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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    I have a very sensitive nose also, and the hives definitely have a smell. Just wait until the fall, and they start bringing goldenrod nectar in! In the fall, I can smell my hive from over 100' away....
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    As long as there is no cross-combing and the comb is straight, leave the comb as is. The bees know what they're doing. Last year, I saw all kinds of things. For instance, I'd put an empty bar between...
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    Re: Critique my hive and some questions

    Question 1: I can't actually answer how many narrower bars you should use. All the hives in my bar are one width (1 3/8"), which simplifies things immensely. I also find that they reuse comb for...
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    Re: 30 hrs after package install.

    I've tried planting mint and tansy by the hives. I haven't found that it deters ants. I know lots of people swear by putting their hives on a stand that has legs, and putting the leg stands in dishes...
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    Re: honey and botulism

    As a mother, I think that babies are meant to have breastmilk, because that's the food designed for them. Why introduce their undeveloped digestive systems to something that could harm them? However,...
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    Re: White Oak Apiary

    I ordered two packages from Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries in NY this year. Unfortunately, he is sold out at this time, but he may be able to give you a recommendation for another beek. Last year, I...
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    Re: Thanks to Project Apis M

    Ooooh! It's beautiful!
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    Re: In the NORTH

    First of all, your wife is totally awesome! What a thoughtful and amazing gift!

    I started last year with a TBH in New England. Unfortunately, a bear got my hive in the fall, but they seemed to be...
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    Re: Hello from western Mass...

    Welcome, Matt! It's always nice to meet another TBH beek, and in New England, too!
  10. Re: My "Pest Control and Easy Feeder" design.

    Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing!
  11. Re: Wanted: Krasnaya Polyana Grey Caucasian Queen for Research Project

    Found the thread on Bolling Bee http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?198631-bolling-bee-farm. The reviews are mixed at best, but a lot of people have commented on their bees being on the...
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    Re: Hi and help!

    1) Question 1 is really 2 questions. ;) Are you insane? Probably. It's not really normal for people to want to play around with thousands of stinging insects. :) Have you bitten off more than you can...
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    Re: Selling top bar nucs?

    I second Michael's comment. I bought a top bar nuc last year (proving there is a market). The man who sold it to me had nucs that were approximate 17" wide at the top, about 5 or 6" inches wide at...
  14. Re: Wanted: Krasnaya Polyana Grey Caucasian Queen for Research Project

    I happened to see that vid today, and I started a search for Gray Caucasian bees, too!

    I haven't contacted this apiary yet, but this is what I found: http://caucasianbreeder.com/index.html
  15. Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    Here are some books I've read:
    Top-Bar Beekeeping, Les Crowder
    Top-Bar Hive Beekeeping Wisdom and Pleasure Combined, Wyatt A. Mangum (Pricey, but I think it's a really good read)
    The Barefoot...
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    Are there any top bar beeks in CT?

    Since most of the local beekeeping clubs are geared toward Lang users, I would love to start a local group of TBH beeks in CT. Nothing formal for now -- just chit chatting about what's going on in...
  17. Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    When I was considering what type of hive to use, I had narrowed my selection down to foundationless Langs and TBHs. This article outlines my final selection process/criteria. Thought it might be...
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    Re: New Guy - New to Beekeeping

    Welcome to the forum! I started beekeeping this year, and I've learned so much from the people in this group. Hope you have a wonderful experience with your bees!
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    Re: Bears

    Now that I've completely maligned my neighbors, I have to confess that my immediate neighbors are perfectly lovely. Most people don't even realize I have bees because they're quiet, and I have top...
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    Re: bear attack

    Marshmasterpat, Thanks for that article. I agree with you, the trouble of getting caught with a dead bear just isn't worth it to me. However, I think I'm still allowed to hope that he chokes on all...
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    Re: bear attack

    Thanks everyone for your advice. I've put them in the garage for now and given them candy mush. We looked up the law, and "getting rid of" the bear is definitely not-legal. I think it's actually a...
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    Re: Bears

    Thanks, everyone for your awesome suggestions. I live in a "nice" neighborhood that is already grumbling about the guy down the street who has chickens. I think an unsightly electric fence would send...
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    Re: Bears

    OMG, you've totally made my day. That is the best story I've heard in ages!
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    Re: Bears

    Definitely a bear.
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    bear attack

    In the wee hours yesterday, a bear attacked my hive. I managed to save about 3/4 each of 11 combs and put all the live bees I could find back in the hive. Last night, that blasted bear came back....
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