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    Re: To screen or not to screen...

    I did not have success with a screened floor and a stickyboard below it. Wax moths kept raising larve below the screen.

    I have not tried an open screened floor. I may try one under the brood area...
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    Re: Top bar size question.

    I really like to have an overhang. If you make the bars 19" long and mill the ends to 1/4 inch thick, then you can use them in a lanstroth box as well.
  3. Re: Which length is best for a Top Bar Hive? 3 or 4 feet?

    Thank you. Suggestions on how to improve them and on other calculators that may be of use are always welcome.
  4. Re: Slingers - A Documentary about Small and Local Beekeepers

    That is shot beautifully. Edits are gorgeous as well. I am really looking forward to the finished product.
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Erik, like you I started with Wyatt's book. I did however ignore his advice about using Langs first and went directly to top bars (two at first and now four). Anytime I had a challenge with hive...
  6. Re: New Bee with Follower Board Question

    I don't use follower boards. I tried them but they only seemed to create spaces for beetles and moths to hide. We had a lot of cold weather last winter with -20 degree days and the bees wintered just...
  7. Re: last hive cut out of the year for me

    Very impressive!
  8. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    If the hive had been turned 90 degrees then everything would have been fine. ;-)
  9. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    I agree with jwcarlson, all the wooden guides work. WAM's method does work exceptionally well, especially in a hive that is new and doesn't have any/much established comb to help guide new ones. But...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    I always feed inside the hive, just behind the combs in my top bar hives. I do it mostly because it is really easy to slam a bucket or jar in there but it also seems to prevent robbing.
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    Re: Another swarm coming?

    Bee Clause, bearding isn't necessarily a sign of swarming. I have bearding like that all the time on my hives when it is warm and humid. Everyone sitting on the porch enjoying themselves, cooling...
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    Re: Anyone else know about bee huts?

    Yes, apparently you can.
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    Re: growing brood nest no stores

    What you are describing is pretty normal for a first year package. While there is still a lot of room in the hive for more combs, that doesn't necessarily mean that the bees will continue to draw...
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    Re: Strange beehavior at entrance

    I always get the sense that the bees are happy and all is good in the world when they are washboarding. I don't know if they are - but I like to think they are.
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    Re: Queenless???

    Richh,

    Congratulations on your first Nucs. You are in for a great journey. Queens can be hard to spot even when they are marked. There is a lot happening in a hive and they can be easy to miss and...
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    Re: Can I help out a caught swarm?

    A swarm. Nice!
    From your note I am guessing that you caught this swarm around the 10th of June. Let's assume that this was the after-swarm and has a virgin queen (since she is hard to spot). This...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    Basswood. 20176, 6/17/14

    I have lived in this house for seven years and this is the first time this tree has ever bloomed - I didn't even know what it was and never paid it any attention. When I...
  18. Re: Orient every time I open the roof.

    I imagine they are admiring the great job you did on constructing the roof.
  19. Re: Hive inspection-tell me whats going on

    I imagine the hive is fine and agree with NewJoe that you didn't crush the original queen. If you had, on the 29th of April, they would have figured it out in a day or so and would have immediately...
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    Re: My first glove free inspection!

    I love that feeling.
  21. Re: One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    I suppose it depends if it was the old queen that was with the swarm, or if it was a new queen.

    If it was the old one then she should be laying and yes, you probably have a problem.

    If...
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    Re: bee tragedy

    Whoops!
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    Re: top bar hives are a headache.

    Don't Warre, Bee Happy.
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    Re: top bar hives are a headache.

    I like my top bar hives, no boxes to lift, nice and simple. But, this year I tried a couple of Langs and discovered that they are really nice. I like being able to pull a frame from here or there...
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    Re: Queen Cells in a Top Bar hive

    I would just keep an eye on it at this point. Two of my top bars always have queen cups but they rarely develop into queen cells unless it gets overcrowded. It may be partly due to the sloping edge...
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