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    Re: Bee explosion and utter mess!

    Went into the hive today with a friend. I told her it was her job to keep me going. I first wanted to move the brood comb all the way to the back. I had five empty bars behind a follower board. When...
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    Re: Inserting bars.

    I hived a small swarm March 30 on 12 bars. They clustered in the back and built forwards from there. I moved the follower board back and added 3 bars to the front and also 3 in between drawn comb, so...
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    Re: Bee explosion and utter mess!

    Thank you all for your replies. I may not have been clear that when I added the three bars three weeks ago, it was in between straight comb. I have grooved bars into which I put paint sticks, so...
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    Bee explosion and utter mess!

    I'm trying to stay on top of my top bar hive and keep the comb straight. Early on I lost a couple of combs because they detached when I tried to straighten them and I couldn't reattach them. Three...
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    Re: Extractor or no Extractor?

    I have an extractor and I've yet to use it. I inherited it from a former beek, so no investment on my part, just the space it takes up. I just started last year with one hive. Only harvested two...
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    Re: Sting to Shock

    What F6Hawk said.

    It's very easy to hyperbolize (if that's a verb) and say "If someone gets stung and stops breathing, I'm shooting them with an epi-pen!" But realistically, that is not what is...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

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    Re: Sting to Shock

    Please remember that if you have an injectible epinephrine device, you should never use it without medical advice. YOU are not the judge of whether someone is having a systemic reaction worthy of an...
  9. Re: Greetings all! A true newbee and KTBH keeper. Just in it for the bees.

    Robin,

    Welcome to beekeeping and top bar hives! I have 4 1/2 colonies right now and one is in a top bar hive. I envy your ability to forego gloves. I'm still a little too nervous for that,...
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    Rendered wax smells like bee bread

    Yesterday I rendered some wax from my hive. One of the frames had some pollen in it, and after I melted the wax I actually boiled it it now smells like bee bread. Is there any way to get rid of...
  11. Thread: Other Keepers

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    Re: Other Keepers

    Tallahassee. Same latitude as Jax.

    I agree that our situation can be unique. For instance, our season starts so much earlier! I have already done a little micro – harvest of four frames of honey....
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    Re: New keeper, OLD hive in CT

    Wow! A real crash course in beekeeping! I hope you can find someone to help you figure out what you have and what you might need. I think that's probably the biggest difference between inheriting an...
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    Re: Newbie and excited to Bee here....

    Welcome, Dawn! Bees are so incredibly fascinating! Good luck with season one!
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    Re: New to the forum, 1 year keeping bees

    Welcome, BikerBee. Oregon is one of the states I have yet to visit, bit I hear it's bee-utiful. Sounds like the girls have lots to forage on.

    Best of luck!
  15. Re: New Bee Keeper from Long Island NY, Hive body and super size questions

    If I could start all over, I would probably try to have all 8 frame mediums. Instead, I have an 8 frame deep and medium brood nest (x 3) and medium supers. My first bees were in a deep nuc as well,...
  16. Re: First Inspection -- holy crosscombing, Batman!

    Just to emphasize that this new comb is extremely fragile! I told someone it was like working with soft serve ice cream. I went in to correct some crooked comb and thought I would just clip off the...
  17. Thread: Yop!

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    Re: Yop!

    Welcome back, Pete. I was born in Easton, not quite southeast PA.

    I have to ask about "yop." I have been known to sign off with "yopp" from Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who. It's also on my license...
  18. Thread: After-swarms

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    Re: After-swarms

    Thanks, Michael. So maybe it's a little like us—we have a strong hive and we find it full of swarm cells, we can place any frame with a swarm cell into a nuc with a few resources and hopefully get...
  19. Thread: After-swarms

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    After-swarms

    Can someone explain after-swarms to me? It seems to be basic bee knowledge (I knew this before I ever kept a bee) that the old queen leaves and the new queen destroys the other cells or fights any...
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    Re: Anaphylactic shock

    For those considering an "epi-pen:" I do have one--the brand is Auvi-Q and it actually talks you through the injection. It was prescribed for me after I tested non-allergic to bees. Yes, I am one of...
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    Being a hobbyist, um, sorry--"niche pollinator" as the State of Florida now calls us, I have oodles of time for hive documentation. I like Hive Tracks, but can't use the mobile app due to sunshine...
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    Re: beekeeping is fun!

    Jackam--my first sting was a similar experience. Trying to put a new feeder jar on before it started raining. I should have waited. Or worn gloves. I didn't take the stinger out right away--waited...
  23. Thread: Crooked comb

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    Re: Crooked comb

    Delta Bay, these bees are from a very small swarm that I captured a little over three weeks ago. No queen cage. At first, they huddled on the south wall by the follower board and build out the comb...
  24. Thread: Crooked comb

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    Re: Crooked comb

    Michael, I think about this admonition all the time. I have a very bad comb in my one of my other (Lang) hives. The bees built the comb on top of the foundation instead of up from it. It was my...
  25. Thread: Crooked comb

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    Re: Crooked comb

    Thank you, Matt. I went out armed with a knife and a bottle of sugar water. It actually did look better than it appears in the picture because they had built it out more. That picture is a couple of...
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