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  1. Jessie Brown on May 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    It is unfortunate that there is no standard for top bar style hives right now. That might also be the beauty of top bar’s- that they are a tinkerer’s hive. You can make a top bar hive out of a metal locker laid on it’s side for goodness sake. I have had to do major surgery when transferring comb from the Crowder style hive to a much skinnier and deeper Bush hive. I’ve also not been able to transfer bars from my Crowder style to the Gold Star hive because I couldn’t get to the cleat to cut it down. I don’t have a solution for this one because I like the simplicity of the Crowder hive and I like the beautiful engineering of the TJ hive.

    Quick question, do many people in Northern NM have experience with the TJ Carr hive? He’s a big educator in Albuquerque. You can find TJ and the Crowder hive plans here:

    Anyway, good to know about the second year mite issue. I haven’t had much experience with mites taking down a colony, but it could easily happen to me in the future. 

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