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  1. Re: What's with these little gray bugs in my hive... lots of them.

    I call them "deck bugs", because they're always on our wooden deck.
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    Re: Permanent Indoor Ulster

    Thanks for all of the input. I really appreciate it. I love the idea of adding a second box. I'm going to start hunting for idential latches to the ones they use, so I can add them to another...
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    Re: Ulster Observation Hive

    I'm glad to hear that people are doing this successfully! Thank you. I do planning pulling from the b Ulster to support my other hives.
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    Re: Ulster Observation Hive

    Is anyone still using their Ulster as a permanent indoor observation hive? I will be installing bees in my new Ulster in a few weeks and haven't found anyone else who keeps bees in it permanently. ...
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    Re: Permanent Indoor Ulster

    Thanks for the insight. They will certainly have access to the outside, through a clear tube. When we're not watching them, they will be covered by a wood pane and probably an additional piece of...
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    Permanent Indoor Ulster

    I bought an Ulster in December and plan on keeping it as a permanent indoor observation hive. I haven't been able to find anyone else who has done this. When I ordered it from Brushy, the girl told...
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    Re: Mann Lake 2 frame extractor

    Anyone have experience with this on unwired, foundationless frames??
  8. Re: I won't be in town when my bee package arrives

    Rule #5,673 of Beekeeping: Never make plans to be out of town during package season (if you ordered a package). We've planned birthday parties and baptisms around it. I even had to cancel a...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Is anyone else still speechless at the fact that a "complete hive" is $600???!!! Aside from the crazy expensize flow frames, people are paying $250 for a bottom board, deep brood box and frames,...
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    Re: Ulster Hive - Mann Lake or Brushy Mountain?

    Does anyone have suggestions on using the Ulster as a permanent inside observation hive? That's my plan. I ordered one from Brushy Mountain on Cyber Monday, and the girl I spoke with said they have...
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    Did my first split!

    This weekend I did my first split from a top bar hive to a lang! My very crowded top bar hive has an incredibly mean queen. It took 3 hours from start to finish. Nothing is easy, when you have...
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    Re: There is only ONE reason to burn equipment

    I'm grateful for a bee club with an irradiation program!
  13. Thread: MAQS in TBH

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    MAQS in TBH

    Any suggestion on how to apply Mite Away Quick Strips in a top bar hive?? Should I space out a few bars and lay it accross the top??
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Colleen - I think you're right. I also agree with your description. They are definitely defensive, maybe not mean and nasty. Unfortunately, I always seem so squish a few bees, which they don't...
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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Added my final info. My one top bar hive is south eastern PA is booming! My queen is nasty as can be. I think that's what has kept them going. They're srong bees. I'll be splitting the hive at...
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    Re: Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    I guess it would be processed sugar water. I've tasted extracted sugar water. It's nothing like honey. :(
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    Re: Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    As always, I knew I'd get good answers!

    This was the first year for these bees, and they had no honey stores going into fall, hence the feeding. Hopefully, in years to come, I can just leave them...
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    Treatment Free Package - Feeding?

    I just reread the forum rules and feeding seems to be an ok topic to discuss??? Hope this post is ok.

    I am getting a package of bees from Sam Comfort this spring. All his bees are small...
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    Re: Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    I haven't used a lang yet, but from what I've read, you take the supers off and then feed. In a top bar hive, the bars all stay in. I don't want to harvest any bars that are half honey half sugar...
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    Feeding / Harvesting in a tbh

    I fed heavily in the fall to prep for winter, and will possibly still have sugar filled combs in the spring. How do you know what combs to harvest when the time comes?? This is one of the things I...
  21. Re: Zone 7-8 ,52 degrees and my bees found pollen!!!

    I'm in Pennsylvania. My bees were bringing in pollen this weekend too! So exciting!!
  22. Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    I have top entrances based on the recommendation of Michael. I used 3 each 3/4" holes accross the top. In winter, I close 2 up with silicone wine corks and the 3rd gets covered in harward cloth. ...
  23. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    I'm in SE PA, about 40 minutes north of Philly. I have 1 top bar hive. It is my first hive, and I've only had it for a year. Started it with a package from Georgia and they requeened 3-4 times...
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    Re: Fondant almost gone

    It's going to go up to 50 on Monday and I have off from work. I'm going to try and clean up some more and check on things.
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    Re: Fondant almost gone

    Well.... I checked on them. Things have gone from bad to worse. Turns out the fondant just melted into the hive and things were a mess. There was a puddle on the bottom board. As I was wiping it...
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