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  1. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Mike, thanks for the followup post. I haven't needed to use my rescue bars yet. Based on your experience, it looks like I'll be making some framed bars, too, just in case.
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    Bsmith, I inset the plexiglass to be flush with the wall and then just use small finishing nails to hold it in place, no caulking. The bees propolise the edges of the windows and seal it themselves....
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I, too, have Mangum's book and frequently go through it. Highly recommend it.
    I got a lot of scrap plexiglass and glass for free last time I was at Lowe's and was able to get two observation windows...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I do want to mention that I got perfect comb on 17 1/2" bars without any interference by me, but I had to watch the longer bars carefully and constantly correct curves. But longer bars give more...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    I'm sure you picked up on it, but to avoid confusion, the degrees I used (110 and 120) are for the obtuse angle of the wall to the inside of the hive floor rather than the acute angle of the outside...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    You do want that 120 degree slope, and all my hives are 1"x12"'s. Other than that, bar length is up to you. I've tried 17 1/2" and 20". To get the proper slope for the shorter bars, the combs really...
  7. Thread: ventilation

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    Re: ventilation

    Shannon, I've read that what's bad for varroa tends to be good for SHB and vice versa, unfortunately.
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    Re: ventilation

    One other thing to consider regarding hive ventilation. There is a direct relationship between hive humidity and varroa mite reproduction. The higher the relative humidity in the hive, the lower the...
  9. Thread: ventilation

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    Re: ventilation

    In summer, the bees will tell you if they need more ventilation by bearding around the entrance. If I don't see bearding, I leave them be. But too much moisture in the hive in winter is a killer, so...
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    Re: Confused Bees - what can I do?

    I had to make a similar move once and did it over the course of a week or so, moving the hive only a few feet at a time. The bees were still a bit confused, and would circle about the old position,...
  11. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    I've not had a bar with added chamfer molding fall apart. I glue them first and then add a few nails. I suspect the glue alone might not hold up in the hive humidity, although if the bees completely...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Okay, it's been since August since I updated this so it's time for another one.
    One hive ended up very light on stores this fall so I had to feed it heavily. This gave me an opportunity to get some...
  13. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    Neil, will you be using a follower board? My method is to limit the bees starting out to 7 or 8 bars with a follower board. Those are the only bars that need guides. Once the bees have drawn comb,...
  14. Re: First TBH built in 2015, in Texas-Scrap Wood Top Bar Hive

    It's looking good! My first hive is 4' long with 20" bars and originally had a screened bottom with a board that could be raised and lowered, but then I began to experiment. I tried Chandler's...
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    Re: Building across bars

    Is the hive level? Did you use any kind of follower board to limit their space or did you give them the whole hive? Also, you may need better guides. I attach chamfer molding to my bars when starting...
  16. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    I had serious cross combing lock up half of my first hive. I placed straight combs on either side of the cross combing to keep it contained. The queen loved it for brood so I couldn't just cut it all...
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    Earlybird, go for it. For all the hassles there's nothing like keeping bees. I actually don't know that the bees chase the beetles into my traps. I suspect that the bait comb draws some in, they lay...
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    My beetle traps take care of them for me. But if you like the satisfaction of killing them yourself, smoke the comb over a bucket of soapy water with 1/4" hardware cloth over it. The beetles will...
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    Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    I rarely open the hives during the summer. It's so hot here that doing so can mess up their A/C for the entire day and they can end up bearding until nightfall, but worse is comb collapse. I learned...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    David, I don't see why you couldn't use the system for Langstroths. I wonder if you could adapt the bottom to sit on a stand. But if your current double screen method is doing the job, you may not...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    You're both welcome. I really want to beat the beetles and create something simple, cheap, and easy to use. My philosophy is that as a community we can find a solution to any problem if we work...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    I just used small nails and screws. They're up against the bottom board aligned with the holes. I'll add a picture to make it clearer.
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Sorry for the late reply, louiedonovan55. I've been very busy and rarely online this summer. The pest control and feeder jars are just wide mouth mason jars. Everything is based on canning supplies...
  24. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    I am always experimenting with different designs and built a short hive a couple of years ago. I cut the top bars so the bees could move up like a Langstroth and then I made a shallow super for it....
  25. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    I couldn't get to my lawn for a couple of weeks and one morning I went out to see bees climbing all over the bahiagrass. The lawn was alive with them. I had to mow the front lawn (I waited until...
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