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  1. #1
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    Dec 2012
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    Default TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    Looking to talk to someone who may be around the Grand Rapids area about their experience with TBH, particularly, how they overwintered, and, my main concern-ventilation...

    If you wanna chat-send a private message maybe?

  2. #2
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    Kalamazoo,MI
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    Default Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    I sure don't know any. I thought that TBH were what you fooled with after you got tired of your bees living through winter.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2012
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    St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
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    Default Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    haha
    i kept only topbars my first year, none lived through winter, but that was my fault. this year have both langs and topbars, both looking good so far
    stellar apiaries keeps "alternative" hives exclusively, i think
    you could try them- http://www.stellerapiaries.com/

  4. #4
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    Aug 2012
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    Portland, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    Try these guys, they are in Michigan. They have great products, a great site & are willing to help anytime. Check out the videos.

    http://www.thewarrestore.com/
    Beeman
    All things may be lawful; but not all things are advantagous.

  5. #5
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    May 2012
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    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    Erik,
    Check your message inbox. I sent you a message a while back. You and I are practically neighbors and yes I have a TBH that is doing well.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2010
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    barry co., Michigan
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    Default Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    i am down in barry county. First year my top bar died in early winter - i believe secondary to varroa. We did get a lot of honey

    The second year they did over winter but came out very weak from winter and died in early spring. I also think this was varroa related. I did treat them with hopguard in the late fall but it was likely to late. very difficult to do any of the soft treatments including formic vapour.

    I will try again, but any package or nuc I use to populate it will have to have a queen from truely proven varroa tolerant stock.

  7. #7
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    Dec 2012
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    Default Re: TBH lovers in Mid MI?

    wow-www.thewarrestore.com has a ton of good info and insights...I wondered about cedar...

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