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  1. Re: How to get through the 1st year successfully

    I installed two nucs in langs and one package in the TBH (all from a 'local' beek) as near as I can tell failure to re-queen resulted in absconding BEFORE the fall in both Langs and then, sometime in...
  2. Re: How to get through the 1st year successfully

    BeeCurious ... I'm confused :scratch: ... I'm asking for the best management practices to get THIS colony through the winter and you're suggesting that I "start some 5-frame nucs"? This is a newly...
  3. How to get through the 1st year successfully

    Greetings fellow beeks!
    We've been trying to keep bees here on our small homestead for about three years now with varying degrees of non-success :scratch: Only ONE year did we have a colony survive...
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    Re: Does Soy Beans Make Good Honey????

    Countryboy ... I stand corrected. Very informative. It sounds like you are speaking from hands on experience, so if my previous (or following) comments offended, I'm sorry.

    Three points, then I'll...
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    Re: Does Soy Beans Make Good Honey????

    Rick,

    I wish it was as benign as spraying, waiting, then planting the desired FOOD crop ... sadly, they have modified soybean, corn, alfalfa and other FOOD crops to be tolerant of (able to...
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    Re: Does Soy Beans Make Good Honey????

    The biggest problem with soybeans (IMHO), and DCoates touched on it briefly with his mention of Monsanto, is that the VAST majority of soybeans planted in the good ole US of A are genetically...
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    Re: Square TBH to install Nuc?

    1too ... great thread, great outside the box thinking on hive design!! :applause:

    But note, Michael said he thought you would be happier with FRAMES (to support the comb/brood/honey) ... NOT...
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    Re: Cardboard Nucs

    I think that was the original intent of this thread; who among you have 'hands-on' experience with other cardboard nucs ... both positive and negative.

    I personally have not bought any cardboard...
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    WTB - Raw, Local Honey in VA

    Looking to buy (or barter for) a 5 gallon pail of Raw (unheated), Local Honey in South Central Virginia (Appomattox - Lynchburg area) at a 'reasonable' price. ('reasonable' = agreeable)

    Email me...
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    Re: When is it too late to make a split?

    Thanks MB! I Googled "nectar forecast" and got as much help but with more "ifs" :)

    Seriously, I'm beginning to lean towards waiting for spring on this ... it's not a 'split' per se as much as a...
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    Re: When is it too late to make a split?

    I have that SAME question (about local nectar flow and when is too late to split) ... thanks for the thread! :thumbsup:

    Peace,
    Joseph
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    Re: Honey in 2nd Brood Chamber = Honey Bound?

    Matt,

    As a 2nd year beek, I can't answer your original question re: honey bound brood chamber ... BUT as a lifelong gardener, I CAN tell you that your "very experienced commercial beekeeper",...
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    Re: Honey prices?

    I hope you're kidding with that last comment??

    If you don't know "the old geezer" is using at least as good a level of practices (i.e., non-treatment, collection, bottling, etc.) as you do, you...
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    Re: Phasing out a TBH?

    Good Point!! Let's see ... Pamplin VA to Brooklyn NY (and back) = well ... never mind ... BUT if there was a TBH up and going for sale near me, I'd be scratchin' through the egg money right quick!...
  15. Thread: split?

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    Re: split?

    Michael Bush has some pretty inventive alternatives to feeding bees that minimize (and even eliminate) robbing for what that's worth.

    Peace,
    Joseph
  16. Thread: split?

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    Re: split?

    I am perhaps as new (or newer!) to this than you are, but willing to take a stab ... with clarification; IF by "the split is not very active" what you're referring to is the hive that you put the...
  17. Re: We Really need a good tool for transitioning from Lang to TBH

    I'm in agreement with the idea of designing and building a TBH based upon HOW you wish to use it. Came to this conclusion in HIND sight, as I have a perfectly good, homemade TBH sitting empty in the...
  18. Thread: Help!

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    Re: Help!

    At the risk of creating a thread that runs forever, help me understand what "act normally" might mean or look like? I understand that mixing sugar syrup with honey to be consumed/sold is less than...
  19. Thread: Help!

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    Re: Help!

    If they won't take it anyway, is there any real harm in feeding them?

    Thanks!
    Joseph
  20. Thread: Help!

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    Re: Help!

    That's one of the reasons that I split this hive two months ago! At that time I put three empty frames in the medium to replace the three frames I took for the split (as well as three - or four, I...
  21. Thread: Help!

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    Help!

    This may take a L O N G time to explain, so here we go;

    I split my strongest Lang earlier this Spring and it has continued to 'boom' :) This is the 'standard' Lang setup; deep brood box, with a...
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    Re: New TBH day 7

    Congrats! Great looking TBH and nice comb too (not that *you* had anything to do with the comb LOL)

    I'm certain there are others on the forum with more experience than I, but it's my understanding...
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    Re: How to populate a new TBH

    Sorry, I meant no harm nor to cast blame ... I've seen Dennis Murrell's site, http://beenatural.wordpress.com/natural-beekeeping/top-bar-hives/my-next-top-bar-hive/ he builds his TBH's wide enough to...
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    Re: How to populate a new TBH

    WOW!!

    What a mess ... the video shows cutting only the bottom bars of the Lang frames, which I can understand. BUT, Sam mentions cutting the top bars ... which I would HAVE to do since I built my...
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    Re: hive entrance

    Parker,

    I agree with Sam ... in my limited understanding of TBH, mostly based upon Michael Bush's excellent website http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm, one entrance at one end ... especially in...
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