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  1. Thread: Top Bar Thickness?

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    Re: Top Bar Thickness?

    for my top bars. I use stock 1 x2 's. I've had a few warp. I had one bar with honey that weighed 15 lbs with no problems. Look what thickness a Lang has. I'm in Texas so cold is not an iussue for me.
  2. Thread: Top Bar Feeding

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    Re: Top Bar Feeding

    5203552037 More pics of sugar candy feeder. 2nd shows it in place. My bars are color coded
  3. Thread: Top Bar Feeding

    by mcr
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    Re: Top Bar Feeding

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    this are pics of a sugar candy / fondant feeder I made. The small opening faces the bees during winter. The top opening is closed off with a piece of wood. To fill or check I remove the...
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    Re: Top Bar Comb Spacing

    I'm not sure it makes much difference as my bee's build brood on 1 1/4 & 1 1/2 inch bars. They put honey where they want to also. And they sometimes stick comb together at the top on the 1 1/2 inch...
  5. Thread: Portable Bee Vac

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    Re: Portable Bee Vac

    VALE PEST Control look at the all my bees bee vac list in a previous post. This one is the one my brother got. I probably spent more in trying motors than it would have cost for the ready made.
    we...
  6. Thread: Portable Bee Vac

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    Re: Portable Bee Vac

    I made one using 5 gallon buckets but finding a good vacuum motor was difficult. mine uses 24 volts drill batteries. My brother bought a "bad back beevac that works super. For long use you just need...
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    Re: Beehive moving device

    I have used a Harbor Freight steel wagon that I changed to non pneumatic tires ( no flats). The sides fold down or remove them. It will hold two boxes side by side. Rachet straps to hold them...
  8. Thread: Bees in the rain

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    Bees in the rain

    I thought bees didn't fly in the rain???
  9. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

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    All these show my in hive candy feeder under construction except the last one that shows it in the hive. I pull off my cover and lift the lid to the feeder to refill it. only...
  10. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    5097750979 the first one that shows bars that are red and white is the sugar candy feeder and the second is the sugar water feeder.
  11. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    I built two TBH. one with a screened bottom and the other just wood. Have bees in the screen now on 2 year with no problems. Other hive no bees as my swarm catches are staying. I used # 8 cloth with...
  12. Re: putting topbars in langroth colony then splitting into an empty top bar hive

    My TBH bars are made to fit a Lang. . my brother took 3 bars and 2 lang frames with bees then introduced a queen. This was 4 days ago so we don't know the results yet.
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    Re: Feeding a new swarm

    Too many farmers in my area used weed killer on their pastures ( me included) and killed all the wildflowers. as they eat the flowers first then the hay.
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    Re: DIY Electric fence...help!

    I have sheep & 1 donkey that I have to keep fenced in or out. I have net wire field fence mostly but have used electric as a temporary fence. It worked for a summer but I had to weed it about once a...
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    Re: Feeding a new swarm

    Western where in Wise county are you located. I'm due north of Decatur aprox 7 miles. and the wildflowers out here are pretty decent.
  16. Thread: Tree pollen?

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    Tree pollen?

    I am a newby!!! Do Bees gather pollen from oak, willow, and other trees. That's the only thing blooming right now in my neighberhood. My bees are moving in & out alot.
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    Re: Response to a presentation

    My brother does Langs and I decided to do a TBH. I can make them with frames. I am looking for a small amount of honey. Just want to have bees. I went to a local Bee Meeting and there was a speaker...
  18. Thread: 40 acre planting

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    Re: 40 acre planting

    I have tried to get "native" wildflower mixes to grow in north Texas and have had no luck. I am in the proccess of harvesting volunteer sunflowers seeds that just started growing on my property and...
  19. Thread: Suggestions

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    Re: Suggestions

    Using a torch on this kind of tank is a bad idea for the bees and the person cutting. You will expose yourself to Galvanic poisoning from the galvanized metal. Not a fun thing to have. The heat will...
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    Re: Kerf + popsicle sticks / tongue depressors

    I've used paint stir sticks, strips of wood and plastic foundation cut down. I've glued them in and used brads to hold them. My bees perfer ones that are approx 1/4 inch out from the top bar. When...
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    Re: November hive collection.

    I think they want it gone now and maybe the neighbors are complaining. My old boss is the Chief of Police. If he calls I'll contact my Local experts and enlist their help and ideas. I have given a...
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    November hive collection.

    My old boss ( I'm retired) contacted me today to see if I wanted to remove a hive from the side of a house. He said its been there all summer and honey is dripping from it. I have not seen it yet. I...
  23. Re: Suspended sugar bricks in a topbar hive for winter

    I made a sugar brick feeder that replaces 3 top bars. I can refill it with out disturbing the bees. The bees have access thru the side of. my feeder. Just pull off the top cover & remove the filler...
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    Re: First year, fall assessment

    I'm from north of Ft Worth and today I had foragers bringing in pollen. My TBH is also small but has honey & brood. First year for me also,4400344005
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    Re: Accidental exposure to insectacide

    He was spraying Cobalt. I just got back from looking at the hive No bees on the outside but just inside the opening there were a bunch facing out. Did'nt want to open it as it is misting and cold.
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