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Topbar hive users.


Topbar hive users.

This group is for people who are interested in learning more about topbar beekeeping.

Members: 38
Latest Activity: Apr 30

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Seasonal Laying Patterns 2 Replies

Hello All, On inspection of my only hive 2 weeks ago and again today my hive population seems smaller. There is a lot of honey production, and many vacated (dark cells). I did not find the queen or…Continue

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Jeannie Pace Jul 16, 2018.

Inspections 3 Replies

Hello All, Finally living a dream by installing my first package of bees two weeks ago. I gave the gals 9 days to settle in before making an inspection. I limited the hive to 8 bars as a starter.  I…Continue

Tags: inspections

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Elizabeth Lake Apr 13, 2018.

Awesome Site 5 Replies

Hi All,Here is an awesome site which contains a wealth of information about bees. http://scientificbeekeeping.comContinue

Started by Ivy. Last reply by Rhett Renoud Apr 28, 2016.

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Comment by Jeannie Pace on May 12, 2018 at 5:03pm

During a hive inspection today I discovered the gals have built a full size comb on the last follower board. Do I take that off and harvest the honey or leave it on? 

Comment by Tammy Staley on June 21, 2017 at 4:36pm

I am interested in purchasing a T.J. Carr /Jason Fink topbar hive. If you have one you would like to sell please contact me. Thanks.

Comment by Tad Berlin on June 11, 2017 at 10:21am

Need a queen and some brood for a queenless hive. Thanks in advance to anyone who has advice for me.

Comment by Gretchen Rieck on May 25, 2017 at 11:57am

thank you Jeremy.  I will report back on how it is going.

Comment by Gretchen Rieck on May 24, 2017 at 4:56pm

hello. I received a new topbar hive this year, and some carniolan bees in April. I was pretty much leaving them alone after making sure their queen had been released. something seemed amiss this week and I went into the hive, and I think the queen was lost, I don't see any brood.. (not skilled in ID'ing the queen by sight either) I have another top bar with Italian bees, doing well,...  so I was wondering what would happen if I put some brood comb from the Italian bees into the hive with the carniolan bees?  anyone know??

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 28, 2015 at 8:07am

So far, the new packages are dong well.  I feel comfortable adding 10 more hives for next year!  ;) 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 26, 2015 at 10:54pm

Great link.  Thanks for posting, Ivy. 

Comment by Ivy on May 26, 2015 at 4:20pm

Here is a some wonderful information about propolis.  Amazing stuff!

Comment by Rhett Renoud on April 24, 2015 at 8:54am

Jefferson, I do not have a TBH hive.  Everyone that I know who has Top Bar Hives seem to have a lower success rate in keeping bees, which is why I've steered away from them.  I agree with Dorian, the build of the hive is probably critical.  In my opinion, there is less room for error in a Langstroth or Warre, but this is based on what I have read and observed through the eyes of other beekeepers.  I realize that Les Crowder uses TBH hives at a higher elevation, but I don't know what his overall success rate is.  Bees are highly resilient and can survive in many living conditions.  But surviving and thriving are very different.        

Comment by Dorian Folie on April 24, 2015 at 8:38am

I have seen top bar hives be VERY successful at high altitude and low temperatures.  I have a friend up in Taos and Santa Fe who have several of them. It just depends on the build I think. I like the CJ top bar build. I would research possible bacteria infections or look for pests among the clusters of bees Pete.  What happened to your bees is most likely not due to cold weather but some other event. They survived the coldest parts of the winter to be taken out by a March late freeze does not make sense. Next year though I will build a Langstroth hive and if I can convert it to a flow hive! 


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