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  Topic: How do you Treat your HTBH with Mite Away Quick Strips
Labow

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:30 pm   Subject: How do you Treat your HTBH with Mite Away Quick Strips
Hi,
I was wondering how people treat their hives with Mite Away Quick Strips? I can't find much information, and the company doesn't have any recommendations. The only think I've heard of is someone ...
  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Labow

Replies: 5
Views: 483

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:38 pm   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Thanks for the responses. I've done some additional reading on creosote, and have decided against it. However, I should point out that I'm talking about burning the creosote bush, not what is produc ...
  Topic: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Labow

Replies: 5
Views: 483

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:20 pm   Subject: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa? Other organic?
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has used Creosote Bush smoke to treat their hives for varroa mite? I've heard it works well, and is a safe/organic treatment.

Does anyone have any other organic ...
  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Labow

Replies: 5
Views: 1166

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:37 pm   Subject: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Actually, I dont really have space for another hive, and so I don't think a split would work. But, if I can find someone who wants the bees I guess I could split the hive and then give the bees away?
  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Labow

Replies: 5
Views: 1166

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:01 pm   Subject: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Thanks for the responses.

Catchercradle, you said they'll likely swarm unless I split them or do something else to think they have already swarmed. Do you know of other things I can try?

Barb ...
  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Labow

Replies: 5
Views: 1166

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:37 am   Subject: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Hey everyone,

I have two TBHs that were started mid-April. They're both getting pretty full at this point (one has 4 bars till full, and the other 7, hives are 4ft long), and so I'm starting to wor ...
  Topic: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Labow

Replies: 3
Views: 1120

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 04, 2017 10:36 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Thanks for all of the info Barbara. I'll keep an eye on it and see what happens.
  Topic: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Labow

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Views: 1120

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:44 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Oh, and if this is a problem, is there something I'm doing to cause it?
  Topic: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Labow

Replies: 3
Views: 1120

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 02, 2017 7:40 pm   Subject: Possible Queen Cell in New Hive?
Hi,

I put a package in this hive on April 15, and so far it's been looking good. I went and checked on them today, and I saw drone cells on two bars (out of 12), and one of the combs had a larger ...
  Topic: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Labow

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:16 pm   Subject: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Thanks everyone for your suggestions/comments.

I'll set up a second hive for this year for all the reasons you point out. Plus, more honey! Would you all suggest having an empty hive to split h ...
  Topic: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Labow

Replies: 7
Views: 2025

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:06 pm   Subject: Trying to Learn from an Unsuccessful First Year
Hi everyone,

I started my first hive last Spring (horizontal top bar), and I ended up with an empty hive by the end of the summer. Id like to try again this Spring, and so Im looking for some ad ...
  Topic: Anyone have Top Bar hives in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Labow

Replies: 4
Views: 2878

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:08 am   Subject: Anyone have Top Bar hives in the San Francisco Bay Area?
i guess i missed the emails for these few last replies. thanks for all the info.
  Topic: Anyone have Top Bar hives in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Labow

Replies: 4
Views: 2878

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:40 pm   Subject: Anyone have Top Bar hives in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Hi everyone,

I'm starting my first hive this month, and have decided to go with a Top Bar hive. I was wondering if anyone in the Bay Area has a top bar hive? I would love to connect and maybe you ...
 
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