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    Re: Pics from my first hive

    Nice.. looks like you could give each screw 1 turn and they wouldn't have those connections at the top. gotta love straight natural comb
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    Re: Narrow frame & extra space

    I found 9 to be too tight for my liking. even with 1.25 i left it at 8 frames centered and they are fine with it. no burr comb
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    Re: Foundationless and Drone Cells

    If you wanted to experiment you could move it to an outside position where they are more apt to back fill it.
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    I won't be wrapping mine.. we have such varied temp swings during the winter here due to being on the water. we can have 8" of snow and be melted to the grass in a few days. my gf did not do...
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    Re: Foundationless and Drone Cells

    Very typical, you have a hive with foundation that doesn't support drone cells and then you finally give them a spot to make what they have been needing.

    my whole hive is foundationless and...
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    Hmm.. good point. this is why I ask questions :) Maybe i'll just put the foam between the rails on my migratory type cover. It is not like I am in the frozen north here in RI. I have my hive...
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    hmm.. i figure the top entrance would take care of some of that. I could drill some holes in the foam too depending on what the consensus is
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    Insulating box idea

    I had an idea to use 2" closed cell foam with carpeting on one side (gymnastic flooring) as a type of quilt box. I cut the foam to fit into the hive body and the carpet to hold it in place around...
  9. Thread: first hive

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    Re: first hive

    agree.. sounds like nothing is going on. Very long time to wait with no progress at all.. april to august?
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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    use some rubbing alcohol on a tissue or even a bit of purell
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    Re: Hummingbird checking out one of my hives!

    the one i saw was definitely a hummingbird. Ruby throated variety female that is a greenish color probably.

    " Ruby-throats are intensely inquisitive" they might be attracted to all of the...
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    Re: Hummingbird checking out one of my hives!

    I had one come 2 days in a row hovering in front probably thinking "hmmm.. smells good but not worth the pain" haha fun birds though.
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    hmm that is what i use and have no had a problem with burr comb. I also have almost no bee space over my frames (design has it built into the bottom of each box) so it keeps me from smashing a lot...
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    I have had both top and bottom entrance on mine since i hived them in may.. once i opened the bottom entrance fully they stopped using the top. Once i close up the bottom when it gets colder they...
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    Re: get the bees off the comb

    If it is established comb that has some strength give it a hard downward shake without twisting. brush the rest off with a brush, feather, large leaf whatever. put it in a container with a top so...
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    Re: TBH top bar comb attachement?

    popsicle stick attaching works great too.. they build on both sides and attach to the underside of the bar for a lot of surface area. with all top bar combs you just need to be careful about not...
  17. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    I put on a 3rd box this week. hopefully they draw and fill that and make me feel better about it.

    Is that in NH or RI? I have a 5 frame nuc they could go in :D or 8 frame if i made another...
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    Holy moly dane.. You should split me off a nuc :)
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    Re: Question about comb building

    if you have another box, add it and see what happens. They will draw comb if they have the need for it.
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    Re: Two hives side by side

    can't hurt to try. maybe a partially filled frame will attract them upward
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Ha.. mine is right outside so i have to work hard to stay OUT of mine. take some pictures :)
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Don't know but they have been packing in pollen like fiends the last week or so since that big rain.
    this was the outside frame of the 2nd medium (i added 3rd medium afterward, 8fr med setup). ...
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    Re: Lots of bees outside entrance

    Leave the first comb there. they have that one set where they want it with enough space before the entrance. add one like the 3rd spot. move everything else straight back how it is.

    I would...
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    Do I have something on my face?
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t1.0-9/10565225_578020710653_1567536304501119394_n.jpg
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    Re: Lots of bees outside entrance

    feed a new bar between 2 nice straight brood bars.

    there are not many 100% rules in beekeeping. feeding is one of them, it depends on the bees and location. I think feeding is best done when...
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