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    Re: Fresh comb sure is fragile...

    I find if I have 3-4 inches crossed off the end of a bar that the 'problem' actually exists 2-3 combs deeper into the hive. I cut OFF the end squaring up where the good comb is on all the offending...
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    Re: Trap out of queenless top bar hive?

    You can keep both alive by adding a frame of brood from the healthy hive. One a week until they make their own queen. Once they have a queen cell you can either intro a new queen, or let them build...
  3. Re: How can propolis be removed from Honey Super Cell frames?

    Strong lye solution works great.

    Remember to rinse with LOTS of water.
  4. Re: Any good sites/books on normal hive "Filling"?

    They will sort it out. Usually you will find honey in the bottom boxes before they move up. There will be a cap over brood frames as well as the outside frames.

    The thing you need to look at and...
  5. Re: Anybody have a winning argument for an obs hive?

    My 4 year old was better at finding the queen in the observation hive than I was.


    I ran mine outside the window then up about 6'. Never once had a sting to contend with. I also have hives the...
  6. Re: Queen laying only in super and not brood chamber. What to do!

    Let them bee.

    The queen will not move into space that she doesn't need. With an excluder you risk running her out of room and then the colony swarming. If it makes YOU feel better you can swap...
  7. Re: Tricks for getting the most honey from one hive

    SOME inexperienced beekeepers look for information to see why this might have been. Finding information supporting what I found, I then realized that it was possible and WHY this happened.

    I have...
  8. Re: Tricks for getting the most honey from one hive

    I dont de-queen. IF you were looking to maximize honey, then rolling a queen at the beginning of the flow will allow the bees to focus on storing honey. They have no need to store pollen or turn it...
  9. Re: Tricks for getting the most honey from one hive

    Build like mad by supplementing feed/pollen to build hefty numbers by start of flow.

    Roll the queen when the flow starts.

    Add boxes of drawn foundation to keep ahead of the bees.


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    Re: Bood chamber make up

    What I did was use a deep for very bottom box then stack with mediums for build.

    Fall time when I pulled honey, I pulled boxes until I found brood, then added one medium on top for extra stores. ...
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    Re: Phasing out a TBH?

    When it comes time to do the deed, crop the existing top bar comb into pieces small enough to use rubber bands in standard frames. Cut them up, transfer to empty frames (just like a cut out) IF you...
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    Shotgun pattern or hygenic

    My OB hive is odd. First I will say I only have enough bees to cover both sides of one frame.

    The queen started in with a borrowed frame of capped brood. I forced her to abandon her 4-5" circle...
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    Re: Frame assembly fasteners

    1/4"x3/4" staples. 5 on the top bar @ each end and 3 on the bottom bar @ each end. 16 total.

    Haven't had a frame come apart yet. I dont want to spend the time gluing everything.
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    Re: Plastic Nucs (German made?)

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/ProductDetail.asp?idproduct=1186&idCategory=13


    That is a Bee Brief nuc box. This what you are thinking?
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    Re: How long will a swarm live?

    I collected one Monday that was there since Thursday. They moved, and where they were clustered before had probably 1/3 of their numbers piles on the ground dead.


    So I'd say if they are in...
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    Re: split into an observation hive

    From whichever hive that can best spare the resources.


    If you take emerging from one hive, open brood and eggs from another, and stores from yet another it will be just as effective. The nurse...
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    Re: Other hobbies?

    Performance Diesel Pickups.
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    Re: split into an observation hive

    I would put one frame of open brood w/eggs on bottom.
    One frame capped brood second up.
    One drawn or partially drawn frame 3rd. Then the next two undrawn.

    The empty one, take a garden sprayer...
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    Re: Bee Activity Question

    Mine do their daily flights about 2pm every day. I can almost set my clock by it.
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    Re: What to do with this frame?

    Take a very sharp knife and trim it down so it is flush with the end bars. The bees will fix the rest.
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    Re: When is regression with hsc complete?

    As far as I know they will be fully regressed when the existing live bees die.

    There are manufacturers of 4.9 foundation that you could use this go round to make sure they draw the 'correct' size...
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    Re: native colony disappeared...and reappeared!

    Or the activity is robbing of what stores are left....
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    Re: When to tranfer to TBH

    If you can cut comb and make it fit onto your top bars, then it'll go easy.

    If you cannot.... then I'd suggest getting the queen in a hair clip, then moving the bees over by hand. They will not...
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    Re: Difference between Hives?

    Switch hive locations during the busy part of the day. It will even them out a touch.
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    Charity Case - OB Hive

    This is my 'Charity Case'

    I was given this almost dead out.

    I checked these girls and they were queenless. Had about a half cup of bees... just meager little bees. Nice sunny days and there...
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