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Offline TALittle

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Well, it's done. New Topbar hives
« on: July 17, 2016, 10:28:21 am »
I have a ranch way out off the beaten path. (12 acres in the middle of 5000 acres of woods) I built two top bar hives from scrap lumber and last weekend placed them on the property. Total cost of the hives was $11 each.

I put the backer boards at the calculated location to provide 35l of internal space. Rubbed the chamfer molding on the top bars with bees wax, then put 8 or so drops of lemon grass oil on a cotton ball inside a ziplock bag with about 1" open and tossed it in the back of the hive.

Hives are facing south-south-east, so now it is just a waiting game. Hoping a swarm will move in.

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Re: Well, it's done. New Topbar hives
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2016, 03:06:20 pm »
Looks great!   Good luck!
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Re: Well, it's done. New Topbar hives
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 01:23:09 am »
Considering doing this myself.  Did you have success?

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Re: Well, it's done. New Topbar hives
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2017, 12:57:21 pm »
TA,
Seal up those baggies. With 8 drops and being open, they may move in and move back out. It is like you having to put up with your mother in law who uses a whole bottle of perfume every day. If you seal them, they will last longer. You will find that in about a week they are dry even though they are sealed. It seeps out slowly.
Jim
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