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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    Is there a local bee club in your area? I've helped a few other ladies get started with topbar hives and they are somewhat in the same boat as you. They want a fixed number of hives and that is...
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    Re: Spray Sugar Water instead of Smoke

    I tried the sugar in the water when I first started my top bar hive a couple years ago. The sugar was causing mold on my bars so I switched to water and anise oil. That smell masks their pheromones...
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    Re: Should I give up or try again?

    Citybeekeeper, how do you plan to protect the drawn comb that you have until 2016? I think the SHB and wax moths are going to make a mess of it. Are you sure there isn't a friend somewhere close to...
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    different paint colors or designs near each entrance location. just not red, they don't see that end of the spectrum.
  5. Re: Walter Kelley single frame observation hive

    I thought a picture might help explain what I was trying to say

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    Mine are topbars from a TBH (never run a Lang so I don't know if they have "ears"). The edges sit on wooden cleats and yes, that part is what I tape down with white duct tape to keep them from...
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    And I tack mine down with white duct tape on each side.
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    I have been using my small 3 bar colony for show and tell this winter. I figure they are not likely to make it since they are really low on stores, so I might as well make good use of what is left. ...
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    I have a 10 bar nuc that I find a little too big for propagating bees by splits, but it works great as a swarm trap. The 5 bar standard nucs are too narrow for me unless I do a medium on 5 frame nuc...
  10. Re: regression to natural cell size in TBH

    thanks so much for all the replies!
  11. Re: Quick and East Bee Watering Feature - Any Suggestions?

    Whiskey barrel fish pond that has variegated acorus grass coming through the water. Provides a perfect place for the honey bee to land and walk down for a drink.
  12. regression to natural cell size in TBH

    So I was pondering a thought about buying a package or two of bees to make some nucs for people just starting out...I bought one package last year for my 2nd hive and used an existing piece or two of...
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    Re: Reviving a dead hive

    I'd leave all the comb in, moldy ones toward the back. I believe that wherever you hang the queen cage will be where they start to pack in the pollen and nectar once the package is installed in the...
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    Re: Mapping App

    http://www.freemaptools.com/radius-around-point.htm

    This is the one I used. It's a little complicated at some parts, but it shows my street names in good detail. I couldn't quite get that with...
  15. maple pollen is being collected in Hampton, Virginia

    I had a nice little surprise when I visited the dumpster at work today. I noticed an insect coming off the 15 ft maple trees planted next to the dumpster, and a honey bee decided to land on my...
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    Re: So now I am allergic to Honeybees.....

    my mother was told that she was allergic to bee venom but her foot was bothering her so bad she decided to let me do a micro-sting to test her for sensitivity. I do have an epi-pen at my house and...
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    When you say "empty" do you mean drawn comb with nothing in it, or empty bar with no comb? If there is zero comb, that's not something you want to do right now. Bees will not be drawing comb until...
  18. Re: burning fertalizer insmoker to stunn agressive bees ?

    And here I thought we got on that government database by posting on Facebook "I want to buy a Russian nuc, anybody know where I can get one?"
  19. Re: burning fertalizer insmoker to stunn agressive bees ?

    Isn't granulated fertilizer what MacGyver used to create a bomb on one of his episodes back in the '80's? Not sure I'd be wanting to mix ammonium nitrate and fire...and then hold it in my hand.
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    The legs on my first hive are decorative spindles. I haven't had an issue with them since I don't have a heavy roof. If your roof is just aluminum/tin, your 1" might be just fine too.

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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    My metal gable roofs are not sealed up and the bees don't seem to pay any attention to them. The topbars are tight in the hive and form a solid roof so the only way they could get to them is from...
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    Re: Marking queen question

    You will absolutely be able to find an unmarked queen in a hive. All it takes is a little practice for your eye to find the "roach" running around. She's longer and she waddles. I went an entire...
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    Re: Marking queen question

    I agree it's the devil trying to get her from the hair clip queen catcher to the round marking tube. Someone needs to come up with a design where those 2 things fit together nicely for an easy...
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    Re: ventilation

    here in coastal Virginia, we have a lot of heat and humidity. I run my top bar hives with screened bottom boards that are closed year round. (I let the junk fall through to the board and clean it...
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    Re: Marking queen question

    IF you choose to mark them, definitely get the $5 marking tube off ebay. I've marked a few, but I'm still not comfortable holding her majesty in my shaky hands. I use the acrylic paint from Walmart...
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