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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    One of the reasons I like the slanted sides of the TBH is due to the amount of rain we get along the coast here. With a roof that extends out the ends the body of the hive always stays dry. It's easy...
  2. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    My hives are 12" deep with the size of comb being comparable to the amount of comb a deep frame holds. The change in shape makes the difference in where they put the stores. The reason I went with...
  3. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    This is from a cut-out from this summer and shows the frames I used.

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    Re: Springtime movement across combs?

    They don't typically move off the brood combs and the main reason you need to make sure the nest is well back filled with honey stores for winter. They may start to brood to one side of the brood...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    The biggest issue with TBH's is the newbe does not understand natural comb and how the bees want to build it. Having a Long hive using frames doesn't change how they want to build natural comb other...
  6. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Just to ad to my previous post. The 4 TBH's are starter from one strong over wintered colony in early spring.
  7. Re: Current status and thinking ahead to spring

    Comb size per bar is what you should consider. Not too large or too small. What ever bar length you decide on it is probably a good idea not to have each comb bigger than the surface area of comb...
  8. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    If you want more honey run more hives. 4 TBH's will cost about the same as 1 Lang. 20lbs a hive will get you 80lbs with no boxes to store or move here and there.
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    Re: Perished hive, what to do next?

    Are you saying that the bees in your alive hive are not clustered on the combs but rather sitting on the floor? If so this doesn't sound good.
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    Re: feeding bees back honey

    The upside down jar is the best way to feed liquid honey back. It helps to smear honey on the lid and a bit on the floor under the jar to help them find the feeder. Warming the honey is not a bad...
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    Re: smaller space = warmer bees?

    If you have prepped them properly they don't need any sugar bricks in our location. Also depending on the conditions we can have pollen entering the hives almost any month of the year. Anytime they...
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    Re: smaller space = warmer bees?

    Ray's advise is right on! What I would add being in the same location is you should be finished any feeding by now and the hive should be ready to go into winter with no further interference until...
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    Any pollen combs should be kept frozen until the day before use, otherwise it won't be useful to the bees. That's if you want to preserve it.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    Yes.

    The best thing to do now is freeze the combs to kill SHB, wax moth and to preserve the pollen for a new start in the spring with a package/swarm.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    Yes.

    The best thing to do now is freeze the combs to kill SHB, wax moth and to preserve the pollen for a new start in the spring with a package/swarm.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    If yellow jackets are freely entering the hive it is a weak hive. Strong healthy hives can easily defend against them. If you are seeing a large number of yellow jackets hovering near the ground near...
  17. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    I use my own wax and make about 50 sheets at a time that cut into 500 to 600 strips then use them as needed. When harvesting old comb or honey comb you can leave 1" of comb on the bar where you can...
  18. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    No, they will always curve the ends in that area as they progress in building, it is invariably storage cells in the upper ends. Once the bees over extend the cells for storage the mid rib of the...
  19. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    This is one of the main reasons that I use the foundation starter strips. They really do cut down on how often I need to check on the combs. I have hives in different locations that I may not get to...
  20. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    That's the theory Mark but I personally don't buy it. For me I want all my hives leveled the same so that combs are interchangeable.
  21. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    Too start off I would never recommend anything other than foundation starter strips when installing a package, swarm or shook swarm into an empty box. Once they have established some straight and...
  22. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    Generally is not what I'm looking for, rather maximizing my confidence in what consistently gives the results I'm looking for, but everyone can make their own decision on what that means to them. All...
  23. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    Still a bad design.
  24. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    The type of wedge on your bars odfrank are barely more than a suggestion, much to shallow. A deeper one with a sharper angle would have given better results. Myself I don't use the wedges but rather...
  25. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks but if they are receptive to learn things can work. This is what honeycombs should look like. One on the stand and six more of the same in the box....
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