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  1. Re: I think my bees might be foundation challenged. . . pics included

    I don't have any plans to use an extractor for honey. Crush and strain or cut comb honey. In fact, honey is a by-product for me. I'll end up giving most of it away to family. I just want bees. If...
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    Will this work? It's still the plastic. I plan on making wedges to tack in there, but this way, it's faster!!

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    I still can!
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    It will probably take me a bit long to get new foundation. Or, rather, it will take at least 5 days.....
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    I pulled the burr comb off and moved the frame closer. I think, however, at this point, I might just remove the foundation all together (except a strip at the top) and let them draw it out like I did...
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    Well.. Maybe I'll notch the top bars to that the frames can sit closer. They are doing this to the frames on EITHER side of the bars, so it might be easiest?? I'll just work very slowly with a chisel...
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    ah... its' as tight as I can get it, but this also assume the comb on the Top Bar is centered perfectly on it. I'll go it, scrape and press it together even more so.

    Would I be better off cutting...
  9. Re: I think my bees might be foundation challenged. . . pics included

    Hrm. This particular frame is right next to the drawn comb, so I'm not sure what you mean by a space issue. Unless you are suggesting there is TOO much space between the frame and the bar (from the...
  10. I think my bees might be foundation challenged. . . pics included

    So I've recently split my top bar hive into a lang (I want both hive types to learn about each). I put three of the top bars with comb in place of three of the frames. Now, I'm not exactly sure what...
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    I'm out of town until tomorrow but I'll definitely post pics.
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    I just realized we are 3 miles away from a large Pepsi Distribution center.... maybe they found mountain dew

    It's a pretty bright green. I should photograph it.
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    No... it doesn't smell moldy though either.
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    So I checked on the girls and while they are BOOMING in numbers now. . .

    Why is the uncapped honey GREEN? Did my mold issue get worse and taint all the nectar! ?
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    One end has the entrance, and the last "board" has three holes with mesh on it..For today, however, I removed the last bar to help ventilate.... risking robbing, I know, but they're a pretty strong...
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    Re: ah! What did I do?

    I definitely got rid of the trash bag. It's a top bar hive, so I could see it from the window (also, I can look in the "rear" portion of the hive where there aren't many bees). It's definitely damp...
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    ah! What did I do?

    So I went on a trip for a week, and accidentally did something horrible (I think). In an attempt to keep the hive Dry while I was away, I put a trash bag over the cover.... and in doing so...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    Even if I've never seemed to notice this before? The pale color on the sick bees was OBVIOUSLY different than the lighter color of a freshly hatched healthy adult be. I just never saw the lighter,...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    It's an entrance feeder. During their start when they didn't have any comb yet, they were dringing over a quart and half a day.

    It was fresh made the night before. I'm not sure if drizzling is a...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    65-70 High, 50-55 lows. Usually always sunny.
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    I used a 2:1 ratio for the syrup. I have a top bar hive (that is only ~20 bars long, so they WILL be split into a lang this spring WHEN they start to swarm). The cluster is about 3-4 frames in from...
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    9 weeks later: Varroa update

    So I ended up treating my bees with Apivar (if you remember my story, I was down to a few thousand bees and a crap ton of affected brood). I was hesitant, but I did not want to just let them die and...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Well, I wanted to inspect them to see if I can judge their numbers, and if the queen is still laying. I saw them bringing in lots of pollen this morning too. They have definitely filled up a lot of...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Here's an idea. . . The newest 3 combs (two are not quite all the way drawn) seem to have been ignored as they backfilled the brood nest. Would it be beneficial to move them to the front of the hive...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Now, it's not THAT cold here (plus we had a heat wave just come in, so it's been in the 80s and 90s), but they seem to only have 3 or 4 frames of comb at the moment that AREN'T being backfilled with...
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