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    Re: smaller space = warmer bees?

    If you have prepped them properly they don't need any sugar bricks in our location. Also depending on the conditions we can have pollen entering the hives almost any month of the year. Anytime they...
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    Re: smaller space = warmer bees?

    Ray's advise is right on! What I would add being in the same location is you should be finished any feeding by now and the hive should be ready to go into winter with no further interference until...
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    Any pollen combs should be kept frozen until the day before use, otherwise it won't be useful to the bees. That's if you want to preserve it.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    Yes.

    The best thing to do now is freeze the combs to kill SHB, wax moth and to preserve the pollen for a new start in the spring with a package/swarm.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets? = Dead Hive - Now What?

    Yes.

    The best thing to do now is freeze the combs to kill SHB, wax moth and to preserve the pollen for a new start in the spring with a package/swarm.
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    Re: Robbing and Yellow Jackets?

    If yellow jackets are freely entering the hive it is a weak hive. Strong healthy hives can easily defend against them. If you are seeing a large number of yellow jackets hovering near the ground near...
  7. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    I use my own wax and make about 50 sheets at a time that cut into 500 to 600 strips then use them as needed. When harvesting old comb or honey comb you can leave 1" of comb on the bar where you can...
  8. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    No, they will always curve the ends in that area as they progress in building, it is invariably storage cells in the upper ends. Once the bees over extend the cells for storage the mid rib of the...
  9. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    This is one of the main reasons that I use the foundation starter strips. They really do cut down on how often I need to check on the combs. I have hives in different locations that I may not get to...
  10. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    That's the theory Mark but I personally don't buy it. For me I want all my hives leveled the same so that combs are interchangeable.
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    Too start off I would never recommend anything other than foundation starter strips when installing a package, swarm or shook swarm into an empty box. Once they have established some straight and...
  12. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    Generally is not what I'm looking for, rather maximizing my confidence in what consistently gives the results I'm looking for, but everyone can make their own decision on what that means to them. All...
  13. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    Still a bad design.
  14. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    The type of wedge on your bars odfrank are barely more than a suggestion, much to shallow. A deeper one with a sharper angle would have given better results. Myself I don't use the wedges but rather...
  15. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks but if they are receptive to learn things can work. This is what honeycombs should look like. One on the stand and six more of the same in the box....
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    Re: Combine or not to Combine?

    Add the combs right behind the last comb of the hive you are combining too after de-queening one and smoke has be applied. Adding a piece of newspaper cut the same shape but slightly bigger than your...
  17. Re: Help: extending my top bar hive

    The volume is important but the size of each comb is equally as important for the bees to organize the winter nest on fewer combs and for swarm control. I have several 34" hives but the area of each...
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    Re: Best way to feed honey back to the bees?

    Inverted pail or jar feeders works really well if it hasn't started to crystalize. It should be free of crystals for best result
  19. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    >If you use a wax starter strip between two crooked combs you will end up with a crooked comb.<

    It is unlikely that you will get two crooked combs to put a foundation starter between when using...
  20. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    There is a very good reason Wyatt uses the foundation starter and that is due to the consistency of straight combs with the mid rib being centered along the bar. Interchangeability between hives is...
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    Re: Brood location

    A colony organizes the nest in relation to the entrance. Most of the time the brood area is closest to the entrance expanding and contracting through the seasons. Honey stored above and behind.
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    The best trick is to use guides that give the best results. I started my first hive with foundation starter strips and had excellent results with all combs straight with the mid rib running down the...
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    Re: get the bees off the comb

    A nuc size TBH that will hold ten or so bars that has a bee escape. Place the bars of honey in with the bees. No need to brush or shake bees. They will return to their hive within a few hours. I...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I started with TBH's then tried some Langstroth's as well. I have both at this time and likely will remain using some of each. I don't see an issue with moving bees from one type to the other as it...
  25. Re: hottest weather temp you safely inspect TB in?

    Direct sun light will soften comb to the point it will loose its structural integrity at lower temps than 90 but working in the shade I don't see why you couldn't inspect at temps around 90 degrees....
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