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    I have recently made the decision to expand my garden to include a bee hive. I am a Penn State Master Gardener and love the bees that frequent my yard and want to take it to the next level. My husband (who can build anything) found plans on the internet and made me a top bar hive that has an...
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    New(ish) to bees, my wife has a hive and I'm setting up my own Top Bar hive. I started off taking pictures of my wife's bees, but not wanting to pester her bees all the time I figured I'd get my own hive and pester them :p In the process I have become very interested in bees and in my studies I...
  3. Video Gallery
    Hey guys took some sweet HD/4k video, Just me talking about my Hive watching the ladies bring in nectar/pollen. Ill be making a good video with close ups of the comb, hopefully eggs and all the other goodies sometime soon. I hope you enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o8iuel4FHA
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    Good Morning... Been reading about bees for a couple of years. Bought a Top Bar Hive last fall to try and save a swarm in my irrigation control box. They left :(. Bought some bees for April delivery, but found a beautiful swarm had already moved in 25 days ago. The productivity of these...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi beeks I've just moved to the Denver area and was hoping to get some input on the local bee suppliers. I was looking for a package or two 3# or 4# I was really interested in some Russian/local genetics but I'm not too picky I've kept bees elsewhere but any Denver area specific information...
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    Hello Community, This is my first year beekeeping and I just installed my 1st package yesterday...I installed it at 6am at 60 degrees and in 3 hours the temp dropped 30 degrees :/ but they're clustered and feeding and hanging in there. I hope to catch some swarms to supplement my vulnerable...
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    Hello Beesource Community! I have been a longtime reader and I am happy to finally take the plunge and get my account to this forum. Let me introduce myself Name: Scott Jorgensen Location: Contra Costa County (Bay Area) California, Plant hardiness zone 9b Beekeeping Experience: 4 years...
  8. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    3rd year bee keeper and I lack experience. So it's almost September and one of my hives is prepping to swarm. I tried to prevent getting to this point. A good month ago queeny seemed honey bound so I put 2 empty bars in, spaced out near the middle and end of the broodnest, but they just didn't...
  9. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hello! My name is Russell Crawford and I am a top bar beekeeper and hive builder, based out of northern Arizona. This June (and possibly again in August), I will be traveling from Duluth, MN to Sedona, AZ and am hoping to connect with top bar beekeepers along the way! I will most likely be...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    The second cut-out I did from a water meter has just been proven a failure. My first is doing well, but rebuilding slowly. When I went to inspect the hive two weeks after I put the comb and bees into from my second water meter cut-out, I found very few live bees, maggot infested brood and no...
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    They tore down a house on my block. The siding is 100 year old cedar. The rest is from a fence someone replaced. I bought 1/4" hardware cloth and doubled it to make 1/8" squares for the bottom. Not shown are the 1" thick (1 3/8" wide top bars. I used string welded on with beeswax for the top...
  12. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    My second experience in trying to save a colony is complete. all the combs broke off when I lifted the lid. I could not find the queen, but I have more hope for this attempt/ The brood had empty comb on each side of about 5 combs of brood. There were a LOT of bees and brood in all stages. This...
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