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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    When I open the top bars bees come crawling out all over the place. I can brush some back in. However many just stay on top of the bars when I place all the bars back in position. I figure they will find their way between the roof space to the entrance again. Is it correct to think that way? It...
  2. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I have 4 queen cells on one of my nucs and I would like to "harvest" all the queens. Question is: can I cut out each Queen Cell, put it in a "cup" or "cage" and attach back within the Nuc or a full sized hive, BEFORE it hatchs? What can I purchase and who sells such "cups" or "cages"? Thanks...
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have mold on the back wall of my TBHs, and on some of the yet unused bars. I live in Southern California, and it's usually very dry during the day but we're having foggy nights and mornings right now (our June Gloom.) I made the TBHs from old toy chests I bought and the lids do not fit...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    Has anyone ever tried round bars for Warre' or horizontal TBHs? Although we have plenty of round stuff growing, of the right diameter that could be candidates, I wonder if there is a problem I'm not seeing. Certainly, we'd need to be aware that wet wood shrinks.
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, I have completed two top bar hives using the design found here: http://topbarbees.wordpress.com/ I have installed bees in one of them. I didn’t make a follower bar – I missed it when I was building the hives (I also missed the 1/8″ spacer at the walls of the hive – need to add that). I...
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