Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

Topbar hive users.


Topbar hive users.

This group is for people who are interested in learning more about topbar beekeeping.

Members: 66
Latest Activity: Mar 25

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Seasonal Laying Patterns 2 Replies

Hello All, On inspection of my only hive 2 weeks ago and again today my hive population seems smaller. There is a lot of honey production, and many vacated (dark cells). I did not find the queen or…Continue

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Jeannie Pace Jul 16, 2018.

Dead Hive Clean Up 5 Replies

The hives on my property (which were attended to by a friend) have died. We have removed the old comb and honey before the robber bees could get to it. I will be taking over (for the first time ever)…Continue

Started by Sigrid Blom. Last reply by Sigrid Blom Apr 24, 2018.

Inspections 3 Replies

Hello All, Finally living a dream by installing my first package of bees two weeks ago. I gave the gals 9 days to settle in before making an inspection. I limited the hive to 8 bars as a starter.  I…Continue

Tags: inspections

Started by Jeannie Pace. Last reply by Elizabeth Lake Apr 13, 2018.

Questions about my hive 4 Replies

Hi friends,My most recent inspection of my backyard top bar hive revealed a couple of things that I'm wondering about.  I attended the last mentoring session with Lulu and Mark and learned A LOT,…Continue

Started by Emily Hurd. Last reply by Elizabeth Lake Aug 18, 2017.

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Comment by Jerry Anderson on May 21, 2017 at 6:58am

I hope those work out for you. Thanks for picking up the wax last night. Sorry I had dinner going and we didn't have time to talk. Thanks for the rendered wax that I can use for my top bars. :-) ....    Must be nice to have kids home from school who need to work!  :-)

Comment by Jerry Anderson on May 18, 2017 at 11:32am

Jeremy -- You've got 'em!...   :-)   PM me and we'll make arrangements for you to get them.

Comment by Jeremy McKellar on May 18, 2017 at 11:23am
Jerry I would be interested if no one has piped up yet.
Comment by Jerry Anderson on May 17, 2017 at 6:46am

I have a garbage bag full of old comb from my dead-out that has been in the freezer. We are just getting too old to mess with solar melting. Good, treatment -free wax for the trade of a wax bar to treat my top bars. ;-)

Comment by Jason Fink on September 10, 2016 at 10:28am

Greetings top bar beeks, 

I picked up a few extra Boardman feeders, when I grabbed some for my own bees.  If anyone needs a feeder, I have them available for pickup at my house for $5.




Comment by Steve Ver Helst on May 6, 2016 at 12:25am

Dawn bailed me out today - major league - Cooperstown! My bee experience is limited - single topbar hive last season that overwintered into spring with substantial honey. I thought all was well since bees were entering the hive packed with pollen on legs. However, I opened the hive yesterday for the first time this season and found no, nada, zilch brood. No queen?? I asked Dawn to come by and assess. She confirmed no queen and that the remaining honey was being robbed, so she advocated I use a recently purchased nuc (thank you Steve Burton) living in a half-topbar (thank you Jason Fink) to add to the queenless hive - did that at sunset - fingers crossed. As you may note, lots of thank you's all around since I've demonstrated I can't do this alone - I guess it really does take a village.

Comment by Steve Ver Helst on January 25, 2016 at 5:11pm

Hi Dawn, two items please:

1) Last Fall, during your mentoring visit to my hive, gifted me a quart of honey that I think I was supposed to feed the hive over the winter. Another bee expert advised never to feed fluid honey due to the threat of introducing foreign disease/toxins to the hive, but rather feed sugar-water. I've done neither for fear of disturbing the propolis seal around the bars. I had an extended talk w/Craig Noorlander today, who discounted the danger of feeding honey when assured of the health of the donor hive - which I am. So, I'm interested in feeding them if that was the purpose of the gift, or feeding myself if not.

2) I've read, and Craig confirmed, 2 1/2 hives are advised as the minimum apiary in order to, basically, always have a readily available nuc as needed. On the open-house tour last Aug of your apiary, I recall 2 hives that appeared perfectly adapted w/o the addt'l half. Since you don't seem to adhere to the tenet, why? I ask b/c I've requested Jason craft my 2d Top Bar in preparation for another nuc, but now wonder if I need to ask him for a nuc hive as well. I have no intention of expanding beyond a recreational beekeeper since I value the time to pursue my other interest and am suspicious that hives may reproduce exponentially like lemmings.


Comment by Dawn Crocetti on January 21, 2016 at 8:10am

Hey Steve, Glad your ladies fared well. I'd be glad to help again this year if you like. These warm temps have gotten my girls out and about but I am certain the cold will be back eventually. Mother Nature likes to taunt us!

Comment by Steve Ver Helst on January 19, 2016 at 5:26pm

Last year was my first as a beekeeper.  I thank Jason for the craftsmanship of his hive and Dawn for her mentorship of my fledgling efforts.  Since it appears the bees have survived (thus far) despite my rookie errors, I'll expand the apiary with another of Jason's hives this season.  I'm anxious for the first blooms of Golden Currant and Nanking & Hansen Bush Cherries in late Feb.

Comment by Andy Young on August 15, 2015 at 11:42am

Starting to see some capped honey at last. Woo hoo!


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