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    Re: Circles or rectangle entrance?

    I have read (not sure where) that a hive has an easier time protecting a single entrance over multiple entrance, especially if it is small or weak. Fedor Lazutin also says that incoming forages like...
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    Re: Treatment free Bees

    billabell, I really appreciated this post. I hadn't realized Randy had put up some new material. His four-part series on Varroa is a really interesting read. The part about how we are making Varroa...
  3. Re: TBH Meeting in Prince William County, Virginia

    Unfortunately I already have other plans for that weekend. Looks like a great event, though, enjoy.

    Erik
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    Re: Canvas inner cover

    PSM, this discussion also happened earlier in this thread. Read the first dozen or so posts and you get the pictures and the overview, as well as this question.

    Erik
  5. Re: TBH Meeting in Prince William County, Virginia

    Thanks, Ruth. I've watched your group from afar and love what you are doing. Perhaps you are an inspiration :)

    Love to have you come up some time for a meeting. We are trying to meet every two or...
  6. TBH Meeting in Prince William County, Virginia

    Not sure if this is appropriate for the forum, so I will trust the moderator to delete this if not.

    If you are in the Northern Virginia area, we have a fledgling Top Bar Hive interest group within...
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    Re: Canvas inner cover

    Like this? http://www.bigduckcanvas.com/number-8-18oz-cotton-duck-canvas.html
  8. Re: Starting Treatment Free and non-TF bees in the same location.

    1. You can mix and match TF and non-TF in one yard. However, you will likely get some crossover of both mites and treatments. So you may find some difficulties in being pure TF. You might consider...
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    Re: Canvas inner cover

    Can you post pictures? I am interested in seeing what these look like on the hive.

    Thanks!
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    Re: The wasted work advantage of Langstroths.

    I'm fairly new, but have overwintered top bars. One last year and working on two this year. Bees just need enough space to cluster and and enough food to keep them going.

    As to management, I find...
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    Re: Thinking About MAQS and TBH

    I've used MAQS in a top bar a couple times.

    The first time (in the fall) I just squeezed it between two top bars near the brood area. That seemed to work well, and the hive did fine and...
  12. Re: Tom Seeley's proposal -- keep bees in small colonies

    I was thinking this as well, although Seeley does say that this is for beekeepers who don't mind swarms. For the backyard, I wonder if you could artificially swarm once or twice a year and get by...
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    Re: Roof top bee keeping in downtown aeas

    In Toni Burnham's talk, she talked about this. A strong beekeeping community is important. One neighbor or other person who complains a lot can cause a lot of trouble (although this is apparently not...
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    Re: Roof top bee keeping in downtown aeas

    I saw a talk recently by Toni Burnham, who spearheaded urban beekeeping in Washington, DC. There are now over 200 hives in the DC area, and they work closely with the park service to plan...
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    Re: Cheap sugar at Target

    Wegmans has had the cheapest sugar of late, for Thanksgiving cooking. Just $1.49 for 4# or 37.5 cents a pound.
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    Re: Do you insulate the back of your TBH

    Thanks, Ruth. Appreciate the insight.

    Erik
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    Do you insulate the back of your TBH

    My new TBH is empty at the back. There are plenty of stores, about 14 deep-size combs. For Virginia this is more than enough. I have a follower board after the combs, and then empty space.

    My...
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    Re: old wax, frame replacement, re-processing

    I thought the recommendation was to swap out old combs, as a queen lays better in newer comb and to reduce wax build-up of pesticide residues.

    Check out:...
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    Re: Requeen/combine or let them be

    I like enjambre's idea of swapping them out. Move your successful hive (the nuc) into the bigger box, and move the queen cells and some frames into the nuc. You give the hive a chance to create a...
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    Re: Apiary Is Collapsing

    There is a point of no return, I think it was 6% in some research, after which the hive may be doomed. I have limited experience, but based on what I've read and seen I would suggest a sugar shake...
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    Re: Questions from VSBA Apprentice Exam

    Well, if you read the question carefully, it does not ask whether gloves are good or bad. The question is for the advantages and disadvantages of each. So for you the advantage is "none" and the...
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    Re: Problem with Honey stores

    You didn't mention how many frames of honey you have. It is typical in a TBH to have a band of capped honey on top, the bees move horizontally and can use the bottom of the comb for brood and save...
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    Re: Any TBH's in western Michigan.

    This is TBH in Michigan, not exactly sure where: https://theprospectofbees.wordpress.com. There is "send email" on the home page and they might point you in the right direction.

    Erik
  24. Thread: Dead Bees

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    Re: Dead Bees

    It is normal to have dead bees outside a hive. They tend to be closer to the hive in cooler weather, and are higher numbers after a cold spell. This is normal. Like anything, though, there can be...
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    Re: Questions from VSBA Apprentice Exam

    Thanks skippyvcu, appreciate it. I missed the before/after mating angle - that is probably an important point.

    RudyT, thanks. These were the only questions I wasn't sure of the answer, based on...
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