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  • Top Bar Hive Update

    Posted on May 31st, 2009 Dirk No comments
    I needed to move the top bar hive (TBH) off of the mound where I captured the swarm.  I should have moved it before the bees were in flight for the day.  I have a few bees that are flying around the old location.  I only moved a few feet, so I hope that everything will settle down by this evening.

    I also removed the syrup feeder from my top bar hive.  I found that the bees had drawn some comb on the feeder that did not follow the top bars.  I had to cut that comb out of the hive and put the bars back into place.  This gave me my first harvest from the TBH and first honey for the season.  I would suspect that it is mostly sugar water honey, directly from the feeder, but it still tastes wonderful.

    Overall I like how the hive is starting out this year.  If the hive continues to put on weight like it has, soon I will not be able to move it by myself.

      

     

    Golden Mean Top Bar Hive

    Golden Mean Top Bar Hive

      

     

    TBH Observation Window

    TBH Observation Window

      

     

    Burr comb removed

    Burr comb removed

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