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  1. Turnkey topbar hive for selling to my "students"

    I have quite a few people interested in the top bar hive now that are in my general area. Since I don't want to keep more than 4.5 hives on my small plot, I am thinking about branching out to...
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    Poll: City bees vs. Country bees

    I have read now in a couple of books and publications that city bees have an easier time than country bees making a healthy hive. And also that they make a more flavorful honey due to the variety of...
  3. Re: HELP! How to get hive ready for winter

    Veebee, your bees won't spend the entire winter in cluster. Here in the tidewater area, they fly many winter days and will forage on the fall/winter camellias, mahonia, and pansies planted around...
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    Re: Questioning what to do

    If it were my hive, I would leave the curved bars of capped honey until spring. Once they get through the winter, you can still harvest it, if it wasn't used by them.
  5. Re: Honeycomb -- made entirely by the bees?..

    I have ordered online from localharvest.com for liquid honey. A quick check today showed 2 vendors with cut comb honey. They don't specifically list how they manage the comb but maybe there is a...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    If you can have 2, it's best to start with that just for the ease of being able to pull a frame of something to help the other hive. I do fully understand your concern about what happens once the...
  7. Re: Honeycomb -- made entirely by the bees?..

    honeylover, how about you keeping some bees?
  8. Re: Honeycomb -- made entirely by the bees?..

    the beekeeper should be able to tell you whether they are using foundation or not, but where the "iffy" part comes in, is that they might be using foundation in other parts of the hive and just not...
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    Re: Bees in the Evening

    They are looking good! Thanks for sharing the pics. Glad to hear that someone else enjoys their bees. My friends think I am nuts.
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    Re: Combine or not to Combine?

    Do you have any pollen sub to give to the small colony? Or steal some bars of pollen from another colony? Small colonies have a hard enough time raising the brood without having to also go forage...
  11. Re: Snow drop and crocus planting for early Spring bloom

    snowdrops will bloom very early. another winter bloomer is a shrub called Mahonia. My bees were all over it Nov-Dec here in VA. Gathering both pollen and nectar.
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    Re: Wintering TBH 2014

    and forgot to mention, you should have some sort of windbreak..straw bales or have the hive up against a building so it is not sitting out in the middle of a field. It is possible to use the hard...
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    Re: Wintering TBH 2014

    You said this is a cutout...How much drawn comb do you have? Is it a screened bottom board or solid? Are you feeding thin syrup for comb building or thicker syrup for stores? A pollen substitute...
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    Re: Getting ants out of collected pollen

    bevy, I discovered the same thing-about leaving the container sitting for a few minutes. I had been picking them out of my pollen one by one as well and then one day got distracted and let the...
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    Re: Minding my own beeswax:)

    welcome! I jumped right in with a top bar hive with observation window in my front yard (that the back yard to us country folk). I think your first hive should be at your house so you can watch the...
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    Re: TBH comb questions

    Is that piece of comb empty or party full? If it is light in weight (mostly empty or brood), then you should attach it to a bar (be sure to get the orientation correct as the cells have a slight...
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    Re: Fall Bee Packages

    a beekeeper in our local club (Hampton, Virginia) as raised later summer/fall nucs in a surplus, but I don't know of anyone who would be selling packages this time of year.
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    Re: TBH comb questions

    You might feed in two to three more empty bars to get drawn out before late fall, but Duncan is correct that 9-10 bars are a bit on the lite side for winter in Wisconsin. I had 7-8 bars for my first...
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    Re: TBH comb questions

    My bees tend to do that with the band of honey at the top of the brood comb when they are using the 1-3/8inch bar. (my hive has 2 sized bars 1-3/8" and 1-5/8"). Sometimes I trim it flush (which...
  20. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    did you get the 1-3/8 inch or 1-5/8 inch size? I had to make a couple different sized spacers, anywhere from a quarter of an inch to half inch. Depending on the humidity and propalis build up, I...
  21. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    I use the prebuilt bars from Beeline woodenware. Their piece is a bit thicker than a paint stick, but the same idea. It is nailed at intervals along the bar. Has worked extremely well for me. ...
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    Re: SHB: is this a true statement

    I always have a few SHB on the comb. Most of the time, it's 1 or 2 per comb as I am doing an inspection, no big deal. This time, it was lots and lots. The worker bees were actively chasing them...
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    Re: SHB: is this a true statement

    I just went through all of my top bar hives this weekend to assess the new queens and stores. I was amazed at the number of small hive beetles and how each of the different hives were managing them....
  24. Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    Wow, and I have to talk myself into waiting a couple more days before I go sorting through their hive again. With 5 hives now, I've been able to go through one a weekend, and get my bee-fix.

    Of...
  25. Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    whenever I go into a hive, I always have a purpose. The frequency will depend on the time of year and I won't always go through the entire box of bars. When you harvested the 6 bars, did you give...
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