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Lang Frames into Top Bar Hive

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New Bee

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 3:48 am    Post subject: Lang Frames into Top Bar Hive Reply with quote

I had built my Top Bar Hive and knew I could only get a nuc of 4 Lang frames...which I got last night and installed today. I am a brand newbee with no experience except for books and online learning...that aside. I was determined to make this work. I watched several videos of folks hacking their Lang frames to conform to the shape of the Top Bar Hive but I know I did not want to do that.

So... I modified my TBH and built a "frame holder" to carry the 4 Lang frames, - this runs "long ways". I've then placed a few wax primed top bars in their normal position. I have made the overall space in the hive smaller with a follower board. My hope is that as the bees transition to the top bars I will remove their Lang frames one by one over the Summer. And here's my very nervous question. Has anyone had success with making this kind of transition? Please reassure me or let me have your horror stories.
Suzanna (Manitoba, Canada)
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Silver Bee

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Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have known it to work before I have also known it to fail. Bees do not nothing if not confound. They tend to work better at the beginning of the year when the colony is in growth stage.

IF they do move across once the queen is seen to be laying on the topbar side slot in a queen excluder and they will only use the framed combs for honey.

I have had success with this setup.

Inserting sloping sides in a standard box. This allows 6 frames and 6 topbars. I recommend putting a 2 inch piece of corrugated between the frame and the first top bar to stop them building brace comb.
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