Albuquerque Beekeepers

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Topbar hive users.


Topbar hive users.

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

Members: 66
Latest Activity: Aug 1, 2018

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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 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??

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.


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