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  1. #1
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    Default New TBH, going super!

    Started as a package 4-18-14, one week ago. Amazing progress!
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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Nice!

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    I'll post photos of the hive tomorrow. The ones I have now won't upload.

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Amazing how quick they can build wax comb huh? I'm ALMOST there myself in getting a TBH. Really intrested in seeing how these work and minipulating the bars.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Isn't it beautiful! My second hive doesn't have a window so all I can see is a ball of bees from my April 16 install but my first hive(with window) last year went gangbusters from day-1 too! It was SO fun and rewarding to watch! Congrats! The adventure is just beginning!

  6. #6
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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Thank you, looking forward to learning how to manager this hive.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Still going great, really excited about their progress. Absolutely amazing how fast they draw out the comb!IMG_20140427_192757_433.jpg

  8. #8
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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    That's great. Wow, so fast.
    I get mine toward the end of the week, can't wait.

    What did you do with the queen?
    Did you release her right away? Did you hang her or set her on the bottom.

    Kind of sounds like releasing is the way to go.

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    IMG_20140427_192707_536.jpgI used a tack and hung her from a top bar. I have now read that a direct release may be the ticket as well. This is my first TBH so I was unaware, but their comb is as perfect as I have seen anywhere else. Guess I lucked out?

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Quote Originally Posted by KILLERBEE View Post
    IMG_20140427_192707_536.jpg... Guess I lucked out?
    It is all about a sufficient nectar flow. Take care of it in the future.

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    German bees? What is different about beekeeping in Germany if anything that you are aware of?

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    Embarrassed Re: New TBH, going super!

    Quote Originally Posted by KILLERBEE View Post
    German bees? What is different about beekeeping in Germany if anything that you are aware of?
    We don't have german bees in Germany.

  13. #13
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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    That's a great looking hive. Did you build it?
    The road goes on forever and the party never ends ---- Robert Earl Keen

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGora View Post
    That's a great looking hive.
    That's not a hive, that's a treasure chest and it's full of liquid gold! Very pretty. I bet my neighbors would never guess it had bees in it, but it's too dark for the hot southern US.

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Aren't they German if they are in Germany? What kind of bees do you have?

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Thank you, I did build it, with a lot of help from my dad the carpenter.

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Thanks. I'm hoping it doesn't get too hot inside this summer, but I did build in some ventilation. I'll know more later.

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Quote Originally Posted by KILLERBEE View Post
    IMG_20140427_192707_536.jpgI used a tack and hung her from a top bar. I have now read that a direct release may be the ticket as well. This is my first TBH so I was unaware, but their comb is as perfect as I have seen anywhere else. Guess I lucked out?
    I hang mine from a top bar. I just don't feel right laying her in the bottom of the hive in a little cage. And direct release may be a little risky if the workers haven't gotten used to the new queen. If she hasn't gotten out in three days then I release her.
    The road goes on forever and the party never ends ---- Robert Earl Keen

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    Default Re: New TBH, going super!

    Mine was out in two days, so I didn't have to release, but I did remove the cage as soon as sh was out.

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    Wink Re: New TBH, going super!

    Quote Originally Posted by sjj View Post
    We don't have german bees in Germany.
    There are 29 subspecies of Apis mellifera ... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee)

    In 1622, European colonists brought the dark bee (A. m. mellifera) to the Americas, …

    It is variously called in different parts of the world. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee).

    For example: “german black bee”.

    We do not have Apis m. mellifera here any more. Maybe a few mongrel colonies.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_mellifera_mellifera)

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