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  1. Re: Hybrid Top Bar swarm trap (seemed like a good idea)

    I was a Warre keeper and decided I didn't like it and went to KTBH. I tried using my old Warre boxes as traps and ended up with same problem with square comb that needed cut ( if I caught something )...
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    Bee Tree capture cut out?

    We are getting swarm calls a lot. Of course that means you get calls for everything flying. I got a call from a tree trimming company to remove bees up in a tree. I asked if it was a swarm they did...
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    Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    If you can keep a close eye on your hive, let them head toward swarming... work with the swarm process. Once they start to make queen cells, move your queen with brood, supplies and workers, and that...
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    Re: Leeting my bees bee

    You got a package with some good genetics ( that is not common ) Most packages, need propped up, feed heavy treated just to survive 2 winters. I have never got one past the 2nd winter. I caught a...
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    Re: Afraid to look inside (more harm than good)

    I just read chapter one of this old book. Posted on the forum. I might be wrong about the honey consumption to stay warm... but it does address the idea of not opening the hive up when you don't...
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    Re: Afraid to look inside (more harm than good)

    Is it warm enough there that they can gather nectar? They would burn less keeping warm then they would be out flying.
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    Re: Difference between TTBH and a Lang

    huge difference top bars are pushed together without ant space between. KTBH has stooped sided, TTBH has straight sides. You can build youTTBH to take Lang frames, but the beekeeping style of a...
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    Re: Afraid to look inside (more harm than good)

    Western Colorado here, we can drop into the single digits for weeks on end. I have some hives with flat roofs that I put insulation on top of. Kind of like a roll of foil backed bubble wrap. My...
  9. Re: TBH is a learning curve. What disasters have you had?

    There are some great books on top bar beekeeping, and NOW is the time to read them, we have a few months of cold weather and no hive management. My first years I did Warre and did not read because "...
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    Re: My Wacky Russians Built a Fort

    My bees are all decadents of a swarm I caught 3 summers ago, they are closing everything down to a single bee size hole, 1st time for me, but I guess they know what works for them. I have some...
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    Re: On the 29th day He made more bees!!

    Everything is cool, I'm sure by now you know a little more about what to expect. I like to keep the brood open just like you did, for 2 reasons, swarm suppression and more bee, which make more...
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    Re: Inspections: let's get specific please

    You have to start at the back and give yourself room or you run the risk of rolling and killing your bees, and queen. Don't worry about disruption just be quick and efficient when you inspect. If...
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    Re: 2017 Swarm season

    Western Colorado here, desert, put up 4 traps a week ago, lots of scouting, but no swarm.. seems way to early, but everything is busting at the seams this spring, fruit trees are weeks a head worried...
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    Re: is it a warre hive

    I have Warres and have struggled along for 4 years, if I'm keeping them I am modifying the with frames. I watch Benard's videos but it does not work quite like that for me. I think
    you need a...
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    Re: God gave me an answer

    Mr Bailey thanks for sharing. God was gracious to you. Ain't that great. Enjoy
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    Re: Packages Coming Tomorrow.. Still confused

    If your queen is released remove the cage. Let the bees do wha t they do. The cage has been in there a week right? Time to get it out of the way. They did have candy plugs I hope. If they did not...
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    Re: Packages Coming Tomorrow.. Still confused

    The top bar forum is a great resource too. I read it every day. Lots of questions just like yours and lots of good advice. I have both Warre and HTBH I personally have decided I like the management...
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    Re: Packages Coming Tomorrow.. Still confused

    Michael Bushes web sight has great info. Or get his book if you like the info in your lap. I have the pages on top bar dog eared. The whole book if super informative. Well with the Bucks.
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    Re: Packages Coming Tomorrow.. Still confused

    Yes read read read. I really got a lot from "top bar beekeeping" Les Crowder and Heather Harrell. They even have diagrams of seasonal management
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    Re: retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    You never have enough hive full of bees. One more is always a good idea oh and one more after that and so on. Nice to have too much come spring to replace any possible losses. Yes you can sell a...
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    Re: hiving package bees in cold weather.

    Shake them in hang the queen and be done with it. I mean hang the queen cage with the queen in it, not hang the the queen �� What did she do wrong
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    Re: hiving package bees in cold weather.

    You don't want to keep
    Them boxed up all weekend
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    Re: retrieved my first swarm ever - now what ?

    Get to work on some more wooden ware, Swarm is a great addition,
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    Re: Packages Coming Tomorrow.. Still confused

    Get David Heafs books on Warre beekeeping, He is the one who translated the old book and has kept Warre's for many years.
    Good book, good read, lots of help to keep bees in a Warre, read what ever...
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    Re: Cutting Top Bars

    cut them all smaller and add shims, I felt like two sizes were a major pain, bee can't read nor follow our directions, but when you see it is becoming a honey bar add some shims, it won't be long and...
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