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  Topic: 15 bar TBH
Noahsoak

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:23 pm   Subject: 15 bar tbh
I am curious if by August there were 22 bars used, with 5 of that newly started comb and honey stores, is that considered too large of a hive for that amount of space?

I think it holds close to 30 ...
  Topic: 1 follower board & end entrance Q's
Noahsoak

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:03 pm   Subject: 1 follower board & end entrance Q's
Some people add empty top bars at each end of the Brood Nest to prevent swarming. Other people (like me) only add extra comb to the back of the stores as bees progress. I always place the empty top ba ...
  Topic: reusing last years comb from failed hive
Noahsoak

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:40 pm   Subject: reusing last years comb from failed hive
I dont think disease is why the bees left - I think it swarmed. I am trying to find out if I should use the comb that has "some" dead bees still capped or if I should cut that off the top b ...
  Topic: reusing last years comb from failed hive
Noahsoak

Replies: 2
Views: 5397

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:47 am   Subject: reusing last years comb from failed hive
Common sense tells me if I lost my brand new #3 pkg last year - I wouldn't want to reuse the comb; however, I think they were overtaken by varroa and/or the queen died and/or they swarmed. The bees w ...
 
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