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    Re: Ventilation...

    I use a ventilation bar. I can adjust how much ventilation I give the hive by pulling corks. Before I started using it, the bees would often end up in a big beard outside the hive on summer days. In...
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    Re: Building a better beehive

    NSBee, if your roof will allow the moisture to escape, try a ventilation bar. 2281722818
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    Thanks. It holds the comb better than other methods I've tried, and I don't have to worry about it later. The cardboard will squish down with only small gaps when the top bars are in place. I always...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    What Chuck describes sounds a lot like what I do. My roofs are elevated off the top bars by bricks to keep air circulating underneath and to keep palmetto bugs from propagating between the roof and...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    The feeder does work great. I like not having to open the hives in order to give them a refill. The traps have done a good job of catching a lot of beetles and larvae. I've been using combs with...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    I'm in eastern Georgia. I had screened bottoms to start with but switched over to solid bottoms after a couple of years. The humidity in my region in the South is too high for open bottoms in my...
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    Re: Can spaced top bars prevent cross cromb

    Daisy, I had a hive with bars like that (spaced) for a couple of years. The bars were also wedged and 1 3/8". I had no cross combing, but like Shannon said, the bees can often build faster than you...
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    Re: Big storm coming our way

    Thanks, DiPhi. It's turned out to just be a lot of rain for me here in Georgia. If I could, I'd send it your way because we're tired of it. Goldenrod is in full bloom and the bees haven't been able...
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    Re: Big storm coming our way

    You can also drive stakes into the ground on either side and run rope over the hives and lash them tightly to the stakes.
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    Re: Roach problem

    Sorry, y'all. My daughter got married in Birmingham, AL this month and it's been a crazy September. To answer the question about raising the roof. I'm not a fan of attached roofs; they just get in...
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    Re: What to do with this cross combed colony

    I'm not sure I would wait to correct the cross combing. In the spring, the queen will be laying a lot of eggs in those combs. Correcting them then will possibly mean killing a lot of brood if you...
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    Re: Roach problem

    The problem with roaches is they leave their droppings all over the top of the bars and soil them. The droppings can get lodged in the seams of the bars and when you open the hive they fall onto the...
  13. Re: Swarm took up residence in wall's of my parent's house. What would you do?

    A colony living under the foundation of a house that throws off frequent swarms has me thinking they're Africanized. Your parents could be in a serious situation with them living in their house. No...
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    Re: COmb collapsed

    I have some of Angela Chandler's rescue bars in my hives. They work well with seasoned combs, but the wires will tear through soft, new comb. One concern that's been raised elsewhere is that...
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    Re: Holding up to the heat

    Here in Georgia we had similar heat through much of July, but the weather finally broke and we're enjoying much nicer temperatures. My bees did well, too. No bearding, adding combs of honey even...
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    Re: COmb collapsed

    Soft comb without brood cocoons to keep its shape is very hard to reattach. If it's not too soft, you might try this method. I once had several new and very soft brood combs collapse. I placed them...
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    Re: Shb traps .

    I'd like to add something about screened traps. If you use 1/8" plastic screen, be aware that you are probably only catching the male beetles and the larvae. The females are bigger and don't fit...
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    Re: comb stuck to sides of hive

    All my hives now have the 120 degree or greater slope. I have one hive that has never attached comb to the sides the five years I've had it while others will, but only an inch or so near the top,...
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    Re: Shb traps .

    This has worked very well for me down in Georgia. I've been using it for a couple of years and have few to no SHB larvae or adults in my hives, but I do find a lot of both in my traps. The album...
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    Re: Bee handling question

    I use long strips of 1/8" plexiglass, 2" wide. When I inspect, I move each bar to within a bee thickness of the last bar and set a strip into the gap, forcing the bees down. After 4 bars (I have 4...
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    Re: Dr. Wyatt Mangum top bar hive plans

    Thanks, Bob. This is a great way to compare volume. My 4' hives have more than the other three on the spreadsheet (98 liters), but unlike yours, my bees do use the entire space. I split a hive this...
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    Re: To shade or not to shade?

    I'm really surprised that at 80 degrees you're having trouble like that. I have two hives in morning sun and afternoon shade, and one in full sun almost all day until late afternoon. Temps range from...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    I've been keeping bees in top bar hives since 2010 and currently have three occupied. I started with them because beekeeping with Langstroths was prohibitively expensive, but with my woodworking...
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    Re: Letting bees eat honey and not HFCS

    I'm sure wax moths make sure feral hives have to renew comb on the periphery of the cluster every year, which gives the bees the space and opportunity to build fresh, clean comb for brood. New comb...
  25. Re: Best methods of correcting cross / curved comb?

    Yeah, sometimes we get lucky. I'm testing the cardboard sling idea right now to see how well the bees reattach the comb and remove the cardboard from the hive.
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