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  1. Re: Bees didn't set any stores for winter and didn't cluster?

    So I have re-connected with a natural beekeeper about an hour or so from me. I am getting a few packages from him this spring that have overwintered here and are regressed to natural size. I will...
  2. Re: Newbie requesting tips on foundation free hive from a new package

    Since I was used as an example for having problems starting tf and ff, I would like to encourage you to try foundationless and treatment free if that is what you want to do. I had no real problems...
  3. Re: Bees didn't set any stores for winter and didn't cluster?

    Someone wanted me to post some pictures of some comb from the hives under some sort of suspicion. Hope these help, they are each from different frames. The white specs are sugar crystals.894789488949
  4. Re: Bees didn't set any stores for winter and didn't cluster?

    I will try the Stateline Beekeppers group again. It is the one I had difficulty contacting last year. Thank you.
  5. Re: Bees didn't set any stores for winter and didn't cluster?

    Thank you all for the quick responses.

    To start, and I know it is not a good excuse, I tried to join the local beekeeping club. I tried several times to email different board members to find...
  6. Re: Bees didn't set any stores for winter and didn't cluster?

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    My hives in mid-season.
  7. Bees didn't set any stores for winter and didn't cluster?

    Hello all. This last season was my first attempt at keeping bees. I built two Langstroth hives to match one that was given to me, each with a different entrance. One hive had a hole in the front of...
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    [QUOTE=ccar2000;880092]I've heard that as a rule of thumb a hive needs three square inches of entrance space. A 3/4" hole would give you about about a half of a square inch opening. I am thinking...
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    http://s1285.photobucket.com/albums/a585/MidwestPrimitive/Building%20Beehives/

    Nice. Thank you. :)
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    I tried to link the photobucket album of my hive-building experience, but it says it needs to be approved by a moderator first. Did I link it wrong?
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    Hopefully I did this right.

    http://s1285.photobucket.com/albums/a585/MidwestPrimitive/Building%20Beehives/
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    I like that link ccar, thank you. It helps me visualize the layout and order. I think I have a solid plan for all three hives now. A shimmed/pitched opening above the brood nest on #1, a 3/8 inch...
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    Here is my progress so far with building my hives, hopefully the link works. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.375241419227864.92812.304620666289940&type=1&l=f6da413cd6
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    I have some tongue-and-groove boards that i could glue into a solid board, I wonder if I planed it to 3/8" and cut a notch for an entrance maybe I could use it as a spacer between the supers. I...
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    Great, thank you for the info. I started a photobucket account the other day, maybe I will try that. I already have my photos in albums with descriptions on my FB page, I wonder if I can just link...
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    Re: Upper Entrance Variation Question

    Thank you all for the responses, some very interesting ideas and concepts to consider. Since I am starting three hives, maybe I will try some different techniques on each.
    So if I refined my...
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    Upper Entrance Variation Question

    I want to use a style of upper entrance, but am unsure of a main entrance size. I want to get a main entrance above the broods living/storage area, but below the supers I will be harvesting from. I...
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    Re: Hello from northern Illinois.

    Thanks for the link Rader! :) I read Michaels book,"The Practical Beekeeper" and that was what convinced me to try foundationless and raise them as naturally as possible.
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    Re: Hello from northern Illinois.

    I am considering installing a frame or two with foundation in each hive so the packages have something to start drawing on immediately, but am still undecided. My friend gave me some foundation when...
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    Hello from northern Illinois.

    Hello all, I am Adam from northern Illinois (Rockford area). I am new to beekeeping and I hope to be ready by this spring. My friend gave me a langstroth hive and I modified it to be all medium...
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