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  1. Thread: Queenless Hives?

    by Robee
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    Re: Queenless Hives?

    I have had hives that swarmed, therefore seemingly queenless. Then they swarmed again and possibly again, in a months time. Now as you can guess, after a total of about 6 weeks from the first...
  2. Thread: Combining swarms

    by Robee
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    Re: Combining swarms

    I had a small swarm set for well over a month seemingly doing nothing. It took awhile for that virgin queen to get mated and now, about 2 months later, it is doing just fine. I still may combine it...
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    Re: How do you safely let bees cleanup honey+wax?

    I do believe they did say "from their own hives." I would certainly feed this back if it were from my own hives and wouldn't even think once about diseases.
    IMy hives are a couple hundred yards...
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    Re: Automatic Supersedure of 1st-year Colonies

    Hi Walt, I hope your post helps the new backyard hobiest understand that they really don't have a dying, weak hive.
    This spring, I had 5 hives. They started swarming around the first of April. I...
  5. Re: Starter strip of foundation to go foundation less

    I started with top bar hives 5 years ago and all my hives have come from that first top bar hive. All my Langstroth hives are foundationless and even now, the tops of the frames are really thick and...
  6. Re: Starter strip of foundation to go foundation less

    They will make the cells the size they want.
    Robee
  7. Re: Anyone use or know where I can get the wooden square frames used for comb Honey?

    Hey, I have some of those but not sure how they go together. Someone gave me a bunch of them in a box, along with a stainless square cutter and some thin foundation. I am still not sure how to put...
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    Re: Inner Cover Purpose??

    I hived quite a few swarms since April first. I even found a swarm last week. I checked all the new hives last week and when I lifted the covers, one hive had big drops of water on the frames. ...
  9. Thread: Talking to bees?

    by Robee
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    Re: Talking to bees?

    This is more the way I talk to my bees. I also tell them how healthy and productive they are.
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
    Robee
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    Re: Is this normal behavior for a captured swarm?

    Glad to hear they are settling down.
    A couple of replies asked about a queen in the ball of bees on the ground. I had hived a small swarm and a few days later I saw a ball of bees on the ground...
  11. Re: MOVING A HIVE ACROSS THE FARM: how many did it with no problem with bees returnin

    I use the leafy branch thing when I move a hive and it works well. I move the hive at dusk. The next couple of days, there usually a few bees that forget and return to the old location but I bet if...
  12. Thread: Bees on Lilacs?

    by Robee
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    Re: Bees on Lilacs?

    I had a whole swarm move into a lilac bush about a week ago. It was about 2 feet off the ground and so easy to catch. :)
    Robee
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    Re: Why do the bees keep leaving?

    My guess is 2 things based on my swarms this year. First, to much lemongrass. But that would depend on if it was sprayed right before or a couple of weeks ago. Next would be the size given to them....
  14. Thread: mold in tbh

    by Robee
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    Re: mold in tbh

    I had that problem with my top bar hives the first winter. I was relieved that they survived. The following year, I just set a couple of pieces of wood on top of the bars, one on each end of the...
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    Re: How small is too small?

    In my first year, I installed a 3 pound package into a top bar hive around May 10'th if I remember right. 2 weeks later, I cought a small swarm in a bait hive that was just a small top bar hive with...
  16. Re: Got Stung AGAIN! Through My Brushy-Mountain Goatskin Gloves.... Any Suggestions?

    Ahhhh, The old yellow dishwashing gloves. I had been using nitril gloves but I bought a box of 100 and this box had gloves so short they didn't even reach my wrists. I had run out of the other box...
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    Re: Honey press sighting

    That's very nice. I am guessing that you made the press? What did you use for the screw?
    Thanks for making and posting the video.
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    Re: First taste of my own honey.

    There is nothing to compare with that first taste. To me, it seemed like I must have never had real honey before. It was the best honey that I had ever had. You want to know something? Every...
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    Re: Buying Essential Oil Online to Feed Bees

    I have fed small amounts in fall and early spring. I have fed tea tree oil and also peppermint oil. I bought the tea tree oil at walmart and the peppermint oil at a local "closeout" type of...
  20. Thread: Supering

    by Robee
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    Re: Supering

    I bought an old extractor, a few tools and old hives from someone who no longer keeps bees last year. He told me that he kept bees this way:
    1 deep box for the brood nest, using an excluder and he...
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    Re: top bar disaster!

    I harvested a few bars recently and the last bar full came out easily. It was newer comb than the others and wasn't attached to anything but the top bar. The next comb in was attached in one spot...
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    Re: Stung inside the Mouth !

    I feel your pain. Well almost, I did feel it last year. I got stung on my lip, swelled up for 2 days.
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    Re: Old equipment in a new hive

    I am using a bunch of old stuff from hives that died out over a winter years ago. I scrape and wire brush everything. Then I hit everything with a propane torch and wire brush some more. Then I...
  24. Re: No wonder most bee keepers use mediums/shallows for supers!!

    Valleyman, I am finding this out. I has cost me in honey although it hasn't cost me money for purchase as it was given to me by someone who is no longer beekeeping. He gave me a box that was 2/3...
  25. Re: No wonder most bee keepers use mediums/shallows for supers!!

    Oh they are heavy alright. I couldn't get the bees to build comb above the first 2 deeps last year, so finally I put a couple of frames from below into a third deep. They soon started building comb...
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