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    Re: was going to do an inspection but...

    I have top bar hives, and enjoy walking up there to take a look at them almost every day. But I don't go in. "You can learn a lot by watching."
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    Re: Positioning Multiple Hives

    I have several top bar hives under a tree, all facing outward in a semicircle, creating a convenient and bee-free work area in the middle.
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    Re: A simple way to provide water for the bees

    A chicken feeder, filled with smooth round stones from a garden supply store for the bees to land on, works marvelously.
  4. Re: Not taking syrup - New beekeeper - Long Island, NY

    As much as we may like to think that we are doing our bees a favor when we feed them (our) sugar water, that really isn't their natural food. Also, it will very quickly grow fungus. Quite honestly,...
  5. Thread: Oil trays

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    Re: Oil trays

    I guess I just don't like to over-engineer, or over-think, beekeeping. If you put an oily tray down there, even with the best of intentions, plenty of critters other than bees can find a way to get...
  6. Thread: Sugar Water

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    Re: SUGAR WATER

    Chicken waterers filled with smooth stones seem to work very well for me. I have top bar hives and simply set 'em on top.

    But, I don't feed sugar. In fact, I don't feed anything.
  7. Re: Hive Stands - what to use if you're not good at carpentry

    I use top-bar hives, and I am certainly no carpenter. My hives are made out of "found" wood that's been on the property for years, and they sit on boards between stacked-up cinder blocks. (The only...
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    Re: Metal Entrance Disk Improvement

    I guess I ought to be embarrassed to say that I don't use disks. I drilled three wine-cork sized holes (in the side) and plug a couple of 'em up with wine corks. Done.
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    Re: Lemon grass oil...

    Putting one "used" bar from another hive also helps attract them. Guess it smells like home.
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    Re: To wax or not to wax?

    Popsicle sticks glued into a slot is all the "guide" I've ever used, and it works fine.

    The only actual improvement I've hit-upon is to saw a slight kerf, perpendicular to the bar, to coincide...
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    Re: when honey is not honey

    Unfortunately, a lot of beekeepers want and expect what Nature could never produce ... and they misinterpret "what Nature valiantly does in response to their meddling" as ... "a miracle." (They...
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    Re: old aluminum ladders for hive stands???

    My bee-yard consists entirely of hTBH hives which have no legs and which sit on cinder-blocks. (The hives are, however, carefully shimmed to be level along both axes, but I digress ...) It...
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    Re: Keeping long hives waterproof ...

    This answer just might be easy: put all of the hives under a simple pole-shed. Four pressure-treated or creosoted poles, a few 2x4s, a sheet of tin/aluminum roofing, and both the rain and the...
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    Re: What type of Nail Gun and Staple Gun

    "Compressed air is your bestest friend." An air-driven stapler, and an air-driven nailer, will make you quickly put your "hand" tools into The Forgotten Closet. And, the very-nicest thing is, the...
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    Re: Explain differences

    Of course, mites (like everything else) are natural predators, attempting to gain access to a highly-protected area and having varying degrees of success in doing so. Their success, therefore, does...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Sure would be less lifting that way.
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    Re: New to Beekeeping

    Welcome. You've come to (a) right place. May the excitement never fade.
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    And what I use (on my top-bar hive) is a set of popsicle sticks, pushed into a slot that's half their width and glued in place with ordinary wood glue. Basically, anything that's "straight" and that...
  19. Re: Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    For whatever it may be worth, I don't attempt to recycle anything. Wax that's removed from the hive is discarded. It greatly increases the chance of robbing, and I don't think it particularly saves...
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    Re: Following board size

    Well, they say it does ... I dunno.

    However, I just find that when the humidity naturally rises and falls, the bars naturally loosen or tighten-up. So, I put a few spacers at various places along...
  21. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    It's sort of a time right now around here where flowers aren't very plentiful and I do see the bees drawing-down some of their stores. In a few weeks the Fall flowers will start to appear. Keep the...
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    Re: Complety empty hive

    It sounds like ordinary absconding to me. What isn't clear from the thread was ... did they leave honey behind? Or, did they empty-out everything but the wax?

    If a colony decides, for whatever...
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    Re: Night bearding?

    Bees "hang out on the front porch" every summer. It's only a problem when their partying gets carried-away and the band they've hired is playing just a little bit too loud . . . Must be all those...
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    Re: Starting to think beekeepers are cheap. lol

    Actually, it can be. I have horizontal top-bar hives made from found-lumber and my total(!) investment in all of them is about $60 as in "sixty dollars." That's mostly for water-seal, metal...
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    Re: no honey stores

    What they will "store," of course, is your sugar-water. You "think" that they're burning-up their available nectar building comb, but there's really no basis for that.

    Many flowers wait until...
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