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  1. Re: My bees are getting ready to swarm....what to do, quickly?

    I did two weeks ago. Will check again today!
  2. Re: My bees are getting ready to swarm....what to do, quickly?

    They certainly didn't look like that video. I guess they were just bearding after all. (they are still doing it this morning) It's just that I thought I had seen some photos of colonies before they...
  3. Re: My bees are getting ready to swarm....what to do, quickly?

    It is more than bearding so I would have to assume they are getting ready to swarm. However, I saw a bunch of bees flying in my neighbor's backyard so I went there to warn them. They didn't answer...
  4. My bees are getting ready to swarm....what to do, quickly?

    It looks like a swarm has landed on the front of my hive. What can I do at this point besides get my camera ready. Can I scoop them up? Is a queen in the group outside the hive? Any ideas? Thank...
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    Open feeding on capped honey.

    I lost a hive pretty early in the year and left it, and all my harvested frames, in hive bodies behind my home. The weather has been much warmer than normal and my bees have discovered this goldmine...
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    Re: First Harvest

    The hive does have a window, but it is flush with the sides of the hive. Comb is constantly being attached to the sides and constantly detached by me. :-) There is only one window, on one side so...
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    Re: First Harvest

    All of it is delicious and edible! Yes she was smiling. I don't think any parts are softer than others.
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    Re: Bearding with SBB.

    Thanks, the bees seem healthy. This swarm turned out to be such a nice colony. Gotta love free bees!
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    Re: First Harvest

    The bars are 1 3/8" wide, but I add 1/4" spacers where the honey is stored.
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    Re: First Harvest

    Sure. The hive is 16" wide at the top, 10" at the bottom, 9 1/2" deep. The golden mean hive according to plans is about 32" long. I made my second one over 42" as I recall.
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    First Harvest

    I inspected my TBH and it was completely full! I harvested two bars of delicious honey.
    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f98/sevenbravo/DSCN1054_edited.jpg
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    Bearding with SBB.

    I built an extra long golden mean hive with a screened bottom board and a top entrance and that hive is bearding more than my regular TBH and way more than my Lang right next to it. I suspected that...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive window won't stay put.

    Thanks for the help and tips. My gap around the plexiglass not wide enough for sure. I am going to trim it then re apply. When I attached it the first time I did "glue" it in...it was only when I...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive window won't stay put.

    Do you think the epoxy's lack of flexibility will cause the window to bow? I built one for another person and hers gaps open when it is hot, but stays closed when it is cold so there appears to be a...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive window won't stay put.

    Some photos for reference.

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f98/sevenbravo/DSCN0934.jpg
    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f98/sevenbravo/DSCN0935.jpg...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive window won't stay put.

    Thanks for the tips. I have been using a premium waterproof silicone as well. I am using plexiglass and the hive is made of pine. The silicone sticks well to the wood but isn't sticking to the...
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    Golden Mean Hive window won't stay put.

    I know that some of you have build the golden mean hive or have put windows in other hives so hopefully you all can help me. I made my windows too snug and they are popping out as a result (I...
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    Re: Newspaper Combining

    A guy in my club does this. Take the lid off the strong hive, place one sheet of newspaper on top with a few small slits in the paper. Place hive body with frames on top of the paper, then a queen...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive from Backyardhives

    Here are two pictures of my roof.

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f98/sevenbravo/DSCN0461-1.jpg

    http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f98/sevenbravo/DSCN0462.jpg

    I have built 7 of these so...
  20. Re: Swarm capture failure - what did I do wrong?

    I finally have this swarm in a hive body. I went to go pick them up two evenings ago but there were several bees waiting at the entrance and man these girls have me nervous so I opted to not start a...
  21. Re: Swarm capture failure - what did I do wrong?

    The home owner said they fell from the branch of the tree just above. He thought the branch broke but that seems impossible given the flexible, green pine tree they fell from.
  22. Re: Swarm capture failure - what did I do wrong?

    That's funny Jim. I returned to the scene this morning to pick up my empty nuc, but low and behold I found the swarm in another pine tree....just like jrbbees said! I shook them into a box and...
  23. Swarm capture failure - what did I do wrong?

    I am new at this. I have captured 5 swarms in the past 10 days and all have been textbook, easy captures but this one was a disaster and would like to know what I could have done different.

    Two...
  24. Re: New Guy Installing Bees This Week, Questions

    I started off with 8 bars. I used a boardman entrance feeder since I have a bottom entry with a porch, plus I have an entrance reducer. I used a candy plug in the queen cage and simply dangled the...
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    Re: Hive filling up fast, should I...?

    I am in the process of building a KTBH from your plans, Michael. But I adapted it a little to fit the same size top bars that the backyard hive has.
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