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  1. Re: no capped honey in either tbh. we are in trouble

    What is a comfortable number of bars of honey that they bees need to make it through the winter. I'm a first year TBH beekeeper and my bees have 10 to 12 bars of capped honey going into mid-Fall...
  2. Re: What temperature do bees quit collecting nectar

    It's been cloudy and cooler than normal for ten days running in NC. There's hardly anything blooming right now but my bees are bringing in more pollen than I've seen all summer.
  3. Thread: epipen

    by Stan1951
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    Re: epipen

    My doctor wouldn't write a prescription for one. He said that I could get into more trouble with one than without. You can give yourself (or someone else) a heart attack by giving them a shot with...
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    Re: Is water always necessary in an apiary?

    What kind of water was it? My bees like rainwater or something that has some "flavor". They don't care for treated city water....but they do like swimming pools....go figure.
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    Re: top hive questions

    Ditto on the recommendation of Top-Bar Beekeeping by Les Crowder. He's the best on TBH's.
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    Poll: Re: Is your Top Bar hive your first beehive?

    First year at beekeeping and started with a TBH. They've got half a hive full of comb, brood, and pollen. I'm not getting any honey from them this year so I can see how much it takes to get them...
  7. Thread: Ugly Neighbor

    by Stan1951
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    Re: Ugly Neighbor

    We used to have lots of those in Virginia when I was a kid. Haven't seen one in years. We called them Japanese Hornets. One got in my bed one night and stung me three times before I could get out.
  8. Thread: Troubled hive

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    Re: Troubled hive

    I'd get rid of any old comb you have and let them start over again next year. That stuff is a magnet for wax moths, beetles, and fungus.
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    Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    I also have a TBH from Beethinking and have done pretty much the same as you. I put a plug in the middle entrance hole after having it open this summer and I've put the hole reducer in the end...
  10. Re: love my complete top-bar hive from www.honeybeehabit.com

    I just got started beekeeping this year as well and after a lot of research went with the top bar hive. For backyard bee people it's the best one to go with. Sounds like you got your hive a great...
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    Re: Boiled linseed oil and beeswax

    I really like the tung oil that BeeThinking sells. Tried some from another supplier and it wasn't nearly as good.
  12. Re: land owner wants me to place hives right under electric high tension wires

    "she plans on using the old location* for a souvenir shop" -- That would be illegal. Power companies spend millions of dollars every year patrolling lines, cutting back VEGETATION, and making...
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    Re: Labeling of Honey

    That started my day off with a laugh
  14. Re: Huge honey bee losses across Canada dash hopes of upturn (CBC)

    It's interesting that Canada has a ban on importing bees from the USA so the Canadian beekeepers are forced to get them elsewhere and pay a lot more for them. On the other hand, if they lift the ban...
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    Re: Didn't know this

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/11/25/142659547/relax-folks-it-really-is-honey-after-all
    A different point of view
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    Re: Chiggers - the basics to keep from going insane

    It's been an unusually wet and humid summer here in NC. I've heard that's the kind of weather that chiggers love. I can't help but believe that they're somehow attracted to beehives.
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    Re: Chiggers - the basics to keep from going insane

    Up until this year, I hadn't been bitten by a chigger since I left the farm over 30 years ago. I live in the suburbs and have a small backyard full of pine trees and not much else. This year I...
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    Re: knocking at my door

    Are you feeding them? If so, they probably know that when you come out you'll have food. Mine don't hang around the door but they'll follow me around the yard.
  19. Thread: Honey taste

    by Stan1951
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    Re: Honey taste

    Since you crush and strain you're probably not using the same comb over and over. Old comb accumulates all kinds of bad stuff in it which gets into the honey. Honey from fresh comb tastes much...
  20. Re: Bees starting comb on the far end of the hive

    Unfortunately, I had to take my divider board out because of the small hive beetles. They could get underneath or around the divider and congregate behind it where the bees couldn't get to them. If...
  21. Bees starting comb on the far end of the hive

    Back in August there were so many bees in my hive that I thought they might swarm. They had built comb out to the center point of the hive so I took out the divider board and opened up the whole...
  22. Re: is it possible for the bees to OD on sugar syrup?

    I've had the same thing happen on my feeder. Sometimes it's just one or two and other times there'll be a lot of dead bees around the feeder. I figured it's the older bees who basically work until...
  23. Thread: TBH question

    by Stan1951
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    Re: TBH question

    It keeps the bees from attaching the comb to the side of hive. Evidently if it's more square they will tend to attach the comb to the wall for support. With slanted sides the honeycomb is more...
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    Re: Bees massing at night...uh-oh or ok?

    Mine have been doing that every night also. Just as many spend the night outside as inside. Pfafftown, NC before....that's a new one on me.

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  25. Thread: SHB in TBH

    by Stan1951
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    Re: SHB in TBH

    If you have a strong hive don't do anything and let the bees take care of them.
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