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  Topic: Best material for insulation above top bars in Colorado
jnickison1

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:11 am   Subject: ...insulation
Hi, I have hTBAs and use a pillow case with course and fine sawdust mixed, 'caus I have horses also, and a few chickens. Removed pillows from the roof space about 3 weeks ago and all was fine. During ...
  Topic: Top Bar Mentor please
jnickison1

Replies: 0
Views: 1671

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:47 am   Subject: Top Bar Mentor please
Hi, I have had my bees since April and have been doing well with the guidance of the wonderful people on this site. A couple of things have happened over time and I need to get some 1-on-1 help from a ...
  Topic: Is there such a thing as a calm honeybee type
jnickison1

Replies: 14
Views: 5677

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:52 pm   Subject: ...what you eat...
...and don't eat cheese and onion buttys before working with the little darlings.
  Topic: Frame Space
jnickison1

Replies: 17
Views: 5908

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:47 pm   Subject: new beekeep (BK)
Hi Bees Knees (BK) to save space...
I'm a new bee also, started in Mar/April this year, I think-tempus fugit when building relationship with the little smarties. I'm not as confident as Barbara with ...
  Topic: In Kansas (zone 5/6) - too cold for top bar?
jnickison1

Replies: 8
Views: 3492

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 27, 2016 12:51 am   Subject: To cold for Top Bar?...
Hi, I'm in northern Michigan, we get quite cold here but I have no reservations re over wintering my Two hTBHs. I have a Langstroth mentor and even he admits that my Top Bars will be more heat efficie ...
  Topic: To move, or not to move.
jnickison1

Replies: 3
Views: 2548

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 10:15 am   Subject: To move...
Thanks for the replies, very grateful.
John
  Topic: To move, or not to move.
jnickison1

Replies: 3
Views: 2548

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:50 pm   Subject: To move, or not to move.
A couple of questions; first, as time is passing I find I might have placed one of the hives in less that a prime position for exposure to the sun. They are not out until 8-9am and by 6pm shadows from ...
  Topic: bees resting and/or dying?
jnickison1

Replies: 1
Views: 1652

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:27 pm   Subject: bees resting and/or dying?
Hello, I am 10 days into two new hTBH. Bees are very busy in both hives bringing pollen etc in. In my daily observation I have noted 2-4 bees per hive alive and seemingly exploring the ground some 16 ...
  Topic: What an experience!
jnickison1

Replies: 8
Views: 3624

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 7:29 pm   Subject: What and experience II
After this entry I am going to move my comments to the 'Reports...' section where I think it will be more appropriate.
But for this post; 'Just When You Thought It Was Safe, What An Experience II'
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  Topic: What an experience!
jnickison1

Replies: 8
Views: 3624

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 2:39 am   Subject: What an experience
Thanks Adam. Well, looks like I may not get to do my first inspection tomorrow we are in for a couple of 30F-40F days and lower nights. So I dropped a couple of blankets on top of the bars to limit th ...
  Topic: What an experience!
jnickison1

Replies: 8
Views: 3624

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 4:50 pm   Subject: What an experience!
Not sure if this is a legal post but cannot contain my enthusiasm...OK, I'm 6 days in and tomorrow is my first inspection. Have spent at least 5-10 mins a day observing. Started two hTBH last Saturday ...
  Topic: Moving bees from bad location ?
jnickison1

Replies: 13
Views: 4902

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 1:59 am   Subject: moving bees from....
Hi John, as a very newbee myself I can not offer you much but to say that what you need to do to move the bees may be painful for you but consider the the alternative. I had to do a similar operation ...
  Topic: feeding? pre-panic
jnickison1

Replies: 4
Views: 2802

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 5:06 pm   Subject: Re: Re: pre panic
Just forgot to say that I have removed the syrup.

John.
  Topic: feeding? pre-panic
jnickison1

Replies: 4
Views: 2802

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 5:04 pm   Subject: Re: pre panic....
Adam/Barbara, thanks so much for the speedy replies. Adam, just a quick note to say that I am from Stockport/Macclesfield-not too far from you. Was born in Walsall and moved north at about 3yoa.
OK; ...
  Topic: feeding? pre-panic
jnickison1

Replies: 4
Views: 2802

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 11:19 pm   Subject: feeding? pre-panic
Hi all, fantastic forum!
Just got two nucs, chopped and cropped brood/honey/nectar on 5 frames each hive into my two home made 48" TBhs.
I was advised to set up a feeding station 1/1 half way b ...
  Topic: Balanced Beekeeping II - errata
jnickison1

Replies: 1
Views: 5715

PostForum: The Barefoot Beekeeper - the book, the podcast and the app!   Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 10:19 pm   Subject: BB II, Managing the Top Bar Hive p216
Just started 2 TBh on 7th May. Had to chop/crop 2 nucs, but all seem settled now. Continue to be mesmerized as I watch several times a day. But this is not my purpose for writing.
As I read through t ...
 
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