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    Re: I think my bees found some pollen...

    :D
  2. Thread: Day 9 combs...

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    Re: Day 9 combs...

    Ditto:D!
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    first video of an orientation flight :-)

    Went to the hives to move a bar of brood comb over to the split (which finally has a genuine queen cell) and decided to wait a few minutes while the new foragers began their training:D
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    I didn't know Anarchy had a FL apiary! Last time I looked them up, it was only in NY. Thanks for the tip on Sierra's Bees.
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    Hmm. I did not know this. My assumption is that they'd ship from GA, but I didn't ask.
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    Two sources that I know of: BeeWeaver, in E. Texas, and Goldstar Honeybees, whose bees are raised in GA. Both sellers are treatment free; both feature "mutt" bees, though BeeWeaver seems to have a...
  7. Re: Question on room and frame pattern in big hive

    That's good to know! They ate 12 bars of honey in 2 weeks back in February, so I was expecting something to change. My guess is they probably swarmed, though I'm not sure of that. But all of those...
  8. Question on room and frame pattern in big hive

    Hi, All. Boy, I can't tell you how much I wish I had your experienced eyes during inspections now. Last year, it was all pretty straightforward. Now, I'm not sure what I am seeing!

    I did a fairly...
  9. A day of firsts -- laying workers in split, sting!

    I've confirmed that I'm not allergic to bee stings;). Though I don't see myself rushing to go gloveless, the sting was not that bad all in all -- I was wearing nitrile garden gloves, so the stinger...
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    Re: Package Install Method?

    LOL! That's pretty much what I say about men...

    I can attest that hanging the queen cage can cause crooked comb, so if you go with that method (I did), be sure to correct problems quickly (I...
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    Re: no queen! no brood!

    If you need a queen, you might be able to find one locally. While most of our local major suppliers are already spoken for, many backyarders are letting people know they've got swarm cell queens...
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    Re: Just lost my first hive

    They were not unvented. The seller uses a pretty cool plastic device with different kinds of exit holes, from fully open, to queen excluder, to vent holes.
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    Re: Just lost my first hive

    The inside of the hive does have those streaks. That is what worries me most. I pulled every dead bee I could find. There are still some with their bodies buried in cells. But do I need to move them...
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    Re: Just lost my first hive

    They were sealed in for the trip home. I was told not to open them at night, but I think I should have. They were placed in their new hive the next morning, and it was chillier than 50 -- about 40....
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    Just lost my first hive

    I bought my first nuc last week. I was so anxious to get a nuc from an actual TBH-er that I ignored bad weather and bad timing. Bees came home to pouring rain, at night, so couldn't be hived until...
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    Re: How long Before Queen lays in new comb ?

    I struggle with this, too, though it seems to depend on the hive. I just bought a nuc (not doing all that well, unfortunately), and the moment the hive gets opened, they come out to hang out on the...
  17. Re: Made a linseed oil wax/paste for inside the hive

    Aah, thank you, Michael.
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    Bees do coat the inside of the hive themselves, and the treatment is simply to give them some help in this regard. As for the inside of hollow trees...since trees exude saps of various kinds when...
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    Re: How long Before Queen lays in new comb ?

    I just bought a magnifying glass with an LED light built into it to see eggs, especially when they are laid on new comb. Between progressive lenses and the head net, I can't see eggs well at all,...
  20. Made a linseed oil wax/paste for inside the hive

    Several people have mentioned using linseed oil to treat wood both inside and outside hives. The purpose is to preserve the wood with a natural product to improve longevity, control swelling, manage...
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    Re: installing 1st pkgs in used top bar hives

    Yep! I had a similar experience with my first package -- so nervous, immediately got stung 3 times (didn't penetrate gloves, though), but did the get the queen hung and placed the whole package...
  22. Re: Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?

    Thank you, Eric!
  23. Thread: Bees at Night

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    Re: Bees at Night

    Two pieces of comb snapped off during an inspection -- I don't know why since they weren't attached to the side nor were they particularly heavy. They did have brood, so I moved them to the back of...
  24. Re: Assessing the state of a split -- wait or add more comb?

    Thank you Ruth! I intended to move the queen to the new hive, but couldn't find her. In fact, I've never been able to see her! I am going to check for new queen cells, and if I don't find them, add...
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    Re: TBH -- ready to swarm?

    Thank you, Shane. Some are suggesting this is bearding behavior, and maybe it was? I have a full day of yard work scheduled today, but I'm hoping to check later this afternoon. What is "backfilling...
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