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    Re: To shade or not to shade?

    Might want to add some vents to your gable ends..
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    Re: Is my new hive ready to swarm?!

    Check for eggs. If you see eggs you have a queen... Check for queen cells. No queen cells, no swarm... 1/4 of a bar with drones in normal.
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    Re: What's going with this TBH?

    You should always start a swarm with a few brood bars from another hive if you have them. That way when you have the drop off from the swarm bees getting old, you'll have more bees ready to replace...
  4. Re: what dimensions should bottom hardware cloth be?

    Most good hardware stores carry hardware cloth by the foot
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    Re: Bottom width for a top bar hive?

    I personally like to go a little wider on the bottom. Makes for a more natural comb and gives you more volume. So if you go 17" bars, i would do 8" on the bottom minimum. A lot of the plans out...
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    Re: Help buying a Top Bar Hive

    Nice, i like it.
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    Re: Help buying a Top Bar Hive

    I've been watching this thread to see what people thought about my hives. I really appreciate you using your first post on here to say something nice about my hives and thanks also to ksr for the...
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    My concern over the use of toxic plastic. Personally i don't buy any bottles or storage containers that aren't BPA free. If you think about it the amount of plastic surrounding the honey is massive...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Is the plastic BPA free? Nobody has answered this question.
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    Re: Buyer Beware

    He ended up shutting the whole site down right after i posted on his Facebook that i had started a thread here. He also deleted the Facebook message right away. Never did answer my email or reply to...
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    Re: Buyer Beware

    Those were the others i noticed right away Rader.
    Thanks Barry, I did email them last night and haven't heard back. I'll contact Weebly tomorrow if they don't respond today with some kind of...
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    Buyer Beware

    Buyer beware, website is using my picture to sell their hives. The items he describes under the Nuc Hive category are my Nuc hives that i make and sell and are not even close to what he is...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Questions i wonder about. Is the plastic BPA free? Is there bee space around the outside of the frames or do they fit tight against the hive wall? I'm wondering how easy it will be to retrofit a hive...
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    Re: Entrance for winter?

    I leave open one 7/8 " hole, The bees adjust the size as needed from there.
  15. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    Yellow jackets are always worse in the fall. You can hang a yellow jack trap up nearby. But as explained above, you should close down all your entrances except one. I also make sure i seal off and...
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    Re: SHB: is this a true statement

    Thats odd, because i was going say the opposite. My Warre's and modified Langs seem to have more SHB. Another reason i'm transforming them into KTBH's. I'm down to one Warre from three.
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    Mine are all on a large deck with soil underneath and i don't have a lot of them. I usually only see 4 or 5 per hive when they are bad. I would try some kind of traps. If i had that large of...
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    Re: Following board size

    Yes.
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    Re: Following board size

    When they start building out their honey bars they need them a little wider size to store more honey in. What i do is when they start producing honey bars is take a knife or hive tool and just make a...
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    Re: Brood location

    You need to start the bees on the end with the entrance. They will make their brood nest there.
  21. Re: Please help me with the final setup of my first TBH

    You could try setting your legs in metal coffee cans or maybe some large, thick PVC caps if you can find them.
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    Re: top bar cutouts

    I use the wire hangers like in the photo all the time. i highly suggest them.
    Super easy even with messy gloves and helps keep the comb centered.
  23. Re: Is there a way to clean the observation windows in a full hive?

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  24. Re: Drones are flying, when do swarms start?

    Really? I thought it i was way too early still... I guess i'll get my gear, traps and ads ready then!
  25. Drones are flying, when do swarms start?

    I've been keeping a close eye out on my hives and the drones are just now starting to fly. I collect swarms in our area and put ads in the local publications to collect swarms. So my question is...
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