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  1. #1
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    Default Starting a brand new top bar hive

    When you start a brand new top bar hive with a package do you feed your bees to help them get started? And do they make a feeder for the top bar hive?

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    Hudson, WI USA
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    Default Re: Starting a brand new top bar hive

    Bill, when I started mine I used a Boardman feeder, and put it behind a follower board inside the hive. A mason jar screws on to the lid you see in the link and the plastic part I pushed though a slot I made in the follower board.
    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/mm5/merch...der#!FD-100/0/

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    Default Re: Starting a brand new top bar hive

    Yes. Keep food on them at least until they start storing it in the top part of their combs. I do it like thishttp://s1066.beta.photobucket.com/user/StevenOgborn/media/IMAG0053.jpg.html?sort=3&o=33 http://s1066.beta.photobucket.com/us...65879087051266

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    Albany, ga
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    Default Re: Starting a brand new top bar hive

    Steven those are very neatly constructed hives and good photos. Are those two and three foot hives?

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    Default Re: Starting a brand new top bar hive

    Calvin, Overall they end up 4ft long with 46 1/2 inch sideboards. The smaller ones are 15 1/2 long and will hold 9 bars. A good size to make splits with. They've worked well so far.

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    Albany, ga
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    Default Re: Starting a brand new top bar hive

    yes you do need to feed them to get them started or at least it is best to do so. I also cut a slot in the back follower board for a broadman feeder. Get it all set up before you get the bees. Fill the jar with water so you can see how the board sits with the extra weight. You will need to add extra support under the feeder that is supported by the sides to the hive.

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