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  1. Joining Small swarm to weak Warre Hive Thoughts/questions

    I caught a small swarm for a friend yesterday--less than 2 pounds
    I thought to add it to my weak warre hive (it was so weak when i came out of winter I was surprized to find a colony in there).
    I...
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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Mine are extremely basic, made for someone who is at best a hack carpenter. All you need is a table saw and driver drill:
    http://www.sparkybeegirl.com/ktbs-plans-new.pdf
    I have never attached the...
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    Hi Michael Queen is with the Nuc--so bees from...

    Hi Michael
    Queen is with the Nuc--so bees from the queenless (hopefully rearing queen) original hive OK to shake into the new Nuc?
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    Another question about splits

    I am a top bar beekeeper here in Oakland.
    I recently took a split from one hive, as there was already lots of drone brood and some hatched drones. I had the queen in hand and as per Les Crowders...
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    Nooo! don't spray posion...that is always bad for...

    Nooo! don't spray posion...that is always bad for your bees.
    Here is what a five minute search of the web turned up ...
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    American Foulbrood?

    I helped a friend with her top bar hive today.
    Apparently the hive was healthy and high in population when she looked in a few weeks ago (though she never went through the hive all the way to the...
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    This season my biggest batch was a 6 gallon batch...

    This season my biggest batch was a 6 gallon batch that I split 6 ways and added 6 different yeasts to. One must, 6 yeasts. I wanted to learn more about how the yeast affects flavor.

    Otherwise I...
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    go easy to start!

    I would not bother with a kit. The only thing you really need to get from a wine makers supply is an airlock and the yeast. The thermometer you can get at any variety store. Food grade plastic...
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    Many of us herein the Bay Area of CA have TBH's...

    Many of us herein the Bay Area of CA have TBH's 27 bars long--around 42"
    While there are floral resources year round it is also quite dry here, so I have not often had the hives fill beyond capacity...
  10. i think it is natural for the bees to store honey...

    i think it is natural for the bees to store honey along the top of each brood comb--they use that honey for quick access for feeding brood and population and I am not sure why one would not want that...
  11. Thread: curving combs

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    hey folks I have only had first year hives draw...

    hey folks
    I have only had first year hives draw their comb curved or crossing bars, and then mostly towards the back. Using two bar widths does help ( I use 1-3/8 and 1-1/2) but I am not always...
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    I get this question from folks a lot and it sooo...

    I get this question from folks a lot and it sooo much depends where you are.
    Here in the bay area of california there are food resources throughout the winter and I have never had to feed my bees. ...
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    yay for the bees. they know what to do.

    So today I went in again. and lo and behold, there was my queen. a lovely lady. the workers were most obviously pleased as the hive was active and slightly more defensive than in the last weeks. ...
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    It's Ruby in Oakland (Michael I wrote to you...

    It's Ruby in Oakland
    (Michael I wrote to you earlier today).
    We have had an unusually warm "winter" and the hive I took the split from
    was exceedingly strong and active with prolly 12-15 top bar...
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    New split is queenless, what next?

    Hey everyone,
    Abpout a month ago I took a healthy split off a friends very active hive. Some of us have had better success overwintering with feral genetics here in the east bay of california and I...
  16. hi Michael (et all), I am in California andthe...

    hi Michael (et all),
    I am in California andthe weather is still fine, though we do generally experience a p[retty arpid population decline around this time of year.

    Definitely looks like larvae...
  17. Sorry for the typo argh! That would be Brood...

    Sorry for the typo argh!
    That would be Brood Disease.
    Thanks, Ruby
  18. Hi Most excellent folks at Beesource... This is...

    Hi Most excellent folks at Beesource...
    This is Ruby from California with some Top Bar Hives.
    Today we did a round of harvesting and one of my hives has some kind of brood disease I don't...
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    Hi There It is pretty normal for them to put a...

    Hi There
    It is pretty normal for them to put a comb full of honey or pollen as the first combin the box near the front door. to make more room for brood nest, yes put a blank bar somewhere in the...
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