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Late Summer

By late summer, most colonies: have produced a honey crop and stored much of their winter reserves bee populations have decreased and a new kind of bee is being reared, the winter bee For a colony to overwinter and prosper next spring, the winter bee must be as healthy and long lived as possible. Now […]

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Summer

It’s summer: the bees focus on storing food for winter it’s time to prepare hives for hot weather colony management is minimal the beekeeper prepares for honey production it’s time to control comb thickness can harvest spring honey The Bees It’s summer: spring nectar and pollen sources are done the weather is settled and it’s […]

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Harvest

Harvesting top bar hive honey requires almost no additional equipment. And the honey and beeswax obtained are the best quality that can be produced. To harvest honey, appropriate brood and pollen free combs are selected from the honey storage area: bees are brushed off the comb the comb is cut off the top bar top […]

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Working

To work a top bar hive, a beekeeper must know: about old habits what to take how open a top bar hive how to cut comb attachments how to safely remove top bars how to handle top bar comb how to insert top bars when not to open a top bar hive Old Habits I […]

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Heat

When it’s hot, working a top bar hive can cause comb failure. Comb failure in a hot top bar hive can destroy a colony. When it’s too hot, a beekeeper must not work a top bar hive. To prepare a top bar hive for hot weather: do all invasive type management early in the season […]

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