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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

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    In heat, are you checking the TBH or leaving it untouched?
    If so, weekly? More or less??
    And lastly, do you regularly check every bar?

    I have only checked each bar once since setting up...
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    Re: Newbie ? about Feeding in TBH

    Thanks for all the "food for thought". I wonder.... Does the honey made from sugar syrup taste bland and washed out compared to a natural plant nectar?? I guess I will stop the feeding and see how...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Yesterday was a scorcher and so, sure enough, those bees were out in a really REALLY big beard. They were very calm - just hanging. Most not even moving their wings. I don't feel warm air coming out...
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    Newbie ? about Feeding in TBH

    New hive - half filled out - the girls have been working on this hive since the end of May. I've had the hive since the middle of June. We've been feeding them inside the hive with sugar syrup in...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    4:30 and 93 degrees ("feels like" 98 temp) and the sun is bright - went to check the hive. There's a 2 inch long by about 1/2 inch thread of bees starting to hang.... nothing like yesterday.... so...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Bearding Bees gone this AM. Here's what I did:
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    My bars are tight. They are numbered to 29 with a spacer bar for each end. They have built out to exactly the middle - they are on...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    And I will screen the holes
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Yes I understand. Drill at the end -- my daughter numbered the bars. Of course they are not in order now. So instead of raising lid with popscicle sticks, just drill at the highest numbered bars...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Hubby says we can't do that cause they built brood on that first bar.
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Interesting in that in the book my daughter used as a guide, it says to have a spacer bar in the front and back. All the other bars have a wooden guide to build on. But the bees insisted on building...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    just so I understand
    remove the last bar - furthest from the opening and empty
    move every bar in this heat toward the back and put the last bar in the 1st bar slot
    in this heat?
    I won't cause...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    what is the purpose of the follower board? They've been doing just fine without one?
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    wait... click on it.... That's my girls... and the hive box is half empty... plenty of empty bars to build on.
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    twice the size but no better. Hum....
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    now that's disgustingly small....
    I'm going to try that again.....
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    I don't know why this won't let me upload a picture. So I'm going to try it this way. Here is a photo of the inside of my TBH - 2 month old hive.... Took the photo day before yesterday.
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Colleen - the bars are tight.
    julysun - we took our TB to a local beekeeper. She raises hygienic queens. A very resistant strain of bees. Carniolan bees. She started the hive and we picked it up...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

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    This is a new TBH. It's only 1/2 filled. We've only had this hive since the middle of June. There is LOTS of room inside that TB. In fact, 2 jar feeders are inside there. They have only...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    We've only had this hive since the middle of June. ALL the comb is newly drawn. Do you recover the swarm or is the hive lost then?
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Husband is wondering if we raise the lid 1/4 do we open the hive to robbing from the other hives? The Top Bar sits next to 5 Langstroth hives.
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Thanks Colleen. I will check out his site. I did look at the broodnest about 2 weeks ago. It looked great. As far as a newbie can tell. If I understand correctly, in this heat I disturb it as...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    As you can see in the video, the access is about 6 inches. My husband added the landing and they are literally hanging off it. So.... if I drill holes at the top... and I have plenty of...
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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    Daughter made hive based on the book "Top-Bar Beekeeping" by Less Crowder & Heather Harrell. The book says the access should be 6 inches. I'm sure it's that. She stuck with his instructions. So I...
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    Julysun
    We have 5 Langstroth and 1 top bar. 1st summer with bees. Top bar 1/2 filled. Should I put empty bars in the brood nest area? Should I even disturb it in this heat??
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