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  1. Re: Scheduled first inspection -- inspectors aren't allowed to handle the TBH hive!?

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    They may also try to get you to re-queen if you have any feral queens from cut-outs.

    Don't let them pressure you into doing this. They can't legally make anyone do it unless
    it's a very...
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    Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!

    Yes, that too.

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    Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!

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    I'm gonna step on some toes here, but I refuse to ever build a top bar hive with a screened-bottom because of absconding problems I've heard about as a result. I've even built a screened-bottom...
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    Re: Africanized bees

    I've done about twenty removals and have experienced about two
    hot colonies.

    But some seem very nice until the lawnmower or weed eater comes out.

    I recently moved a hive down to a farm because...
  5. Re: Cut-out and hive delivery/setup on same premises, same afternoon

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    I'm sure you all have been losing sleep wondering the fate of this particular cut-out and
    installation into their new hive.

    The customer emailed me yesterday and said his bees are booming....
  6. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    I went ONCE to my local beekeepers club.

    I don't need it, especially since you guys/gals are here.
  7. Re: Just saw these top bar hives using barrel halves on youtube

    Lol, that's great !

    I love individualism like that.
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive size envy

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    sorry, double post
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive size envy

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    I did a cut-out once using my Golden Mean.

    That hive is still BOOMING in Groveland, FL, right at this very moment, on a farm:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2NKdeLuMR0
  10. Re: Just saw these top bar hives using barrel halves on youtube

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    ok
  11. Re: Yet another successful, wacky top-bar removal from Florida

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    Oh well, I guess we can't edit the titles of threads. I just noticed a ridiculous misspelling.

    I was UNsuccessful in my attempt at spelling.

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  12. Yet another successful, wacky top-bar removal from Florida

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    Another removal from the same apartments I visited last year. I had to treat these similar to a swarm because they were such a new colony that they only had very fresh, fragile comb which only...
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    Re: 1st Bait Swarm of the Season

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    All those bees are airbrushed on the frames !

    :p
  14. Re: Bird house bees - a decade old - dragged back to my yard for cut-out (video)

    Yes, thanks.

    Yesterday I opened the hive to clean the floor of various debris and to check on Queenie. She was crawling about in fine fashion. I think everything will be fine.
  15. Re: Bird house bees - a decade old - dragged back to my yard for cut-out (video)

    I was respecting her wish to stay outside for those few moments. She obviously wasn't darting about like a normal queen, so I felt she needed a few moments of recovery time.

    But after I stopped...
  16. Re: Bird house bees - a decade old - dragged back to my yard for cut-out (video)

    Thanks for the feedback.

    I try my best to edit my videos where they don't dwell too long on something. I'm not going to show myself looking for the queen for ten minutes, for example. In this...
  17. Bird house bees - a decade old - dragged back to my yard for cut-out (video)

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    Yes, sometimes bird houses fall from trees which contain honeybee colonies that are a decade old.

    Good thing is, they can then be dragged back to my back yard in order to be removed and...
  18. Re: Cut-out and hive delivery/setup on same premises, same afternoon

    Thanks so much for the kind words.

    Well, let me clarify the 'squish' method you referred to. I actually have top bars of which I pre-made half-inch hardware cloth formed into an 'L' and to where...
  19. Cut-out and hive delivery/setup on same premises, same afternoon

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    A customer in Clermont, FL had some bees move into a small box on a bench on his small farm. He ordered a hive from me to accommodate this newly-arrived swarm which had been there approx one...
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    Re: TB Barrrel Bee Hive Plans

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    That is SA-WEET !!!!
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    Re: Should I pinch this exiled queen....or?

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    But the bottom line is, I need to get to the point where I'm self-sustaining.......where I don't have to panic about a queen.

    (I hope I don't step on too many toes here of queen breeders by...
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    Re: Should I pinch this exiled queen....or?

    It's funny, yesterday I was about to put a divider in one of my strong hives and create a small nuc in the back portion of the hive with that exiled queen. The reason I didn't do it was because I...
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    Re: Should I pinch this exiled queen....or?

    Are you serious? I'm going to be fairly angry if I jumped the gun and didn't give a new queen the chance to start producing.

    It had been several weeks and I hadn't seen any signs of laying.
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    Re: New to all of this

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    Then there is Phil Chandler's site and podcast:

    www.biobees.com

    And

    http://www.biobees.com/podcast_page.php
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    Re: New to all of this

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    Teal,

    I don't think this has been recommended yet, but I suggest SomdBeekeeper's podcast.

    His archives are chocked full of natural beekeeping guests.

    http://somdbeekeeper.com/
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