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    Re: Early queen breeding.

    It would seem that you could give the bees a head start with heat like you are talking about. I guess you would have to do a control group to compare differences. I have seen the black paint idea...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Temperature 98.8 F

    I have a thermometer in my hive as well. I do not however get anywhere near that consistency. Sometimes the digital thermometers have high and low memory so its possible the number displayed is a...
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    Re: Dead bees in the open feeder

    I fed my bees with an open mason jar for a long time with no problems. Months on end, and then it turned into the death trap as you describe.
    My most recent feeder is like Guebuddha has. ...
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    Re: Multiply My Hives

    You could make it happen with splits and nucs. I mean split them, then when the queen cells emerge then split those into nucs. One hive could easily become 3 or 4.
    I would say to do this in the...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing for winter wax moth control?

    Freezing will kill eggs/larvae. Of course. Don't forget that if the combs get exposure to sunlight then the moths won't lay their eggs there. Some people store them outside while not in use.
    As...
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    Re: Spearmint

    If it isn't a large amount, they may not even know that it is there.
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    Re: Winter Management of Observation Hive

    Zack,
    Apitherapy..? 20 bees per day..?
    Is your friend stinging himself with them? Whats the deal?
    Does he put them on salads like croutons or something? Now that I think about it, they would...
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    Re: Top Bar Hives from Honeybee Habitat

    Contrary to some of these posts..You CAN use an extractor with top bars. The video I watched showed the guy using a tool that looked like a paint roller with little spikes on it, he rolled it and...
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    Re: ..., and my next trick will be...

    I don't think she liked you looking at her.. She is just prudent, thats all.
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    Re: No Space left in TBH - What to do?

    You could use a bond-breaker of sorts like some parchment paper or wax paper. Just put it on the follower board loosely, they will bond the comb to the paper not the follower board.
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    Hey Buddha,
    Hopefully these pics came through.
    You can see the difference in the amount of attachment wax.
  12. Re: Screened bottom board utility questions. Or, does the Emperor really have clothe

    Screen is supposed to be 1/8" grid. Moths are going to have much difficulty getting in that. Normally the moths come in the entrance.
    Supposedly the mites that are groomed off the bees will fall...
  13. Re: Aluminium Glass Fibre Insulation, good or bad?

    Hey Buddha,
    I am pretty sure the insulation shouldn't cause the collapse. It would seem if it was hot inside the bees would have bearded up on the outside. Possibly something could have shaken the...
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    Re: DON'T Be a slacker!!

    Unfortunately it wasn't crossed comb it was wax mothED comb. (That is a verb now.) They ate it like it was a McRib sandwich. I am pretty sure that the hive is toast. There are more drones in that...
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    Re: New to bee keeping building first hive

    I use 1 1/2" bars for everything... Haven't had any problems from that.
    If you use specific size bars for specific areas, then you lose the ability to swap them around as easily. The bees will do...
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    Re: Do any of you feed to help them build cone?

    syrup is a food source for the bees therefore it gives them the ability to even produce wax. No food no worky!

    Then the resource itself will promote the storage. ie building comb and trying to...
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    DON'T Be a slacker!!

    I am a slacker.
    When you're a slacker, you don't check the hive that is farthest from the house because you checked the one that is by the back door.
    When you don't check your hive for 3 weeks...
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    Re: Removing attachmentpoints

    Delta Bay,
    Pulling up on the blade IS the deal...Safer than pushing down and breaking the comb off.
    Idea--what if you heat the tool enough to melt wax but not torch bees...125-130 degrees. Then...
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    Re: TBH, How much space to give them?

    I have a clarification to my previous statement. Lots of room is not a good thing all the time...
    Everything brooks said is applicable when starting a hive, and later on.
    But--- When you get...
  20. Re: An odd thought about a natural observation hive.

    Go to crlaurence.com
    There you will find all kind of glass related items.
    Look at display cases. Like at the department store.
    They will have extrusions with gaskets that you can cut and assemble...
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    Re: Lack of a harvest

    Hey Dan,
    Do you have entrances on both ends? My TBH s do and they seem to build comb almost the whole way. You can always close it (the extra entrance) back up.
    You can build a hive or two and...
  22. Re: Late Season Adjustments Needed (Advnice Sought)

    The two weak hives either have no queen or a failing queen.
    I would buy a mated queen and the only time you lose is shipping.
    You could buy two queens, or combine the two weak hives and requeen...
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    Re: Greetings from Green Creek, North Carolina

    welcome fellow NC'er.
    You will enjoy building your TBH, I did!!
    Good luck
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    Re: TBH, How much space to give them?

    "Checkerboarding" existed long before lang hives. The act of one in, one out is checkerboarding. (whether or not we are even talking about bees) One and only one definition of this slang word seems...
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    Re: TBH, How much space to give them?

    I started my first hive fully open 4 ft. I had very little comb problems.

    If you open your hive every week you will catch your cross combs before they are a problem.

    The second hive I used a...
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