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    Re: Ideas To Prevent Top Bar Cross Comb

    If that is your primary drive just make a long hive to take frames. It will be easier and achieve what you want more effectively.
    A good comb guide gives you straight comb and the removing wax with...
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    Re: Corner entrance ("diagonal" way)

    Give it a try be all means and let us know but I think it is a little overengineered solution to a problem that doesn't really exist.
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    Re: angled tbh or tanzanian

    I really like the sloped sides of the kenyan top bar hives. It has been something of a life saver when I was a brand new beek and managed to break a comb. The sloped side supported the comb nicely so...
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    Re: Cutting Top Bars

    most of my bars a 38mm / 1.5 inches now. I did run with 36mm ~1 3/8" for a while and this worked fine in the brood nest but comb started to drift once you got beyond that. It does make a difference...
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    Re: TBH ventilation problem

    Not a ventilation problem, an insulation problem as said above.
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    Re: new swarm to top bar possible?

    You "can" transfer them the question is whether or not you should. The main thing for me is whether you used top bars in the Lang nuc or lang frames.
    If you used top bars then there is no problem...
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    Re: Last Year's TBH for Trap?

    I would reduce the number of combs even if you intend to give them back. They will either have to try and keep them all clean OR they will go moldy and give them more problems. It more space for them...
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    Re: Can someone tell me about this frame?

    if you can donate a combs worth or eggs and young larva a week for three weeks you give the hive a really good chance of raising a new queen. This does of course require that you have at least one...
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    Re: Queen laying two eggs per cell

    Sometimes young queens will lay more than one egg. If you saw the queen that "might" be a indicator that you are ok. If all the larva are being capped over as workers rather than drones than you are...
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    Re: Queen only laying drone brood in spring.

    That is always a problem when you first out... bees begat bees. Much of problems you have can just be solved by having another hive.
    In your position there really isn't mush else you can do. You...
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    Re: Last Year's TBH for Trap?

    You could split the comb up and have three of four swarm traps with the comb you have.... if you want to :)
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    Re: To wax or not to wax?

    In my experience it doesn't make too much difference. You could save yourself some time and effort and instead of melting the wax on just get a wax block and rub it on the comb guides. This works...
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    Re: Transitioning Langstroth Nuc to TBH

    Yep, that sounds like a plan. Mind you colonies eat plans for breakfast :)
    If you have a division board with a vertical queen excluder mounted in the centre once there are sufficient combs on the...
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    Re: Can old comb be used in new hive.

    As long as they are clean you're golden.
    If you want to be extra sure you can treat with dilute food grade peroxide this will also help knock back any fungal contamination.
    Then expose them to...
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    Re: Lemon grass oil...

    One of two methods has worked for me. Melt old brood comb with some vegetable oil and then add LGO before it cools completely. This smeared on the inside of hive it an excellent lure BUT i accept if...
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    Re: TBH doesn't work in warm climates

    Purely observationally it seems that those in hot climates favour the shallow/wide tbh (more comb attachment) whilst those in colder climates favour the narrow/deep tbh. This seems to fit better with...
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    Re: Help buying a Top Bar Hive

    They are a lot easier to make than you might think.
    If you build two and sell one to recoup the cost of building both it can end up costing you nothing.
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    isn't much of the observation regarding the "attentiveness" required around a TBH compared to a Lang related to foundation. I have a foundationless national (like a lang) and I can tell you now if...
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    Re: what to leave

    Often really hard to tell until you have done a winter or two. Like dudeit said though you can always err on the side of caution and should there be any extra take it out in spring.
    It does also...
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    Re: Hive construction question

    Pretty mush whatever. I have made one out of old pallets. As long as you weather treat the outside (mixute of raw linseed oil and beeswax) you should be ok. If you are worried about the wood...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    I originally started out with them because I wanted to try out beekeeping without it costing a LOT of money to find out I wasn't that fussed. The more I have done it, the more I have read, and the...
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    Nope, full round. I have tried half rounds and they work quite well. On the full rounds though the bees haven't put a foot wrong. I only tried it because I had a lot and couldn't be bothered to cut...
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    Re: To screen or not to screen...

    Good question:
    Julie at "happy hour at the top bar hive blog" just did a pros and cons on this. Check that out.
    You could also go with an ecofloor :) which I just did a review on for my blog....
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    btw mangum's approach using the 1-2" foundation strip is 100% effective provided the foundation strip stays put. If the strip isn't currently attached or warps due to the weather (usually only in...
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    Hi Shanna
    I remember breaking a comb in my first year, I was utterly apalled with myself. If happened to be a brood comb so the bees weren't too impressed either. It took them a good two weeks to...
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