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  Topic: Winter feeding for top bar hives
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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:31 pm   Subject: Winter feeding for top bar hives
The cluster has no problem moving horizontally from one honey comb to the next in winter...

A healthy sized cluster, yes, but what about a small one that you know will need feeding? Given a choice ...
  Topic: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
bbhb

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:20 am   Subject: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
I was finally able to break down my hive and conduct a post mortem inspection. I did not find the queen in the debris. She was probably undertaken. My assessment and pictures are posted on my blog at ...
  Topic: "The Appropriate Beehive" by Marty Hardison
bbhb

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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 2:09 am   Subject: "The Appropriate Beehive" by Marty Hardison
Sorry, I fell into a practice of hiding my identity due to a horrendous next-door neighbor situation. After 10 long years, they've finally moved, and I need to break the habit. At any rate, I only cha ...
  Topic: "The Appropriate Beehive" by Marty Hardison
bbhb

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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:06 pm   Subject: "The Appropriate Beehive" by Marty Hardison
I was pleased to have the chance to meet you, Phil, when you visited Denver and am kicking myself for not having gotten a picture with you and Marty, my two TBH heroes!

My bees have been in Marty's ...
  Topic: "The Appropriate Beehive" by Marty Hardison
bbhb

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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:31 pm   Subject: "The Appropriate Beehive" by Marty Hardison
I am fortunate to be a student of Marty Hardison, and to host his booklet, The Appropriate Beehive: An Introduction to Topbar Beekeeping, on my website for sharing.

This link is to the Preface, wi ...
  Topic: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
bbhb

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:59 pm   Subject: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
In my case, in addition to generally being more active than ideal due to the warm October, I think my colony must have expended a lot of energy getting rid of infected bees, explaining the shortage of ...
  Topic: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
bbhb

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:29 pm   Subject: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
Lost a hive similarly in October. Mine was an overwintered colony, very robust in September and enjoying a decent Fall flow. I did have some concerns in October, when the weather was unseasonably warm ...
 
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