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    Re: Topbar winterizing

    I use a sheet of the bubble wrap coated with aluminum type of insulation material across the top bars. Staple to one edge along the end of the hive and attach the other end of the insulation to the...
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    Re: Microbial ecology of the bee and hive

    Yep!

    As far as determining the presence of healthy micro-biota, examining samples under a microscope is one way that it is done with soil, so why couldn't that be a method to provide some evidence...
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    Re: Hostile takeover!

    But can you be sure about which of the colonies actually took the beating? Were there notably different races of bees involved that could be identified by appearances? Wyatt Mangum was at the EAS...
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    Re: Let's talk about viewing-windows

    I prefer hinges on the bottom but also like some of the hives that I have seen where the door slides into place. The inside wall is routed so that the glass fits flush with the interior wall. I have...
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    Re: Let's talk about viewing-windows

    That looks nice Matt, you are constantly tweaking and improving the design of your hives!
  6. Re: help me understand the purpose of wintering nucs

    Charlie, have you seen the divided nuc boxes linked to in this thread: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283649-Nuc-Boxes-from-Betterbee&p=952604#post952604 They are using a four frame...
  7. Re: EAS - Aug 5th - 9th in West Chester, PA

    I will be attending and am looking forward to the conference! Michael, I am up for a gathering at the pub.
  8. Re: Long Absent Bumblebee Returns to Seattle Area In Spite Of Increased Neonicotinoid

    Thanks Jim, and I knew from the day one that I was doing nothing to attempt to conceal my identity with the user name and info that I posted here, that was never my intent and also what I meant when...
  9. Re: Long Absent Bumblebee Returns to Seattle Area In Spite Of Increased Neonicotinoid

    My point had nothing to do with my own personal information, some of which I knowingly choose to put out there in a way that is readily accessible, but not everyone on here does and to expect others...
  10. Re: Long Absent Bumblebee Returns to Seattle Area In Spite Of Increased Neonicotinoid

    One's privacy is also compromised by information that others reveal such as in ArtSmart's example with the tax collector. A decision to not post your name on a public forum doesn't warrant "that...
  11. Re: help me understand the purpose of wintering nucs

    I'd rather control and know what I'm getting in terms of quality... and make a little cash rather than spend it.
  12. Re: help me understand the purpose of wintering nucs

    But a backyard beekeeper who has room or desire for only a couple of hives may find it convenient to over winter a nuc or two as their insurance to replace a hive or queen if needed, instead of...
  13. Re: Long Absent Bumblebee Returns to Seattle Area In Spite Of Increased Neonicotinoid

    Lot's of personal information that individuals themselves didn't post finds its way onto the Net and once it is out there you have no control over it or capability to remove it even if you wanted to.
  14. Re: Long Absent Bumblebee Returns to Seattle Area In Spite Of Increased Neonicotinoid

    But Jim do you realize that for some people to put their name on a public forum would be no different than listing their sensitive personal information such as physical address, photos, telephone...
  15. Re: BT Bacillus thuringiensis not trouble free

    Bt has been used for decades by organic farmers and gardeners but it isn't something that they use to treat "just about everything" considering that it is only effective against specific stages of...
  16. Re: Keeping a Top Bar Nuc the "Right Size" to overwinter

    Hi Colleen, sounds like the new nuc box is a little larger, can you swap boxes and use that one with the established nuc and give the new nuc the smaller box? I over wintered a top bar nuc last...
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    Poll: Re: POLL: How Long Are Your KTBH Bars?

    Picked 17" but may bars are actually 17.5" to be exact and I think that is more common measurement for top bars than 17". Several of the commercial top bar hive makers like Bee Thinking and Gold Star...
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    Re: TBH Swarmed

    I agree, leave them in there as a separate colony. You could even bring over a bar of comb with a little brood if there is any left from the other side to encourage them to stick around. Just make...
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    >Years keeping top bars:
    3

    >Plant zone:
    Zone 6b

    >Average lbs of honey going into winter:
    unknown

    >Hive preparation: ? (tarps, tar paper, insulation, wind break, etc)
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    Re: Over wintering nucs.

    I over wintered two nucs last winter. One was kept in two stacked five frame medium boxes, the other was in a 15" top bar box. They both survived the winter outdoors in a somewhat exposed location...
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    Re: Hobbiest delema

    I placed one ad on Craigslist for an over wintered nuc that I couldn't use, and had over a dozen people respond. The nuc was sold in a day and I had a ready-made contact list to follow up with for...
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    Re: newly hatched eggs

    Yes, laying workers would have only drone brood. Sounds positive to me but can you recognize the difference between drone and worker brood? Drone brood protrudes out further and I don't think that...
  23. Re: New TBH - how long before inspecting?

    I think the triangular comb guides work well, also did you take care to level your hive? I like using follower boards but don't think that it's a big deal either way.
  24. Re: New TBH - how long before inspecting?

    What kind of guide do you have on your bars and how much space did you give them to occupy? I would also give them three or four days. But next time build it with a window and you'll be able to see...
  25. Re: To feed or not to feed? What would you do?

    I would keep close tabs on their stores or just feed them a bit to be on the safe side. More than likely they will need some supplemental feeding this summer, but don't overdo it to the point that...
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