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  1. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    Lauri

    Thanks for posting the great photos! I'm impressed with all the things you have built to help your bees. I like the idea of strapping insulation on the outside of the hives and may do that...
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    Re: Could winter bees already be here?

    Lauri,

    Great photo of your bees! Aren't they beautiful? :)

    Laura
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    Thanks for all the replies to this thread. It's funny that a couple of you mentioned using cattle panel for other livestock, because that is how this whole train of thought came about for me. I was...
  4. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    Thanks for replying, jbraun. I think I will try the north wind break this winter. I haven't done it before. I'm also planning to put a quilt box with sheep wool on top of my Langstroth hive, to help...
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    E-spice,

    I don't know what my mite level is, I've not messed with the bees much this year. I'm trying a new approach and hoping it allows them to get along better. I think you're right though,...
  6. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    Brian,

    I've always gotten my bees from someone local who sets up an order and has a trailer full delivered to our area. I think this year they may have come from Nebraska, but I'm not sure. I have...
  7. Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    This is my fourth year attempting to keep bees. I love them, but I've only had one hive survive the winter (only to die the following year). The thought of losing another hive is distressing. I'm...
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    Re: Horizontal Hive w/ Modified Frames

    I've never really gotten any honey, so I don't have an extractor. A couple of years ago, I took some honey from a hive that had died. It wasn't much, so I just did the crush and strain method. I...
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    Re: Horizontal Hive w/ Modified Frames

    Thanks all, I appreciate your feedback.

    I attended a lecture this spring by Dr. Leonid Sharashkin who is working with bees in a horizontal hive,
    with 18" frames. He is from Russia where he keeps...
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    Re: Horizontal Hive w/ Modified Frames

    Yes, I mean 16 inch deep frames.
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    Horizontal Hive w/ Modified Frames

    After 3 very unsuccessful years of trying to keep bees, I have decided to try something new. I attached two existing deep hive bodies and will add medium supers on top to create a deep, horizontal...
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    Re: Using Caulk/Silicone in Hives?

    Thank you! I didn't even think about trying something else. I appreciate your taking time to reply!
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    Using Caulk/Silicone in Hives?

    I'm going to experiment by attaching two Langstroth hives together to make a horizontal hive. I know there will be gaps when I connect them. My plan is to fill the gaps with caulk, but I'm not sure...
  14. Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    Wow! I'm so glad I found this thread. I've lost 5 hives over the past 3 winters with my Langstroth hives (btw, I know it's not the fault of the hives). I went to a workshop a few weeks ago which was...
  15. Re: Pottery wheel modifications for an extractor.

    What a great idea, juzzerbee! I've never done it, but I'm sure some clever person here can help you. I wonder if you can just somehow clamp a canister (that holds frames) onto the wheel without...
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    Re: Cycling Clothes are not Bee Proof.

    It's humbling, isn't it? Once I decided to put a feeder inside an empty super. Since I was only going to take the outer cover off and add the super, I decided I didn't need to put on my veil or...
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    Re: Smoke vs. Vinegar

    Does it matter what kind of vinegar; white vinegar or apple cider vinegar?
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    Re: Hive Problems 2 of 3 Weak Hive

    This was a package of bees with a queen. I had two of them and I installed them in two different hives that were about 18" apart. I don't know if most of them drifted into the other hive or not.
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    Re: Hive Problems 2 of 3 Weak Hive

    Can someone help me with this? Let me know if you can't access the photos and I will try again. I need help figuring out what's happening with these girls.
    Thanks, I really appreciate your...
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    Re: About to swarm? (pure panic)

    I don't have much experience either, but I'm fairly certain if the colony were swarming there would be THOUSANDS of bees. My husband witnessed one of mine swarming this past week and he said it was...
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    Re: Another swarm

    One of my hives swarmed last week and my husband witnessed it. He said it was amazing. I would love to see it sometime.
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    Hive Problems 3 of 3

    I installed the third hive the end of April/first of May and didn't put all the frames in. When I checked a few days later, the bees had built comb in the big space between frames. When I checked...
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    Hive Problems 2 of 3 Weak Hive

    My second hive was installed the last of April/first of May. When I Installed it, I only put a few frames in (4 or 5) then it took me awhile before i could check it again. when I finally did check,...
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    Hive Problems 1 of 3 Possible Swarm

    Hi,

    I have 3 hives and three hive problems. This is my third year beekeeping, but for various reasons, I haven't been very hands on. This year, I'm working on learning more and being more involved...
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    Re: Strong hive / Weak hive

    Hi Tommy,

    I'm a very inexperienced beekeeper, but I wanted to say something about the shade. I put my first hive (2 years ago) in a nice shady area under a tree. I lost that hive in the winter,...
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