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    inspection update

    Opened the hives briefly this past weekend. Both had about 7 frames of bees and brood. Not in exceptional shape but active and ready for the dandelions to come on, probably later this week.
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    a post winter report

    Last spring I started 2 new hives in tbh style boxes. Boxes are 3 deeps long and wide, and I just insert standard lang frames into it. Hives were initialized with 4 frame standard nucs. We had a...
  3. ventilation

    I put screen covered holes in the bottom of my tbh to provide ventilation, similar in size to the top cover ventilation of a regular lang hive, over which a telescoping cover would be propped up. I...
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    2x4's

    I ripped 2x4's to width - plenty stiff, using a table saw, and then a chop saw to cut to length. build a complete hive in a morning
  5. Thread: Hive Volume

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    your volume rather large

    if you keep your tbh proportioned depth and width to a lang, I think you will see late in the season pure honey combs on the edges. Michael uses depth same as a medium. I use lang deeps. My hives...
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    propolis

    I get a ton of propolis as there are lots of gaps - much more than a lang hive.
    In fact if you do a lang proportioned tbh long box (I have three deep long tbh's) and just put regular frames on top...
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    Have 3 tbhs going this winter in Ottawa. Cold but...

    Have 3 tbhs going this winter in Ottawa. Cold but not as cold as some, but probably moister. Will report on outcomes this spring. All are 3 Lang box long, accomodate deep frames and were...
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    you'll get as many answers as there are...

    you'll get as many answers as there are beekeepers - it depends on the weather, how/when you start your hive, and many other factors. I started 3 tbh this spring and readily got at least 60lbs from...
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    Honeybee genome sequenced Analysis finds social...

    Honeybee genome sequenced
    Analysis finds social insects are more similar in some ways to vertebrates than to other insects


    [Published 25th October 2006 06:15 PM GMT]

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    the landing board is in the middle of the hive...

    the landing board is in the middle of the hive only. The sides/bottom of the hive are square. I don't think mice can get there but I know what you mean - mice are capable of getting through a...
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    Thanks to both of you. In reply to the two...

    Thanks to both of you. In reply to the two questions:

    entrance: the broodnest stays in the center of the hive and honey is stored at either end. The center of the hive has a solid wood brace and...
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    I thought I would give a brief update on my new...

    I thought I would give a brief update on my new tbh's, design lessons and harvest results.

    you can see (if I say so myself) a beautiful full lang deep size of comb at...
  13. Thread: Another TBH

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    the first bomb shelter for bees! do you have a...

    the first bomb shelter for bees! do you have a bear problem? just kidding. way cool. tbhs let the creative side take over.
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    I am a new beekeeper this year and my partner and...

    I am a new beekeeper this year and my partner and I run both langs and TBHs. Although I find the "pure" top bars a lot of fun, the girls inevitably attach the honey to the sides, making working the...
  15. Thread: mega brood

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    looking for comments on the brood pattern in a...

    looking for comments on the brood pattern in a topbar started from a nuc this year.

    I have a hive of Russians from a local hygenic breeder in Ontario. These bees have established a local...
  16. Thread: dimensions

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    if you have a chop saw and table saw, you build...

    if you have a chop saw and table saw, you build dozens of top bars in a morning, doing one operation at a time (ie cut for width, cut for length, notch this/that angle this/that etc). lots on this...
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    Have started 3 top bars hives this year, of which...

    Have started 3 top bars hives this year, of which one uses regular frames and the other two are pure top bars (ie ripped 2x4's). In one pure tbh hive, with Ontario bees (breed done between New York...
  18. Thread: bee crops

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    thanks for the suggestions. And I just read the...

    thanks for the suggestions. And I just read the Ohio plant listing which was very helpful too.
  19. Thread: bee crops

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    I'm interested in ideas for bee crops: ie...

    I'm interested in ideas for bee crops: ie flowering plants to grow that would enhance my honey production. Scenario is relatively straight forward. I have 16 acres of pasture where I will establish...
  20. Thread: bee crops

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    I'm interested in ideas for bee crops: ie...

    I'm interested in ideas for bee crops: ie flowering plants to grow that would enhance my honey production. Scenario is relatively straight forward. I have 16 acres of pasture where I will establish...
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    Michael, in a top bar hive will the bees...

    Michael, in a top bar hive will the bees naturally regress or do you have to kick start them with smaller cell size starter strip on the top bar? I insert a 3/4in wide strip of foundation into saw...
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    can someone point me to background on regressing...

    can someone point me to background on regressing and why? not familiar with the idea. thanks
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    an inexpensive tablesaw and a chopsaw make the...

    an inexpensive tablesaw and a chopsaw make the construction easy and construction precise. a hand drill is also useful. I can construct a complete 3 deep hive with slatted bottom and all bars in less...
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    the russians here in Canada would rather drink...

    the russians here in Canada would rather drink vodka it seems. no issues.
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    several built out combs the full dimensions of a...

    several built out combs the full dimensions of a deep, no attachments. not holding my breath, but so far the ladies have been keeping things very neat.
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