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    Re: Quilt boxes

    After trying a few materials, I've found that leaves work the best for me. Plus they are readily and freely available in the fall.
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    A bee ladder is a very tiny ladder, typically made from matchsticks, used to assist bees in getting up into the supers in Langstroth hives. It is not necessary to use these in Top bar hives.
  3. Bee swarm in middle of national park?

    A park ranger recently contacted me about a honeybee infestation in a cabin in a national park.

    I've verified it by picture. There were only a few bees near the entrance, but they were...
  4. Re: deep with two supers as brood chamber...

    Jay, this describes the system I use.

    I found all-deeps to be heavier than I wanted to lift, and all-mediums to leave me with compatibility issues.

    The system you propose offers the best of...
  5. Re: Feeling let down after hive inspection

    Everyone seems have have their own little rules about how often inspections should take place.

    Really depends what you're after. If someone has a specific recommendation, ask them "Why", and...
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    Re: Question about beekeeper etiquette

    Personally, I wouldn't even touch this.

    It sounds like either her ethics, or comprehension is weak - Or perhaps both. Fertile ground for a headache in either case.

    If she had concerns...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    I agree context is the key..... and in a North American environment where better alternatives exist, it would be odd to choose a KTBH for the sake of honey production. Sam Comfort has stated that...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    The context of the claim should have been self evident, Michael. Such pedantry is unbecoming of you.

    Post corrected nonetheless.
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    Re: swarm entering established hive.

    A valid point. Dunno. Yes, AHB brings their own monarch.
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Because then it would be a Lang, used by evil industrial bee exploiters, and lack the cachet of owning a top bar.

    In my neck of the woods, the sole reasons folks use a TBH are for non-beekeeping...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    I only used insulation for part of the winter, and ultimately found it unnecessary. Bees surived 30 days of -30C (-20F) without a problem. I just partitioned off the north end, which created...
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    Re: swarm entering established hive.

    Given your location, sounds like Usurpation by AHB.
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    That is a beautiful piece of workmanship. Conceptually, it sounds very similar to the "Calgary Top Bar Hive": Top Bars for Brood, Frames for honey, and Quilts on top.

    See: ...
  14. Re: Announcing: The Calgary Top Bar Hive - A Top Bar Hive for Northern Climates

    As well as any of my other hives - of which I have multiple types.

    I generally try not to count until April 1, though.

    Anything can happen.
  15. Announcing: The Calgary Top Bar Hive - A Top Bar Hive for Northern Climates

    http://members.shaw.ca/metropropolis/The%20Calgary%20Top%20Bar%20Hive.pdf
  16. Re: Yet another imbalance caused by feeding sugar - - robbing of hives with honey?

    I've heard that it's a shortage of smug, sanctimonious new beekeepers that is contributing to bee decline.

    Keep up the good work. Only *you* can save the bees.
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    Re: Why I don't consider using treatments.

    Michael,

    Thank you.

    Do you have a sense of how many beekeepers there are near you, say within a 2 mile radius?

    Known to be many? Virtually none? Possibly a few?

    What is your...
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    Re: Wintering on light or dark comb

    Well at least someone in this thread appreciates my bon mots!
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    Re: Wintering on light or dark comb

    The fact that he's retired should be enough to arouse suspicion.

    Disregard his advice, lest it lead to your own retirement.

    If it was working for him, he'd still be working bees.

    For...
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    Re: Downfall of Bee Culture (vs. ABJ)

    "Bee culture" is an 1800's term synonymous with "Bee keeping".

    One could also read it as "Bee Cultivation".


    It does sound a bit frivolous in a modern context, where culture consists of...
  21. Re: Something needs to change - looking for suggestions

    Two years is the line that divides true miticide-free beekeeping, and neglectful beekeeping.

    To get a colony to survive longer than 2 years without miticides requires an "A" game, some luck,...
  22. Re: Anyone check winter cluster status with a stethoscope?

    I have played with this using an automotive stethescope, which comes in the form of a 12" wand.

    The wand is perfect for inserting into entrances.

    I found the practice to be very vulnerable to...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Books and/or courses

    I've read every KTBH-related book I could get my hands on going back 30 years.

    I find Chandler's deficient, in that misrepresents many issues in order to paint top bar hives in a more positive...
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    Re: What are your plans and goals for 2014?

    I've decided to start treating my bees for mites.

    :eek:

    Having have demonstrated to myself that I can do my own loss replacement, increase survival rate, and ultimately increase colony count...
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    Re: Has anyone tried this?

    My own are bars are 1 3/8, and the gap is 1/4" wide. I alternate between normal and "open" bars, as two side by side would make 1/2", which is undesirable.

    I've determined that they also act as a...
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