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Direct ways to manage a hTBH

 
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Rusty Strings
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:04 am    Post subject: Direct ways to manage a hTBH Reply with quote

I'm reading Phil Chandlers managing the top bar hive book and I have a question regarding what he calls plan B. After the end entrance the bees pass an internal feeder before entering the brood via a follower. I'm wondering why a feeder would be so close to the entrance where it could be raided by wasps, could it go at the opposite end?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During the early part of the year wasps are more interested in protein for rearing young, so there is less of a risk to hives from them robbing syrup or nectar in spring and early summer. Their diet changes to sweet stuff mid to late summer and into autumn so that is when you need to be particularly careful about robbing.

I have to be honest and confess that I have still not read Phil's book on Managing the Top Bar Hive (I do have a copy) so I cannot comment specifically on plan B. Personally, I very rarely need to feed and usually it is to help a small swarm build up for winter, so I would always place the feeder at the back of the hive at that time of year to prevent robbing.

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Rusty Strings
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that Barbara. I'm favouring the entrance on the end of the hive, and I like the idea of the porch before a follower. The feeder located there kind of scuppers that. I'm happier being able to put it at the other end of the hive.

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