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    One is capped. Maybe the one that is open had a...

    One is capped. Maybe the one that is open had a worker in it? It was comming out head first. I guess I will take the attitude the bees know what they are doing. It amazes me how much I want to stick...
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    Here is northern Indiana. I just looked again and...

    Here is northern Indiana. I just looked again and they look to me like queen cells, pointing downward. One of the two had a bee in it, because I could see its head.
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    I just opened my topbar hive for a last...

    I just opened my topbar hive for a last inspection. I saw the queen, some capped brood, and whay seemed to me a lot of stores. I also saw two peanut shaped cells on the outside edge toward the bottom...
  4. Thread: Seen This?

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    I don't know if it is allowed to name other web...

    I don't know if it is allowed to name other web sites, but the web site WWW.newfarm.org has an article about a fungus that looks to control mites. Anyone seen this before? The article is on the main...
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    It is a very sunny warm afternoon here and my...

    It is a very sunny warm afternoon here and my topbar hive I have a quart feeder inside the hive. The feeder has sugar water mixed two to one with a little HBH in it. I am pretty sure all the bees...
  6. Thread: Queen movement

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    When the queen moves from the brood box up into...

    When the queen moves from the brood box up into the honey super do you think she has a prefered path? For instance do you think she preferes to go up in the center of the bar as opposed to going up...
  7. Thread: Future problem?

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    I started with a three pound package last spinng....

    I started with a three pound package last spinng. All went well with the installation but soon after they were in the hive about 1/2 the bees left and didn't return. They realy started with about 1...
  8. Thread: Future problem?

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    The long way of my hive runs north and south, the...

    The long way of my hive runs north and south, the comb is being started on the west side of the bar. I know now I have made several mistakes this summer, no follower board, looking into the hive to...
  9. Thread: Future problem?

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    My bars are about 17" long inside the hive area,...

    My bars are about 17" long inside the hive area, and of this 17" only about 8" of the bar is being used. I also think the bee will start a new bar much faster if I put a empty bar between two drawn...
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    My topbar hive has 1 3/8" topbars and on some...

    My topbar hive has 1 3/8" topbars and on some bars the bee have drawn wax wider than the width of the bar. Some bars look like they are drawn about 1 3/4" wide. As a result the bar next to it has...
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    O.K. all you "seasoned" bee keepers its...

    O.K. all you "seasoned" bee keepers its confession time. Will you tell us newer learner people what you have tried in the past that has not worked very well so we beginners maybe won't do unworkable...
  12. Thread: Comb thickness

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    On three of my top bars the bee have drawn the...

    On three of my top bars the bee have drawn the comb wider than the width of the bar. My bars are 1 3/8" wide, but the comb they drew is about 1 3/4" wide. The bar next to the thicker comb, they are...
  13. Thread: Two Questions

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    Do you think a hive that will not use the...

    Do you think a hive that will not use the bee-o-pac would use Ross rounds better?
  14. Thread: Two Questions

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    Is it late enough in the season for any...

    Is it late enough in the season for any conclusions on both bee-o-pac and perma comb?
  15. Thread: Opinions please

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    My top bar hive is 31 bars long, each bar being...

    My top bar hive is 31 bars long, each bar being 17inches wide. This hive got off to a horrable start, but I think they are doing well now. The queen is laying a lot, comb is still being built, but...
  16. Thread: An average year

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    I know it can very some, but in northern Indiana...

    I know it can very some, but in northern Indiana how many medium honey supers will an average hive need in a year?
  17. Thread: What is it?

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    It is dark brown and you can not see thru it.

    It is dark brown and you can not see thru it.
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    What about the thicker darker looking stuff?

    What about the thicker darker looking stuff?
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    Yes, just stopped about two weeks ago.

    Yes, just stopped about two weeks ago.
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    Mixed in the comb with the capped honey and a few...

    Mixed in the comb with the capped honey and a few cells of clear liquid, is a few cells of much darker thicker looking stuff. Any thoughts what it might be?
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    RECAP; May 5 put three pound package of bees in...

    RECAP; May 5 put three pound package of bees in my top bar hive. I think all is well, except not very many bees left. I checked the hive this morning, have three bars with comb, very straight on the...
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    I went back ouy to watch the bees again. Some...

    I went back ouy to watch the bees again. Some bees are carrying polen. I don't know what the others are doing, but some are carring polen. If you think I should move the bars with comb closer to the...
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    I put a three pound package of bees in my topbar...

    I put a three pound package of bees in my topbar hive on may 5. Of the 31 topbars, bars 9,10,11 have comb on them about the size of baseballs. Nice and straight not crossing. Bees are still taking...
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    Thanks Mike, they didn't act very eager to get...

    Thanks Mike, they didn't act very eager to get out of the cage. I will go remove it now it has been over an hour now.
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    I just put my three pound pack of bees and queen...

    I just put my three pound pack of bees and queen in the new hive, I had trouble with the queen cage, so I held the cage in the hive and pryed the staple out of one end and bent the screen back enough...
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