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    Re: Do I need to undo today's split?

    I checked the hives quickly yesterday afternoon, just through the windows and to refill the feeder in the new hive. The established hive I split from seems fine -- still full of bees, and I could see...
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    Re: Do I need to undo today's split?

    I am definitely going to fix the gaps in hive #1, even if it means a quick duct-tape job in the short run. The ultimate solution is the remove the eco-floor (a hinged bottom area) b/c that is where...
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    Re: Do I need to undo today's split?

    The bees actually opened entrances up all along the sides of the hive (due to a carpentry problem which I corrected with a foam tape that the bees chewed through); all in all, the entrance is barely...
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    Do I need to undo today's split?

    According to local customs and much encouragement, I split my hive today. It seemed like a solid plan. 2 weeks ago when I checked, I had 12 bars of honey and 11 bars brood. So, I looked for all...
  5. Re: new book "Garden Plants for honey bees" is great

    Wow! Great find.
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    Re: first successful install

    So sorry!
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    Definitely the case that you'd have to "translate" into your climate, and in Australia, your country! I live several agricultural zones south and not everything which is in the book is applicable...
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    Re: New TBH Beekeeper -broken comb!

    Hi, Shanna!

    So, first, let me state that I am also a first-season TBH beek -- my first full year anniversary is April 09:). But, I had much the same issue as you're talking about, and received...
  9. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Jon and Ray: I am going to wait on splitting, though I may not wait until I see swarm cells. If I go ahead without them, I'll buy a local queen. I appreciate the advice on the cross-combing;...
  10. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    On Splitting
    The question of whether to split is an interesting one, and honestly, I find myself confused about the various recommendations. Yes, there are 6 empty bars at the back (one of which I...
  11. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Yes, that was the phrase our presenter used: "non-agricultural" land.
  12. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    Just a bit of the tugging I killed a half dozen brood cells. I chose not to continue, and instead take the longer route as described by Jon Wolff. All the rest of the bars except the very end one are...
  13. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    The plan you described is what I intend to do. Last year, I had 2 clumps of 3 crossed-comb sections. I'm now down to one, and it's in the middle of the brood nest. I will work at moving it. As for...
  14. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    I found out at our bee club meeting last week that it is officially illegal for a non-commercial beekeeper to ever have a hive with no queen...in other words, the state wants us to ensure there is a...
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    Re: Checked my hive yesterday

    I checked my hive today, and there is a ton of capped honey and brood. I saw some stored pollen, but they've been bringing it into the hive for a few weeks now. I am still new, but from what I hear...
  16. Thread: Just my Opinion

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    Re: Just my Opinion

    Thank you for posting this! Where I do want to harvest comb for candles and body products, I'd also like to put some comb back into the hive for re-use.
  17. Thread: Just my Opinion

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    Re: Just my Opinion

    Glad you posted your thoughts. I got such negative feedback when I started TBHs, until I found a local bee club (we have 3) with a more open-minded approach. Now, I've got a couple of more...
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    Re: Yoshino or Kwanzan Cherry better for bees?

    What a great deal! I just planted a Taiwan Cherry today -- I had foragers in less than an hour, and the tree is still pretty little yet:).
    http://i.imgur.com/WPFqG6tm.jpg...
  19. First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    February 14th is the magic "split" day in North Central Florida. So, today, I did the first full-hive inspection in months! Pulled every bar. Here is what I found:
    ["back"-- faces north] 6 empty...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    I just finished my second build (only my second hive!), and I can enthusiastically endorse the observation window -- maybe b/c I'm sensitive to the how much criticism I get locally for keeping TBHs,...
  21. got the plants in the ground just before the rain started!

    We've had a very dry fall after a pretty wet summer, and I'm not sure how my fall planting will fare, but Saturday, we got four 30 gallon Vitex into the ground along with a row of 5 Eleagnus just a...
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    Re: went out with my cheap stethoscope today

    Stethoscope--what a great idea! We're still warm enough that bees are out foraging; the loquat is filled with bees (honey, bumble, and other assorted varieties). Makes me wonder if I'll need to...
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    Re: Assistance in Identification

    I'll be curious to see what USF has to say about your bees! I'm just a bit north of you, and while I bought my first package out of state, they were "mutts" that still varied quite a bit in...
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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    This is what I'm thinking of doing -- I have a single hive with 17" bars, the other local TBHers use 19", and I figured I could go 19" with this winter's hive builds (hoping to expand to at least 3...
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    I have it on my kindle. If lending is enabled, I would be happy to send it your way. Also, I got a notice yesterday that Christy Hemenway is releasing an electronic version of her intensive weekend...
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