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  1. Re: Looking for decent inexpensive extractor!!-- have only 2 hives...

    For the life of me, I can't find the website or youtube video of where you can buy these. The parts are easy to come by and not hard to make. I made this one (tip, get a socket from a pawn shop to...
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    Re: 4 week old package - add new hive body?

    Here's another suggestion which may(?) get more volume to them. I made this to go over the inner cover and allows me to feed 2 jars at one time.

    I've always heard, read and done (in my short...
  3. Package in trouble and weak I hived my first swarm to save them

    I can't help but get a bit lengthy with this, I tend to get a bit excited talking about bees. This is especially true when mother nature is doing her thing! Like any good story there is tragedy,...
  4. Re: Any other newbie getting frustrated with their new hive?

    I don't have any great words of advice, but I can say "Ditto."

    I started 2 packages the same time as you. One hive has 2 full deeps and 1.8 full honey supers. The other is DOA. The one hive is...
  5. Re: Urban backyard bee keeping 1/4 arce lot canit be done?

    I have 2 hives (well, down to one now-but that's another story) on about 1/4 of an acre. The bees haven't paid any attention to my house or my family. They leave the hive and fly up and out between...
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    Re: How much honey in a honey super?

    :) Thanks guys for the info, I really do appreciate it. I did try the search, albeit briefly. I sure hope there is a day when I have more answers than questions.

    I guess I am yet another "new...
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    How much honey in a honey super?

    It is my first year and it has been good to one of my hives. I wasn't planning on getting any honey but I now have 2 full deeps and 1.5 honey supers full as well. From what I am gathering, 2 full...
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    Not _something else_ wrong(?) - w/ pics

    One of my 2 packages started ok, lost the queen (no idea why-I was very good with limited inspection to start as well), I requeened but it is VERY slow. I also was not pro-active with SHB which was...
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    Re: About to swarm? (pure panic)

    Thanks for the help all.

    I've heard of orienting (?) flights but never saw them. I always thought it was some here and there, not a bunch.

    I was afraid it was a swarm since I haven't been...
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    About to swarm? (pure panic)

    I haven't done a full inspection in 2 weeks, but the top honey super has room. I was going to go through this one in depth tomorrow....But think I'm going to have to do something ASAP.

    They went...
  11. Re: Installed packages Saturday, how long should I feed them?

    I installed my first 2 pkgs Mar 30th and I'm still feeding them. One hive has 2 full deeps and I just gave them their first honey super, they still have to draw out comb in that one. The other is...
  12. Re: Opened my hive all the way for the first time.

    Sprinkling a cinnamon barrier works great. I had to do it in my empty top super where I carelessly spilt sugar water before placing it on the feeder. Now I tip the jars over so the drips go onto the...
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    Re: Not like in the movies

    Congrats! I too watched videos and hives my first 2 packages thus year and went very similar. My weather wasn't great, that's what I attribute my couple stings too.
  14. One hive SLAMMIN and the other struggling to get by (queenless)?

    I started 2 hives from pakages 3/30. Hive2 has been going through sugar-water (almost 2 complete jars in 48 hours or so). They have about 7 of 10 deep frames filled up with comb, some pollen and...
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    Re: Just did a good inspection

    Sounds like you've got a great one there! Plus an experience beek so close is a huge resource.
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    Re: Anything special to do when mixing sugar water?

    In Michael Bush's book he mentions boiling the water to dissolve the sugar. This is supposed to keep the pH in line with what the bee's prefer.

    It isn't that much extra work, just takes time...
  17. First inspection complete and went pretty darned good! (no ?'s, just excited)

    Well, because I originally asked on how detailed of a first inspection I felt that I should update.

    I did a quick check with a solitary goal of looking for eggs (keeping my eye out for the queen,...
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    Re: How detailed of a first inspection?

    I really appreciate the comments all. I will be brief tomorrow, just looking for eggs. While I would love to check it out just for my knowledge, my main goal is to see if the queen is laying. If...
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    Re: How detailed of a first inspection?

    Thanks. I will take a quick look Sunday or Monday to see if she's laying and if the comb is looking good to start. Their frames do have foundation. The following weekend I'll give them a thorough...
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    How detailed of a first inspection?

    I installed my first two packages this past Saturday and the weather has been rainy with only one sunny, warm day where I was able to watch the crew flying and working. 3 days after install Hive1's...
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    Re: Syrup feeder and empty super excluder

    Ok, I understand. yes there is a reveal. Frame and panel construction is usually used for cabinet doors or drawer fronts, it is similar to that. ...
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    Re: Syrup feeder and empty super excluder

    Laketrout,
    I am very new, so I can only speak from a very limited experience. I'll have to double check but I believe my inner covers are frame in panel type construction which gives some space...
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    Re: Syrup feeder and empty super excluder

    Exactly. I didn't change the inner cover at all. A larger piece of wood could be used for more jars or larger containers. I used a scrap piece of 3/4" thick (1" nominal) pine.

    They drained a...
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    Syrup feeder and empty super excluder

    I haven't seen anything like this yet and thought I'd share it with the forum in case someone could use it as well.

    I installed my first packages (2 of them) March 30th and wanted to enclose the...
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    Hello again from Memphis!

    My first venture into bees was short lived due to 2 inexperienced keepers (myself and the guy I bought them from). I bought what ended up as a partial swarm that didn't make it.

    I installed 2...
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