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    Re: foundationless

    All my frames are foundationless with V shape starter strips. Only one cross combed in 4 years:

    Hives MUST be level in all directions.. And preferably facing South.

    The cross combed one was on...
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    Re: TBH size and transprt question

    I move 20inch YBH nucs as Che says above - anytime whatever the weather#. No problems in 70 mile road trips..

    # the UK so 90F is (very) unlikely!
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    I cut a square section of wood approx 3/4 inch square. Then I cut it along a diagonal# using a handheld jigsaw to produce two triangular sections. They are not perfect, but the bees don't care. I pin...
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    I bought pre cut strip and added a triangular comb guide underneath. Rubbed with a bar of candlewax.. KISS.
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    All my 4 TBHs and 4 TBH nucs use 1.5 inch wide bars. No problems at all.
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    Re: TBH combine questions

    I combine hives by making a follower made of card, and cutting out the center and replacing it with newspaper. That way you get a better seal than trying to fix newspaper to the hives walls!.

    Put...
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    Re: Leaving Them Alone

    Anyone suggesting sugar dust treatment sf bees is "natural" and not treatment is of course kidding themselves.

    I tried non treatment - never again. The losses are too large...
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    Re: Mite Counts and treatment

    Treatment free is fine. You may be lucky. Or be like someone I know who has lost every hive twice in 4 years..

    I lose hives in winter to disease and don't want to add varroa as another cause of...
  9. Re: Has the modern TBH actually become the cutting edge of beekeeping innovation?

    So far I have built 4 topbar hives.

    The first I bought the wood for the sides - tongue and groove - as I was not too sure of what I was doing. The roof was a reclaimed bedend, the legs were from...
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    Re: Little help on what I'm seeing please.

    They accepted a new queen as I requeened as soon as I saw the problem. But leave it too long and they will not..
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    Re: Little help on what I'm seeing please.

    I had a similar problem earleir this year. Requeened asap. No problems with acceptance and now laying OK...

    I'd requeen as soon as possible Otherwise laying workers will reject and kill a new...
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    Re: Carnies or Italians

    I have carnies in one TBH and mongrels in the other. Both survived the winter and coldest UK December for 100 years..
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    Re: Guide bar width for top bars?

    I attach a triangle of wood to the topbar : about 12inches long on a 17 inch topbar.
    Run a beeswax stick along the apex of the triangle a few times.
    So far worked perfectly in 2 hives - 44 top...
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    Re: DWV and Hygenic Behavior?

    You have a major varroa infestation. Treat asap.
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    Re: why not daily orientation flights?

    My two hives do orientation flighst at roughly 2-3.30pm every day.. if it's warm enough to fly.

    If not, then the first warm day sees about 500-1,000 bees in front of each hive - hovering. Quite a...
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    Re: Hive top feeder problem

    Put small wood slices in your feeder - they float. Bees don't drown..
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    Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    [QUOTE=Oldtimer;578985]Without smoker?

    Not a good plan.

    Yes it can be done, to a good hive, on a good day.

    But long term you are not doing yourself, or the bees, any favors.

    Keeping the...
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    Re: would you rob your bees without a veil?

    I'm a new beekeeper this year. I am happy to work without gloves or smoke,,( a water spray instead) - but I value my good looks (!!!) and my eyesight too much not to wear a full jacket and veil .
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    Re: New TBH Keeper - No honey to harvest?

    I too started beekeeping this year in two TBHs . No honey.

    But then anyone with two new hives started from nothing this year is going to be lucky to get any honey. And then to compare results with...
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    Re: Take care of your back!

    I used to lift weights competitively - but 40 odd years ago..

    Use your legs and not your back ... and do yoga to keep your spine supple.. or some back stretching exercises..

    I have a weekly...
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    Re: TBH Inspection Tip: The "Bee-Down Strip"

    I have two TBHs - started this year. Same problem: same solution: I use a turkey feather which is from the tail of a male - about 18inches long. It's also fairly rigid

    Works perfectly.

    I...
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    Re: what breed of bee are you using

    Carnies and Buckfast/Carnie hybrid.

    Carnies growing at a rate of knots in a TBH. Lots of propolis but manageable

    The others are a swarm requeened so have to wait and see.

    All very good...
  23. Thread: Winterizing

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    Re: Winterizing

    Feeding 1:1 sugar syrup. 2 pints a day..

    (we are experiencing very cold August temperatures: c 55F and lots of rain. Widespread starvation in many colonies)

    In a TBH using a frame feeder
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    Re: Winterizing

    Feed them.

    That's what I'm doing to a July swarm...
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    Re: 2nd swarm this season from a new TBH

    Experience of others suggests unscreened bottoms on TBHs with a new hive means the bees tend to leave.

    In the UK I have 2 TBHs started from new this year and I keep a bottom board on all the...
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