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  1. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I used to be scared of bees and wasps. Overcame it enough to start keeping bees in 2010.

    I no longer am afraid of any insects..(incl hornets).
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    Re: Nearly full in July?

    My view is simple: If your hive is nearly full and they are still bringing in nectar and it is likely to continue for at least 2 weeks (all true here locally), extracting one or two frames and...
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    Re: Nearly full in July?

    I have run a 3 foot TBH for years without problems. What I do is remove capped honey combs and extract them## (crush and strain ) and return the empty bars to the hive.. I've done this three times...
  4. Re: Looked like bees were swarming, but then they died on side of hive in a few minut

    I hived a swarm in a Nuc. They obviously did not like it and invaded another nuc, killing queen and other bees..(May 2014).

    Sounds similar to your case.
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    My bees chew through foam insulation boards when used in walls. After one try, I gave up.And woodpeckers made holes from the outside!
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    Re: Help with honey production

    I have had success by smearing super frames with a small amount of wax and honey to attract bees into the supers.
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    I have always kept barehanded: cover my hands with an extract of oil of cloves.. helps repel bees.. but a determined bee will sting me anyway - usually around the wrists due to body hair entangled...
  8. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    Any article which starts with " — AROUND the world, honeybee colonies are dying in huge numbers: About one-third of hives collapse each year, a pattern going back a decade" is incorrect.

    BS....
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    Re: Laying worker

    I have just had the same problem.

    I shook every comb out 20 yards away - every bee onto the ground. Gets rid of many laying workers - not all.

    The next day I added a frame of UNCAPPED brood so...
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    Re: TBH to Langstroth split question

    I have just split a TBH into an 8 frame nuc, dummied down to three frames. I expect the three frames will fill the nuc before winter - we are in the middle of the late summer flow.

    If you don't...
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    Re: Combining into a Lang Hive..How to?

    I attached the TBH combs into jumbo frames using cable ties-- I had to chop the bar lengths by 1/2 "to 16.5" to fit.

    Took each TBH frame, attached it to a frame stand using wood clamps, chopped...
  12. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    I started beekeeping four years ago.We live on the edge of a town, half way up a hill so we are overlooked. One next door neighbour, neighbours across the road and fields behind us.

    We invited our...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    Marigold is a brand name: see http://tinyurl.com/kf746eg
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    Re: Honey extractor?

    I built a honey press for free using scrap wood and a surplus car jack.. http://tinyurl.com/k8jzlcg

    Bee keeping on a budget - I would use an extractor twice a year...Waste of money as a hobby...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I started keeping bees in 2010. I only use gloves on really bad tempered colonies- nitriles or rubber (Marigolds)..or Both if really bad. I average about 55 stings a year and am now fairly immune to...
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    Re: foundationless

    All my frames are foundationless with V shape starter strips. Only one cross combed in 4 years:

    Hives MUST be level in all directions.. And preferably facing South.

    The cross combed one was on...
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    Re: TBH size and transprt question

    I move 20inch YBH nucs as Che says above - anytime whatever the weather#. No problems in 70 mile road trips..

    # the UK so 90F is (very) unlikely!
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    I cut a square section of wood approx 3/4 inch square. Then I cut it along a diagonal# using a handheld jigsaw to produce two triangular sections. They are not perfect, but the bees don't care. I pin...
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    I bought pre cut strip and added a triangular comb guide underneath. Rubbed with a bar of candlewax.. KISS.
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    All my 4 TBHs and 4 TBH nucs use 1.5 inch wide bars. No problems at all.
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    Re: TBH combine questions

    I combine hives by making a follower made of card, and cutting out the center and replacing it with newspaper. That way you get a better seal than trying to fix newspaper to the hives walls!.

    Put...
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    Re: Leaving Them Alone

    Anyone suggesting sugar dust treatment sf bees is "natural" and not treatment is of course kidding themselves.

    I tried non treatment - never again. The losses are too large...
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    Re: Mite Counts and treatment

    Treatment free is fine. You may be lucky. Or be like someone I know who has lost every hive twice in 4 years..

    I lose hives in winter to disease and don't want to add varroa as another cause of...
  24. Re: Has the modern TBH actually become the cutting edge of beekeeping innovation?

    So far I have built 4 topbar hives.

    The first I bought the wood for the sides - tongue and groove - as I was not too sure of what I was doing. The roof was a reclaimed bedend, the legs were from...
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    Re: Little help on what I'm seeing please.

    They accepted a new queen as I requeened as soon as I saw the problem. But leave it too long and they will not..
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