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    Can a hive rob itself

    I've got a feeder inside a medium on top of the inner cover. It's been fine for the last couple weeks, but this evening when I filled it, I set off a robbing frenzy. I couldn't tell where the bees...
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    Re: Historical Sugar Prices

    Now that you say that, I actually don't know what point OP is trying to make. :)
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    Re: Historical Sugar Prices

    I disagree. There is an obvious and steep upward trend in 2006 and again in 2009. If you put the data in order you can see it:

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    The spike in 2006 was due in large part to Hurricane...
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    Re: Historical Sugar Prices

    Looks like 2006 was a breaking point of sorts.
  5. Re: Problem with hive - weird swarm and other issues

    As I understand it (2nd year beekeeper), the bees will return if the queen has not left with the swarm. If for instance she is clipped, she will be unable to leave and the bees will return. I've...
  6. Thread: Queen Cell

    by jonlorusso
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    Queen Cell

    Forgive me for posting what has probably been asked many times before. I can count the number of times I've been able to find what I'm looking for via this site's search function on one hand.

    In...
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    Re: 1/8" Hardware Cloth

    Why can't screen door mesh be used in place of hardware cloth? Is it that it's not as durable? Propolis? I've been wondering this since the last time I saw a thread like this and tried to track down...
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    Re: Cheap Feeder

    Nanook,

    I've never had much luck with the baggies. I always end up making a mess and wasting a ton of syrup.
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    Re: Cheap Feeder

    JRG13,

    Could you link me to the fatbeeman's feeder? I saw a video where he uses a cut off milk jug inside of a box. Is that the one you are talking about?
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    Re: Cheap Feeder

    here's a pic outside the hive:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23047574@N00/7450757014/

    I'll grab one of in the hive when I am out there later.

    I still have to fill them (too) frequently enough...
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    Cheap Feeder

    I was just filling my boardman feeders and talking about how they stimulate robbing, when my wife had a suggestion: plastic "to go" food containers with window screen mesh draped inside of them. I...
  12. Thread: Mo(w)NoBee

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    Re: Mo(w)NoBee

    I like it... and the tractor too!
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    The Top Bar Apiary

    One of the things that attracted me to Top Bar hives was the seeming ease with which I could build my own hives. I built two, then a nuc, and then a 4th larger hive. However, one of the things I'm...
  14. Re: Is there a way to determine plants feeding bees? Typical flows for Cleveland, OH

    This page lists pollen sources and their corresponding colors:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source

    You may be able to match up the colors you see out in the apiary.
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    Re: Splits and transfers

    Well I went ahead with the transfer today. Everything went pretty well. I ended up dumping the last few stragglers out in the lawn as I wanted to take the tbh back with me. I noticed they weren't...
  16. Thread: Re-queening

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    Re: Re-queening

    What is the purpose of removing them?
  17. Thread: drones

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    drones

    I did an inspection yesterday and noticed something about the drones in the two hives. By far, the noisiest, most aggravated bees flying from the hive were the drones. It also seemed like they were...
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    Splits and transfers

    Hi,

    First of all, I'd like you all to see a picture of my new 5' TBH. It's based on the Golden Mean hive from backyardhive.com but about twice as big, with entrances on both ends. I also put...
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    Re: When do they swarm?

    The cell was actually on a top bar comb, along the edge about 2/3rds of the way from the top. I ended up pulling the bar out along with 4 other bars from two top bar hives to form a nuc My hope is...
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    When do they swarm?

    Ok I think I have an easy question for any beekeeper worth his salt (I am not). My apologies for asking what's probably been asks many times before on this forum, but I have never been able to use...
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    Re: Cutting down drawn deep frames?

    I am interested in any replies as I've decided to go with all medium gear as well. I assume that limits me to buying packages and/or producing my own nucs?
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Transfer

    I am in the same position as you. Golden Mean hives from backyardhive.com are way too small. Wish I has known when I built them.
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    Re: Swarm in the same spot for 17 days?

    In "Honeybee Democracy", Thomas D. Seeley describes (with photo) the "sad fate of the occasional colony that fails to find shelter and nests in the open (fig. 2.7); almost certainly, it will perish...
  24. Thread: Queen bank

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    Re: Queen bank

    How long can you keep the queens in there? Can you supplement with frames of brood to keep the queen bank going? Is that the right way to keep it stable?
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    Re: Source for top bars

    Bee Thinking sells top bars: http://www.beethinking.com/top-bars
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