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    Re: Coming Out of Winter Hive configuration

    Thanks Wolfer, I haven't been using a queen excluder, will I need one to keep them from building up?
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    Coming Out of Winter Hive configuration

    This is my first year with a hive coming out of winter. I had two deeps and one medium ( I added the medium of honey to get them up to winter weight, both deeps had honey but not full). I have not...
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    Re: bottom board question

    My understanding is that the slates should run with the frames not across them.
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    Re: Top entrance question

    I use my telescoping covers (with no inner cover) but have removed the (1 x 2) end (and bent the metal cover out) and put shims in like M. Bush. Works Great. In the winter I put a quilt box with an...
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    Re: Miachael Palmer Book?

    I second that, I would be first in line for a copy.
  6. Re: Mobile Apiary - Does Moving Hives disrupt them much?

    I was thinking that each place may only be a couple of weeks since the bloom season is so short. The areas I was looking at are along major highways and a small airport where they have large expanse...
  7. Mobile Apiary - Does Moving Hives disrupt them much?

    I have been noticing that at different times during the summer that different locations have better flowers. How much of a disruption is it to the bees when you move them a few miles to a better...
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    Re: foundation less frame extractor?

    Newbee question, if you put rubber bands or wire around the frame while you extract would it be of any benefit? It would be messy but might save the comb?
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    Re: How to build cheap top bars.

    I cut mine to length so they would be more manageable and I wanted to make my end cuts first just like "stdavis" did in his pictures.
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    Re: How to build cheap top bars.

    I made 36 of these on Sat. from 2x4 lumber (cut down to 1 1/4" x 1 1/2"), it took me about 2 hours, there are a lot of cuts but the results are worth it and the strength is much better then 3/4...
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    Re: Jesus agrees with Michael Palmer

    Are Michael Palmer's teachings/methods written down somewhere? I have watched some videos, but they don't stick with me until I read them or apply them and mid-winter is no time to apply them.
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    Re: Collecting and storing pollen - tips?

    Thanks Merince, I thought that must be it but I was thinking the trap rested on the edges, I will give it a try.

    You made may day with the picture. I insulated my hive much like you did and...
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    Re: Collecting and storing pollen - tips?

    Merince, can you give some more details on your modification? I have two traps I want to use this year but frustrated that you have to lift the hives to put them on and take them off, sounds like...
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    Re: Top covers vs roof system, what works best

    I see you used butt joints for the frames, Will they hold up? Do you use anything to make them stronger? I like the idea of the bamboo skewers. I will make up some to see what I think. Have you...
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    Re: Top covers vs roof system, what works best

    Thanks everyone, I guess I will have to build one of each to see which I like better. And thanks for the pics, I must be a visual learner. Matthew, I am interested in you pushpin frames, can you...
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    Re: Miachael Palmer Book?

    Michael Bush, I just put your book on my Christmas list and was going to add Mr. Palmer's if it was available. Next year for his I guess. You can't believe how many times I quote you, my beek club...
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    Re: Miachael Palmer Book?

    Looks like it's been a year, has Mr. Palmer's book come out yet? Can't wait to get a copy.
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    Top covers vs roof system, what works best

    I am trying to decide what type of covers to build for my top bar hives, I see some that are a very simple piece of something lied on top of the top bars, I see things that look like telescoping top...
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    Re: northern bees seem to like the cold

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    It may be over rated but I lost about two lb of bees due to not enough air flow. They all came out of the hive for some air and died due to cold temps and couldn't get back in due to others...
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    Re: northern bees seem to like the cold

    Just out of curiosity what do bees living in hollow trees with only a top entrance do with the CO2? We have so much ventilation but the couple of colonies I have seen in trees had only one entrance...
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    Re: northern bees seem to like the cold

    Ace, my top entrance was 1.5" by 3/8", but when they started to struggle they clustered all around it, some inside and some out side, blocking off any flow out of the entrance. My problem I think...
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    Re: northern bees seem to like the cold

    I wonder if the ventilation is OK? I had a hive that was too tight (not enough ventilation) and they flew when they shouldn't and bearded on the outside and a bunch died because of exposure. If...
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    Re: 19" top bar hives

    If you want interchangeable bars you can just us traditional frames without any foundation, I just put a starter strip in the groove. My Top bar hive is a horizontal langstroth hive that I can use...
  24. Re: Feeding and changing pH of the hive and hive health

    Thanks JW that is a great resource. It will help as I make decisions going forward. Do you know of anyone making bee bread to preserve pollen? Her methods seems doable even on a small scale. Any...
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    Thanks for all of this great information everyone. I have at least one question, M. Bush recommends using dry sugar for emergency feeding during winter. Is it better (not accounting for size of...
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