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  Topic: First year TBH - SF bay area, CA.
Markki

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:52 pm   Subject: Top bar hive status mid June
My top bar hive is doing well. It's been almost 2 months since installing my bee package. The bees are very busy thru out my yards fruit trees and flowers. I am seeing quite a lot of bees on my lemon ...
  Topic: First year TBH - SF bay area, CA.
Markki

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:55 am   Subject: First year TBH - SF bay area, CA.
What kind of top bar comb guides do you have? Is your hive level left to right and back to front?
I am using 1.5 W x 16 L inch with 1/4 inch cut down the center filled with 1/4 inch wood strip coated ...
  Topic: First year TBH - SF bay area, CA.
Markki

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 3:02 am   Subject: New TBH beekeeper bees cross combing
April 2015 placed bees two weeks ago in new empty topbar hive. Inspected today and diagonal cross combing is bridging all my top bars. Should I just let it go for these bars and try to get new bars bu ...
 
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