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Amazing how quick they can build wax comb huh? I'm ALMOST there myself in getting a TBH. Really intrested in seeing how these work and minipulating the bars.
 

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Isn't it beautiful! My second hive doesn't have a window so all I can see is a ball of bees from my April 16 install but my first hive(with window) last year went gangbusters from day-1 too! It was SO fun and rewarding to watch! Congrats! The adventure is just beginning! :D
 

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That's great. Wow, so fast.
I get mine toward the end of the week, can't wait.

What did you do with the queen?
Did you release her right away? Did you hang her or set her on the bottom.

Kind of sounds like releasing is the way to go.
 

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IMG_20140427_192707_536.jpg I used a tack and hung her from a top bar. I have now read that a direct release may be the ticket as well. This is my first TBH so I was unaware, but their comb is as perfect as I have seen anywhere else. Guess I lucked out?
 

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Thanks. I'm hoping it doesn't get too hot inside this summer, but I did build in some ventilation. I'll know more later.
 

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View attachment 10412 I used a tack and hung her from a top bar. I have now read that a direct release may be the ticket as well. This is my first TBH so I was unaware, but their comb is as perfect as I have seen anywhere else. Guess I lucked out?
I hang mine from a top bar. I just don't feel right laying her in the bottom of the hive in a little cage. And direct release may be a little risky if the workers haven't gotten used to the new queen. If she hasn't gotten out in three days then I release her.
 

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We don't have german bees in Germany.
There are 29 subspecies of Apis mellifera ... (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee)

In 1622, European colonists brought the dark bee (A. m. mellifera) to the Americas, …

It is variously called in different parts of the world. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee).

For example: “german black bee”.

We do not have Apis m. mellifera here any more. Maybe a few mongrel colonies.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_mellifera_mellifera)
 
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