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    Grooved bottom bar in horizontal lang

    I am transitioning to foundationless frames this year. I am in the process of putting frames together now, and was planning to fill the groove on the bottom bar with beeswax. My husband just asked,...
  2. Thank you! I did not think of cutting down all...

    Thank you! I did not think of cutting down all these frames I already have! The foundation is plastic, but if I cut out the plastic and leave a starter strip, they should be ok with it, right?

    And...
  3. thx for the help last year- more questions

    After much mental debate last winter, I decided upon a long lang hive from the plans on "horizontalhive.com". GregV- thank you for the recommendation and advice! My dad made 2 of them for me as a...
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    Possible to prevent a swarm now?

    I split a colony about 5 weeks ago. Both seemed to be doing well, but the past 3 weeks I have not been in the hives for various reasons. Today, I saw a swarm high in a tree above my largest...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    Thank you- that makes total sense. I didn't think...

    Thank you- that makes total sense. I didn't think about that... I was thinking I was giving more than enough of what they would need, and that that was a good thing. Another lesson learned...
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    I have your book and read the section you posted...

    I have your book and read the section you posted here last week before I did my first split. I am just going into my second season. My colony in my vertical Lang hive made it through winter, but I...
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    It was Michael Bush's book and site. ...

    It was Michael Bush's book and site.

    Foundationless frames are on the way...as long as the bees are healthy, they can build whatever size cell they want. 😂
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    TY

    TY
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    Thanks for the help. My goal is to be as...

    Thanks for the help. My goal is to be as treatment free as possible. I've been doing lots of reading about the smaller/natural cell size being good for reducing varroa, which is where my question...
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    Frames to top bar

    Moving my Lang frames from my vertical to my new horizontal hive on Monday (next rain free day). My plan was to start out with the frames and transition them to a top bar for natural/smaller cell...
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    I meant to say Howard Sunshield.

    I meant to say Howard Sunshield.
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    Nevermind, I've decided upon another product....

    Nevermind, I've decided upon another product. Thanks!
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    Howard Feed-N-Wax

    Has anyone ever used this product to treat the outside of your hives? It contains beeswax, carnauba wax, and orange oil. The hives are pine...
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    How many coats did you use? And did you do use...

    How many coats did you use? And did you do use other sealer after?

    Do I need to put anything on the interior of the hive? Please say no... 😂
  16. A follow-up question- I was planning to move...

    A follow-up question- I was planning to move frames over quickly at night when most of the bees will be in the hive, which I thought would also help with their reorientation in the morning. Someone...
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    Thanks

    Thanks
  18. Thanks VERY much!

    Thanks VERY much!
  19. Making sure I handle switch over ok and other questions

    1. After a ridiculous amount of reading and mental debate, I've decided upon a straight edged TBH. They are in the construction process. My current hives are traditional Langs, and I will be moving...
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    What to do with brood comb

    I have one hive that died overwinter (rest were fine). I will definitely freeze the frames before I use them again. However, before I freeze, should I scrape the comb (gooey with old brood and honey)...
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    Ukrainian style

    I know this isn't top bar necessarily, but this seemed to be the closest area. Does anyone make and use Ukrainian style hives? Similar to a Layens hive used by Sharashkin?
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    That is very cool, thanks for the pics!

    That is very cool, thanks for the pics!
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    Thanks, that helps. So if I'm thinking correctly,...

    Thanks, that helps. So if I'm thinking correctly, we should do a couple slots in the long Lang.

    Is the picture of a Layens?
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    Thanks very much. The entrance thing was...

    Thanks very much. The entrance thing was something I'd wondered about.

    If you're putting more than one colony in a horizontal hive, would you just have a board in to separate? Like, a tight...
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    Feedback on plans, please

    http://www.abbottsustainablefarms.com/long-langstroth-hive

    This site has downloadable and printable plans for a horizontal Langstroth hive. This is the one we are planning to use this far, and my...
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