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.

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Latest Activity: May 22

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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 Eric Bunnel on March 25, 2019 at 8:22pm

Jeannie, It's hard to tell for sure without seeing the hive, but that sounds like a pretty typical mite kill. The winter bees are sick and have a shortened lifespan and don't make it until spring. Did you do an alcohol wash or sugar shake to get an accurate mite count? If you are just looking for mites visually, you rarely see them until you have a pretty sever infestation. Take a look at the tops of the brood cells, you will probably see white crystals. That's mite feces and is a sure sign of a mite kill. 

Comment by Jeannie Pace on March 25, 2019 at 1:27pm

Sadly, I cleaned out my hive this morning. I suspected the girls had died or absconded so my disappointed wasn't huge.  Late summer I had to requeen.  The new queen was laying a great brood pattern.  When I winterized the hive, the population had increased and their temperament was gentle and busy.  

On inspection today, I found maybe 200-300 dead bees.  Most on the floor - a few clustered with heads into the cell.  Pounds of honey, nectar and colorful pollen in the combs. No sign of brood cells. No glaring signs of mites or other pests. A very tidy hive. Some of the capped honey near the center entrance is darker then the combs toward the ends. 

This is my first colony of bees. 

The hive is at 7,000 ft. 

I'm not certain what conditions I should attribute the low bee count or what my next steps should be.  I would like to start another colony, but don't want to repeat my mistakes. 

Your ideas will be appreciated. 

Thank you, 


Comment by Dorian Folie on May 18, 2018 at 11:59am

Hello Fellow Beekeepers! 

My bees did not over winter and I am looking for a swarm.  I used to be on the swarm list but somehow i am not on it anymore. I would really like to get a new swarm soon.  I have been keeping my eye out but have not seen many bees at all!! Please let me know if you see a swarm or have one you are willing to give me. 

Thank you, 

Dorian 505-321-7571

Comment by Dorian Folie on May 14, 2018 at 1:59pm

I would either leave it alone or move it closer to the rest of the combs. 

Comment by Jeannie Pace on May 12, 2018 at 5:03pm

During a hive inspection today I discovered the gals have built a full size comb on the last follower board. Do I take that off and harvest the honey or leave it on? 

Comment by Tammy Staley on June 21, 2017 at 4:36pm

I am interested in purchasing a T.J. Carr /Jason Fink topbar hive. If you have one you would like to sell please contact me. Thanks.

Comment by Tad Berlin on June 11, 2017 at 10:21am

Need a queen and some brood for a queenless hive. Thanks in advance to anyone who has advice for me.

Comment by Gretchen Rieck on May 25, 2017 at 11:57am

thank you Jeremy.  I will report back on how it is going.

Comment by Jeremy McKellar on May 24, 2017 at 6:21pm
That would probably be fine. Make sure it is a frame with eggs or less then 2 day old larva. If the queen is gone they can make a new one, if she isn't it will just give them a boost in numbers.
Comment by Gretchen Rieck on May 24, 2017 at 4:56pm

hello. I received a new topbar hive this year, and some carniolan bees in April. I was pretty much leaving them alone after making sure their queen had been released. something seemed amiss this week and I went into the hive, and I think the queen was lost, I don't see any brood.. (not skilled in ID'ing the queen by sight either) I have another top bar with Italian bees, doing well,...  so I was wondering what would happen if I put some brood comb from the Italian bees into the hive with the carniolan bees?  anyone know??


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