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  Topic: How do I straighten new, warped hive bodies?
Garret

Replies: 1
Views: 2892

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 4:39 pm   Subject: How do I straighten new, warped hive bodies?
Your best bet is to soak it in water then place it on the good box with enough weight on top so it settles square. Allow it to dry completely that way. That said if the rocking is only slight, in user ...
  Topic: Fallen comb
Garret

Replies: 11
Views: 8075

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:41 pm   Subject: Fallen comb
I would have removed the fallen comb right away for the reason colobeekeep brings up. I'm curious as to the thought of putting spacers in at this time of year? Spring build up would be a more appropri ...
  Topic: (Video): Top Bar Hive Removal From Under Mobile Home in FL
Garret

Replies: 8
Views: 5968

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:34 pm   Subject: (Video): Top Bar Hive Removal From Under Mobile Home in FL
Nice job! Showing the brood being removed and placed onto the bars would have been very helpful. I've done many cut outs over the years but have never recorded any. Great to have this to view.
When d ...
  Topic: Comb straightener
Garret

Replies: 1
Views: 3780

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:55 pm   Subject: Comb straightener
Your two best options are to use wax foundation strips that extend the full length of the bar with a bee space left on each end from the wall. It should also extend to an exposed depth of a minimum of ...
  Topic: Basic hTBH construction question
Garret

Replies: 9
Views: 12202

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:33 pm   Subject: Basic hTBH construction question
Piecing smaller dimension wood together is fine but I don't use glue. All the jointed wood is with shiplap joints held secure with braces. If you decide to make any design changes you won't be able to ...
  Topic: Any advice would be appreciated.
Garret

Replies: 5
Views: 5188

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:12 pm   Subject: Any advice would be appreciated.
It looks to me that you didn't get the queen when you gathered the swarm or it was a cast swarm that lost its queen early on and is laying workers. Is your other hive close to this one? If so shake th ...
  Topic: Building 'across' the bars
Garret

Replies: 5
Views: 6037

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:47 pm   Subject: Building 'across' the bars
You may find it helpful to trim back the edges/ends of the combs so that the crossed comb spans as few as 4 bars. Once this has been done you can shift these bars away from the entrance more into the ...
  Topic: Colonizing a TBH from a nuc?
Garret

Replies: 3
Views: 4408

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 3:15 pm   Subject: Colonizing a TBH from a nuc?
The easiest why to transfer from one hive type to another in my mind is to grow the colony to a good population in the original hive style. Once they are populous place the hive you want the bees in o ...
  Topic: rainy weather
Garret

Replies: 5
Views: 4717

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 09, 2014 3:03 pm   Subject: rainy weather
Are you feeding them sugar syrup? If it is rainy and not many bees are foraging they need the syrup for wax production so they can build their combs.
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Garret

Replies: 22
Views: 24573

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:57 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Sorry to hear of your travel experience Dusko. It must have been rougher driving conditions than you expected. I hope it doesn't deter you from transporting colonies in the future.

Not knowing all ...
  Topic: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Garret

Replies: 15
Views: 15125

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:01 pm   Subject: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
I don't have an apiary site other than my garden unfortunately - will this majorly affect my ability to keep the varroa down?

The garden shouldn't be an issue.

I have some drawn out comb from th ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Garret

Replies: 9
Views: 10713

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:19 am   Subject: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
The bees are all in a clump on the floor

This is not normal! They should be clustered from the roof. If the queen is in the cage on the floor hang it from one of the bars. Replace their syrup with ...
  Topic: Getting bees to move down into the TBH.
Garret

Replies: 2
Views: 4371

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:34 pm   Subject: Getting bees to move down into the TBH.
Why don't you put one of the TBH combs into the center of the Langstroth's brood nest. Once the queen lays it up transfer it back to the TBH with adhering bees, the queen and shake in a couple of poun ...
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
Garret

Replies: 22
Views: 24573

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:21 pm   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
But I know many TBH beekeepers who have had comb fall, and the explanation is usually shock and heat.

Usually it is from miss handling of combs. As already mentioned it isn't the connection between ...
  Topic: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Garret

Replies: 15
Views: 15125

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:50 pm   Subject: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Lacewing, a little sun light on those combs will go a long way in killing viruses and nosema. Freezing and sun light works well for nosema. Sun light and air for viruses. A couple of days of sun witho ...
  Topic: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Garret

Replies: 15
Views: 15125

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:52 pm   Subject: URGENT! Varroa drop 31 in 1 day! Very bad DWV. Help please!?
Shook swarm is the best to sanitize such a problem. I would save the brood though, as described above.

I think this is good advice. If you really don't want to treat with chemicals, I would suggest ...
  Topic: Hive from Hell
Garret

Replies: 11
Views: 13546

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:37 pm   Subject: Hive from Hell
Sounds pretty defensive. Did you use your smoker? I've had hives that I considered highly defensive where they boil out at me when opening them up. With a little pre smoking they mostly become easy to ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Garret

Replies: 13
Views: 12400

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:08 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
To take some of the bounce out of the trailer, you could lower the air pressure down to the lower end of psi that the tire limits specify.
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Garret

Replies: 13
Views: 12400

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:03 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
What about using live moss?

Great idea! Anything that will hold a small amount of water so it doesn't splash around.

I will not have any other ventilation than mesh over a 30mm entrance.

At n ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Garret

Replies: 13
Views: 12400

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:10 am   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Garret did you have any comb collapse during transport? I will be moving my 6 colonies in TBH in April from Sweden to Denmark, a 3 hour jouney. They will be in a trailer.

Over several years of movi ...
  Topic: Transporting a top bar nuc.
Garret

Replies: 13
Views: 12400

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:32 pm   Subject: Transporting a top bar nuc.
I move hives between yards on a regular basis. Aligning the combs to the direction of travel seems to make sense but in reality they should be aligned 90 degrees to the direction of travel. The reason ...
  Topic: First attempt at a bait hive
Garret

Replies: 16
Views: 19565

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:24 pm   Subject: First attempt at a bait hive
Nice! They should work just fine. The only negative I see is that they won't weather very well without some kind of protection which it sounds like you are looking into.
  Topic: Moving Honey Bars to Cluster
Garret

Replies: 6
Views: 5891

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:07 pm   Subject: Moving Honey Bars to Cluster
Another added option with the temps being 16C is to feed a lbs. of very warm honey. They will put it within the cluster and will be available to them if the weather turns cold for a few days. Did you ...
  Topic: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
Garret

Replies: 9
Views: 9533

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:08 am   Subject: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
Garret, our losses are normally(?) around 30% so 50% was huge. This year I'm not hearing about a lot of loses here in California. Our drought is causing a few almond orchards to tear out trees. Plus t ...
  Topic: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
Garret

Replies: 9
Views: 9533

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:35 pm   Subject: 2012-2013 Winter Loss Survey Report
One point that Dennis doesn't address is that migratory beekeepers break down their colonies several times a year so by the time they finish the circuit at the end of the season the colonies aren't ev ...
  Topic: new castle indiana, new urban TBH beekeeper
Garret

Replies: 6
Views: 8733

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:18 pm   Subject: new castle indiana, new urban TBH beekeeper
The early producing plants would be a good choice for the cooler weather when they are not so inclined to fly to far from home. If you have room and a spot, some of the willows produce large amounts o ...
  Topic: Help! -mold and mildew
Garret

Replies: 26
Views: 39207

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:31 pm   Subject: Help! -mold and mildew
I knew the bees were having trouble and that their numbers were small

I opened the hive up and removed the very last bar, which was half filled with honey, and saw that it had a little mold along t ...
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
Garret

Replies: 47
Views: 53253

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:35 pm   Subject: New experimental arched top bar design

http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/DoubleTBH.png

This looks like something I may try. Thanks for putting this up!
  Topic: Will my bees die if I stop treating them?
Garret

Replies: 8
Views: 9657

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:56 pm   Subject: Will my bees die if I stop treating them?
If you asked M. Bush he would likely tell you that starting with the right bee will go a long way in having surviving colonies. I'm of the same mind as the others and don't have much to add other than ...
  Topic: Comb collapse and absconding bees
Garret

Replies: 23
Views: 29855

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:17 pm   Subject: Comb collapse and absconding bees
What type of hive are you running? Is it natural comb or foundation?

When it is that hot I don't think it is a good idea to open a hive that has natural comb in it. The bees will maintain an in hiv ...
 
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