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    Re: advantages of top bar beekeeping

    We started with KTBHs that we build ourselves and are experimenting with different styles/sizes. In addition we have (so far) 2 TTBHs (one with bars, the other frames w/starter strips) and 2 Langs. ...
  2. Thread: Greetings

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    Hey again Nick, Just answered my own...

    Hey again Nick,

    Just answered my own question about craigslist. Your hives are really nice. I'm tempted to buy one of your kits for Zack (and, shamelessly admitting, me too). Are you...
  3. Thread: Greetings

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    Welcome fellow Oregonian!

    Welcome to Beesource, Nick. My son and I started with bees last year and have ordered 6 more colonies (4 packages and 2 Nucs) of Carniolans again this year. We live in Knappa just West of Astoria. ...
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    I still like "Thingy"

    Thanks guys! I think that one on Beeworks might even be the same photo. "Bee catcher thingy on a stick" just has so much more character than "swarm catcher bag". :D

    I used to work with two...
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    Good Book

    Hi,

    I just bought the book "At The Hive Entrance" by H. Storch. It is one of the coolest bee books I've seen so far and I read it nearly cover to cover the first day. I highly recommend it....
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    Swarm catcher question

    Hi All,

    I saw this swarm catcher on a Czech site and thought it looked neat and I'd try to find one. Uh... not as easy as I thought. Does it have a specific name or ??? I could probably...
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    Hi again, Yes, the front door is a clean...

    Hi again,

    Yes, the front door is a clean out door. I made mine a slider tray that has white board (or plastic, which I tried but it cracks so I'm going to replace it) on one side and the...
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    First year TBH photos

    Hi all,

    I decided to try a photo hosting site - photobucket - and put up some pictures of our KTBHs. I have more, but haven't transferred all of them from the old computer yet. These were...
  9. Thread: Misbeehaved?

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    Thanks!

    I'll wait for a warm day to peek in, then try to straighten the comb in the Spring. I am so thrilled with my first hive - crooked comb and all - and am eager to start 4 or 5 more this Spring. This...
  10. Thread: Misbeehaved?

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    OOPS! Possibly a false alarm!

    I just went back up, bread knife in hand, ready to dissect the hive when lo and behold I looked at the window (I had left the cover off when I looked earlier and thought they were gone) and there...
  11. Thread: Misbeehaved?

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    Misbeehaved?

    Hi All,

    All has gone well all year with our first KTBH. I saw the eviction of the drones and watched the girls get ready for winter. Last week(ish) during a warm spell I even saw them out...
  12. Thread: Pictures

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    Uhhhh... you mean this isn't normal?? I don't...

    Uhhhh... you mean this isn't normal?? I don't know. They've been in there like that since the packages merged. Yesterday I checked them again and they're drawing the comb out toward the other side...
  13. Thread: Pictures

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    Pictures

    Hi everyone! I started taking pictures from the first cut constructing my KTBH, but I can't find those discs. :rolleyes: I posted photos from just before Hive 1 was completed through to my...
  14. Thread: Nuc question

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the feedback guys! Yes, these are my first colonies. I misunderstood something I'd read about putting two colonies in opposite ends of a TBH and only did so with my first two packages...
  15. Thread: Nuc question

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    Nuc question

    How long can you keep bees in the Nuc before having to move them to a hive or they start thinking about swarming? I have Carnis in my first hive (two packages - one drifted to the other) and the Nuc...
  16. Thread: Need help again!

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    Learning experience it is, then!

    Ahhh... I must have totally misunderstood the two in one stuff I read. Well, my CRS (Can't Remember Sh....tuff) is well documented.

    I am waiting for answers regarding a queenless package, a...
  17. Thread: Need help again!

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    Leaving the bees be...

    Thanks - I'm going to opt for leaving them bee. There is one lonely worker on the queen cage of the abandoned side and she appears to be the lone hanger-oner protecting her (rather than threatening...
  18. Thread: Need help again!

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    Will check hive again today

    Thanks again for coming to my "rescue". I purchased these packages through Ruhl here in Oregon, and they picked them up from a well known company in California (the name escapes me at the moment). ...
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    Hmmm... I hadn't thought about that. I planned...

    Hmmm... I hadn't thought about that. I planned on putting them into a Nuc until the other full hive is built and I could put that right in front (butted up against) the hive from which I was...
  20. Thread: Need help again!

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    Need help again!

    I just got home from my Mom's memorial and the first thing we did was check on the two colonies we put into the hive late Friday. I had to put one in each end with 5 brood bars each (and 4 "blank"...
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    Bit the bullet and installed the packages

    Thanks Buckbee. Zack (my son) and I carried the packages up to the hive and I sprayed them down... Well, I got more confident the more I "played" (spray - soft knock down - spray again) that I...
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    Package bee question - URGENT!

    Hi All,

    Long story short - I lost my Mom on April 15th which de-railed me pretty much all over. I didn't get my TBHs done on time when my bees came in. I picked them up Wednesday and only...
  23. Thread: Newbees

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    Clamps!

    Chris... you don't have enough clamps, Dude. :D
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    Yeah... I thought about how much easier it would...

    Yeah... I thought about how much easier it would be to just go buy 1"x whatever pine... but cedar is soooooo pretty!! :D

    Elsa
  25. Thread: Newbees

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    "Cheap" hives... mine... not!

    I have given up trying to stick to a budget on what started out as "I'll use the free wood and this will be easy!" Wellllllll.... Hmmm... I, of course, had to start with a more complicated plan for...
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