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  1. Re: Installed my first hive. It could have gone better......

    Don't despair, it's probably not as bad as you think. The first couple of times in a hive can be intimidating... it will get better.

    If you got the queen inside along with some of the bees it...
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    Re: looking for PLANS on a OB HIVE

    I built a Bonterra "SwingView" from plans, with some winter feeding these hives are large enough to be sustainable year round. Since I use only medium frames, I did a few adjustments and made mine...
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    Re: Overwintering medium nucs

    I over-wintered four medium nucs this year (3 were 2-high and one 3-high). All had top along with small bottom entrances. All came through a very cold Ohio winter, are now in 10 frame mediums and...
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    Re: Keep an empty hive in the beeyard?

    If you have undrawn plastic foundation the wax moths won't be interested.
    I like to keep a spare hive and a nuc or two in the yard, you never know when you'll need something.
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    Re: Cotton coveralls and tie on veil

    The coveralls and veil are an option, but there are some others you might want to consider. I bought a full suit my first year, it was cotton with a zip-on veil. For me, it seemed pretty warm and a...
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    Anniversary cut-out... plus 2 swarms!

    Yesterday afternoon I got a call to the local Scout camp for a hive in the wall of a shower house. When I got there they had also discovered a swarm in a white pine about 1/2 mile away. Rain was on...
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    Owl pellets around hive?

    After cold nights I have had a number dead drones and some drones in various stages of development in front of the hive. Since I only see these hauled out after a cool evening I assume that it is...
  8. Thread: Water...

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    Re: Water...

    Mike,
    I have a hive in my garden and there is a pool next door. In an effort to prevent unwanted guests from swimming in the pool, I have water about 5 feet from the hive. My water source is the...
  9. Thread: Drones

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    Re: Drones

    Did an inspection on March 11 and had capped drone brood. None flying yet... that I've seen.
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    Re: mediun frames in deep nucs

    Michael Bush or another long-time beek can chime in and explain why this happens, but I notice this with almost all my bur comb. Also, I added foundationless frames when I open up my brood nest last...
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    Re: Any drawback to putting out swarm traps early?

    I don't plan to actually hang the traps until closer to swarm season. Using use lemon grass oil in all and swarm lure in a few... also some old brood comb as far as my small supply will go. With...
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    Re: Who has an Observation Hive?

    I have built a 10 frame medium Bonterra "Swing-View", it is going into the spare bedroom. I plan to stock it with either a split or a package.

    Thanks for all the good responses so far! ...
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    Who has an Observation Hive?

    Just wondering, how many Beeks out there have observation hives?
    If you do, how long have you been able to continuously maintain a colony?
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    Re: Word to the wise - Check your Hives!

    Paul,
    I'm about 100 miles due west of you in New Philadelphia, Oh. It was just shy of 70 yesterday and I took a look in my hive in the back yard.

    Found the queen on the first brood frame I...
  15. Re: Tri-County Beekeepers Assoc 34th Annual Spring Workshop

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Still struggling with which break-out sessions to attend... too many good choices!
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    Re: Lots of Maple pollen coming in today in Ohio

    This afternoon I was in my hive just out side of New Philadelphia, first time I've see the queen since fall. The girls were bringing in a lot of light yellow pollen... probably maple. Also saw...
  17. Thread: Alive and well...

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    Alive and well...

    I hadn't seen the queen since last fall, it was 66 today when I got home so I took a quick peak. She was on the first frame I pulled!

    The girls were bringing in gray/white pollen like crazy this...
  18. Thread: Bees flying today!

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    Re: Bees flying today!

    Also flying here out side of New Philadelphia. Hauling in water like crazy, I have watering pan with rocks beside the hive stand (to keep the girls out of the pool next door) and I counted 40...
  19. Thread: swarm trapping

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    Re: swarm trapping

    Charlie B.

    A rubber mallet will work, your bends might not look perfect but he bees won't care and it will still shed water fine. I have a cheap sheetmetal break that I picked up from Harbor...
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    Re: swarm trapping

    I did a little experiment with one of the Coates nucs built with BC exterior plywood. The box went outside to see how it stood up against the weather. Even with 3 coats of a very good quality...
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    Re: Building an observation hive.

    1299After reading through the comments, I'm leaning toward starting with a split and installing a purchased queen in the OH. Mine is a 2 x 5 high medium so I won't have a lot of bees to work with. ...
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    Re: Building an observation hive.

    Thanks Michael. I guess if I close the entrance at night (Bontera with metal slide) and move the hive out side thenreopen I should be good. I would just be like a relocation. The OH would need to be...
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    Re: Building an observation hive.

    I'm trying to decide the mounting location for my observation hive. My first choice would put the entrance about 12 feet above the corner of my driveway (not an area where cars are usually parked). ...
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    Re: 60 today in Ohio, took a little look!

    Just a few pics.128312841285
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    Re: 60 today in Ohio, took a little look!

    I finally had a chance to do a real quick inspection (about 50 deg. this afternoon). I figured they had moved out of the deep and up into the medium supers. It looks like they have been clustered...
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