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    Re: Drone Activity

    Thanks for the input.
    No dead bees at entrance and only lasted a half day. Bars were empty before the activity....maybe just a mating party. Everything seems back to normal now.
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    Drone Activity

    Newbee Concern:
    Heard a loud buzzing yesterday late morning.
    Went to the hive area and there were many bees about 100 feet from the hive, appeared to be swarming. A few minutes later the swarm was...
  3. Thread: Adding Bees

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    Re: Adding Bees

    Thanks for the correction and advice.
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    Re: Comb Question from NewBee

    36"
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    Re: Comb Question from NewBee

    Thanks for the reply.
    I am in West Texas and this is an experiment..lots of wind and not sure about the forage around so hated to go in with big $$$ to find an impossible situation. Still feeding...
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    Comb Question from NewBee

    Based on what we researched, we built out TBH with 1.25 bars for brood comb placed toward the entrance and 1.50 bars for honey comb placed further away. My 1 month old package bees are building...
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    Re: Adding Bees

    Thanks for the input. Based on your input, other forum replies and a local Langstrom beekeeper input, what are your thoughts on this hybrid approach: Bee package placed in hive separated by divider...
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    Re: Adding Bees

    Thanks...wasn't sure which forum would be best or if TBH would have it's own method.
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    Adding Bees

    Good Afternoon,
    Would like some advice from experienced beekeepers please.
    I received a 3# package of bees 4 weeks ago. When I received them over half were dead but the queen was alive. I...
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    Re: Aphids in Clover Patch

    I had the gardeningzone site bookmarked but then I googled ladybugs for sale and found this site but they don't ship until May. They appear to be less expensive and state that their bugs ship direct...
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    Re: Aphids in Clover Patch

    Thanks Tony.
    That was my exact words to my wife as she came in with a stalk of clover covered with aphids. There are a few ladybugs in the clover, they just need to get really hungry. May look at...
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    Aphids in Clover Patch

    I am a newbee in Amarillo, TX getting my bees in about two weeks. I have a couple of patches of white clover about 100 feet from where my hive will be. I just notices some areas of the clover...
  13. Thread: Hubam Clover

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    Re: Hubam Clover

    I am a newbee in Amarillo, TX getting my bees in about two weeks. I have a couple of patches of white clover about 100 feet from where my hive will be. I just notices some areas of the clover...
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    Re: Lawn maintanence around hive?

    I am a newbee in Amarillo, TX getting my bees in about two weeks. I have a couple of patches of white clover about 100 feet from where my hive will be. I just notices some areas of the clover...
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    Wow...that looks like a mess but it appears that you got it all back on track in a couple weeks or so.
    As a beginner, can you tell me how I could avoid the cross bar combing?
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    Re: Screen in Bottom of TBH

    Thank you, I now can visualize what you mean. I may just forgo a bottom screen and ventilate with entrances on both ends of the hive once it is established.
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    Yep...thanks.
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    Thank you for identifying the different queen cages by name. I was able to google the names and actually find some site with photos...much clearer now and I know what to expect when my package...
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    Re: Screen in Bottom of TBH

    Good idea on a hinged door over the bottom screen that opens in hot weather AFTER they are established. I read Steven Ogburns post about losing his package and I do not want that to happen.
    I am...
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    Thank you very much for your comments.

    1) Greasing the legs sounds like a good idea.
    2) We have notched about 1/2" on the end of the bars about 1/8" deep so they sit down on the sides and don't...
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    I am such a newbee I don't have a good understanding of the queen cage, candy end, plug etc. I have watched a couple of youtube videos but am still unclear. Can you give me some detail?
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    Thanks for the experienced advice. I was planning on just spraying the package screen with a sugar water mixture but they should have some mixture left in the package can I suppose so may try only...
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    Re: Critique of my TBH Intentions

    Here is a link to some pictures of my hive
    http://s1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa345/rtoney12/
    I would not drill holes and I think in your area I might put a screen on the bottom other then that...
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    Critique of my TBH Intentions

    I am a newbee getting my first package to place in my 90% complete built 36" TBH in about two weeks and really want things to go well. I would appreciate experienced TBH beekeeper critique of my...
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    Screen in Bottom of TBH

    I am a newbee getting my bees in about two weeks. My son built a top bar hive from a design on the internet. I have seen some designs with a screen in the bottom to catch mites. I am getting my...
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