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    Re: Most Effective SHB Control?

    Hi, you want to be pesticide/chemical free!! So do we all, I have gone with "The IPK beetle trap from green beehive", who also gives explicit instructions on how to build your own trap, just like...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle

    i had shb in two hives, I made my own screened bottom board and an oil pan underneath. I have exactly zero small hive beetles now. The best thing since apple pie
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    Comb maintenance, brood frames borrowed

    Dear All,
    Patience with my explanation please. I borrowed two brood frames from a friend's hive in order to expedite growing my popullation with a newly introduced queen. Now, I would like to...
  4. Re: Introducing a new queen to a queenless hive, possible laying workers

    Well, I wound up "borrowing" a frame of brood from a friend, and have introduced the queen (in a cage with candy) along with the frame of brood, on Wednesday, June 5th. Today is Thursday june...
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    thanks so much,

    you are full of information,

    larry
  6. Introducing a new queen to a queenless hive, possible laying workers

    Dear All,
    I am about to purchase a mated queen and want to introduce the new queen slowly by way of a cage, with a candy plug. i am afraid of the possibility of there being laying workers in this...
  7. Introducing a new queen to a queenless hive, possible laying workers

    Dear All,
    I am about to purchase a mated queen and want to introduce the new queen slowly by way of a cage, with a candy plug. i am afraid of the possibility of there being laying workers in this...
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    Re: Damaged Queen cell capping?

    that's a good question, and I would also like an answer as I have I believe done the same thing a few days ago. I have not been able yet to open the hive, and am reluctant to at the present so I am...
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    Re: Opinions Welcomed! Best choice for TBH?

    I've built two of them, both from scrap wood around the house, picking up around the neighborhood, etc. each one cost about $2.00, for the hardware. a few bolts and screws for the legs, etc.
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    Re: Have Queen, very few eggs/larvae

    Michael,
    What exactly do you mean, is there a "critical mass" point where you could/should need a certain number of workers to increase the colony? If so, what is the critical mass?
    And what do I...
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    Re: Have Queen, very few eggs/larvae

    That sounds logical to me, and if I hear that response from some others as well, then i will take it for gospel.

    But it definitely sounds extremely logical.

    larry
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    Have Queen, very few eggs/larvae

    Dear All,

    Hopefully someone can shed light on this subject for me. I just did a thorough inspection of my hive yesterday. Although I went into the winter with a very strong and vibrant hive with...
  13. Re: Weather and new package installation question - new hive

    Oh, boy, and you are signed on as "life is good", if you're a frog!!!
  14. Re: Weather and new package installation question - new hive

    I would install the package as soon as you get it. Just make sure to give them a good helping of sugar water easily accessible to them. You can throw a blanket over the hive overnight if you see it...
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    Re: My TBH and Some Questions.

    I also used plywood, and yours looks very similar to my finished hive, which I started last year. I just finished my second one, and am waiting to split my first hive in a few weeks. the only...
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    Re: Top bar hive questions for newbie

    i didn't say that. You should have something for the bees to attach the comb to, but all this needs to be is a piece of wood. i have found the best to be paint stirring sticks. Rout out a 1/4 bead...
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    Re: Top bar hive questions for newbie

    You do not need to wax any of the top bars. Leave that job to the bees, they are much better at it. No worries about which bars where, the only issue is the width of the bars. Once they have...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Size

    not really that crucial. the only reason 12 inches is used is because the majority of less expensive lumber is 12 inches in width, and there is no advantage to going any deeper than that or you could...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Size

    Being in North Carolina with a relatively long Spring and Summer, you will probably fill up your hive quickly, in which case you will need to watch for swarming. The majority of hives, both home...
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    Do Queens lay eggs in the winter?

    That's basically my question. I know the workers live a longer period of time from fall until Spring, but are there any new workers born during the winter to make up for all of the winter loss, which...
  21. Thread: Starter Strips

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    Re: Starter Strips

    I have been able to make two TBH without virtually purchasing anything. It is usually pretty easy to find scrap wood around the neighborhood when people are throwing away furniture, etc, which is...
  22. can a hive survive the winter without a queen?

    Dear all,

    I am concerned, have been since the fall, that I am without a queen. At the end of the summer, I had noticed an inordinate number of drones, suspecting I had a hive that lost its queen,...
  23. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. Very helpful in my decision making. I am going forward without a screen. Easier to build, easier to maintain, easier to seal up and not worry...
  24. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    Thanks Honey-Sun. OK, you have solid bottoms, are these hinged solid bottoms? or permanent bottoms?
    thanks,
    Larry
  25. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    Not sure what you mean by the bottom board and/or the screen giving wax moths a place to enter? As long as the bottom board is in place, how or where are the wax moths entering, other than through an...
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