541Re: so, how did you get started in top bar beekeeping?
- Nov 20, 2006Hi Scot
Do you have any thoughs after this year of with all your TBh's?
I know when I get a 3 lb package mid April here in New England and
install with just foundation and have to feed it hard, I rarely get a
decent crop but do the next year. If I install same on 3-5 of drawn
comb I get a super or so. If on 20 drawn Langstroths get a decent
crop. In every case I have to feed but less as I go.
So, I guess my Question is there a economic starting point as far as
success or a minimium point or combination with a new package say like
a 3lb package with the ultimate goal of filling a Standard 48" KTBH
like yours? Or do you think a smaller or larger package would be
needed? Any drawn comb added?
I know with my bees they have a hard time keeping up with some
of the intense flows and ultimately swarm as they can't draw a super
--- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, "scot.mcpherson" <scot.mcpherson@...>
>other lists, but quite frankly mark has just demonstrated why I do so.
> </blurb>I know some members are a bit tweaked that a send tbhers to
Having said this I would like to see some discussion here and wonder
why if people want discussion that the membership here does just go
ahead and chat. </end blurb>
>completely organic in practices. I practice zero tolerance for
> I have been keeping bees for over 20 years now. My operation is
treatments whether organic certified or otherwise. The only feeding
the bees get are new installations only until they can fend for
themselves, and that's usually only 1 or 2 lbs of sugar per hive.
>service, getting married and being broke wanting to return to bees. I
> I got started with topbarhives after returning from military
really couldn't afford to by standard equipment and found tbhs. It
took an extra year to get started and so could do some research and
development for a whole year to come up with a perfect design. I
bought bees from ken at buckeye bee, and had 4 new hives going that
spring. Now I have been keeping bees in tbhs for 4 years, and am
building 500 new hives and bought 500 packages for this spring.
> Scot Mc Pherson
> McPherson Family Honey Farms
> Davenport, IA
> Bradenton, FL
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: "girl Mark" <girlmark_list_email@...>
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> >Subject: [TopHive] so, how did you get started in top bar
> >do an
> >To get some conversation started here, i"d like to ask folks to
> >intro on how you all got started in top bar hives- or how youfound out
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