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    Re: Changing honey bar locations

    Seems like a lot of extra work to me, but I look at it this way. If they start at the entrance in the fall, they move away from the entrance throughout the winter. They are getting farther away as...
  2. Re: A few hard learned lessons to pass to the new beeks

    I am glad that I can learn through the exploits of others! Great read!
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    True if you live in a SHB area, I do not. I have not figured out yet if I can use silicone in the hive, or if I do, Can the bees remove it?
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I thought about doing that, but in the end it was easier to just fit them next to each other. The bees quickly propolize the gap and all is good. :)
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    Why could you not make a split with some combs that were not fully drawn out? They should have been able to fit?
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I agree, I spend a lot of time picking through 1 x 12's to find decent ones to work with. At this point, I have enough hives built that that is what I am going to stick with. I used Bush's plans for...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    As your side boards get narrower, your top bars have to get longer to maintain an equivalent volume inside the hive, and/or you have to make the bottom board wider.
    Wider and shallower combs may be...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I believe that Les Crowder and Sam Comfort both use 1 x 10's for their TBHs
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    While I do not have all the great pictures that Lauri does, I see the circle all the time, that is usually how I find my queens. Though, if she is running, I have an easier time spotting her.
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    A Bush style upper entrance is the easiest one to make, and one that is working the best for me. My first three TBHs have three holes on the end of one long side. They work fine, but I get more...
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    Re: Summer Treatment-Free Queens for Sale

    Zombees are Sam's bees that should be dead from non treatment, as stated by treating beekeepers, yet they are still flying. So, they must be Zombees! ;)
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    Re: Congratulations to Oldtimer!

    Very nice, the worst part is that it works!!!!! :D
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    Re: That one obnoxious bee

    I thought the purpose of the bee brush was to get rid of that persistent bee, seeing how it is not much good for anything else.
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    Re: Laying workers or overzealous new queen?

    I released a new queen into hive last week, that hive had been queenless for about 30 minutes. Yesterday I checked that hive and found three, new drawn combs, with two eggs in the bottom of each...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    TBHs were a very simple choice for me, I could not afford to buy the Lang equipment, and the bees, to get started with a hobby involving stinging insects when I did not know if I would like it, or if...
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    Re: Anyone else from Sunny Wisconsin

    Welcome,
    I am from Sunny Wisconsin, but the other side of the state. Good luck with your bees!
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    The view is really nice out here on the fringe, you should try it. You never know, you might just learn something new.
  18. Re: where to put the entrance in a TBH in northern climate ?

    My first TBHs had an entrance on the long side, but 4 to 7 inches from the end. and an inch from the bottom, that has worked fine. The last 10 that I made, I made a 1/2 inch by 3/4 inch bar that is...
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    Re: Top bar length

    I like the over hang on top bars, that way the ends do not get sticky with propolis, and I have handles for picking up and placing bars. You do have to gently grab the bars though and feel for any...
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    Re: Help buying a Top Bar Hive

    There is much beauty in functionality!
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    Re: Nuc entrance disc

    Buy enough of them for your projected needs, that way you may be buying 15, 20, 30. Then the shipping is not so bad per piece.
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    Why not figure out the internal volume of your particular TBH, then you can calculate how long you need to make it to be an equal volume to a 5 frame deep Nuc, 10 frame deep, 8 frame medium etc. That...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    gfbees13, isn't that the truth! LOL Not just this thread, but most internet blogs and the human interaction via non human medium leads me to wonder if I should have been a psychology major instead of...
  24. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Hmmmm, Where have I heard that before! Those were some great videos Mike!
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    I read Les Crowder's book before I had bees. I did not like it. After I had bees for a year, I went back and reread it, it was a great book after that. For me the information presented meant more to...
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