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    Re: Need to give away all my bee supplies

    Hello everyone, everything has been taken except some mite strips and mite-away. If anyone wants to stop by Fairfax City to get them, let me know. Thanks!
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    Re: Need to give away all my bee supplies

    Thanks for the replies. I am hoping to get rid of everything at the same time, to someone who can pick it up. I've replied to one or two of you and will let you know if I'm not able to get rid of...
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    Need to give away all my bee supplies

    I'm moving to a condo and won't have bees again (although I love them!). I have a custom made top bar hive with about 30 bars, all drawn out with comb (which you can keep, melt down, or toss). I...
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    Re: Working with Arborists to save bees

    Jack, do you have any pictures of a job you've done like that? Perhaps where the hive is up fairly high?
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    Working with Arborists to save bees

    I got a call this week from a homeowner near me with honey bees in a dead tree. The hive is fairly high up, so I don't think I'll be able to help him personally. I think he's going to need to cut...
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    Re: Moving a long distance with 2 TBHs

    For those who have moved top bar hives in the cold weather - do the bees just stay inside? They aren't likely to come out to investigate and get blown away? I figured I'd have to find a way to try...
  7. OFFER: My top bar hive, bees and equipment (free). Fairfax VA

    I will be moving to a tiny apartment in the city and they don't allow bees. I have a beautiful top bar hive on a stand, filled with nice straight comb. If you can come pick them up, you can have my...
  8. Re: We didn't have enough to worry about....now Zombie flies?!

    I have noticed a few flies hanging around the outside of my hive. I wondered what they were up to. Maybe now I know. :(
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    Have you seen this new hive?

    http://www.design.philips.com/philips/sites/philipsdesign/about/design/designportfolio/design_futures/design_probes/projects/microbial_home/urban_beehive.page
  10. Thread: mold in tbh

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    mold in tbh

    We've had a wet summer. My TBH roof is a bit warped (although it is painted on the outside). I mostly used the Bush Bees TBH design. I have two top entrances, one on each end of the hive. They...
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    bees not removing drone corpses

    My tbh is in good shape. Queenright, honey stored, brood looks good.

    I recently took, froze, defrosted and returned a comb full of drones to the hive. Days later, I see dead drone larva laying...
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    article on ancient beekeeping

    Further excavations of hives at Rehov.

    http://www.rehov.org/Rehov/publications/Mazar_NEA70_4.pdf
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    Re: Lots of Queen making going on

    Thanks for the replies. I see Queen cells both at the bottoms and in the middle of comb.
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    Lots of Queen making going on

    I requeened last week. The bees seem happy. No queenless roar, no unusual aggression, normal activity around the hive.

    Inspection this morning showed about a dozen queen cells. I could not see...
  15. Re: Can you talk me through cutting out drone comb?

    I used a hot knife like this to cut the comb:

    http://www.amazon.com/CRAFTERS-KNIFE-Cutter-Blade-degrees/dp/B0015QX0WI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1305230548&sr=8-2

    The girls were still not very...
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    Re: I believe I'm queenless

    Merlinspop, I have a Queen coming in the next few days that I don't really need. I ordered her because I thought I would need to requeen... anyway if you want her you can pick her up in FFX or DC. ...
  17. Re: Can you talk me through cutting out drone comb?

    Thanks - why do you have to bring the frame back to room temp before re introduction?
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    Bev, varroa prefer to reproduce in drone comb. Drones gestate longer.

    Americas, if you use the capper to scratch - does that kill the varroa? Or do they just climb out and latch on to someone...
  19. Re: Can you talk me through cutting out drone comb?

    I do actually feel really bad about killing them! And my 7 year old lectured me about how "we're supposed to be helping nature not killing her". :( But that didn't stop her from squishing varroa...
  20. Can you talk me through cutting out drone comb?

    Well the girls are not happy. That's the angriest I've seen them. I gave a good smoking but when I cut out drone comb from two of my nicely drawn out top bars, they were mad.

    Also, some of the...
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    I DO have varroa.

    Based on a discussion we had here last week, where I was telling you all that I couldn't find any varroa, I checked in the drone brood. I cut out three sections of drone brood today and pulled out...
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    Re: Newbee here in Manassas, Virginia

    Hi, I started a colony in early June last year, I am in Fairfax. I had to feed a lot of sugar, which they stored up, but they made it through the winter. Just keep feeding and they should be OK.
  23. Re: First inspection of my hive - I have a lot to learn

    One thing that helps me is blowing on the bees, like you would to cool your food. They move away from my breath. Just call me dragon breath! :)

    So blow on the bees on the comb you are holding...
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    Re: What Would You Do?

    I would reattach the fallen comb with rubberbands. I think the brood will be OK.

    If you have a bar of nice straight comb you could give your friend to get her bees started with straight comb,...
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    Re: How Many Beekeepers Using Top Bar Hives?

    Before starting TBH, I visited an older lady with some langs. She opened the hives for me. I could clearly see the brownish red mites on the bees. My eyesight is OK; not great.

    I wouldn't...
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