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    Re: Mixing frames and top bars

    the bad experience with the top bars may be because the size of the topbar hive is so big. I have one that goes about 14 inches deep and it seems the combs want to break off easily. the other one i...
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    Re: I think my hives are doomed

    sorry this has happened to you
  3. Putting swarm inside foundationless frame nuc.

    I built a nuc today for any emergencies. I was wondering if I placed frames with no foundation(or wire) if the bees would perhaps draw comb on them. Was thinking maybe of putting a cleat with wax...
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    Re: Hot hives?

    I have a topbar hive with a screened bottom that I had been keeping covered. Noticed that my bees were bearding more than usual. I removed the wood cover from the screen thinking that would help. ...
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    Re: Melting brood comb wax

    I always heard it was 1:1 to get them to build comb. 1:2 would definitely be cheaper if it gets the same results.
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    Re: Melting brood comb wax

    Sorry I wasn't clear with my question. It was just some chunks of comb left over from having to cut a few to size to fit from one topbar hive into another. I am planning to get a Langstroph at...
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    Melting brood comb wax

    Can I melt comb that has dead brood in it and expect to get a wax that is safe to use on plastic foundation? How would I go about doing it if possible?
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    Re: Feeling Quite Low

    At least you took immediate action instead of just giving up and sulking.
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    Re: Just sharing some pics TBH

    I gotta see a pic of the whole TBH, just gotta.
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    Laying pattern

    Looking at my broodnest today I noticed that the laying patterns seemed to be about a 3 or 4 inch section of capped brood in the center, then a circle of uncapped brood, and finally an outer circle...
  11. Re: Queen cup with egg possibly. My plan.

    Steve, My last check there were multiple queen cells. Most of them had royal jelly building up in them.
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    Re: More queen questions

    Yea, from what I've read the larvae need to be 3 days or younger because after that point the house bees start feeding them a food mix that leads to their development into another worker bee.
  13. Possible egg in queen cup. What to do next?

    Did hive inspection and noticed what appeared to be an egg in a queen cup. Not 100% sure because the sun was in the perfect position for the edge of my veil to half cast a shadow into the cup when I...
  14. Queen cup with egg possibly. My plan.

    Did hive inspection and noticed what appeared to be an egg in a queen cup. Not 100% sure because the sun was in the perfect position for the edge of my veil to half cast a shadow into the cup when I...
  15. Thread: Beard?

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    Re: Beard?

    Got some funny ones here.
  16. Thread: Beard?

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    Re: Beard?

    yea, just had me worried because I hadn't seen them do this before. Only had this hive a couple months though.
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    Re: About those styrofoam blocks

    Do you have alot of aluminum laying around? You can shape the styrofoam and bury it in sand with just one end coming to the surface. Then melt down some aluminum, lead, or any low melting point...
  18. Thread: Beard?

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    Beard?

    Any other time I would attribute this to bees bearding, but it's only 64 outside and I haven't seen them do this when it's 90 outside. Is raining.2638426384
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    Re: How is the best way to spot the queen?

    When I first got my package and the queen was released I went through the eight bars I had at least 5 times a piece and couldn't find her. She was a marked queen. I thought for sure she had been...
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    Sourwood and Locusts

    Today I noticed the sourwood in my area is starting to bloom. I also noticed that the locusts have started up their racket. I was wondering if anyone else has noticed the sound of locusts...
  21. Re: SWARMY bees! Will they swarm and leave hive queenless?

    Do you know what breed of bee that hive originally was?
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    Re: Going in too much.

    Thanks again. I think I'm going to take the approach of letting the bees decide when they are ready to be split. I have little experience so I'm gonna let the experts decide. From my readings, if a...
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    Re: Going in too much.

    thanks for the info crmauch
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    Re: Going in too much.

    I got to thinking yesterday. From the bottom of my topbars to the floor of my hive is just over 14 inches. Many of the combs hang completely to that bottom. How deep is yours? I'm thinking my...
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    Re: Going in too much.

    I just got out of checking mine and they are only starting on comb 11. Still just empty cups, so if I did do a split it would mean I would have to attempt a graft(which I'm not so sure I should be...
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