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maskerade
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Location: Norfolk

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:46 pm    Post subject: Spring build up Reply with quote

Hello fellow bee tenders,

I have been watching my bees every so often through my window over the winter and watching the space they take up. The window is such a great addition to the top bar hive!

I was wondering when I will start to see the population increase dramatically as it has stayed quite static so far. Unfortunately this year the temps have stayed just below the magic 8C for many days so they have not been that busy, the last few days have been better with pollen coming in.

Am I being impatient or could there be an issue? If so, what would be the minimum temp to make an inspection. It probably wouldn't be that quick as the hive is maxed out and the bees are pretty runny making it hard for a newb to close it up!

Here is a vid I took earlier if it helps....
Thanks, Charlie

http://youtu.be/NP-7Zf9f4oo
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rmcpb
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Location: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help with your build up question but to close up easier get a length of 3mm (1/8") timber. When closing push your topbar so a bee can just fit between it and the next one, drop the slip of timber in which pushes the bees down, close your topbar up onto the slip then pull the slip out. The bees will not fit in the gap left so you can just close it up. It sure speeds up my friend who has a TBH.

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Rob.
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maskerade
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the useful tip Rob, I came across this last midsummer and it did indeed speed things up a lot.. It's pretty cold here still though so I wouldn't want it open for more than a few mins which is still beyond my skills 😳
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rmcpb
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All hive types have their good and bad points. Closing up a THB is one of their more fiddly ponts and the lack of expandability is another. Just takes a bit more work to overcome but if they are not too active I would leave it and make some nucs to act as swarm traps.

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