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    Re: Uncapped honey ??

    The comb that I took out was laying on the floor blocking the entrance.it was not attached to anything, that's why I stated it must have failed. The bars above the comb had wax filled and capped. ...
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    Re: Uncapped honey ??

    Thank you , all. I would not have questioned ,if it had been capped.. I am enjoying the nectar and the bits of pollen in a few of the cells..
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    Uncapped honey ??

    How long will it keep? Yesterday, I went into the TB hive, there in the front entrance was a 6"x6" uncapped section of comb filled with honey on both sides. It must have failed and they just started...
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    Re: Propolis in the entrancel?

    These are Italian bees. It is a six yr old hive.. Never done this before.
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    Propolis in the entrancel?

    I have been keeping bees for almost 14yrs. Our weather has been really warm, lots of sunshine and rain! Everything is in full bloom- blackberries, plums, vetch, persimmon, some hollies, clover, etc. ...
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    Adding new bars???

    Well, my top bar hive is 'up and running'--it looks great. It has 5 bars with a good amount of wax drawn and 2 are starting. I hope to be able to go in there Sat. and add more bars... Where do I add...
  7. Re: Texan wishes he could sell warm weather to Yanks.

    Well, I am from the south, born and raised. And right now I would love to have some warm weather... We have been wet and cold or cold and wet all winter and I am ready for some great weather... I...
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    Re: Need some advic

    Can you hear me squeal???? It is 54* and I decided to check on them. To my surprise (and delight) the queen has been released and they have started comb on 4 bars.. Two have half a grapefruit size...
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    Re: Need some advic

    Thank you both for your replies. I am going to go this afternoon if the wind lays down some.. might try to rig up aa wind brake .
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    Need some advic

    This is my first TBH. I wanted everything to prefect and I worked to get everything right. I got the bees Tuesday, temps were 65 when I started the install. I quickly realized that the small jar...
  11. Re: package is on the way but very cold temps here

    So glad you asked this question. I got mine yesterday and it was 68* . But we are going to have: below normal temps for the next ten days.. So many questions for this new top bar keeper.
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    Re: Honey B healthy???

    They will need sugar water to get them going.. Not enough blooming to have them build wax and this is brand new equipment and the bees will go in tomorrow. Thank you all for your response.
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    Re: Honey B healthy???

    Sorry, I meant to tell you, I will not be using the HBH..I do not like the smell at all. It's all I have smelt for the past two days.. I mixed up some regular sugar water and feel much better about...
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    Re: Honey B healthy???

    I will use the drawn,filled and capped wax from the TBH but will not try to extract any of it... I will use the honey extracted from my Lang hives to fill the jars..
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    Honey B healthy???

    Will this effect the taste of my honey/wax? I have never used this before. I made up a gal of sugar water and added the HBH...That is some STINKING stuff!! I wanted to use my TBH to have cut wax and...
  16. Re: Tons of bees on the screen bottom board???

    No, they were in the bottom of the hive.. The entire bottom board was complete covered with at least two bee deep! I called a fellow BK and he felt like it may have been the smoke that 'ran' them...
  17. Re: Tons of bees on the screen bottom board???

    No, the bees are alive! 1000s of them... I have Italian bees.. and I have bottom entrances.
  18. Tons of bees on the screen bottom board???

    Because the last three days have been in the high 60*, I decided to work my hives. I had painted all the wooden ware and wanted to exchange the hive wooden ware to the newly painted boxes... So, I...
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    Re: How do you clean your wax cappings?

    I just purchased a solar melter but it's not gonna work for me until spring. I had wanted to make candles for Christmas gifts. I have read you have to wash the cappings in slightly warm water until...
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    Re: Hurricane Isaac

    The last time we had a really big hurricane blow thru here, we drove 6ft 'T' post in the ground next to each hive, wrapped a heavy duty strap w/ ratchet around the entire hive, stand and pulled it...
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    Re: Why are my bees starting to chase us?

    They could be out searching for food and you and your husband smell good --it's a drought. Every time my youngest daughter comes to visit, the bees come to smell her.. She uses herbal scented soaps,...
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    Re: New Wax Melter

    Since , I just purchased my solar wax melter, I will be watching this thread. Woodwringer, thanks for that tip.. I have two pans that were gifts that I have never used... Will put them to work..
  23. Re: Please help! Need a nuc or frames of brood

    I hope you freeze your removed frames... I would hate for you to loose them to wax moths or beetles... Really nasty.. Ask me how I know???? :no:
  24. Re: Please help! Need a nuc or frames of brood

    I would take it down to 5 frame nuc and a nuc super if possible. With the hive weak and few bees, you will next have a moth or a beetle take over... The smaller area will help them keep things in...
  25. Re: The stupidest thing I did while beeping was...

    Well, I guess I will confess... It was my first summer of beekeeping. The bees had been so gentle, I was amazed.. I would sit in front of the hive and watch the girls come and go for long periods of...
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