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Transferring Bees from a framed Nuc to the TBH

 
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Alastair Rhodes
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:20 am    Post subject: Transferring Bees from a framed Nuc to the TBH Reply with quote

Hello everyone, Our bees swarmed last summer and finally we are able to get our new bees, they will come in a framed nuc and I was wondering on the best stress free way ( for the bees) on how to transfer from the famed nuc to the
TBH ?

thanks so much in advance

Alastair
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eltalia
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Location: Australia (Nth. Queensland)

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Transferring Bees from a framed Nuc to the TBH Reply with quote

Alastair Rhodes wrote:
Hello everyone, Our bees swarmed last summer and finally we are able to get our new bees, they will come in a framed nuc and I was wondering on the best stress free way ( for the bees) on how to transfer from the famed nuc to the
TBH ?

thanks so much in advance

Alastair


G'day Alastair... my method was a cobble of concepts that took some time, like weeks, but did eventutate with a "hands off" success for bees in the transfer. You are one step ahead in that you would already have established drawn TBH combs.
What I did was make up a follower board with a 62mm screen vent penetration and a 32x8mm "entrance" penetration central to the bottom
of the follower. I cobbled together a rectangular frame from which hung
the six 'nucleus' frames lenthwise in tbe body of the TBH. Mine was two
rows of three, it depends on the width of the TBH as to how many can be hung at 90degrees to the follower.
The method was to place four working (drawn) TBH combs adjacent the entrance, then the follower. The frame holding the six conventional frames with bees placed after the follower. My TBH uses the lid to 'seal' the bees in the hive as I have beespace built into the topbars I make but a temporary
cover over the suspension frame could work for the traditional TBH.
The bees began working tbe drawn TBH frames in hours but did take
some days for the queen to move over and then weeks to set there permanently as I reduced the number of introduced frames. After she
was laying well into TBH combs and most of the brood in the conventional
frames was hatched I shook the rest of the bees into the TBH comb and
removed all apparatus replacing the transfer follower with a standard follower. The process could be sped up with use of a Porter bee escape
type 'entrance' in the follower after the queen has moved over but as I was trying something new and was in no rush I didn't bother with that step.

Now that was months ago as my first effort with TBH. The bees settled in, I
found in playing with the Vee shaped combs they were too restrictive for
my purposes in my yard so I have ditched that form and gone to a Lang style long hive body. Same principles, different shape is all.

Bill
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gizmo
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Location: deland, Florida USA

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello,

we have experienced transfer twice from langsroth nuc into top bar.

please view this video. this video educated us on a great technique.

the vibration cutter worked very well. we didn't need the two handed snipes or any for that matter. all but one frame was fulled with plastic starter foundation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydqCcnUc00E

BTW our bees recovered very fast and are doing well. we used this on our 2nd transfer. our forst was done differently and was very stressful for all included!
hope this helps...

gizmo
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