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    Re: Nuc with Swarm Cells

    I was still all suited up (...er...that would be actual shoes and a long sleeved white shirt) so I went out and bothered them some more. My daughter is the one that saw the cells. They weren't swarm...
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    Re: Nuc with Swarm Cells

    Thanks. *sigh* Okay, here I go. Lighting the smoker... They are not going to be happy with me. LOL

    Freya
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    Nuc with Swarm Cells

    I just hived a nuc that had swarm cells on one of the frames. I didn't do anything with the cells because the queen was on that frame (very first frame I pulled, too.) As I want to keep the queen I...
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    Re: Herbs Garden

    I'm interested in hearing what you're doing. If you blog this, please post a link in your signature. :)
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    Re: Slideshow: Amazing Feats of Urban Beekeeping

    Do you have AHBs? This is a real big seller for urban beekeeping. My neighborhood has had several swarms of AHBs settle in during the last few years. Having EHB hives is supposed to reduce the...
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    Re: Slideshow: Amazing Feats of Urban Beekeeping

    Awesome! I love the colors. I need to stop using white. :rolleyes: Oh, when I first saw that photo my first thought was, "How do they keep the yard so perfect that close to the hives?!"
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    Slideshow: Amazing Feats of Urban Beekeeping

    I'm not sure if this has been posted here before, but I found it when looking for examples of people keeping bees in their backyards. Beautiful and inspiring pictures here! Enjoy....
  8. Re: Upper entrance/queen exluder on a new install

    Thanks, Tom, for the reply! You are probably right. I'd kind of jumped ahead, I guess, and had wanted to tackle "the problems" associated with using both upper entrances and QEs right away when I...
  9. Upper entrance/queen exluder on a new install

    I'm going to be using an upper entrance over a queen excluder. When installing the nuc, if I start, right off, with the QE and the upper entrance directly over it (where I'm intending it to stay),...
  10. Re: How long can a split/hive be queenless before there are problems?

    If I understand this correctly, it is possible to do a split and, even if the bees never successfully make a laying queen, as long as I keep giving them a frame of open brood every week or two, this...
  11. How long can a split/hive be queenless before there are problems?

    If I do a split where I allow the bees to make a new queen, I'll have 30 days before I could be reasonably sure that if she emerged and mated and returned, I would see signs of her laying. What...
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    Re: BT for waxmoth control

    No idea if this is even a possibility for you, but a friend of mine had a similar problem and borrowed a couple chickens from a neighbor. Had a wire pen in the garage with the birds and put the...
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    Re: Deep Frames and cross wires

    My interest is more in how I might wire the deep frames for added support if I decide to experiment a bit with foundationless frames. Otoh, the foundation I recently purchased probably could use some...
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    Re: Cleo Hogan trapout from a tree

    Fascinating! Please do keep us updated.
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    Re: Deep Frames and cross wires

    Thank you!
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    Re: Deep Frames and cross wires

    Would you have the link to this video?
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    Re: Adjustable Top Entrances - Video

    Thank you for posting the video! Very helpful and I really like your entrance reducer. (All I need now is a saw in order to cut the ends so they overlap. I've begun to think that everything would be...
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    Runways...
    Take off boards...
    Landing strips...
    Landing decks...
    Castles...drawbridges...portcullis...?!

    I would feel so lame to provide just an ordinary piece of wood for my bees now. :D
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    You all are making very good points, both ways. I'll admit that I'm really intrigued by mrobinson's experience with his TBH. Three, 1/2" holes for an ENTIRE colony? Wow. (Otoh, I'm saving starting a...
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    Wonderful (and some very funny) answers! Thank you everyone. :thumbsup:

    What I'm getting from this is that having a landing board will not be a determining factor in whether a hive will be a...
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    Interesting, but I'd end up with an ant problem. No ramps for my bees. (And thanks for further validation that bees don't need a porch. :D )
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    :lpf:
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    beecron - Thank you, also! I'm going to add a shim-thing to make a 3/8" high entrance above the brood box right from the start. Without permanently attaching a board to the brood box, I was having...
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    Re: Are landing boards...necessary?

    Okay, knew it was silly, but then I over-thought it (habit). Things like, "trees have nice rough bark, hives are smooth" and "why else would people make upper entrances with landing boards...
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    Are landing boards...necessary?

    If I use an upper entrance, does it have to have a landing board? If it's not necessary, is it advantageous to have one anyway?
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