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    Re: Estimating the population of a hive

    Interesting. No drones at the entrance this week! No dead drones on the ground either, but none coming or going from the entrance.
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    Re: Estimating the population of a hive

    It looked like that was happening but I wan't sure if it was just my imagination... I'll go out and look for the dead drones. Lots of drone cells in there.
  3. Re: An odd thought about a natural observation hive.

    seems like a warre hive would be what you want. In fact here's one made of plexi (scan down near the bottom): http://warre.biobees.com

    You could make this go from floor to ceiling pretty easily.
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    Re: Estimating the population of a hive

    Just for fun, here's a 40 second clip of the activity at the hive entrance before I went in for a look:


    https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=461709977183625&saved
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    Re: Estimating the population of a hive

    Thanks for the feedback Steven. I'm not particularly worried about the population #'s... really just wondered how it compared the 3lbs I put in to start the hive at the start of the season. I'd...
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    Estimating the population of a hive

    Hi all,

    My two tbh's seem to be doing well (despite cross-combing that makes management less than fun). They've each built out about 18 bars and the traffic at the front of the hive is...
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    Re: Entering the hive from the front?

    that's funny... I started from the front today and thought to myself "this was a mistake... they are not happy with me!" little bugger stung me twice while looking in on the first of my tbh's. ...
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    Re: Squeezing cappings through cheese cloth

    I saw someone on here used a salad spinner to separate honey and cappings. Never tried it... yet.
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    Re: Swarm Cells?

    ok, thanks!
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    Swarm Cells?

    Completed an inspection yesterday for the first time in 6 weeks and took some photos. Other than lots of cross combing they are doing great!

    Going through my photos after I noticed two bumps on...
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    Worcester , MA - swarm available

    http://worcester.craigslist.org/grd/3021656320.html

    good luck! I don't have anything to put them in or I'd go myself!
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    Re: How to fix cross-combing...?

    unfortunately I have empirical evidence to support Michael's position on wax beads of various types...

    I have a session of rearranging comb in my two hives coming this afternoon... It's going to...
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    Re: First install

    scoop 'em up and put them back in if it's not too late!
  14. Re: TBH: Comb at the front and back of the hive - did I do the right thing?

    There was one other odd thing... in the hive with comb at the front and back: the comb at the front was yellowish where the comb at the back was white.
  15. TBH: Comb at the front and back of the hive - did I do the right thing?

    Hi all,

    1 week ago today I hived 2 packages in my TBH's. These are my first bees ever.

    I went in today to inspect and found (2) things:

    I should have made real comb guides, because the...
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    Re: How often can I do it before ....

    it's hard, isn't it? LOL! Mine are in the backyard so I get to watch from the outside, but I'm surprised at the desire to go in for a peak. Especially since the two hives are behaving differently....
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    what about the grooves? Are they not considered a guide?
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    Re: First time bee survey

    I did my first ever installs today (2 3lb packages) into my TBH's. I wore jeans, t-shirt, and a Mann Lake entry-level jacket with hood. No gloves. No stings... until about an hour later I was...
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    (the video is now uploaded)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59191886@N04/6953838930/
  20. I don't think I did too terribly badly... did I? first installs today, direct release

    Hi all,

    So I got my first two packages today and installed them in the late morning. Packages were (3) lbs each. That's a lot of bees.

    Generally it went well - sort of. Didn't even get...
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    Re: Technical Question

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm
  22. Bees target foreclosed homes in Arizona

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1558502321001/bees-target-foreclosed-homes-in-arizona?intcmp=features
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    Re: Guess I am done

    oh dear... that stinks... I have two similar tbh's that I'll be loading up in a couple weeks - my first and only hives.

    That would be discouraging. Any chance of getting more packages?

    Did you...
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    Re: here they are

    nice!

    How do they get to the feed?
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    Re: Any good videos?

    LOL! No, that was meant for the OP, not you.
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