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  1. Thread: Mouse Guards

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    Re: Mouse Guards

    I thought mice typically just did a bit of comb damage - how come the entire hive was lost?
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    Is this chalkbrood?

    While harvesting my mason bee cocoons I came across a few of these:

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    Is this a case of chalkbrood?
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    Re: any experience combining TBH's???

    I have a couple of 12 bar top-bar nucs. They had no problems in winter. I did feed some fondant to get them through early spring - that was all.
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    Re: Feeding Fondant Idea

    Here's how I feed fondant in a TBH - works very well
    http://thirteenvegetables.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/feeding-a-top-bar-hive/
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    Re: any experience combining TBH's???

    I've done the newspaper combine thing. I used duct tape to attach the newspaper to the side and bottom of the hive.

    That said - I'm not sure I would combine these. 10-12 bars is plenty for...
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    Re: Treatment free in eastern WA

    I would consider replacing the SBB with a solid bottom board. My understanding is that keeping the hive warmer is more beneficial in terms of reducing mite counts.
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    Re: Fresh honeycomb vs. old

    Different? - yes. Better? - that is a subjective thing.
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    Re: Foundationless woes

    I think they all draw drone comb because previously they all had artificially low number of drones. If you cull it, they'll just keep building more. Let them produce as many drones as they need -...
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    Re: Foundationless woes

    When is the number of drones abnormal? I think natural comb implies that you'll let the hive decide how many drones it needs. Things will go back to normal when they have reached that level. Unless...
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    Re: Why's of Top Bar Hives

    Both - you summed up a lot of the positives already. I chose top bar because it requires less equipment to buy and to have on hand for hive expansion. If you want to do natural comb, then that also...
  11. Re: Langstroth, No foundation, No treatment, Burr Comb, (Newb)

    Sounds like you are managing your Lang like a Perone hive. Perfectly acceptable - except that many areas prescribe 'removable frames', which yours no longer are.
  12. Re: Crush and strain fopah, a laugh at my expense:)

    Faux pas
  13. Re: how to do a cut out and transfer to Top bar Hive?

    I find split bars are the best way of transferring comb. Split a bar on the table saw and drill a couple holes for screws; then pinch the top of the comb in between the 2 half-bars and screw them...
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus

    How do you tell the difference between old bees with frayed wings and DWV?
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    Re: Warre Hive Frame Question

    On a side note - saw this "tip" on your web site:

    "Find and cut out queen cells to prevent swarming. Cells can be thrown out or put into a queen-less hive or a nuc."

    I thought that destroying...
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    Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Where did you put the queen cage?
    Can you seen any festooning and comb building near the follower board?
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    Re: Hard year for our mason bees! But why?

    They seem pretty tolerant of high humidity, at least for a while. I had mine in the crisper and actually found a layer of mould growing on them. Yet my hatch rate was as good as ever (close to 90%).
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    Re: Help! Splitting and its not working

    What difference does it make whether you're splitting a TBH or Lang? A comb of brood is a comb of brood, a comb of honey is a comb of honey.
  19. Thread: Near miss!!

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    Re: Near miss!!

    I thought that unemployed nurse bees were a key swarming trigger - so opening up the brood nest would seem more effective in controlling swarming than creating more space in the honey comb section.
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    Re: Check out the new hive I built....photo HEAVY :-)

    That's awesome. How did you come up with the idea to set it at an angle?
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    Re: Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    This Warre was populated by transfer from a topbar nuc. I cut down the combs a bit to make them fit. So they are all full height comb.
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    Re: Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    Currently 2 boxes. I just transferred the colony from a nuc; the top box is full of comb, and the bottom box has 3. Considering there are still 5 empty bars in the bottom box I thought they still had...
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    Clustering at hive entrance normal?

    I'm new to Warre, having only had horizontal top bar previously. I'm puzzled by a difference in behavior between my Warre and my TBHs. While there are almost no bees on the outside of the TBHs, the...
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    Re: Help to build a TBH on short notice

    I would want at least 8 bars for a package. They build out comb very quickly.
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    Re: 1st Top Bar Hive. See any problems?

    It seems just a bit short - I'm counting less than 30 bars. I like to have more space - if the bees don't need it, it comes in handy to put a feeder inside the hive.
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