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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Working on the Top Bar Hive

In the last week, I've done a lot of work on the top bar hive. I shortened the follower boards (they were about an inch too long). I set the hive up on newspapers in my carport and painted it green. I was going to use yellow, but my son-in-law who is a Georgia fan did not want a hive that looked like Ga Tech in his backyard!



I used paint that was a reject for my dining room and I think the hive looks perfectly lovely! I still need to staple the screened bottom on and will do that next week.




Inside at odd moments while on the phone I have managed to glue the "woodies" into the slots on the top bars. These will serve as starter strips for the bees when they begin to draw wax. I found these "woodies" at Michaels. They are smaller than popsicle sticks and fit into the slot from the circular saw better than the popsicle sticks.



So now all I need is a swarm and the top bar hive will be in business! 

I just found out about a resource:  www.findabeekeeper.com where people can search for someone to collect swarms from their property.  I listed myself there.  Maybe between being on Cindy Bee's swarm list for Metro and being listed on Bud's site, I might get a call and fill this hive!
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9 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, I have ordered a top bar hive - it should be here any day now. What are following boards and how do I use them? I know I will get a couple with my hives, but I have no idea what they are! Thanks for you blog!
    david

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  2. Lookin' Good Linda!

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  3. That is very cool. Next Spring I want to try a top bar hive. I'll be curious to see how this works out for you.

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  4. Anonymous3:41 AM

    A small project, but important for the family life.
    A bee, a tiny being, can influence so much!

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  5. Anonymous2:47 PM

    Reject "dining room" paint. Is it an indoor paint?

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  6. Yes, it's indoor paint - I've always used whatever I had on hand and my hives do fine through the season....despite being outdoors!

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  7. Anonymous6:52 PM

    Thanks Linda!

    Bud Hanes

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  8. Are those legs strong enough? They're going to have to support an awful lot of weight when that hive is teeming!

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