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  Topic: Feisty bees in TBH
B Dawson

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:33 pm   Subject: fiesta bees in my yard
I posted on another thread about my cranky girls. I'll do a search next time!

Here's whats up:

My bees have been defensive in the last few days, even when I merely opened the lid to start feede ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:24 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Brilliant videos, Barbara. Thank you. I've only watched a couple, but I hope at some point he does show actually removing the comb.

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  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:20 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks for the clarification, Adam. I admit when I read up on shook swarms, the method seemed a bit rough and I could just see my novice attempts traumatizing the colony! I'll take a look at the refe ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:52 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
I understand. I was following the idea that I'd let them build and then switch the bars around later in the season. Makes much more sense to let them store in a permanent position and not rearrange ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:06 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Barbara -

Here's a link I found for Rescue Bars which seemed rather well thought out:
http://www.thegardenacademy.com/micro-homesteading/rescue-frames-fast-comb-repair/. I do like the sturdy nat ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:38 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks for yours Adam. Some good thoughts on how to handle things. I had to look up "shook swarm", but it seems a possible solution if comb surgery fails.

I'm fortunate that I've no nei ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:59 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
Thanks to you both, Trekmate & Barbara.

I used 1-3/8" (35mm) top bars with the triangular guide, cut precisely on a table saw. My hives are built according to Chandler's book.

I star ...
  Topic: Cross combing disaster
B Dawson

Replies: 14
Views: 736

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:07 pm   Subject: Cross combing disaster
This is my first year hive keeping, there is no mentor in the area and i'm afraid I've tipped over the edge of disaster now.

Right after I installed my two packages in April, my mother passed away ...
  Topic: New natural beekeeper in WV
B Dawson

Replies: 2
Views: 822

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:38 am   Subject: New natural beekeeper in WV
Thank you for the reply, ingo50!

I'm planning on 1" (2.5cm) thick Western Red Cedar per Chandler's plans. I'm adding an insulated gable roof - plywood covered with tin.

I've also the benef ...
  Topic: New natural beekeeper in WV
B Dawson

Replies: 2
Views: 822

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:39 pm   Subject: New natural beekeeper in WV
Anyone else doing natural bee/top bar hives in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia? I'm new to this and have already been told by the local square box bee association that "top bars won't wor ...
 
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