend much further down than what you...
  15. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    And quite a conclusion at that!
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    Re: Feedback on ventilation/superhighway design

    My assumption was that you are going with Wyatt's hive design and thinking maybe you have his book as well.
    I would go with the way he does his hives if I was starting out.
  17. Thread: Mite Bombs

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    Re: Mite Bombs

    A quote from Randy Oliver. Take note of the high lighted.
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    Re: Feedback on ventilation/superhighway design

    Hi Kmuncaster, what I would suggest if you are new to bees is to not over think and make things complicated. The super highways are fine if you have the proper tools to make them. The ventilation...
  19. Re: How winter bees move across the combs in TBH ?

    The only time I believe a cluster will move is during their broodless period which in my location is a month either way of mid Dec. Some times some will brood straight through. Personally I see that...
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    Re: Moving a topbar hive

    Cold wax is not flexible and can crack very easily. When comb is warm it will at least have some flex. Jarring bumps could cause some issues in the cold of winter.
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    Re: New guy's first build of TBH

    As long as the Lang bars span the width any width under that will work. Cutting off the excess once it is transferred to the TBH is easy enough. Probably of more importance is the size of individual...
  22. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    All of what BWrangler says. Right on!
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    Re: comb exposed to apivar

    To add to dudelt's advice, you should remove the combs that will be harvest before applying the treatment. Other treatment options would be to use well timed brood breaks and if needed oxalic acid...
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    Re: 18.25% Moisture Content Acceptable?

    If you feel it looks watery, I would be a little leery selling that honey. If it starts to crystalize the remaining liquid honey can have a higher water content and fermentation may start. May be...
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    Re: Newbee, thinking about TBH

    It would be a good plan to learn and understand the ecology/biology of the bee and its pest first. Work within that reality.
    I also agree with size making a difference. Combs that are equal to the...
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