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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
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    Nineveh, Indiana, USA
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    Default New Hooser beekeeper getting started

    Hi Everyone,

    I live in Central Indiana and am starting beekeeping this Spring. I have enjoyed reading the threads on this site and thought I would jump in to learn more by asking questions. Right now I am looking at starting a couple hives and am still trying to decide on Langs or some kind of Top Bar hive. I am leaning toward the TBH simply because of the cost and inspecting the hive seems less invasive. I am looking forward to being a member of this forum.

    Doug

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Tippecanoe Co., Indiana, USA
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    Default Re: New Hooser beekeeper getting started

    Hi Doug, I live in Indiana also, but use the Landstrom hive. I have seen that there is a new hive producer online for the TBH called BeeThinking, they are offering a have today at a $100 discount.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: New Hooser beekeeper getting started

    Welcome to Beesource!

    If you are thinking about a Top Bar hive, there is no need to buy one. You can build your own with little more than a handsaw, if that's all you have available:

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
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    Nineveh, Indiana, USA
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    Default Re: New Hooser beekeeper getting started

    I was thinking about building one either using those plans or the biobees plan or more recently the 1/2 barrel hive has caught my interest because it looks like I could use a medium nuc instead of packaged bees which might be better, but I am not sure. What do you think?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: New Hooser beekeeper getting started

    Have you considered a horizontal hive?
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeshorizontalhives.htm

    Easy to build, can be used with just top bars, or if you size it correctly, could also be used with Lang frames. Since you haven't decided between a TBH and Lang yet, this lets you get started and be able to fairly easily convert either way, once you have some experience.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  6. #6
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    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: New Hooser beekeeper getting started

    Welcome Doug!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

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