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  1. Re: Thinner dividers (plastic or vinyl perhaps?) for divided nucs 2way, 4way, queen c

    I too like Luan plywood when thin material is a must. We use it in our woodworking shop, so we use the left overs for a couple of bee related uses like dividers and I have good results on inner...
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    Re: Hello from Oklahoma!!

    Bearding is not a bad thing in itself. It could be the reduced entrance is keeping the hive a little warmer. I personally would keep the entrance reduced for a day or two. I believe the bees should...
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    Re: Hive Getting Full, but not organized

    I had to catch my breath. By moving the topbars to a box, I probably violated every space rule that makes a Langstroth work. I now know that my initial problem with double combs had a lot to do with...
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    Re: Hive Getting Full, but not organized

    It aint easy. Don't laugh, in hindsight I now know better. I took a long hard route. I actually built an offsize box, similar to a lang. Same width, but a different length to accommodate the length...
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    Re: Hello from Oklahoma!!

    The smell of honey on the wet frames may be encouraging visitors, and I suspect that would explain the 60 dead bees. A 1/2" sounds like too much for your top to be cracked open, a shim thick as a pop...
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    Re: Hive Getting Full, but not organized

    I had two topbar hives when I started 3 years back. I soon moved one colony to a langstroth hive, but the other I kept until this year. My was about 48" in length, and the one I kept, did well,...
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    Re: Hello from Oklahoma!!

    I find my bees kick up their activity level after being shut in for a day or so by the rain. They have to get out and make cleansing flights that were probably delayed. Plus new emerging bees could...
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    Re: Reusing damages comb vs New Foundation

    Thanks for the reply there David. Last year was the first time I had a situation to reuse damaged comb, and it seemed to be fine. It was late in the year, I was not putting out any new foundation, so...
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    Reusing damages comb vs New Foundation

    Lost one hive this year where the hive was weak, and the SHB larvae and wax moths both had their way. I have the 10 frames and will be putting new foundation in the three that were most severely...
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    Re: How do you all fight "the itch"?

    All right with the betting, I am holding a Queen. Someone that understands venom, histamines and body reactions better than I said the copper in the penny offsets something in the bee venom. Doesn't...
  11. Poll: Re: POLL: How Long Is Your Top Bar Hive Body?

    Mine are actually 42". I made the main body from 2 x material left over from house construction. They are strong and well made, but too heavy to be moved very easily. I had some flooding where my...
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    Re: How do you all fight "the itch"?

    I have heard several locals say to put and hold a penny on the sting. I finally tried it back in May or April, and it sure worked for me. Problem is being able to stop what I am doing so that I can...
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    Re: Seasonal Allergies & Honey. Opinions?

    I believe the digestive tract will destroy ingested pollen that is in honey. I read that one immunotherapy practice was to put gathered pollen under the tongue, and allow it to be absorbed there....
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    Re: Natural honey with a spicy cinnamon flavor

    I am glad to hear of others with cinnamon honey. I had some cut comb I put in jars last year and it too had this unique taste. I did not find this taste in my bottled honey. If it was there, the...
  15. Re: Best supplier for honey storage containers?

    I have been using Mann Lake for 3 years and like their products. All plastic and some of the glass containers ship for free with a $100.00 order. You can mix in other bee keeping items to get to...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    Cerezha, this can get confusing. Sometimes the confusion means you are at a fork in the road, and both directions seem equally the same. When I get confused, either at my work or in minding the bees,...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    When comparing foundationless frames to drawn comb, the weights will not make sense. To make a fair comparison, you have to compare a frame with foundation to a frame without any foundation. The bees...
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