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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    Suzyq,
    If you are saying the bottom box is around 90% empty comb, I would remove it and store for next spring. The bees will be fine in the smaller area for wintering. A box of empty comb serves no...
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    Re: Best technique to harvest honey from a Warrè?

    Just a little smoke under the top cloth to persuade them to move down. I never get all the bees down and always end up with around 200 refusing to budge. I normally leave the box on its side and they...
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    Re: Best technique to harvest honey from a Warrè?

    I just took a box off a warre yesterday that has been undisturbed for 2 years. It was rammed full and weighed 44lb. It was old brood comb and took hours to extract by basic, simple crush and strain....
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    Re: Opening hive, check, more advice?

    I can vouch for Maynards method with the wire cutter as this is exactly how I seperate boxes. I try to find a gap on a corner of a box and work the cutter (I use fishing line) diagonally from the...
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    Re: extreme bearding, supering??

    I know you are probably thinking how much easier it seems to super rather than nadir. However, I would nadir a 4th box rather than super. From what you are saying, nadiring the 3rd box worked. The...
  6. Thread: Harvesting Time

    by Teabag
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    Re: Harvesting Time

    Yes, it will be fine. Capped honey will keep literally for years, so a few months in the hive will be no problem at all.
  7. Thread: Harvesting Time

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    Re: Harvesting Time

    I can have a stab at this if it’s any help but I can only give you an idea of how I do it in my location. Normally, a constant low humming from the hive (its easier to detect at night) is a good...
  8. Thread: Drop bottom

    by Teabag
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    Re: Drop bottom

    Well I am fortunate not to experience extreme climatic conditions and I,m not troubled by bears or honey badgers. My KTBH has now been through 5 (mild) winters and I have tried both screened and...
  9. Thread: moldy quilt

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    Re: moldy quilt

    My own quilt boxes all have hessian (burlap) bottoms and are filled with straw and not wood shavings. Only once had a problem with mouldy straw and it was due to excessive condensate in the quilt...
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Years keeping top bars: 5th Year.

    Plant zone: ? Sorry, not known but bit like New York.

    Average lbs of honey going into winter: 30lb

    Hive preparation: ? ...
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    Re: Newbie ? about Feeding in TBH

    Yes, I also agree with Radar. I know it depends a lot on available forage in a particular area, but I am into my 5th summer with KTBH's and Warres and I have never fed them a drop. Then again, I take...
  12. Thread: New from N Utah

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    Re: New from N Utah

    Thats interesting to hear. Everything over here is also 3 weeks behind. Normal swarm season is appx 6 week period from end May through to early July. Last year I had picked up 8 swarms by now, this...
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    Re: TBH swarmed, questions about whats next

    You could choose to leave them as they are. I choose not to crush any queen cells and let them take a chance. Generally, if they have already lost 50% to the prime swarm and the parent colony is low...
  14. Re: Started a TBH from a crop and chop Langstroth split, questions.

    When you transfered the cropped combs into you TBH, did you place alternate empty top bars between the combs? If you have a good flow on they should build new comb on the top bars helping keep them...
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    Re: Tbh combine or winter in same hive?

    I would guess the idea is that two colonys in one hive should benefit them insulation wise. Not sure I would go down that path, I would just keep them seperate, insulate each one individually, leave...
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    Re: 3 Foot Long TBH---Have you tried it?

    I have run two 3ft hives for a couple of years now. I think generally in the UK our colonys tend to be smaller than in the US. Therefore, the problem of them expanding and running out of room in a...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Transfer

    All sounds a good plan to me. I have done a straight transfer from one TBH to another early in the season before the build up without mishap. I think the only issue is just how simple it will be to...
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    Re: Warre or traditional TBH?

    I think Michael has summed it up really. I have run both TBH's and Warres over the past 4 years and I like them both equally. I shall continue to use both until such time as I see that one type has a...
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    Re: Anyone keeping 3' top bar hive?

    I have run two 3ft hives for a couple of years now. I think generally in the UK our colonys tend to be smaller than in the US. Therefore, the problem of them expanding and running out of room in a...
  20. Thread: Chandler's Legs

    by Teabag
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    Re: Chandler's Legs

    You are correct in that the top carriage bolt head at both ends protrude a little within the chamber. However it does not cause a problem as it will be hidden behind the follower board and will not...
  21. Re: Thank You Michael Bush!! New natural queen laying brood.

    I would also like to say a genuine thank you to Michael Bush for sharing his knowledge and experience so freely, both on this site and his own. He seems always willing to offer advice and point you...
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    Re: Swarm Limitation.

    Thanks oldtimer, interesting that yours seemed reluctant to elongate the brood nest too far. I'm sure I experienced something similar last year. They built comb ok but seemed very reluctant to move...
  23. Thread: TBH question

    by Teabag
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    Re: TBH question

    I say 1 and 1/4 is not wide enough for my bees in my location. I use 1 and 3/8 for brood bars but add spacers to make them 1 and 1/2 for honey storage comb. If your bars are not wide enough you may...
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    Swarm Limitation.

    Having read some of Michael Bush & Walt Wrights thoughts on keeping an open brood nest & checker boarding, I am convinced it all makes good sound sense. Whilst checker boarding in the strict sense,...
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    Re: Moving from Commercial to Top Bar

    Michael,
    Are you confusing Nationals and Deep Nationals? If you dont mind waiting 30 seconds for a download, the following little guide is well worth waiting for. Its free and explains all. ...
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