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Old 11th July 2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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Hello,
My first post to the forum, I would be interested to hear form anyone else keeping bees in a horizontal TBH in the North Suffolk/South Norfolk area.
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Old 11th July 2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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Hi Mike,
Some people from Norfolk/Suffolk were looking for fellow TopBar Beekeepers on the Natural Beekeeping Forum

I have been looking for people here in Ireland... it takes time, but eventually they'll come out of the woodwork to you.
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Old 17th July 2012, 05:26 PM   #3
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Hi Mike
got three nationals myself, but recently did a chop and crop from nat frames into a tbh for a friend near Great Yarmouth . Virgin queen in a 5 frame nuc, bit messy but they took to it well and three weeks later laying like a good'un and drawing the most beautiful comb. Need to check the mite drop soon but looks good so far.
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Old 18th July 2012, 11:19 PM   #4
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Hi parkranger,
Thanks for the reply, sounds like your friends hive is doing very well.

I put a small swarm into my TBH 4/5 weeks ago I've got 3 great looking combs full of stores but no brood or any sign of eggs or a queen! So I introduced a mated queen a few days ago and am now waiting to see if she is accepted and gets laying.

Not sure what the next plan will be if she doesn't start laying as the workers will be getting pretty worn out by now, most will be 8 weeks old minimum - I know swarming gives foragers a new lease of life but I'm not sure how long that normally lasts.

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Old 18th July 2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Give her a few more days and hopefully the better weather that is forecast will bring her into lay
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Old 23rd July 2012, 11:41 PM   #6
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Just inspected tonight, new Queen is well and much larger, lots of eggs and larva at various stages present, we have a queen right colony at last - phew!!
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Old 2nd August 2012, 08:35 PM   #7
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Hi JoinerBee I am on the Border of Cambridge/Suffolk/Norfolk and I have a TBH that I scratch built a couple of weeks ago,
I have just transferred a swarm into it that was housed temporarily in a builders bucket, I am suspecting that there is No living Queen at the moment I'll give it a couple more days yet and check it again, my concern at the moment is adequate insulation for cold winters!?
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Old 2nd August 2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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a bit out of your area, but an essex tbh user here too

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Hi JoinerBee I am on the Border of Cambridge/Suffolk/Norfolk and I have a TBH that I scratch built a couple of weeks ago ..... my concern at the moment is adequate insulation for cold winters!?
This is what Madasafish wrote in another thread (post #8) http://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=19717

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I always insulated my TBH roofs.. but have done the sides this year when I saw the area calcs and the potential heat loss - and the pattern of melted frost in the winter. All my TBHS have OMFs but I leave in a bottom board all year round..
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Old 13th August 2012, 10:01 PM   #10
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Hi ichbinpaul,
We are using sheep's wool in the roof of a couple of hives and re-claimed 1" cork insulation board in another 3. Hive sides are just under 1" thick so relying on the timber to provide insulation. This will be the first winter so time will tell.
Mike

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