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  Topic: Excessive drones after a TBH split
bildom

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:00 pm   Subject: Excessive drones after a TBH split
Thank you August and Barbara. A lot to think about. The original queen, which was removed from the original hive is in the split, and is doing very well. The split and original hive were in the same b ...
  Topic: Excessive drones after a TBH split
bildom

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:05 am   Subject: Excessive drones after a TBH split
There was quite a bit of drone brood before the split but everything is hatched out. No brood of any kind. There's not a laying worker - no eggs or larvae of any kind. I checked carefully.
It's ent ...
  Topic: Excessive drones after a TBH split
bildom

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:20 pm   Subject: Excessive drones after a TBH split
I split a TBH on May 10. Took the original queen and a few bars of brood/bees for the split. The split is doing very well. The original hive was left to raise a new queen. During this time, I inspecte ...
  Topic: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
bildom

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:17 am   Subject: Just lost 3 TBHs. Any thoughts?
I had 3 four foot long TBHs that were thriving this summer. They each nearly filled their boxes and had large populations, good brood patterns, large honey stores, and pollen. They were due for a pr ...
  Topic: Unusually nasty sting reaction
bildom

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:46 pm   Subject: Unusually nasty sting reaction
I set my brother up with a TBH earlier this season from a split from one of mine and introduced a queen which I bought from a local reputable beekeeper. He and his wife both have gotten stung and got ...
 
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