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  1. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    And quite a conclusion at that!
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    Re: Feedback on ventilation/superhighway design

    My assumption was that you are going with Wyatt's hive design and thinking maybe you have his book as well.
    I would go with the way he does his hives if I was starting out.
  3. Thread: Mite Bombs

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    Re: Mite Bombs

    A quote from Randy Oliver. Take note of the high lighted.
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    Re: Feedback on ventilation/superhighway design

    Hi Kmuncaster, what I would suggest if you are new to bees is to not over think and make things complicated. The super highways are fine if you have the proper tools to make them. The ventilation...
  5. Re: How winter bees move across the combs in TBH ?

    The only time I believe a cluster will move is during their broodless period which in my location is a month either way of mid Dec. Some times some will brood straight through. Personally I see that...
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    Re: Moving a topbar hive

    Cold wax is not flexible and can crack very easily. When comb is warm it will at least have some flex. Jarring bumps could cause some issues in the cold of winter.
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    Re: New guy's first build of TBH

    As long as the Lang bars span the width any width under that will work. Cutting off the excess once it is transferred to the TBH is easy enough. Probably of more importance is the size of individual...
  8. Re: Ethical obligation of someone teaching an intro class?

    All of what BWrangler says. Right on!
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    Re: comb exposed to apivar

    To add to dudelt's advice, you should remove the combs that will be harvest before applying the treatment. Other treatment options would be to use well timed brood breaks and if needed oxalic acid...
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    Re: 18.25% Moisture Content Acceptable?

    If you feel it looks watery, I would be a little leery selling that honey. If it starts to crystalize the remaining liquid honey can have a higher water content and fermentation may start. May be...
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    Re: Newbee, thinking about TBH

    It would be a good plan to learn and understand the ecology/biology of the bee and its pest first. Work within that reality.
    I also agree with size making a difference. Combs that are equal to the...
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    Re: Moving follower board

    To get back to the OP's question. Work with the combs they have and make sure they are well stocked with stores around the clustering area. If they need to be fed to accomplish this then that is what...
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    Re: Moving follower board

    A shook swarm Aug 1st onto two or three worker brood combs with heavy feeding will give you enough newly drawn comb with stores to winter on by Oct 15th in my neck of the woods. We don't have a fall...
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    Re: Moving follower board

    In my location, I always move the follower to a position that stops further comb building during winter prep. It is better to have the nest consolidated too fewer bars and backfilled with capped...
  15. Thread: Bearding

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    Re: Bearding

    If a comb or two has fallen off the bars this can cause bearding. Best to have a look and fix if need be.
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    Re: Deformed Wing--Will Not Treat but Need Help

    If the brood is that sick I would pull all the capped brood and replace with empty brood combs. You could leave one comb of open brood to pick up some of the mites on the adult bees and remove once...
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    Re: Brood Cycle Break?

    Taking a guess that you have a fall flow which is good but i would still feed this colony as you say they have no stores. it will help them brood up.
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    Re: Brood Cycle Break?

    Do they have honey stores and how much? Again I don't know your location. You need to give more detail as to what you are seeing on and in the combs? Could be a number of things going on with your...
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    Re: Fall prep on Top Bar splits

    10 to 12 fully drawn combs is what I winter colonies on. As Wyatt says." have the bees clustered low on the combs for winter". Other words have a good honey band above the cluster. Don't know your...
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    Re: Brood Cycle Break?

    Could be that the colony has back filled the brood nest with honey/nectar and pollen. What are you seeing in the comb that doesn't have brood?
  21. Re: It's called "cross comb" because it makes you cross

    If you catch the fat combs before they start to cap them you can butter them back so that the next comb doesn't get pushed over and offset of its center. The pics may show a bit better as to what I'm...
  22. Re: where to put the entrance in a TBH in northern climate ?

    The long side end the entrance can be placed anywhere from top to bottom. Personal choice. If you decide to use frames throughout you will notice that the side bars top half fit tight and form a...
  23. Re: where to put the entrance in a TBH in northern climate ?

    Really doesn't matter where you place the entrance other than right in the middle when the frames are running perpendicular. The bees really like open space near the entrance interior as they don't...
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    Re: Installing Bee Package in the cold

    It's good you have some drawn comb to install them on and if they have some honey stored in them even better. It's important they start progressing right away after installation even though you are...
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    Re: bars with pollen from last year

    I would place it in the #2 and #3 position from an end entrance. This is where you will find the full combs of pollen
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