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Failed Comb

No Problem Combs can fail for many reasons. They become physically stressed by: removing top bars without cutting all the attachments cutting attachments the wrong way poor top bar handling techniques handling new, heavy comb too soon A single comb failure posses little risk to the entire colony. When a comb fails this way, don’t […]

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Comb

Managing comb keeps top bar hives workable. To manage top bar hive comb, a beekeeper must know how to: cut comb make comb corrections get straight workable comb space comb adjust comb thickness rotate comb Natural broodnests appears messy, especially compared to frame and foundation based ones. Not all comb will be: straight centered on […]

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Swarming

Any organism that has enough vigor, resources and motivation remakes. Bees are no exception. Bees raise drones before swarming. It indicates a colony is vigorous and has enough resources to reproduce. Later, after the first drones hatch, queen cups are built. Then bees fill the broodnest with nectar or diluted honey. A back filled broodnest: […]

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Feeding

A newly stocked top bar hive needs continuous feeding until it makes a living. And eventually, a beekeeper will encounter hungry hives that need feeding. Failing to feed a hungry hive always impacts colony growth. Extended hunger demoralizes a hive and threatens its survival. When feeding: put all feed inside the top bar hive bee […]

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