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Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA

 
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Bleith
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Joined: 05 Apr 2014
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Location: West Dundee, IL. USA

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:26 am    Post subject: Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA Reply with quote

Is there anyone out there keeping bees in a HTBH? When I mention it to other bee keepers they look at me like I have 3rd eye
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WileyHunter
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Joined: 13 Jan 2014
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Location: Batesville, IN USA

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll find that to be a common response. Don't let it discourage you, you might find a commercial keep or two that are familiar and encouraging about them.
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Bleith
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the encouragement. Ill keep trying. The ones I have found seem to be ignorant about them or have tried them once and decided they didn't like them.
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Barbara
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Location: England/Co.Durham/Ebchester

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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or have tried them once and decided they didn't like them.


I think the problem may be that such people try to apply their conventional beekeeping practices to TBHs, usually because that is all they know. Framed hives are much easier if you are going to follow conventional methods.

The beauty of Natural beekeeping methods is that they can be applied to pretty well any hive.

Good luck finding some "natural" local support, but plenty (both good and not so good) can be learned from conventional beekeepers, you just have to be prepared to weed out the stuff you are not comfortable with.

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Barbara
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drmolkad
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Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 1:39 am    Post subject: Hi Reply with quote

I'm located southeast of you in Glen Ellyn and a newbie,
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Bleith
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is your hive(s) going? Mine (1) was going like gang busters then they swarmed high on a tree and I couldn't retrieve them. The remaining bees have since reared a new queen from one of the eggs that the old queen left. (It appears) Been quite the experience I'll tell you.
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drmolkad
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Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been an adventure. My first package had the queen leave/squished or some other Denise. Ended up with a laying worker. Dumped the hive this past Wednesday by brushing off all the bees from the comb and put in a new package and queen. Hopefully it works, but the new package is nothing like the first package. The second package hasn't cleaned the dead bees from the bottom of the tbh yet. They just don't don't seem to be as focused.
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sedupage91
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Joined: 10 Sep 2014
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Location: Willowbrook, IL, USA

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Hi Reply with quote

[quote="drmolkad"]I'm located southeast of you in Glen Ellyn and a newbie,[/quote

Im in Willowbrook, yes kinda barren, gonna hang in there an hope for a TBH mentor!!
Checking out local clubs, reading, gonna take it real slow. No bee burnout for me
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sedupage91
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Joined: 10 Sep 2014
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Location: Willowbrook, IL, USA

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA Reply with quote

Bleith wrote:
Is there anyone out there keeping bees in a HTBH? When I mention it to other bee keepers they look at me like I have 3rd eye


Yes, Ive picked up those same vibes, but gonna go into it slowly and learn as much as possible. Love TBH, with my yard issues its the way to go!
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g2knee
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Joined: 11 Nov 2014
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Location: Carol Stream, IL, USA

PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm interested in starting up a TBH, and I live in Carol Stream. I'm brand new to this, and learning as much as I can before I set up a hive in the spring.

Has anyone found an experienced keeper in the area that uses TBH or natural bee keeping to act as a mentor? If not, how has it been learning mostly on your own?

I figure if there aren't many established TBHs in the area, maybe we can make our own support group to help figure things out.

In any case -- I know its late in the year -- but if anyone feels like showing off their TBH so a newb like me can learn first-hand, let me know! Smile
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