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    Re: sugar water storage

    If its mixed about as heavy as you can hardly get to dissolve, it may make it fine even if it wasn't refrigerated.

    I live in Northern Indiana, and made some heavy stuff early this spring (March...
  2. Re: Bad first year, Strange goings on, Need advice...

    Hi Slempy;

    First thing I'd suggest is to relax a little. Often things happen that seem 'not by the book(s)'. When you want success badly, its easy to worry more than needed. As a 'not...
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    Re: Active Winter Hive in Indiana???

    By the way Loren;

    It appears that they won't take sugarwater below about 40-50 degrees as I recall. Apparently they can't invert it right so they essentially just can't 'digest' it. This whole...
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    Re: Active Winter Hive in Indiana???

    Thanks for the replies.

    Scott: I built a bee house last year that was NOT heated and was open to allowing them to get out as needed. That should be fairly similar to any well insulated hive in a...
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    Re: Active Winter Hive in Indiana???

    Hi Guys;

    I did see that one description, but that's not what I was referring to.

    Respectfully, I'm not inclined to just accept that 'it doesn't work'. I'm asking the question of if it will, or...
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    Active Winter Hive in Indiana???

    Has anyone tried to keep a hive active during winter by having it 'indoors'?

    I'm interested in showing bees at schools and would like to take a small observation hive in to talk with the kids.
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  7. Blended style hives. Top bar possibilities.

    Hello;

    After a recent discussion on this forum about hybrid designs using 19" long top bars that would fit into a Langstroth (L) hive, I just had to jump in here.

    Although this is mostly a...
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    Re: Top bars in a langstroth

    Matt;

    Sent you an off forum message.

    Perhaps I should 'splain myself' a bit better from the beginning.

    Last year I started with pure top bar Kenyans, and 'migrated' over to Langstroth...
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    Re: Top bars in a langstroth

    Hi Matt;

    After a few messups, I am getting settled into using top bars in Langs hive bodys. Here are my 'rules' for how to do things this way.

    Rule 1: Do NOT put top bars on deeps. What I get...
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    Re: The current price of sugar.

    Hi

    Sugar here (Northern Indiana) today was $1.99 for 5 lbs... (at 'Martins grocery') which is the better general 'sale price' we can hope for. Martins is similar to Kroger for those not familiar...
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    Thanks for the welcome

    The warm welcome is much appreciated. I already have started to get connected with the local bee association. They seem like a good group of guys. A top notch 'old hand' lives less than a mile...
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    Greetings from Indiana

    Hi Everyone;

    As my nick only partially indicates, I'm just starting into keeping and planning to use top bar hives. Made my first set of 4 boxes over the last few weeks and am almost ready to...
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