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Transferring from a National frame NUC to a TBH

 
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AndyC
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:43 pm    Post subject: Transferring from a National frame NUC to a TBH Reply with quote

Very newbie here.
Can I pick a brain or two?
I have a TBH built and ready to go.
It has three x three inch Dia mesh covered holes in the base with blanking plates for summer ventilation and inspection purposes.
If I could got a colony in a traditional five bar frame-type NUC and I made up a temporary top for it with a three inch hole in it and 'fixed' the NUC under the TBH with the holes aligned.
Which bee access holes would one open, the TBH or NUC or both and when?
And does the team think the little tykes would move naturally up into the TBH to take up residence?
Would the queen follow or would I have to catch her and transfer her manually?
Would the colony abandon the NUC frames eventually
or what would I have to do to 'empty' them to complete the move?
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Smorning
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil has written an excellent guide that should assist

http://www.biobees.com/library/hive_topbar/Introducing_bees_to_a_TBH.pdf

The best way to get bees into a topbar hive is to get a swarm less hassle for you and less stressful for the bees
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johno
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently built my first hTBH and transferred comb from a national brood box to it. I documented the process in this thread. I will be transferring a 6 frame nuc into my second hTBH sometime next week and I will use the same system.
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AndyC
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys .....I think I am working along the right lines.
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