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    Re: Harvesting Honey from a TBH

    The tricky part imo is getting the top bars out in one piece without ripping the combs. If the bars are not spaced just right, the bees will interconnect the honey comb making the harvest more...
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    Re: "cost" of crush and strain

    Does anyone know if bees can reuse the wax leftovers after crush-and straining or will they just clean them off the honey?
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    Thanks for the tip with the spray bottle. I'll...

    Thanks for the tip with the spray bottle. I'll try that. Good use of the peppermint, there always seems to be too much of it...

    As far as the follower board goes, I did have one in place until I...
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    I only take honey that is from combs that are...

    I only take honey that is from combs that are fully honey. I leave combs with brood on them alone.
    If you are using a strainer fine enough, the larva parts will be a non-issue.

    I would say you...
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    Thoughts after my first harvest

    I started my 1st TBH last year by catching a swarm last June. Last season, I didn't harvest any honey. After a rapid build-up on spring (they are now occupying all the space in the 25-bar hive) and a...
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    Thanks for the comments. Oldbee, assuming...

    Thanks for the comments.

    Oldbee, assuming there is some truth in the "sacrifice-theory", do you think one could conclude that their resources are low, since there is a need for them to...
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    Yes, the hive has some insulation in the roof...

    Yes, the hive has some insulation in the roof part and on the sides. So it seems reasonable to assume that the insulation has something to do with it.

    What I fail to understand is why the hive...
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    Too cold to buzz around the hive

    ...and yet some 50 bees did so and ended up dead in front of the hive. Their struggling bodies melted little holes in the snow...very sad. I know that bees take advantage of a warm spells to empty...
  9. Thread: Bee removal

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    Bee removal

    Hello everyone,

    I've been asked to remove a colony of honey bees from a cavity created by exterior wooden planks and the house. The owner of the house feels very strongly about the survival of the...
  10. I checked for queen cells the other day and...

    I checked for queen cells the other day and didn't see any. So my best explanation is that it had to do with the decrease of nectar flow as well as the heat. Right now they are not bearding anymore....
  11. I have not done an inspection latly other than...

    I have not done an inspection latly other than looking into the hive through my observation glas. I'll do that tonight. As far is bearding, it has been not as warm lately (around eighty) but pretty...
  12. a lot of bees on the entrance - about to swarm?

    Hello,

    I'm rather new to bee keeping. I started my TBH from a swarm that I caught this May here in Michigan. The colony is doing great and have by now built 15 combs of which 12 are fully drawn....
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