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  1. Thread: Hive Full

    by JOANR
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    Hi! I hived the package on april 22nd of this year. I am a first time beekeeper. I decided to go in and remove the last bar and replace it with an empty. I will continue to do this until they have...
  2. Thread: Hive Full

    by JOANR
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    It is a small hive 24 bars. Bigger next year. I guess my question is...should I harvest two or three combs even though they are only one third capped? Maybe three since this is the end of June. I...
  3. Thread: Hive Full

    by JOANR
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    Hive Full

    I need advice from the experienced beekeepers out there. I checked the hive last week thrum the window and there was still four empty bars. This week I looked and I could not see any free space...so...
  4. Thread: TBH Swarm

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    Re: TBH Swarm

    Hi! I have a hive that is requeening itself (I can see two queen cells through the window) so I am watching it closely. I do not know if it has swarmed yet or not. The hive still has plenty of bees,...
  5. Thread: Queen cup

    by JOANR
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    Re: Queen cup

    I have been reading a bit about this and opening up the brood chamber with a couple of empty bars does seem to be a popular consensus. I might try this tomorrow, I do not think it would hurt...
  6. Thread: Queen cup

    by JOANR
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    Queen cup

    Hi! I installed two hives approximately 42 days ago and the hives are doing really good. They are presently building out on frame 15 of a 24 bar hive. I just noticed a queen cup in my hive with the...
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    Re: Cutting Comb Attachments for Inspection

    That was the first time I heard cut up not down...makes perfect sense. Thanks.
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    Cutting Comb Attachments for Inspection

    I am on day 17 and did my first semi-inspection today. I have a bunch of busy bees and comb up to and starting on bar 11. I moved 11, 10, 9 back and had to cut the attachment to the side on 8. To...
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    Baggie Feeder Top Bar Hive

    Hi All! I am on day 11 after installing 2 packages into new TBHs. The hives seem to be building nicely and are taking a quart of syrup every 2 to 3 days. I want to be able to feed them for longer...
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    Re: Day 2 of Pkge Install-Newbee

    DAY 4. OK awesome first visit to the hives. Lots of very happy bees. Removed the queen cages I had left in there after the direct release. One hive doing really well building in the front of the...
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    Re: Day 2 of Pkge Install-Newbee

    OK so just try to manage the space, not completely open it up. I will see how they are doing and give them 2 to 3 empty bars in the back by moving the false back. Thanks everyone!
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    Re: Day 2 of Pkge Install-Newbee

    I read that after 4 to 7 days it is time to move the false back to the back. I think if they think the hive is too small they will leave. They should have started drawing comb in the front.
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    Re: Day 2 of Pkge Install-Newbee

    OK day 4. I am going in to replace the feeder, pick up the queen cage and move the false back. From all the info i read, I will also probably do it midday today. The hives look busy so I am assuming...
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    Day 2 of Pkge Install-Newbee

    I installed 2 packages yesterday afternoon...direct release. They seem to be content and busy at this time. It is supposed to rain Sat and Sun so should I go in Friday to move the false back and...
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    Does anyone use Honey B Healthy?

    Does anyone use Honey B Healthy. Pros and Cons? I am a new beekeeper and my bees arrive on 4/22/13. Trying to figure out my plan...lol
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    Re: Releasing the Queen

    Has anyone poked a hole in the candy and left the cage on the bottom of the hive to let the bees release the queen?
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    Re: Releasing the Queen

    You say IF you direct release your queen...is there a time when you would not?
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    Re: To Paint or Not To Paint

    My bees arrive in mid April...so very soon. I am almost ready. Here in WNC today is supposed to be 49 to 50 and it is just getting warmer from there. Come on Spring!
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    Re: To Paint or Not To Paint

    Funny!
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    Re: Installing Two Pkges of Bees

    Do you think delaying the install of the second so the first hive has time to settle would be beneficial in any way?
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    Re: To Paint or Not To Paint

    That was alot of information...I think i will paint...lol
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    To Paint or Not To Paint

    There are many different theories out there about whether or not to paint your top bar hive. I would love to have a discussion on the pros and cons.
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    Installing Two Pkges of Bees

    I have heard that you should not install the two packages of bees (two hives) at the same time but wait till the first package stops fanning. How long is that approx? Also install as late in the day...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Size

    OK I see that the length should be around 4 ft, but what is the popular opinion on width and depth. It seems there are alot of variations. The only thing I think I read that seemed to be consistent...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Size

    I am in the mountains of WNC so we definitely get a winter, but it is not usually too harsh.
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