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Author Topic: Video of Simple cutout using Top Bar Hive  (Read 1951 times)
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« on: June 02, 2009, 01:10:52 PM »



These suckers tried to abscond twice. Comb was so new it ripped repeatedly.


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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 11:36:55 PM »

I really enjoy your videos!! grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009, 07:50:29 PM »

keep the videos coming!  maybe with soft comb you could try to wrap the comb to the top bar with cotton string.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009, 07:47:50 PM »

keep the videos coming!  maybe with soft comb you could try to wrap the comb to the top bar with cotton string.

I need to make another video of the aftermath of the cutouts and their interaction with the hairclips. Odd restoration by the bees, bent combs, etc.  I'm not convinced I like hairclips for cutouts. For the odd comb collapse, fine.  But I think I have to build frames for a cutout.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2009, 11:48:50 PM »

I've always wondered what happened to the clips afterwards Smiley I can't remember the specifics, but I also wondered if they got in the way of closing up the bars or if the clips were strapped in so that they hung completely below, or maybe they are small enough to avoid all the above problems? Great video!
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2009, 11:54:59 PM »

I had really bad luck with hair clips on brand-new comb. I'll save the hair clip method for sturdy, older comb from now on. New comb does OK (not great, just ok) with the fabric sling method. The time I used that method, I could only salvage the capped brood, as the open brood was just too fragile!!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2009, 12:04:51 AM »

Good to know, Cheryl. So maybe this works best for cut-outs. It seems like new hives only need to be tied up when new comb has fallen or needs to be cut down for cross-combing, etc., which would all be soft and not really conducive to the hair-clip method.

OTOH, I can fantasize about some day doing cut-outs and using clips or other methods for that Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2009, 01:31:54 AM »

Sometimes the cutout is a bee-removal of a colony that has only been there a few weeks. The queen is laying, they have comb and brood and a little honey..... you'd like to take it all with you and put it in a top-bar hive, but the comb is so new and green, it's like trying to handle a bar of butter at room temperature. A hair clip goes right through it, then the comb sags and falls.

Older comb (two months or more) will usually stay sturdy, in the hair clip.
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009, 08:17:22 AM »

Oh, right. I guess not all swarms get caught by lucky beeks!
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