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  Topic: Queen not out after 16 days
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:15 pm   Subject: Queen not out after 16 days
They may be out when I get home. I dunno, guess when they are ready they will decide a time.
  Topic: Queen not out after 16 days
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 8:11 pm   Subject: Queen not out after 16 days
I made the cells they finished them, I heard the first pipe on Wednesday, I left 2 cells in the hive thinking whatever one got out first would go after the other. Day 17 so I am assuming one of them ...
  Topic: Queen not out after 16 days
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 02, 2014 3:27 pm   Subject: Queen not out after 16 days
So i can still hear her piping in her cells but she is not coming out... Any thoughts as to why? Maybe she will be out today?
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:44 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
If the comb detach entirely from the top bar it might be from the heat/sun. Improve ventilation under the roof.

agreed
  Topic: My first hive
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:41 pm   Subject: My first hive
Oh,

well good thing is your never going to have to worry about the sides warping Smile going to be a lot of condensation in that one though. Might want to check for mold often.
  Topic: My first hive
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:34 pm   Subject: My first hive
Looks pretty cool, just remember to put all the sides up when you want to mow the lawn Smile.

I hope you have some good insulator between the glass and the elements, glass transfers heat and cold real ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:20 pm   Subject: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Also you can place a small bead of #1 silicone window & door from home depot or lowes. Fills gaps and can't see it.
  Topic: Something very strange
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:04 pm   Subject: Something very strange
Well my reason for testing it again is because so many have been saying that "it does not happen". at least from the forums I've been reading. Also there were two cups where I notched, They ...
  Topic: Something very strange
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:10 pm   Subject: Something very strange
I see how they could, but it's just odd, I'm tempted to test them just to see if it can happen twice. Smile Strange little buggers.
  Topic: Something very strange
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:13 pm   Subject: Something very strange
So I wanted to get an early split going so I remove the old queen from my 4’ hive and 3 frames of brood. I tried the method of OTS (On The Spot) queen rearing. I figured that for me wanting to just ra ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:34 pm   Subject: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Well they are shook package so you are going to have all ages/stages of bees, also stress from the transportation can do that also. 3# package=close to 10000 bees. 50 to 60 dead bees is not a big deal ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:18 pm   Subject: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Might want to think up some sort of top feeder for the colder temps, as heat rises it will keep the syrup warmer allowing the bees to take it. I just had a jar feeder attached to my follower board and ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:52 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
So it sounds like you are roughing your bars in order to increase adhesion. Do you have experience with un-roughed bars not having enough adhesion?

No, they plaster on the propolis, even with the ...
  Topic: Lots of drone brood.
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:42 pm   Subject: Lots of drone brood.
More drones the better IMO, at the beginning of March it was still a little cold, but I placed two bars right behind the last bar of capped brood. After 2 weeks of good weather, both those bars were c ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:05 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Just take a hand saw, put it in a vice, Run your top bars over the blade in all directions... That's what I do and didn't have any collapses. The issue most of the time is from fresh comb from what I ...
  Topic: Queen Cell Drawing
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:53 pm   Subject: Queen Cell Drawing
On Tuesday I transferred the old queen out of the hive in order to make them think she had swarmed. I cut them some cells where there was only 1 day old larva in it at the same time. Also did the same ...
  Topic: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:52 pm   Subject: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
Agreed,

But this popped up when i Googled "Nicot system queen rearing in top bar hive". So just thought I would ask.
  Topic: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:57 pm   Subject: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
So how do you allow them to leave that area? just drill a hole in the side for them to get out? I mean they are only in there for 3 days if by your experience but in just one day I lost about 200 work ...
  Topic: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:18 pm   Subject: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
Well I think I had an idea what he meant but solid board, because most of the hives in UK are side entrance. I have end entrances. So for me I will probably just add some vents in the follower board, ...
  Topic: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:29 pm   Subject: Re: Queen Rearing in a Single Top Bar Hive using a Cupularve
Make the end section queenless by putting in a solid division board

Sorry this is a late reply I was just hoping to make myself some back up queens this year because i lost one because of a failing ...
  Topic: Is treated lumber acceptable for the eco floor?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:08 pm   Subject: Is treated lumber acceptable for the eco floor?
If you are worried about he soft wood, just buy a can of Polyurethane coating from lowes/depot and coat the wood. That will make it last a lot longer. Or, as I have mentioned and I swear by, Cedar Sea ...
  Topic: Is treated lumber acceptable for the eco floor?
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:05 pm   Subject: Is treated lumber acceptable for the eco floor?
My Opinion, don't do it. Treated wood has some nasty chemicals that can travel through anything it comes into contact. I don't even recommend cutting it with out a mask or well ventilated area... Shou ...
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:59 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
Should I shake some nurse bees from my other Really strong hive in there or do you think that could be a disaster?
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:57 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
Well that went pretty well, I think I may have lost some forgers but hopefully they will find there way home (I did shake them into the hive as they landed on the old entrance), they stayed the night ...
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:32 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
Alright, I'll give it a go, can't hurt anything I guess.
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:21 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
Do I cut it with anything to make it faster? like Alcohol or something?
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:55 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
I would like to do something similar to this but I just don't have time for that to dry enough I think. I am hoping to be able to transfer all these girls in less than 10 minutes. from the time I get ...
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:04 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
Yes, I will have to crop the ends about 2 inches but once I get the queen in the box I should be able to shake the rest off and into the box.

I was just concerned that the new box wouldn't be varni ...
  Topic: My first Top Bar Bee Hive almost done
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:08 pm   Subject: My first Top Bar Bee Hive almost done
I use this stuff called Cedar Seal from home depot. little expensive but it claims to be safe for pets, and it keeps the natural color of the wood even protects from UV, water, and mold.
  Topic: Warré To TBH move
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:06 pm   Subject: Warré To TBH move
Is it too early to do this?

I will be attaching the combs from the Warré Hive to the top bars of the HTBH but just wondered if it is too early to attempt this.

I have 3 days of 60 degree weather ...
 
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