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Installed bees in my TBH....now what?

 
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Harbisgirl
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:59 pm    Post subject: Installed bees in my TBH....now what? Reply with quote

Hello,

I am new to beekeeping and top bar hives. I've done alot of reading and watching youtube videos but I'm not sure what to do next. I installed 2 bee packages 10 days ago and they seem to be doing very well. I have 2 questions.

1) How long exactly should I be feeding them syrup? They are taking almost a whole quart per day! They are building alot of comb so I'm sure they need it but I'm not sure when I should stop feeding them. I'm in CA so the weather is very nice and spring is in full force.

2) When I installed the hives I gave them 8 bars, the follower board is #9. When do I expand their living area or completely remove the follower board?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they have lots to forage on, I would stop feeding when they have taken everything in the current batch. (They may not have lots despite spring being in full force - often when they have access to lots of nectar they ignore the sugar syrup. Are they bringing in lots of pollen?

As to expanding, I tend to move the follower when they have only one or two empty bars left but only increase it by one or two at a time.
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