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    Re: package making foundationless big cells

    ah so is 5.4mm typical for "natural"?
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    package making foundationless big cells

    Long story short my 12day old package has 5 combs and started a 6th on the far end of the drawout area in my topbar hive. I didn't notice my hive was sinking (unevenly) in the rain so the 6th comb...
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    Re: should I (re)start feeding

    yeah my last hive took syrup no matter what. Reading another thread I realized that we hadn't had many days over 55F, so they may have just been clustered an too cold to want to visit the syrup for...
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    Re: should I (re)start feeding

    They pretty much missed sakura (do they visit those?) which was huge right before I got my package and the rain prevented all but a couple days. Basically I'm not sure if a flow has started because...
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    should I (re)start feeding

    I installed a 3lb package 11 days ago in my top bar hive along with 3 bar cut down frames of comb and one of honey. on day 2 i gave them syrup. Checking back on day 9 I saw they had only taken half...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    HOLY COW thats a lot of comb for 3 days! In addition to the comb i gave them they've made about 2 more bars worth. I think most of it was drawn in the first few days but I haven't seen much more...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    I started them with a few cut down frames of comb so I could smell it from day one, but yeah fruitveggirl said they have a smell for sure.
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    Re: Sky Fishing for Drones video

    around time 8:00 he somehow squeezes the reproductive parts out. Never seen that. Its really weird.
  9. Re: What time in am does bees do theri first orientation flight

    My hive last year would orient any time it could see a patch of clear sky or even better sun. The package I installed Saturday started to orient right away and as soon as light hit the roof on...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    Thanks! it's an 8"x47" piece of tempered glass from ikea. It was supposed to be a shelf but I carefully ground the aluminum bracket off to get the glass.

    I ended up pulling the screen off the...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    It's only day two but I decided to take a look and they wern't hanging down all the way to the queen cage anymore. took a look and the cage was full of workers but no queen. bees seem happy so I...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    They sell anti-reflective coatings online but they all seem stupid expensive. :(

    If anyone knows of a good source of AR film let me know.
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    30 hrs after package install.

    ok, so I know the rule is don't bother them for 3 days but I just couldn't contain my self. I have a full length window in my TBH so I just had to take a quick peek. Boy was it worth it!! The...
  14. Re: Should I feed a new package if I gave it a frame of honey?

    ok. I'll make up a jar feeder and set it int he back when I check the queen cage tomorrow.

    Thanks.
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    Re: city water and syrup

    Seeing as Bees seem to love swimming pool water, I'm inclined to believe that tap is ok. :D
  16. Should I feed a new package if I gave it a frame of honey?

    I just installed a 3lb package of carniolans into my new topbar hive (TBH). I put three frames of cut down comb plus a cut down frame of honey in there from last year's failed hive. Should I feed...
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    new package foraging after one hour?

    I'm a bit curious whats going on with my new package.

    I installed them into my topbar about an hour ago with three cut down frames of comb and a cut down frame of honey. I can see what appears...
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    Re: My new top bar bait hive

    Mostly because I lost my bees over winter and have nothing to put into a nuc. I'll probably keep out as a bait hive until the end swarm season or if I'm lucky split into it as a nuc if we have a...
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    Re: My new top bar bait hive

    Sure. Its essentially Michael Bush's design but 2" wider. Idea being that 17" is the interior bar to bar distance in a langstroth and 19" is the length of the top bar on a langstroth frame. This...
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    Re: My new top bar bait hive

    Right now they're all just cutdown 1x2 so they're 1 1/2" Before I add guide to all of them i'm going to shave off 1/4" from about half of them following Michael Bush's design.
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    Re: My new top bar bait hive

    39.5 liters, but who's counting :D
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    My new top bar bait hive

    As an experiment to lean how to make a top bar hive(TBH), I've built a new bait hive. On my actual hive I'm going to put a screened bottom with detachable bottom board to make checking mite levels...
  23. Hive post mortum (part 2) and how to store frames

    It finally stopped either being frozen or raining, so I was able to take apart my dead hive and take a look/shake out all the dead bees.

    I noticed a couple new things as I did this:

    1) Many...
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    Re: Topbar design feedback

    Will do. It'll be a semi-custom (but easy) job so I plan on making a write up.
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    Re: Topbar design feedback

    I'm keeping bees mostly because I think they're really interesting/amazing. So I'll definitely take that advice.


    I was thinking about where to find glass. I found out that tempered glass...
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