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  1. Re: How much syrup should a new package consume?

    I have no experience with follower boards so I can't comment on that aspect - I don't use them. To feed I use an open tupperware or garbage pail inside my hives when the hive isn't completely full of...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Regarding the location of the cluster you can just slide the bars forward with festooning bees attached. We did this two days ago with the fellow that I am mentoring. We direct released two queens in...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    I run only 1-1/2 inch bars and they seem to work fine. I wouldn't worry about it.
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    Re: Rough boards

    I build with cedar as well for the same reason, I don't want to paint them. I put the rough side in. I do go over it with sandpaper to take off large burrs but i don't make it smooth by any means....
  5. Re: The Little Red Riding Hood Workbox-Nuc-Swarmbox-Top-Bar-hive.

    Well apparently you will be building one next year then (I finished my garden fence last summer).
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    Re: Crooked comb

    Like Jon, I too prefer Wyatt's method of using a wax starter strip. Also, if one bar that is on the end starts to go a bit off, oftentimes just turning it around so the curve faces an existing comb...
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    Re: Package installation

    I prefer to hang the cage. I dump the bees in the hive, take the bar that the queen cage is hung from (about 2" down from the bar) and dip her in the pile of bees so a bunch grab on to her cage, then...
  8. The Little Red Riding Hood Workbox-Nuc-Swarmbox-Top-Bar-hive.

    When I do my inspections on my hives that are full of comb I generally use an 18" long Nuc that I have on hand to place a couple of combs in temporarily. This gives me some extra room to work in the...
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    Re: Could you do this in a TBH?

    Sounds like a plan. Have a great time with your bees.
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    Re: Could you do this in a TBH?

    I would agree with JBJ that it is best to just dump them into the hive. It is possible to just set the box on top, but the number 1 concern should be for the queen and the faster the cluster forms...
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    Re: Could you do this in a TBH?

    If the package is wider than the hive body you could just set the package on top with the hole down as if it were a very wide top-bar.
  12. Re: Does anyone here use a Queen Excluder in their TBH?

    I have tried them but did not see a benefit. Like Txbeek my entrances are at the end and the queen keeps the broodnest near the front of the hive. The only effect I saw from using the excluder was...
  13. Nope, That's Not Pollen - The bees want sesame snacks.

    I did a full inspection of my two top-bar hives that sit side by side yesterday. I had suspected that they were bringing in a lot of dusty substances other than pollen as it was a bit early for...
  14. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    Dixieswife, sorry to hear they didn't make it. Were the bees clustered together or were there patches of bees here and there? If they weren't all in one group that would be further confirmation that...
  15. Re: Do Feral Bees Build Comb Warm Way or Cold Way?

    Thanks everyone for the great input. Adrian, I love that picture of the empty hive box. That says a lot. Pretty much what I expected, bees will maximize the space irrespective of the orientation. I...
  16. Do Feral Bees Build Comb Warm Way or Cold Way?

    I was wondering what way bees tend to build their comb when not given frames relative to the entrance. Perhaps some people that have done cut-outs can chime in.

    Do they tend to build comb...
  17. Re: Zone 7-8 ,52 degrees and my bees found pollen!!!

    Mine were flying this weekend but they were bringing in seed dust from the bird feeder, not pollen unfortunately. The flowers are not yet in bloom. Since they are wanting protein I gave them a couple...
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    Re: Nucs for Top Bar Hives

    I make my TBH nucs 18" long with entrances at each end and a divider board. That way I can put the board in the middle and have two nucs, or I can move it to one end to block that end's entrance and...
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    Re: TBH enrance question

    I find Phil's comment about the bees not liking the high entrances because of the heat loss interesting. I agree that in the wintertime there is heat loss, but in my experience the bees just close...
  20. A Bit Too Much Fun With the Bee Supply Catalog

    I have decided that having a bee supply catalog in the wintertime is very much like going to the supermarket when you are hungry. Not the best for those of us with limited self-control.
  21. Re: Where/when did you learn your woodworking skills?

    My first woodworking experience (if you can really call it that) was when my dad built me a workbench next to and 2-1/2 feet lower than his - I must have been six. I can't really remember not knowing...
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    Re: New Guy - New to Beekeeping

    You can make any length work. Mine are 36" - I like them. I made 18" boxes for my nucs - I like those too. I patterned my 3' hive after Wyatt Mangum's (you can get his book here - excellent book). He...
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    Re: New Guy - New to Beekeeping

    Welcome to beekeeping - you will enjoy it. I would suggest having at least one extra hive. If you read the posts from the springtime you will see that many of the first year top bar hive beekeepers...
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    Re: New Guy - New to Beekeeping

    I use an open bucket (garbage pail actually) with mesh screen attached to the inside wall and have nearly zero drownings (but I did have many when I too used pine needles).
  25. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    We had a really warm day here (Northern Virginia) on December 21st so I did an inspection on the smaller hive (late summer split) to make sure they were okay. Everything was good. They have a lot of...
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