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    I tend to agree with George Fergusson that it is...

    I tend to agree with George Fergusson that it is easy to attribute human characteristics to bees. Especially when you spend a lot of time working with them, it is easy to see them as little thinking...
  2. Thread: Moving KTBH

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    I moved a well established ktbh yesterday about...

    I moved a well established ktbh yesterday about 20 miles of both good roads and bad roads. I find that if you take it easy you shouldn't have any problems. The idea about orientating the frames...
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    I lost 3 out of 7 hives. All 3 were Italian...

    I lost 3 out of 7 hives. All 3 were Italian packages I installed last year. My 3 that are in Kenyons are doing great. I checked them this last weekend and they are loaded with brood. The...
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    Chlorox or H2O2

    I agree that just scraping off the bottom board should be good enough.
    But if you want to clean them off using Chlorox you should air the board out for several days to get rid of any chlorine that...
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    >My husband used some redwood he had in the shop...

    >My husband used some redwood he had in the shop for the top bars.

    My bet is the redwood. The wood lasts a long time because it is resistant to insects. My bet is that the bees just didn't like...
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    I would expect to have to feed them as much as...

    I would expect to have to feed them as much as they will take the rest of the summer and maybe well into the fall. At least there is still hope. Good luck!
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    I gave it a try. Think I blew it though. The...

    I gave it a try. Think I blew it though. The bees don't seem to be paying the attention to the queen cell and they haven't sealed it up yet. I think it should be done by now. Guess I will watch...
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    Since you are in the top bar section, I am...

    Since you are in the top bar section, I am assuming that you have a top bar hive. Depending on the type of enterance you have (I have seven 3/8 holes drilled in the front of the hive,) you can use...
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    I have a top bar observation hive I use to raise...

    I have a top bar observation hive I use to raise queens in. This last time the bees abandoned the queen cup and I found a bunch of drone brood layed in the worker cells. I gave them a small frame...
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    Hi >can i cut a notch in the follower board ,...

    Hi

    >can i cut a notch in the follower board , and use a feeder in the unused area

    I've seen it done with a space cut out for a boardman feeder. This kept the bees out of the space behind the...
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    I would be careful about using a blender. Sugar...

    I would be careful about using a blender. Sugar pulverized in a blender only needs a static spark to make your blender into a nasty mess. Powdered sugar is quite explosive when air born as it would...
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    I have some extra plastic foundation sitting...

    I have some extra plastic foundation sitting around and cut 3/4" strips to use as follower. This has worked fine for me so far. The bees usually attach all the way to the top bar giving the comb a...
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    Where do you get powdered sugar without corn...

    Where do you get powdered sugar without corn starch in it?
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    What I did was cut 2 pieces of foundation (I used...

    What I did was cut 2 pieces of foundation (I used plastic) the right shape and size for my box. I placed these on a topbar and inserted them into the front of my box in the brood nest. Once these...
  15. Thread: requeening

    by oldgreyone
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    Michael You are such a breath of fresh air. ...

    Michael

    You are such a breath of fresh air. So many beekeepers I know are so uptight all the time. It's nice to hear someone who takes life as it comes in stead of having everything under their...
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    You will have to make a pretty good size arbor to...

    You will have to make a pretty good size arbor to work under, but it sounds like a workable plan. You've got me thinking about the possibilities for my place as well. Thanks for the idea.

    I'm...
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    >If I were going to do it, I'd sugar them while...

    >If I were going to do it, I'd sugar them while they are in the package.

    Wouldn't the mites just drop to the bottom and get back on the bees when you dumped the bees into the hive?
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    I hesitated to use any pictures other than my...

    I hesitated to use any pictures other than my own, but the next time maybe will use some to get the idea across better giving proper credit as I go. I gave a list of web sites including this one and...
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    Last night I had the privilege of being asked to...

    Last night I had the privilege of being asked to present top bar hives to the local beekeeper's club. I showed an Kenyon that I have waiting for package bees. Got a lot of keen questions from...
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    >Betterbee has a plastic front mounted trap for...

    >Betterbee has a plastic front mounted trap for about $15 plus shipping. I used it on my tbh last summer. Works great.

    Ordered 5 for this year, can't wait to see how they do. Simple concept with...
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    >>They all tolerated mites when on small cell...

    >>They all tolerated mites when on small cell comb. But not all of them had the other qualitites I desire in my bees.

    What qualities do you find desirable?

    Do you think a standard set of...
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    Does anyone have designs for pollen traps that...

    Does anyone have designs for pollen traps that would work with tbhs that have enterances on the end.
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    Feb and Mar chickweed, miner's lettuce, ground...

    Feb and Mar chickweed, miner's lettuce, ground mint, and pussywillow. Some maples have begun this week.
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    Last year was my first year with TBH's. At one...

    Last year was my first year with TBH's. At one point I had 3 Kenyon hives. I found that having three of them right next to each other on saw horses was a mistake. It seemed that all the bees from...
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    A couple of possibilities that I can think of.

    1. Make a hole in a topbar that the bees could use to get up to the feeder.

    2. Make an internal feeder the shape of your tbh and keep it full.
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