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  Topic: What type of bees?
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:29 am   Subject: What type of bees?
I have helped many 'newbees" get their start with local mutts, because I as somewhat (debatably) more experienced and having the opportunity, obtain numerous swarms and cutouts over the season.
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  Topic: What type of bees?
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:40 am   Subject: What type of bees?
i say locally raised mutts.

1 they are adapted to your geography and

2 they are hopefully bred with "survivor" stock that has not been too thinned out
  Topic: New portable TBH
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:55 am   Subject: New portable TBH
just curious

how does this address the concern of soft wax attachment of new comb to top bars and the risk of comb collapse while transporting said 'pollination' tbh? older, more stable comb shoul ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:35 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
If no one is seeding, it can also be found here: http://bbe-tech.com


You might find other interesting stuff on my website if you start at the main page.

I have a forum and a BeeWiki as well
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  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:04 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I will be seeding this at night, between 8 pm and 6 am CST

Big Bear
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:15 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
OK, I nominate Norm for 'coolest Apiarist in the neighborhood".

That book is almost EXACTLY what I was talking about. Even in the manner it is laid out and presented.

Talk about saving me ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

Replies: 62
Views: 114499

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:31 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Thank you Norm. I have put that book on top of my 'need to read' list.

Big Bear
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:31 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
That was a rhetorical question. As if to ask the same thing in regard to the entrance.

I think I am going to work on such a list on observations, both at the entrance and the window.

Big Bear
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:40 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Thanks for the comments, I don't want to confuse the issue, while I am always here to learn all I can, It is not me necessarily I am talking about. And your post only further illustrates the futili ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

Replies: 62
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:32 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I know what you are saying and it would be helpful if we had a guide to refer to when we are at the entrance to at least have some sort of idea what we are witnessing. I think because of all the varia ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

Replies: 62
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:33 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I think what is learnt over time becomes second nature. It really takes spending time just sitting and watching the entrance throughout the seasons and trying to understand how to relate what is going ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:55 am   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
thank you all for posting and they are all things that are interesting to note.

However, when you look for those things you say you are looking for, why are you looking for them? to what relevance ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:45 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
Learn the key indicators of problems and let that guide when you open the hive and you will have a good time keeping more colonies than you thought you could!

This isn't the first time I heard some ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:51 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I think how people make use of an observation window is relative to the environment in which they are using it.

For example, someone who is taking up beekeeping on their own, without a mentor or ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

Replies: 62
Views: 114499

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:16 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I have seen in some videos and in various forums posts that with a wood cover that covers over the window, it forms an air barrier between the wood and the window, keeping it warmer.

of course, th ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:46 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
and they end up turnng thier hives into mini bee discos

Sorry, this gave me one heck of a mental image. Very Happy

I have talked to a few folks who have mentioned this same sentiment and I can see how ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:57 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
To finally actually answer your question I would have to say no at first because of the hands off management style but yes later as the new beek realizes how gentle bees are in TBH hives and build con ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:57 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
My curiosity is, does this lead to TBH keepers feeling more comfortable in inspecting more frequently than they might a lang?

I certainly feel very comfortable as a beekeeper going through a TBH, ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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Views: 114499

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:16 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
You don't have to be defensive. I was not making an accusation or anything.

There are a number of 'types' of inspections, as you say yourself. ranging from looking at bottom boards or follower ...
  Topic: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
bigbearomaha

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:19 pm   Subject: Top Bar Hive inspection frequency (Solved, thanks to Norm)
I have gone through a fair number of posts in this forum, searching for information on how often a TBH could/should be inspected.

I see the typical discussion of 6 to 8 times a year. I also see a ...
 
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