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  1. Re: WANTED: Creative ideas for modifying 14" top bars to fit into a 20" hive

    I agree, get flat bottomed bar of the right size. and hang these below them. using zip ties or screws is better. Rubber bands the bees will eat thru and you are looking to hold the bar securely so...
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    Re: When to split (Wisconsin)

    Our local beeks here in SE WI seem to split full deeps into nucs. Splitting Nucs into smaller Nucs seems like you are taxing them pretty hard. I would think your Nuc would be ready to graduate to a...
  3. Re: Process for Separating honey from wax in Crush-n-Strain method

    The trick is to get the wax/honey mix up to 80 or 90 degrees and strain it. I got good results that way. i second the paint strainer bag in addition to the kitchen strainer.
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    Re: Should I move my bees

    I think some communication is in order, but I dont think a simple move would destroy your potential for honey. They would need to be moved a sufficient distance but they will reorient in a couple...
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    Re: anybody use hd bucket vac for bee vac?

    You can't use it 'as is' - it will kill the bees. You can use it as the suction source when you have a catch box in between. There's lots of postings on it. and some have mounted the bucket head...
  6. Thread: Chicago, IL

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    Re: Chicago, IL

    Ive done 3 packages into TBH's. It went well each time. Starting building comb right away. Def neat to watch it grow.
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    # of TBH's = 2
    Years = 1
    Zone = 5b
    #'s of honey= unsure
    Preparations = none (hive is made from 2 inch thick lumber)
    Loses = 100%
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    Re: How much old comb to put in a new hive?

    If they are the leftovers from the corners you cut off so the Nuc frames would fit, I'm not sure you will be able to orient it correctly under the bar. Comb does have an UP direction to it.
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    Re: New Package Queen Not Released

    I would think you could/should release her now. you may need to uncork the end that has no sugar in it. She's been in since thursday?

    You could uncork it. Hold your finger over the hole. and...
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    New package - Direct Released the Queen

    I got a new package of bees on Monday (they had been shook out about 3 days prior). Put them in my TBH that died out this winter. 6 or 7 empty brood combs in there.

    Package was a very full 3#...
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    Re: Transferring a nuc to a top bar.

    Why not just go with the traditional hive. A nuc is the best start you can ask for. Its like getting a potty trained puppy! Learn what you can, build your top bar hive without having to rush.
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  12. Re: suggestions for processing a bar or 2 of honey via crush and strain

    I did the jar to jar thing too...the wax formed a plug and kept the honey from flowing down.
  13. Re: suggestions for processing a bar or 2 of honey via crush and strain

    I just did this myself a week ago.

    Get a 5 gal bucket or 2 gal if you like. dump the comb in there, mash it up. Then get it warm (i had mine up to 85 degrees by sitting next to a space heater...
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    Re: Pollen frames

    I think, you are thinking too hard about this.

    You have some drawn comb, which is awesome.
    It has pollen in it, again...awesome.
    You have new bees coming, sweet.

    I would place a few (4)...
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    Re: Hello from Wisconsin new bee here

    Welcome David. What part of wi are you in. I have my hives just north of delafield.
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    Studying something in a controlled setting is way different than a bunch of beeks deciding to propagate an invasive strain of honey bees that are hybrids lost in a study in the first place.

    Its...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    Africanized bees are a scourge. No one in countries that have them enjoys beekeeping. You need full suits for anything. Why are we calmly discussing aiding and abetting an invasive species that...
  18. Re: I made making syrup a little easier on myself.

    I just mix hot water. No need to get crazy. Seems to work fine for me.
  19. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    I spent too much money building the company (hive) to let them take half my employees and start their OWN company!!!!

    :D
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    Re: Dog and bee rescue

    How are the dogs?
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    My top bar hive was never like that. I could pull every frame without an issue. Crazy how different hives have such different temperaments. I'm prolly gonna end up with a hot hive this year just...
  22. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    My two Top Bars died out this winter. I think they were light on feed going into it. But one still had 3 full bars of honey unused. But the first thing the pro beekeeper said to me was, "Well I...
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    Filling internal feeders

    Anyone have any good tips/tricks for filling internal feeders?

    I was thinking a watering can. The feeder holds a gallon, but i know from years of drinking milk. Milk jugs don't always pour...
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    Re: Using Grooved Frames For Foundationless ?

    I used the Kelley F frames this year. I used homemade topbars last year in my top bar hive. they draw well off the wedge. I think my wedge was too big in the TBH. The Kelley style looks like it...
  25. Thread: Skull Hive

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    Re: Skull Hive

    Well played. Well played!
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