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  1. Re: Queens and nucs from Old Sol 2014.... Survivor Stock, F1 Caucasians, VSH/SMR

    Do you need the full $130 to put a reservation for a nuc in, or a deposit or...? This would be local pick up, we're more or less "down the road" a ways.
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    Re: Western Bee Supply - outrageous shipping costs!

    We were interested in some of the EZ Nucs from Dadant. Shipping doubled the price of each nuc and then some. Seems like it's just best to order $100 from Mann Lake -- too bad they don't carry the EZ...
  3. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    They were "mostly" together. Maybe two smallish groups with a smattering of singles here. I don't think that even together, they would have been enough to live through the cold snap. The amount that...
  4. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    Our hive didn't make it. We had our suspicions in late fall that the queen was gone and as far as we can tell. We're not sure why; there WAS a queen who had been laying and a lot of bees and lots and...
  5. Re: Requeen or let them try to resolve matters

    I'm glad to hear! Hope that happens for us. Haven't been able to hook up with a local queen supplier and we are waiting for a warm enough spot of daylight that isn't overcast/rainy to peek in again...
  6. Re: Requeen or let them try to resolve matters

    The hive has lots and lots and lots of bees right now. They are foraging and have been stocking pollen. Lots of capping as well. Out of about 20 bars, 17 or so are all honey. Brood scattered on the...
  7. Requeen or let them try to resolve matters

    Inspected Top Bar hive today. The broodnest area looks to be largely full of honey/nectar, very little brood, just a few capped old brood. No larvae, no eggs. We did find what we think are 2-3...
  8. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm

    No, it did not have a hole in it. It was completely gone now, so either it was a dud or the new queen took care of it in the past ten days.
  9. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm and afterwards

    Today (7/13) we went out and took a look. We were worried at first as the hive was really quiet and the first bars we pulled had comb but few bees. Then - ta da! Lots of capped worker brood and...
  10. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm and afterwards

    On 7/2, we took another look. We'd been feeding, so almost all comb was full of nectar. They have three empty bars to build on. Didn't see the queen this time, didn't see any eggs, or larvae from the...
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    Re: Ventilation recomendations

    It's 95+ here this week. We dropped the bottom board to expose the screened bottom. When they beard, they tend to go fly out and land on this and sort of buzz around the bottom of the hive. No pests...
  12. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm and afterwards

    We did a full inspection today (6/29). Three of the capped cells were open from the side like someone had scored it with a finger. The cap end was intact but the cell was more or less gone. Not sure...
  13. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm (and after)

    Following up to my swarm:

    We are trying to do our bee math. We *know* that on 6/15, when the swarm left, there were at least four capped queen cells, along with some open ones and one that...
  14. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm

    Follow up: the bees hung around on the tree all day Saturday, spent the night and left sometime between 2:30 and 7:30 pm. They did not care about the bait hive we put down. Oh well.

    The original...
  15. Re: 100 degrees June8,dearth,wind,bearding,drone eviction and full hive!

    No, we bought a swarm from the American Bee Company guy in town. Probably four-five lbs of bees.

    We have six capped queen cells and three open ones in the hive now. I'm not entirely sure what to...
  16. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    TBH Swarm

    We are new beekeepers and have a single TBH. We installed a swarm in April and they are going really well but all brood combs so far, no honey only. They had about six bars left to fill at the end. ...
  17. Re: 100 degrees June8,dearth,wind,bearding,drone eviction and full hive!

    We're in Rogue River, so close by. Our TBH just swarmed. They are up in a pine tree about 40ft up, well out of reach. We threw a nuc together, put some drops of lemongrass oil and a frame of dark...
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    Re: Adventure in Top Bar Beekeeping

    It's a fairly typical KTBH design, I think. It has legs and a sloped roof that we put white shingles on. It has 24 bars and two follower boards, all of same width. Right now, just one board is in...
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    Re: Adventure in Top Bar Beekeeping

    I'm not sure how much pollen is "good on pollen" but they have been bringing in a lot pretty much since we put them in the hive and they got done orienting. The fruit trees are done already, the...
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    Re: Adventure in Top Bar Beekeeping

    We started with one donated comb, all the others have been all the girls on their own.Most of the comb is almost fully drawn, a couple were just starters and of course we lost at least a comb in our...
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    Adventure in Top Bar Beekeeping

    This is our first (and right now, only) hive. We had a short-lived attempt when we lived in Maine; sad story, bees came early, weather not friendly, newbie mistakes, dead bees. Two years later, we're...
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    Re: How to control vegetation around hives?

    That's just it, it's where we'll touch it. I don't want to nuke every bit of poison oak everywhere, just where we're likely to encounter it while marching around there. I'm not sure if I'm sensitive...
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    Re: How to control vegetation around hives?

    For those who don't like to use Roundup/Roundup knock offs, how do you deal with poison oak by the hives? Will landscape fabric smother it out like other weeds?
  24. Re: best way to shake bees on a new tob bar comb.

    If you have a follower board, you could use that as a template to trim the comb. We brushed the bees off a frame, snipped the bottom frame off, then laid the comb against the follower board and...
  25. Thread: Queenless?

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    Re: Queenless?

    Just following up: we checked Sunday and found new comb on five bars in differing degrees of amount, and spotted eggs. I can see them with the naked eye if the comb is at the right angle to the sun;...
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