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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    Yea this is exactly what I have observed so far, I'm using 1-1/4" so when they get to the far end of the hive I can see the comb slowly moving out of center as the cell sizes increase for honey...
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    Re: Stuff Happens.

    might be chalk brood or sac brood, they are both fungus ailments, I wouldn't use the comb from this hive, also clean your tools after inspection just to be sure.
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    Re: My TBH Design has been Bear-Tested

    The guy I worked for had electric fences around almost all of his apiarys, was running on a car battery and a transformer nothing fancy, idk if it would keep a really determined bear out though, I...
  4. Re: Newly established tbh swarmed with new queen cells in process

    I'm glad your hives are doing well! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Brood Comb Colapse Inside My Top Bar Hive!

    I know a guy that uses salt in his bee water, he pokes a hole in a bucket letting it drip onto a board bees love this for some reason. The gauze idea is a very good one imho, simple to implement...
  6. Re: Newbie needs help - packages arrived 6 days late

    I would go the rout of the divider board in one hive to make two smaller ones until you get a third hive, fairly easy to move the bees to a new hive just move the bars, then tack some leaves covering...
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    1-1/2" is fine for the honey end but the broodnest needs to be 1-1/4
    some people cut all their bars the same and use 1/4" spacers, some cut them all 1-3/8", I think you will have trouble in your...
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    Re: Is 300 foundationless hives possible?

    Preparing 270 hives worth of anything sounds like a daunting task regardless of methodology, I guess it depends what your goal is, I have read that natural cell or small cell is a minimum requirement...
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    Re: Moisture confusion....

    Yea lots of stuff to try lizz, I have seen a number of feral hives they all had solid wood roofs, with a brick air space along the bottom, the bees had been using this space for 20 years (different...
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    Re: Moisture confusion....

    A quilt is a great idea, but I'm not sure it would make a lot of difference for a tbh since the bars form the inner lid and the bees glue em together just about air tight in the winter. To add a top...
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    Re: Got my first swam yesterday

    I know a lot of beeks hate swarms but imho they are a lot of fun to watch / catch, gratz!
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    Re: Moisture confusion....

    Nice to hear you saying this in a tbh forum beez2010 :no:, lizzz first if you can remove the bottom board you can also replace it? I would replace it with one that has some holes drilled in it, you...
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    Re: So here's what I found...

    I would put a bar of eggs if you have one in this hive just to make sure, how many bees did you see on the comb in this hive? Where they covering the comb? 1000's? 100's?
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    Re: No Foundation Frames

    Mr. Bush, standard frames are 1-1/2"? And you want to get them to 1-1/4"? I'm asking because I don't keep langs and was curious, since I cut my tb's 1-1/4" with no trouble..
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    Re: Is 300 foundationless hives possible?

    I imagine that deeps are more troublesome for fragile comb then mediums, since the ratio of comb vs area of attachment is higher (on attachment side). I don't run langs myself, what if you use one or...
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    Re: NYC Rooftop Bees

    Cool rooftop beeking, I would love to see some pics especially of the "green" roof that sounds very cool
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    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    It always amazes me who watches this forum, I was really excited when I heard about this idiots guides "no-treatment" direction, imho while not alone kind of revolutionary in bee literature.
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    Re: Bees can't hear.

    I know other kinds of insects sense vibrations with their legs antenna ect. As a kid I used to get those daddy-long legs spiders to curl up by yelling at them.. I know its cruel.. Kids are stupid :D...
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    Re: "No Treatment of Honey Bees Report" by StevenG

    On feral population, first off bees are not native so all bees in north America came from some where else and thus non are truly native feral, second I have personally cut out hives that have...
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    Re: Bees can't hear.

    I'm sure MikeJ that God can make himself heard to anything regardless of ability to perceive sound waves. Insects are amazing, some breath through their skin some, like bees can see ultraviolet (I'm...
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    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    Yea that idiots guide is new I think, they asked the guys at "backwards beekeepers" about natural treatment free beekeeping.
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    Re: So here's what I found...

    If you have a bar with eggs it cant hurt to add it to this hive just in case something happened to the virgin queen. It does sound a bit like a swarmed hive.. I would have to actually see it for...
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    Re: Squishing bees

    Ohh Ohh! I have one! I got this tip on this forum last year works amazing and reduces the time working each hive. Cut a strip of wood as long as your top bars, wider then your top bars and 1/8"...
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    Re: Brand new to this...book recommendations?

    There is "the barefoot beekeeper" at biobees... And Bwrangler also www.backyardhive.com and tbh in uganda

    Enjoy your tbh I really love mine :)
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    Re: Comb Building

    yea this time of year the clover is starting where I live, so they have all the food they need, just make sure they have some honey stored for themselves (they should by now) if you get a whole weeks...
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