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    Re: Strange bee behavior

    Thanks! I think what they are doing is referred to as "washboarding". Glad they are just cleaning and not going crazy!
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    Strange bee behavior

    Hello,
    I've been witnessing some strange bee behavior the last two evenings, and I'm hoping someone might know what is going on.

    I recently moved my hives from the roof to the ground level, so...
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    Re: Moving Hives

    Nice, thank you! The Michael Bush article Rader cites below says why a branch may cause them to reorient. Very interesting!
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    Re: Moving Hives

    Thanks, Rader. 100% agree on the "ratchet straps" idea. That's what I was intending to use, I just didn't know that's what they are called :)

    Do you happen to know where I can read more on the...
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    Moving Hives

    Hello Everyone,

    I have been keeping bees for two years in the city, and I currently have 3 hives on my roof. I have grown very tired of climbing up on my roof for each hive inspection, so I've...
  6. Re: heating wire to embed it into foundation

    Miller,
    Found the other thread - thanks. What do you use to press the wire down in your setup?
    DC
  7. Re: heating wire to embed it into foundation

    Seal,
    This is just what I'm trying to do, thanks.
    DC
  8. heating wire to embed it into foundation

    Hello,

    I would like to get set up to embed frame wires into foundation by using electricity to heat the wires. This idea came from this YouTube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xljKaH7R2-Q...
  9. Re: Queen present in recently captured swarm

    Update:

    I actually checked the two-week swarm capture hive, and all the bees appeared to be there. When I caught the swarm and attempted to return it to the roof, about half flew back to my very...
  10. Re: Queen present in recently captured swarm

    Charlie,
    Good idea, thank you!

    DCB
  11. Re: Queen present in recently captured swarm

    Merlinspop,

    Good point about the weather. I just wonder how they are subsisting on. Maybe they are drinking the sugar water very slowly.

    DCB
  12. Re: Queen present in recently captured swarm

    Update, the bees just swarmed into my neighbor's cherry tree. Does this mean there is a queen (assuming they don't swarm w/out a queen)? If I am able to recapture the swarm, should I put them back...
  13. Queen present in recently captured swarm

    Hello,

    I recently installed a captured swarm on my roof in a single deep super with a hive top feeder. (This is my third roof hive.) After week 1, I noticed no significant activity and could not...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    MB, thanks for the advice.

    I'm going to take the hivetop feeders off this weekend, and will be re-installing the notched inner covers. And I will also prop up the top outer cover with popsicle...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    Hello everyone,

    I'm going to begin closing up the hive for the winter now. Can someone suggest a good way to close up the screened bottom board for the winter? Would it be sufficient for me to...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    HBD,
    That's good advice re: putting newspaper on the top bars to control moisture. I see those types of covers a lot in You Tube videos, and I have been wondering what they are for. The inner...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    sqk,

    Noted. I think I'm going to give them one more week to finish the honey in the super, remove it, then start feeding heavily. I am already feeding my less-robust hive, because it when it was...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    Wallie,

    Noted. That's good advice. Thank you. At $3.99 for a 5-lb bag of granulated sugar at my local grocery store, feeding throughout the winter is not going to be cheap.
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    Shane,
    Yes, I agree its smartest to begin feeding 2:1 now as it is easier now than later. Only thing is, I want to pull the harvestable honey first (for my own greedy self) before I start feeding,...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    sqkcrk,

    I read that it is highly advisable to remove the honey super before winter, because the honey may freeze, making the comb unusable later. Your post implies the bees may actually feed on...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    Shane,
    Only reason I'm considering the tar paper is they are on the roof -- exposed to wind. I'm not sure exactly how to estimate the amount of honey in the boxes (I'm using 10-frame deep boxes),...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    sqkcrk,
    Thanks for the advice. I'll get all of the winterizing materials together so I'm ready to winterize in the first week of October. If there's a continued cold period before that, I may...
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    Re: fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    Camero,
    I didn't know the bees used bur comb for that. Usually, I get rid of it so that the frames don't get stuck to each other. Thanks!
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    fall maintenance - when to begin in DC

    Hello,

    I am wondering when I should remove the honey super from my rooftop hive this year, and when I should start doing fall maintenance. As of last week, the bees in my most robust hive (the...
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    Re: Switch order of deeps?

    Michael. Good point. Thank you!
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