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    Re: placing top bar hive

    I agree with everything said before. One thing: make sure your hive is "dead level". Actually use a bubble level on it (there's an iphone app if you don't own one). It should be level side...
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    Re: TBH broodnest size

    I'm doing 1 3/8 and 1 5/8, but the idea is the same. All of the 13 to 15 I leave in winter are the small size; there are zero big ones. I don't see significant widening of the comb until about...
  3. Re: Can apiguard be used to treat a top bar hive?

    No. Not really. (Not in my experience, anyway). Oxalic is probably the easiest treatment to use (yes... I know it is less effective in summer). Here's a little article from Randy: ...
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    Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

    If you can split and have the equipment, that would be my first choice. You can harvest also. What you do with the frames depends on what equipment you own. Hydrometer: if above 18.6 dry it...
  5. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    I recommend you buy and read Tom Seeley's new book "The Lives of Bees". There are some chapters of heavy reading in there, but it is rewarding. (Some of the book is written on about a Freshman...
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    Re: How long does a banana smell last?

    Haha! That's a bold experiment! Mark Winston's great biology book does say the alarm pheromone is the same chemical as artificial banana ester (used to make starbursts and skittles) and I've...
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    Re: Swarm prevention

    dudelt's advice is good, as is your idea of donating brood to needy nucs. You really just need to get some population out of the hive, and get 3 or 4 empty bars staggered through the brood nest. ...
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    Re: TBH broodnest size

    Actually, Clayton, my design is Crowder and yours is Magnum, meaning your combs are significantly deeper than mine (I've built both). So, your 8 would be my "10 or 11", so I think "yes" go ahead...
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    Re: TBH broodnest size

    I've thought about them that small but have never had the courage to try it. I can overwinter in a 24 inch hive (about 16-17 bars, with the last 3 empty), but the hive is full of bees by March down...
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    Re: A question about spacers

    Some commercial TBH come with 2 size of bar. I've tried that and it is a royal pain (as Nordak also attests in a prior post). I'll have an empty comb I want to drop into the brood nest and...
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    Re: TBH broodnest size

    Clayton, the way you do it is the way I do it. Decide a reasonable overwinter size and harvest whatever is beyond that. (Rotating and retiring comb as possible).

    If a Fall dearth wipes out...
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    Re: TBH broodnest size

    I think it sounds good. Err on the high side your first year and see how it goes. But that range is in the right place.

    Mine overwinter very well on 12 bars, but I'm in balmy Georgia and the...
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    Re: Response to a presentation

    I just built a 3 footer for my bee club for $30, using full price pine from (big box home store) and some leftover paint and 2 door handles. If you are handy at woodworking it is one of the world's...
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    Re: Response to a presentation

    I taught "equipment" at a few bee schools this year, and even though I am "the top bar guy" I really tend to stress the advantages of Langs for new beekeepers in those classes. I can remember my...
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    Re: Response to a presentation

    I agree with MSL: they are all bogus. It sounds like he never read a book or watched a video on how to manage them.

    That being said, with respects to Dr. Magnum, if you are going to move hives a...
  16. Re: Top bars that don't touch AKA using a cover cloth

    Non-touching top bars with oil cloth covering which can also be stacked vertically... it just sounds like an evolution towards Warre to me. (Not that there's anything wrong with that... it is just...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    to echo what others have said I think "1 3/8" was misread to be only "3/8", so I think you are using the wrong size. Your top-bars need to be about 1 3/8" wide. (Some people will say 1 1/4, and...
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    Re: First Time Nuc Sales

    I see you are in Georgia like me. You may already know but GA law lets you keep bees and sell honey all you want (directly to consumers... there are different laws for selling in stores), but if...
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    Re: best entrance position for top bar hive

    That's an option many people like. I found that if the hive is booming in a flow, a single 20mm / 3/4" hole won't be enough, so I drilled a 2nd right next to the first. One of them has a wine...
  20. Re: Starting a new hive how many top bars should i start off with ?

    My Spring configuration is enough bars to hold the population comfortably plus 3 or 4 empty bars for growth. You'll have to check weekly and add new bars as needed if you do it this way.
  21. Re: Suspended sugar bricks in a topbar hive for winter

    I like this a lot, but what I like even better is that bar holder. Is that a hanging-file insert? That's a really cool solution. I just gave a bunch of those to charity and now wish I had one...
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    Re: best entrance position for top bar hive

    I'll echo what Greg and Ruth have said, and specifically Greg's point that a single central long side entrance can be dangerous (his picture #1). My personal preference is Greg's picture #2, which...
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    Re: First year, fall assessment

    Pretty cool exercise!

    I think it looks like a large, well-populated hive, without as much stores as I would like. I don't see some of the bad things other posters are talking about; maybe I'm...
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    Re: How are folks doing this year?

    There's a dude in my bee club with a oxavap 110 who is offering (within reason) to let people borrow it to vaporize. You know anyone like that you could ask? what's your mite count now?

    (This...
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    Re: How are folks doing this year?

    Year 3 and this is my best fall yet.

    Year 1 I was totally learning the ropes and I had some not very good stock. I lost 2 of 3 hives, and knew that going into the fall.

    Year 2 was a year of...
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