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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    Regarding the discussion of comb building in topbar hives, my experience has been that it's pretty equal. Queens lay better in, and prefer new comb. One good technique is to install a certain amount...
  2. Re: This works PERFECTLY for me so I want to share it!!!

    Here's a casual thought: if you can remove beetles w the earwax remover, could you also get the beetles to eat earwax? That is, assuming the device works poorly on ears. You'ld have a backup ear...
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    Re: where to buy bees

    @seacucumber, re; no useful answers. Tty listening , not discarding all the info given to you.
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    Re: Where to buy irradiated pollen?

    I gave a whole small beeyard foulbrood from feeding natural pollen in patty form. I will ONLY use irradiated pollen if I use it in patties. The radiation kills all pathogens.The upside to that was, I...
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    Re: Swarm Story - YOU GOTTA READ THIS!!!

    Many hives that leave a lot of queen cells behind will swarm multiple times. Especially if the new queen lays more eggs before she leaves. Or if queen cell maturity is staggered. You did the right...
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    Re: drastically lower wild bee populations?

    A strange thing, I went to check lure boxes farther from home. I have a few 5 miles away and more. The catch rate is 30% or better. Near home it is -zero. The area I'm having success in has never...
  7. Thread: Just a rant

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    Re: Just a rant

    I have had to trim wires. It is slow but works very well.
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    Re: Aargh! My swarm flew off!

    The 2 mile move usually works if they were from your hive. Leave them and cart them home the third evening. Bees cheerfully accept plastic foundation if you spray it with syrup before putting it in...
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    Re: STRANGE CUTOUT

    I got some from a tire once. 6-7 big combs on top, nasty water in the bottom. Took some out of the eaves of a log home with a space about 3x12x12. They were crammed in and some were living outside i...
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    drastically lower wild bee populations?

    I usually obtain my bees from swarmlures, and a few cutouts. This is a general question base on my observations this spring. Are any areas seeing few or no wild bees? I do not see foragers anywhere,...
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    Re: Strange swarm on the ground?

    It usually means Mom's too fat to fly very well. Place a hive body with floor & roof near them & they often move in, no choice. (If Mom's not a good flyer).
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    Re: Upside down comb

    In Warre hives it is normal to have attachment to the box on the sides. There are no frame sides. Re: building upwards, dont have an empty box over bees. Move the first box with comb to the top...
  13. Thread: Ant invasion!

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    Re: Ant invasion!

    I used to keep Tanzanian Topbar hives. Like a KTBH, but straight sided, sized for Lang frames. I used on the legs a mix of automotive grease, used motor oil, and a large portion of insecticide. I...
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    Re: 'Native' & 'Local'

    There are feral black bees here ,in rural eastern Arizona. High plains, high altitude Pinyon/Juniper ecosystem.Some year I'll catch a colony. They are large too. Not typical of this area.
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    Re: Ant invasion!

    If you can make a large size landing pad out of 1/8" hardware cloth, not touching the ground, you can put diatomacious earth in a ring around the hive. Except for the entry area bees seldom go around...
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    Re: Warre Modifications

    The spacing inside a Warre hive is pretty exacting. (By bees not us). If your boxes are smaller you'll have the bees make 2 or 3 combs and by the 3rd topbar they will build comb on the edge of a bar....
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    As long as the total of the bars and the gap remains 1 3/8" or less you can make them longer. In KTBH they are 1 3/8" wide and (usually) 17" long. I've used 1 1/4" for smaller wild bees and they...
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    You will find, as you work Warre hives, that it is very easy to maintain beespace within the box. You will see and hear of the " maintenence" in Lang hives. Much of it consists of scraping the frames...
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    Re: My latest incredible invention - the BBWAB

    I use a lot of warre hives. I used the basic idea of a Bushkills vacuum set, but Warre hive sized.. I believe you will be held up in history, not as a beekeeping great but right up there with Christ...
  20. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Whole hives can be blown over here. It's not just the cover. I live in a high altitude prarie area. 40 - 50 mph wind is not uncommon on a sunny day here in spring. Most places are not so bad. But......
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    Dont worry about it. Just learn about beekeeping. Warre hives are easy to use.
  22. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Thank you Bernhard. That is interesting. My modifications that I mentioned in the hives I make are; A flat roof and a feeder deck built into the quilt. It's simply a jar feeder. I use folding frames...
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    Do your own research if you care.
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    Re: Decided on a Warre Hive

    To Honeyforall, if you had any experience keeping Warre hives you would not say they are "Rube Goldberg". Is your opinion based on your limited knowledge? Seems so.
    Even with mass production of...
  25. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    @ Bernhard, Very nice hives! They show the excellent brood laying pattern common with a properly set up Warre hive. My hives do the same. More thought went into them than most folks realise.
    I do...
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