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gizmo
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: nucs this week Reply with quote

once again we will be trying our hand at beekeeping.

our last attempt with packaged bees proved to be, (NPI) a dismal failure.
within a week or so our bees had mostly died and the remainder swarmed off.
we were able to recapture them from a tree but they didn't stay for more than a few days.
this week we will be picking up two nucs with established hives with laying queens. our local keeper will also instruct us as to when & how we can transfer from the nuc combs to our top bar hive.

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Barbara
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might have been better getting in touch with one of our forum members, Patrick Thomas. I'm pretty sure he is in Florida and does a lot of bee colony removals..... cut outs and trap outs. He could probably have sorted you out with a top bar nucleus colony or two.

Anyway, good luck. I hope you have more success this time. For the majority of us it would be far too late in the season to consider buying a nuc but I guess your climate doesn't create such limitations.

Best wishes

Barbara
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gizmo
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

will look patrick up.....though florida is a big state....if he isn't close it would be difficult to obtain much from him.
as for our climate here in florida it is sub tropical with mild winters nothing lasting more than a few cold snaps in jan-feb. but we are talking about central florida and southward. the pan handle and north central do get colder weather with the panhandle and counties near the georgia border having light snow every so often .

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick has a website..... www.savebeesflorida.com He does lots of You Tube videos of his cut outs and trap outs. He might be a useful contact for you if he is local.
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gizmo
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanx babara,

much obliged! Smile

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gizmo
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: nuc in hand Reply with quote

picked up the nucs today.......

was a bit blind sided about it all. thought the colony could stay in the nuc for a time until they filled out all five frames. was told they needed to be put into something less confining ASAP. consequently we purchased a starter langstrom box with a few more frames. we were instructed to allow the hive to mature then transfer them to our bar hive......so now we ride on both sides of the street...langstrom /top bar LOL! Smile
will be viewing youtube on transitioning to top bar...anyone care to share some tips about the transition phase feel free to share.
so far we have one failed package from last spring season...and about $650.00 investment on equipment, hives and bee's and nary a drop of golden elixir. Smile

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AndyC
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya

So now it starts . . .

If your aim is honey then I would leave them in the Langstroth and use supers and foundation so it can be harvested easily, when they are ready, take a split into the TBH.

It's much easier to shake a mess of bees into the TBH than it is to cut and shut foundation.

You might Read up on the Taranov method too.
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gizmo
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you AndyC for your tip.

will read up on the taranov method too.
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gizmo
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: transfer from standard frame to top -bar Reply with quote

greetings,

we are prepared to continue with the standard langstroth hive until it is ready to split. than we are considering using this method from phil chandler:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRN2RjxOxAI

except, we will place the hive upon our top bar hive....covering the rest of the top not covered by the hive with plywood....
below is another alternative method......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugLHWkhan44

so far so good, installed SHB traps today....here in the south USA they pose a problem.

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gizmo
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AndyC
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems a shame to get them all settled and then transfer the whole colony and end up with an empty Langstroth and however you do that it is a lot of faffing about when you could do a split into the TBH later that is easier.
Even using the end boards and just three bars to make a queen rearing hive so with a queen cell and a few cups full of young bees should work in the TBH.
Or collect a swarm in the season and shake them into the TBH that is the easiest option.
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gizmo
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello AndyC,
some potential methods there thanx for sharing. as a novice the phil chandler method seemed easiest to do. unless we misunderstood the video phil was transferring from the langstroth to the top bar because the hive was ready to split. phil just sets the hive onto the top bar, which has the bars cut out 3/8" on one side to allow bee space. we are all new at this bee stuff and inferred that the overcrowded hive would use the additional space to branch off to. presently we are just hoping this hive just two days old will mature enough to expand.
our last package bees was failure so we went with a nuc this time around from a local commercial keeper. at this moment queen cups and advanced stuff like that are still in the learning curve ....
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh Gizmo

Yep understood. I have not had any success with getting girls to take up residence in any empty hive either above or below their current home hence my mentioning the alternate methods.

My best guess was it simply was not what they wanted at the time.

Ask five beekeepers how to do something and you will get ten answers.

Ask forty thousand bees and . . . Well you get the general idea.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes....will keep our progress posted.....

cheers to all!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello friends,

recently became aware of another technique for transferring a langstroth hive into a top bar.
the author of the article Les Crowder uses a top bar hive with a four inch hole cut in the center of the bottom, which he then places over a langstroth hive with the top removed. though the article didn't state but we suspect Les uses a piece of plywood placed over the langstroth hive with a hole of the same size cut into the center which will cover the hive end to end. then places the top bar centered over the hole in the plywood. this way the hive has protection from rain.
this technique allows the bees to go up into the new hive....as opposed to phil chandler method of bees going down....
guessing the decision for either one is the bees ! Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may work.
I tried putting a nuc of bees under a TBH with an adaptor plate between them and six bars of space.
Left it for four weeks and no sign of wax building in the tbh.
Left it another four weeks and still no sign of building in the TBH so due to time constraints, caught the queen, cut out and wired some brood and stores into bars and shook them in.
Sorry to say IMHO you really are making this hard for yourself.
Your choice and good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no worries.........
this is a procedure for down the road when the langstroth get full.

one guy uses the upward transfer
the other the downward....

am considering going for another nuc and transferring the frames lengthwise in the TBH ans use wedges to keep them steady...that hive has about four bars of varying sized white comb.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another simpler option comes to mind although I have not tried it is to remove an outside frame or two from the nuc, make a gap in the centre and put top bars in there.
And keep doing that until all the frames have been replaced with natural comb then transfer them to the TBH.
Depending on the NUC and top bars you might need to rig up a special eke or some spacers to hold the bars and the nuc lid properly.
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