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    Re: Use TBH or not?

    I agree with Delta. I am a first year TBH keeper and that learning curve was STEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had crossed comb, lost comb, lost brood and stores. It was very difficult. I am pretty savvy...
  2. Re: 1st year honey harvest total for the class of 2012 newbees. Results?

    No mentor here so no good estimates on how much they will need for our long, cold, windy winter. With that in mind I left them everything. We'll see if there's anything left to harvest in the...
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    Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    Is the foundation black in that frame? In the pic it just looks like uncapped honey to me. I think it looks black because it's surrounded by other black stuff. Did you sample some out of the cell...
  4. Re: The Girls Don't Like the Cold Snap.

    Today's high...33. Tonight's low...17. No, the girls don't like it. Neither do I. They haven't flown in three or better days. It's cold, cloudy and we had our first snow starting yesterday. Not...
  5. Re: outh from

    This is my fist winter so we'll see how this works but this is my plan for my 3 TBH's...

    They are located on the side of the house and garage out of the prevailing wind. I have 1" of blue foam in...
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    Re: Where does beeswax come from?

    It is super cool. I have TBH's with observation windows and I can often see a girl or two with wax poking out from between her segments. I have sometimes seen this on inspections too. Very cool.
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    Re: Need Better Idea for Filtering Honey

    Little tiny crush and strain operation here but I use the paint straining bags available at the hardware store. They are durable, washable, large enough and tough as nails. I stretch the bag over a...
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    Re: New, can't find queen

    MeBee,

    I hadn't seen your link to pictures. Missed those until just now. With that black foundation it should be pretty easy to see eggs in the cells if they are present. As long as you have...
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    Re: New, can't find queen

    It's time for some heavy reading... Don't panic. You'll be fine. Pick up a good beginning beekeeping book or spend a good amount of time looking here http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm and you will...
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    Re: Brace comb on bottom of hive?

    My girls are attaching comb to the bottom of my TBH. They are filling every possible space with comb and honey and they have some attached to the bottom. I am going to use a small hack saw blade if...
  11. Re: Has anyone purchased nucs from Grampas Honey in Denver, Colorado?

    Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association brought in packages from Oliveras in Chico, CA this year. They offered Italians or Minnesota Hygienic as I recall. I got my packages from Highland Honey in...
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    Re: Frame turned 90 degrees

    It's just my iddy biddy little personal experience here. I don't know if they would have hatched because I removed this piece of comb but earlier this summer I had a piece of comb about the size of...
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    Re: Mega Bee

    I just made some with one pound of 2:1 and 1.5 pounds of Mega bee. They turned out fine. Let them set in the fridge overnight. Was stiff enough to bend the spoon after sitting.
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    Re: New hive...new comb?

    They just changed directions. Regular comb.
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    Now or later...

    We are in Wyoming. Drought prevails. Nothing but some garden flowers blooming. My girls lost some significant pollen stores early on as I was trying to sort out comb issues in my first year TBH's....
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    Re: Robber "prison"?

    Thanks for the reply. Now I know. So much for my cool narrative. :)
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    Robber "prison"?

    I did inspections on all my hives today. I put some syrup back on my hives last week to see about them building some more comb (may be wrong, may work, jury's still out). Not much blooming here. ...
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    Re: Wildfire flavored honey

    Ok, we trimmed a little again this week and tasted directly from the knife...no sitting in the bowl. No smokey flavor. Maybe it WAS just the stuff sitting in the bowl with the smoke all around that...
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    Re: Failing queen or what? ?

    Did they requeen themselves already? Did you have a break in your brood cycle? Personally, and I'm a newbee, I'd leave them for a couple of weeks and see what happens. I would bet they lost their...
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    Re: Can someone please explain...

    Nope, no screened bottom board. Not making any value judgements on that either...just don't have one. Solid bottom. I will think about moving the follower board forward to see if it helps them...
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    Can someone please explain...

    the often shared concept that bees build comb faster in a small hive space. Unless I am misunderstanding this I have read this several times. I have just never read any thoughts on why this works. ...
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    Feed is on. Started that again last weekend. They need to build more comb and store lots away AND make new bees. Crossing my fingers. Summers just seem so short here.

    Thanks again all for the...
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    Ok, they fixed it. Hive B has eggs today. Nicely placed in the bottoms of the cells. I didn't see HER cause they are a little grouchy today but I saw eggs on 2 frames, nicely placed. Then, after...
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    So if I opt to combine now...how do I deal with the possibility of a virgin queen? I am pretty good at spotting nice laying queens but a virgin will be smaller, right? Will she behave the same way...
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    Re: What would YOU do?

    No one has any advice for me this am? So many views and no replies. Can this really be such a stupid question? Help...please. :)
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