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    I suffer from ankalosing spondylitis fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue which gets in the way. Right now my focus has shifted to cutting wood! The Bees are on their own this winter with any luck we...
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    Men make plans and God laughs! I will try to do it this summer, as I don't have a heated shop in winter, that fails, fall, that fails winter etc! there is so much to do and so little health.

    It is...
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    Thank you! I am sad to hear about your bees, I thought the idea of the candy comb was a good one. I guess all we can do is learn from the bees & our mistakes.

    Mites? arg have you tried dusting the...
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    Update: My hive survived! it is triving actually, I used a candy recipe and pplaced the candy on wax paper, the candy about 12" x 3", and slid it under the combs as far as I could, they ate all the...
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    :applause:That is awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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    Don't listen to me, that is why I asked for people to chime in. I am all theory no practical eexperience
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    Thank you for all the Pics! I am too knew to know about the brood cells, I can't see anything.

    What recipe did u use for the "fudge"?
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    Hehe well, I live in Montana Colleen, on top of that at 7000ft in the rockies. i have stayed in MO for a while so I know your climate, very different.

    FYI NWC queens will stop raising brood and...
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    Well, that would be plenty before it is warm enough up here! I may be able to open the hive in may or june
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    Take pics of the hardware cloth bar when u get a chance I will make one up for spring
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    The bees did not drink the syrup or eat the dry sugar. so took the syrup out, put candy patty under combs and they r on their own till spring. I guess they have more honey then I thought.
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    interesting, I wonder what that cloth is called in usa, i have never heard that name. I am gonna try that next year, I am leaving them alone right now.
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    Funny you mention that, my follower, not a tight fit, is made out of sign board. this year it will have to wait, but next year I M THINKING blue board sandwiched w/sign board for winter. For now I am...
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    Thanks that is helpful! Yes, I am leaving the protein powder out until spring feeding, they don't need more bees to feed.

    What is SHB?
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    My top bar did not come with a follower board, I made a hasty one in spring but it does not seal against the hive. I'm gonna make one outta 3" blue board. I have insulated the roof and I am going to...
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    This poor hive

    You might remember the install from hell, well this turned into the summer of hell! Come 7/4 I had a ATV accident where I got crushed & while recouping I failed to think about my Bees ENOUGH. We got...
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    Re: first complete Hive exam

    every bee keeper should have one and no DR is going to turn you down on this one
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    Re: first complete Hive exam

    That should read 1-3/8ths BARS not spacers. I am surprised that they started getting wider as I have seen no honeycomb yet
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    I have 2 EPI-Pens, epinephrine auto injectors, just in case. No ambulance is coming up here and the Hospital is at least an hour away. I always hope for the best and plan for the worst!
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    Wow, well we will see, i am not one with the bees, or a friggin hippy, the bees put up with me is all, for now, i cannot see crap through a veil.

    I will say i am sickj of hearing that story...
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    first complete Hive exam

    it was finally warm enough 70, and calm enough to risk keeping the hive open; I only open a 2 bar width.

    Everything looks pretty good I can see all the empty used brood cells which is most of the...
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    Re: Hive is being raided

    Ok, I used to be quite the martial artist, but I am not that fast anymore! These bees were booking in and out along with all the workers. It would be a great Kung Fu test though! LOL!
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    I was wondering if this might not be the case, but these are HUGE like a horsefly big, I never saw this in the videos I watched, but they do look like giant carnie & do sound like what I have been...
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    Hive is being raided

    I noticed today that larger bees with a black back with dull stripes and furry face with big eyes are goign in and out of my new TBH. WTH can I do about this problem? Why aren't the bees attacking...
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    Re: NOW I will relax!

    I do not recommend shorts and t-shirt! LOL! If it is WORKER brood and not DRONE brood, you are fine
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