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  1. Thread: 'Ghost' bees

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    'Ghost' bees

    Hi. I have two questions today. A little background: I installed two hives side by side April 2011. One is busily working on building comb on its second super, the other has yet get more than five...
  2. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    That doesn't surprise me! I quit having 'the bug guy' spray our house 6 years ago. Things are still going belly up when they pass thresholds and baseboards. Kind of makes me wonder what it's doing...
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    Re: 1:1 or 1:2 for newly installed hives

    Yes. 5 lbs of sugar equal(ish) 10 cups. 2.5 quarts of water equal 10 cups.
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    1:1 or 1:2 for newly installed hives

    I don't know why I've decided to worry about this now....

    I have been feeding 1 cup sugar to 2 cups water ratio since installing two weeks ago, as recommended by the three books I'm using. But...
  5. Thread: hive top feeder

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    Re: hive top feeder

    The gallon jars were a little too big for me to handle. I bought some half gallon Ball (brand) jars at my hardware store and poked holes in the lids using a push pin. Then I put two pieces of wood...
  6. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    As a newbie who has just installed two hives, I have learned that if financial planning is a necessity, (and if you plan to feed) be SURE to figure in the cost of sugar. Yikes.

    Debra
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    Re: Thank you all for your help and advice

    I've read that one in a lot more books than I read the time limit rule! That should tell me something. :-)

    Debra
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    Re: Thank you all for your help and advice

    Yes. After I got away from the hives and mentally went over everything, I realized I had not removed the frames in the best manner. I remembered to put them back in the same order, but could have...
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    Thank you all for your help and advice

    Whether directly answering my questions, or gleaned from the boards...you've all been really helpful and encouraging.

    I posted last week about the utter disaster that was my maiden installation of...
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    Re: Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    Oh, wow. I'll keep a close eye on that, then.

    Thanks,
    Debra
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    Re: Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    Thanks for your encouraging comments. I'm a bit calmer about the whole thing now. In retrospect...well, they got installed.

    I just went out to sneak a look (just look *at* the hives, not in...
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    Re: Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    Well, the bees are installed.

    The experience was wretched.

    I feel very depressed about the whole thing. They were so patient and nice and I did a horrible job! I can’t begin to say all that...
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    Re: Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    I'm not sure if it's warmer. The UPS dropped them off and I took them right home. I don't have air conditioning in my house, so it's probably about 70*F. UPS trucks are probably cooled somewhat.
    ...
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    Re: Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    Thanks for the comments!

    I have another question. You can laugh if you want, it won't hurt my feelings. :)

    Are the bees supposed to be making noise? When the UPS guy brought them, I had to...
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    Re: Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    Two reasons I'm not installing today:

    One, the instructions from the place I ordered from say to wait until the evening after 48 hours have passed (after shaking). I've read several books and of...
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    Storm coming...wait to install packages?

    Yes, I did read the forums and I know this question is asked a few times each year. :o

    But ... I'm a new mommy!* My bees came today and now I'm getting nervous. Please indulge a newbie and give...
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Thanks so much. I have options, so I'm good to go!

    I do appreciate how very helpful everyone has been. And not one 'LOL!' among you! So kind! :)
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Aw, thanks! I work with a lady whose husband will likely be happy to cut the piece for me. Even if I don't use the stand, I hate that it's now broken so I'll probably fix it just on principle.
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    What's in the picture is like what I decided, but I didn't think of it until after I bought them. Now that I have them, I kind of want to use them. I'm nothing if not stubborn! :D But in the end...
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    I think you're right. Now I remember seeing an option of a small hive beetle trap that goes under the screened bottom board and is accessed from the back of the hive. I didn't get one.
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Thanks. I wasn't able to remove them without breaking one of them. I thought about just cutting at the top, but my skills with power tools don't extend that far. I know someone who will cut a new...
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Heeeeeyyyy. It works! Unfortunately, so does the wood glue. But at least I see how it works now, and I get get a new front board. :doh:

    I hope I've given you all your laugh for the day. ;)
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Okay, thanks guys! Guess it is rocket science. Ha ha. Or at least...I'd like to think that rather than the alternative (that I really am an idiot!)

    :o
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Front view
    http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/debrac_98/100_0824-1.jpg

    Back view
    http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/debrac_98/100_0826-5.jpg
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    Re: Rossman hives don't stack up!

    Stand
    http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/debrac_98/100_0813-1.jpg

    Stand and bottom board
    http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a98/debrac_98/100_0819-1.jpg

    Stand, bottom board, super...
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