ok, you guys are starting to get me interested in the TBH.
I guess im going to need more info and plans to try it out, i'd like to try it on a split? But before i do will they over winter ok in PA.
Thanks a bunch,
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>I guess im going to need more info and plans to try it out, i'd like to try it on a split?
I'm using a medium depth three box long Lanstroth size box and having good luck. If you have some medium frames for the split it could work in a box that size. Otherwise you'll have to do a shaken swarm.
>But before i do will they over winter ok in PA.
If they get a good start, get built up well, and put away enough stores by winter, yes.
I've overwintered horizontal hives in Nebraska.
Instead of doing a split you could do a shakedown and supply a queen.
Scot Mc Pherson
Foundationless Small Cell Top Bar Hives
Over wintering is my current concern about starting a TBH as well. I'm in Ohio, winters are not really horrible here, but generally pretty windy. If I understand correctly (as I have not had bees through a winter yet) you reduce the space they have to heat in the winter. How do you do this in a TBH, or do you at all?
In the horizontal hive last winter, I did not restrict the space and it did fine. But if you want to reduce the space, build a follower board. Like a frame but tighter to the walls that blocks off the remainder of the hive and can be slid to whatever position you want. Another option, which I put on my latest horizontal hives, is a groove that a divider can slide into. These are usually tighter and easier to keep the bees out the rest of he hive.
You could make a loose follower and use strips of plastic and thumbtacks to make a good seal. Personally I am gonna leave mine full size this winter. Worst that happens is they die. But I doubt it.
I too am looking into building a TBH for wax production for our candles, see www.clearnights,com for more info. Anyhow, I would like to know the best way to introduce bees to a TBH. I am thinking of buying a nuc to start the TBH. How do I introduce them and they not abscond?
Try www.clearnights.com . . .
Nice pics BTW.
I wouldn't use a nuc. I might use the nuc to build up a hive and then do a shaken swarm from the hive.
A package would be the simplest.
MB, could I split one of the standard hives I have now by doing a shakedown into the TBH and let them raise another queen?
>MB, could I split one of the standard hives I have now by doing a shakedown into the TBH and let them raise another queen?
I assume you mean the hive rasing another queen and the TBH gets the original queen. Yes that's exactly what I would do this time of year.