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  Topic: Swarm Prevention Management Question
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 5
Views: 9907

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:31 pm   Subject: swarming
Just check with the demeter organic beekeepers and learn about anticipated swarm, etc. You simply check every week as soon as the y have started to built queen cells. When the first is about to be sea ...
  Topic: Three nice mice occupied my TBH
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 1
Views: 5606

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:57 pm   Subject: Three nice mice occupied my TBH
Dear friends,
Just have checked my TBHs. Sadly 2 colonies have died. On opening one I scared three nice mice sitting in the nest they had build. Unfortunately the whole TBH was smelling strongly from ...
  Topic: Colony collapse disorder
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 10
Views: 13131

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:55 pm   Subject: Colony collapse disorder
Dear friends, 2 years ago I stopped using acids in treating varroa mites in my tbhs. I noticed that the swarms were doing well in the first year but in the second year problems start to show up. Sadl ...
  Topic: Breeding but hardly honey
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 1
Views: 3529

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:23 am   Subject: Breeding but hardly honey
Hi there, just want to mention my observations with my 2 years top bar hive experience. While my colleagues with there supers had plenty of spring honey my bees were happily breeding. The queens went ...
  Topic: Entrance holes PC hTBH
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 5
Views: 6817

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:28 pm   Subject: End entrances in the vertical face
Hi Barbara,

you mentioned that "now use end entrances either a few inches from the ends on the sloping side or in the vertical face".
I was thinking about that too for my next TBH constr ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 27
Views: 44029

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:53 pm   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Hi everybody,
have you heard about the latest thoughts on TBH desigen? It's called cathedral hive. How do you feel about it?
Here is the link:
http://www.backyardhive.com/the_cathedral_hive_the_nex ...
  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 17
Views: 17083

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:38 pm   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH via small supper
Hi friends,
this is my first experiment transferring frames (Zander) to my TBHs by using the smallest supper (1/2 frames size). The supper with 6 brood frames and two follower boards inserted sits on ...
  Topic: Transferring frames to TBH
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 17
Views: 17083

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:26 pm   Subject: Transferring frames to TBH
Dear friends,
I have just got 2 colonies on 6 Zander (452 mm x 220 mm) frames each full of brood nests and 1 colony on German national (370mm x 223mm) full of brood nest as well. Have you ever tried ...
  Topic: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 16
Views: 24342

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:09 pm   Subject: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Hi Barbara,
excellent observations and conclusions. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and clear descriptions on the consequences of prolonged top bars and thanks to Adam for bringing in the pr ...
  Topic: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 16
Views: 24342

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:03 am   Subject: different dimesnions
Hello Barbara, hello everybody,

2 days ago we had about 14 degrees C. in Bremen and during inspections after a heavy storm a few bees greeted me at the entrance hole. How sweet.

Coming back to B ...
  Topic: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 16
Views: 24342

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:41 pm   Subject: Length and height of TB and artificial swarming
in preparing hands-on winter work in building TBH (and artificial swarming) I like to hear your sound rating on length and height of TB.
Phil suggsts 15 inches inside TB length (38 cm) and about 28 c ...
  Topic: Artifical swarm plus old colony with eco floor?
Michael Dreyer

Replies: 3
Views: 6500

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:13 am   Subject: Artifical swarm plus old colony with eco floor?
Dear friends,

TBHs are very good to house 2 colonies, i.e. an artifical swarm with the old queen and the old colony raising a new queen. In order to make it work the follower board has to sit corre ...
 
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