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    Re: How long Before Queen lays in new comb ?

    I struggle with this, too, though it seems to depend on the hive. I just bought a nuc (not doing all that well, unfortunately), and the moment the hive gets opened, they come out to hang out on the...
  2. Re: Made a linseed oil wax/paste for inside the hive

    Aah, thank you, Michael.
  3. Re: Made a linseed oil wax/paste for inside the hive

    Bees do coat the inside of the hive themselves, and the treatment is simply to give them some help in this regard. As for the inside of hollow trees...since trees exude saps of various kinds when...
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    Re: How long Before Queen lays in new comb ?

    I just bought a magnifying glass with an LED light built into it to see eggs, especially when they are laid on new comb. Between progressive lenses and the head net, I can't see eggs well at all,...
  5. Made a linseed oil wax/paste for inside the hive

    Several people have mentioned using linseed oil to treat wood both inside and outside hives. The purpose is to preserve the wood with a natural product to improve longevity, control swelling, manage...
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    Re: installing 1st pkgs in used top bar hives

    Yep! I had a similar experience with my first package -- so nervous, immediately got stung 3 times (didn't penetrate gloves, though), but did the get the queen hung and placed the whole package...
  7. Re: Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?

    Thank you, Eric!
  8. Thread: Bees at Night

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    Re: Bees at Night

    Two pieces of comb snapped off during an inspection -- I don't know why since they weren't attached to the side nor were they particularly heavy. They did have brood, so I moved them to the back of...
  9. Re: Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?

    Thank you Ruth! I intended to move the queen to the new hive, but couldn't find her. In fact, I've never been able to see her! I am going to check for new queen cells, and if I don't find them, add...
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    Re: TBH -- ready to swarm?

    Thank you, Shane. Some are suggesting this is bearding behavior, and maybe it was? I have a full day of yard work scheduled today, but I'm hoping to check later this afternoon. What is "backfilling...
  11. Re: This is what bees look like at night in preparation to swarm?

    This is a TBH and there is still room to build comb, but it is absolutely packed with bees -- you can't see any surface anywhere on the inside that doesn't have bees! I have yet to find swarm cells,...
  12. Thread: Bees at Night

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    Bees at Night

    Apparently, my bees yet again forgot to read the textbooks. Had to fix a couple of combs this afternoon, and left them out for bees to take back the nectar before I used them. These pictures were...
  13. Re: Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?

    Thank you, Ray -- I was thinking I would need to add a better selection of brood comb.
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    TBH -- ready to swarm?

    I went to the hives to retrieve some broken comb I'd left for the bees to clean...and found this scene. I'm thinking that this is preparation to swarm, perhaps? These pics were taken around 9:00 pm...
  15. This is what bees look like at night in preparation to swarm?

    I went to the hives to retrieve some broken comb I'd left for the bees to clean...and found this scene. I'm thinking that this is preparation to swarm, perhaps? These pics were taken around 9:00 pm...
  16. Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?

    On 2/22, I created a split from my single hive which is quite strong and filled with bees. I didn't find the queen, so went with several bars of brood comb. Every week, I've checked for a queen cell,...
  17. Thread: Natural bottom

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    Re: Natural bottom

    Thank you! I was kind of hoping you'd repost just in case...:banana:.
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    Re: Suggest A Different Beginners Book.

    This was pretty much my experience as well, and I'd just about decided not to pursue beekeeping when I did an genuine web search that turned up Michael Bush's website -- prior to that, I'd been...
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    Re: How do you mark your hives?

    I just went with a permanent marker. Our registration numbers are several digits long, so more robust materials also seemed like they would be more expensive. So far, the first number is still...
  20. Thread: Natural bottom

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    Re: Natural bottom

    Hi, Jon! So glad you chimed in...I was trying to remember your name, and was pretty sure it was "john", so I could use the screw in bottle traps you invented:D. I'm pretty sure I have the page...
  21. Thread: How Much Space?

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    Re: How Much Space?

    As one who did not show sufficient initiative, I can say wholeheartedly that getting in and fixing comb early is important. Given that, the first combs the bees will draw may look straight...cross...
  22. Thread: Natural bottom

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    Re: Natural bottom

    Hi, Adam. My eco-floor does have a solid bottom b/c I missed that part of the directions! I didn't line it with anything, but did add a few layers of shellac to help with moisture. Our humidity is...
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    Re: Natural bottom

    I'm using 1/4" hardware cloth as the floor of the Mother hive and so far, they've not built below it or attached comb to it.


    And this pretty much nails the crux of the matter -- are there...
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    Re: Caffine for bees?

    My daughter left a glass outside with an ounce or two of coca cola in it. The bees were totally into it the next day! No carbonation, tons of sugar, and caffeine. Two bees drowned, but everyone else...
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    Re: Any treatment-free beeks in Central Florida?

    I don't have queens or nucs, but am treatment free -- just coming up on my first year anniversary, running top bar hives. There are treatment free beeks in FL, but you find them by word of mouth. The...
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