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    Re: Beekeeping and autism

    My neighbor's 20 year old nephew, who has aspergers, was visiting and she thought that beekeeping might be something that he could get interested in, so I took him to see my hives. We approached from...
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    Re: Is it time to mail order a mated queen?

    Oldtimer, I just put the eggs and brood in this past Sunday, so 4 days ago. I do have other capped brood I could prop them up with, but I was worried it might not be enough since its been so long...
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    Re: Beekeeping Taken Too Far

    Wouldn't the drones eat that excess honey before it got delivered to the eager customers?
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    Is it time to mail order a mated queen?

    I have a hive that I split from 6 1/2 weeks ago, taking the queen and a couple combs of brood. I checked back 2 weeks after the split and there were 3 or 4 capped queen cells, so I let it go to do...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    A lot of these posts sound like they are right out of a book I've read: Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal, by Joel Salatin. He has the same struggles as a small farmer trying to sell his homegrown...
  6. Re: What to use if you forgot or can't find your hive tool?

    The point on the 5-1, or 14 in 1, painters tool is great for getting those darned SHB that try to hide in the cells.
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    Top bar hive split

    I split two of my tbhs last week by removing the bar with the queen and several bars of open/capped brood and some honey and placing in a top bar nuc. The parent hives are booming with bees and many...
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    Re: New top bar, new ideas

    That sure is a beautiful hive!
    I just hope you aren't disappointed a year from now when the bees turn that beautiful work ugly with propolis, pollen stains, bee poop, wax, etc.
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    Re: How far to put powdered ant poison?

    +1 on the Amdro. I put a circle around my house and a circle around the beehives each spring. No ants to speak of for the rest of the season.
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    Re: A strong hive that wants to swarm, what to do?

    If that swarm is imminent, will splitting out the old queen and some bees satisfy the need to swarm, or will they still swarm with a newly hatched virgin queen?
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    Re: Top bar nuc dimensions question

    I made mine to the dimensions of my hives, 17" top by 6" bottom, 11 bars long. Didn't catch any swarms, but did a split of 3 bars brood plus a cutout swarm cell mid summer last year. They filled the...
  12. Thread: Nuc to top bar?

    by RCorl
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    Re: Nuc to top bar?

    Glock, good looking tbh, however I'm surprised that you would go this route, from reading your posts over the last year. Just had a different impression of your approach. Good luck with the tbh. I...
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    Re: Mesh for screened bottom board TBH

    The only advantage that I can see of having a screened bottom, is if you don't have windows and want to see where the cluster is located in winter, you could remove whatever is covering the screen in...
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    Re: New package - Direct Released the Queen

    I've installed 6 packages in top bar hives, 5 like you did and 1 where I hung the queen cage. I got 5 hives with nice straight combs and 1 with a cross comb mess. Can you guess which way the one with...
  15. Thread: Drop bottom

    by RCorl
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    Re: Drop bottom

    When you put it that way, Nebraska seems almost as nice as Virginia.:)
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    Re: Drop bottom

    I've seen on the news what those tornadoes can do out in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, etc. I don't know if you set the legs in concrete anchors if that would be enough to save them. I feel bad for the...
  17. Re: Best way to split a top bar hive into langstroth deeps

    I have cut the trapezoidal shaped combs off of the top bar so that the depth of the comb just fits top to bottom in a deep frame, and then put a couple of rubber bands around the frame to hold it in....
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    Re: Drop bottom

    My first two tbh I built had solid bottoms. I have since sold them. Then I built two with a screened bottom but with a hinged bottom board that I could open for ventilation. Never opened them, until...
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    Re: Moving bees from nuc to full hive

    I think that sounds like the best plan. I will set it on top of the empty hive for a couple of days, obstructing the entrance, then move them into the new box. Thanks for the ideas.
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    Re: Moving bees from nuc to full hive

    Good ideas Moots. There are 2 other hives, 1 to each side of the hive I'm moving into, 1 of which is directly between the the nuc and new hive. With lots of new brood emerging, would the loss of the...
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    Moving bees from nuc to full hive

    I have a top bar hive nuc with 10 bars that is full of bees and brood, and I want to move them to my full size top bar hive. The full size hive is set up and leveled about 8 feet from where the nuc...
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    Top Bar to Long Lang

    I have had top bar hives for 2 years now and want to try something different, so I built two horizontal deep Langs. I have quite few extra top bars with empty comb. My question is, would it be a good...
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    Re: small hive beetles made it

    How long do the adults live? Seems that the ones in the cluster have been around since at least November, when the first freezing temps hit our area. Will they soon die of old age?
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    by RCorl
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    Along those lines, has anyone dropped a bud or two into their smoker to see what effect it has on the bees? Maybe the mites would get buzzed and fall off of the bees!
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    Re: Long/Horizontal Deep Langs questions?

    TNT, I was wondering how it went with the long hives this past year. Especially, how did the frames being oriented the long way in the hives compare to the ones being oriented across the hive? I am...
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