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  1. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I thought I would post my experience of installing a package. Top bar hive as per Michael Bush design. Top entrance. Received package - Arataki, NZ origin. Tube. 3 LBS of bees and a queen. Installed at dusk in about 12 degrees C. The bees had access to 9 bars which included 5 complete brood...
  2. Welcome Forum
    Hi All, I'm a first-year beek. I got my first package of bees from NZ on April 1 of this year and just pulled the last of 40# of honey from the hive - leaving another 50# for my girls for the winter. The brood area is quite small now and in the center of the lower of two deeps. I placed the...
  3. Welcome Forum
    As a kid my Dad had bees as a hobby. I have distant memories of smokers, extracting honey and collecting swarms:) The equipment is long gone:( My goal is to establish adequate numbers to qualify for farm status. That is based on annual sales ($2,500.00) not the number of bees or hives. I have...
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