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    Re: I just screwed up big

    I tried to feed mine when I first got them, but they never touched it. When I researched it, lots of people said that if there's a good flow, they prefer nectar to sugar water, and I guess they can...
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    Re: A Swarm denied...

    Interesting....always two sides to a story. Better to save judgment until all the facts are out.
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    Re: First cutout done yesterday.

    That is absolutely awesome!! Thanks for sharing! Please share how they're doing and any other pics/videos as things develop. Good luck!
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    Re: I just screwed up big

    I did the same thing getting the queen cage out, and mine were perfectly fine. It's been a year now. They made it through the winter and are going crazy with the nectar flow. I panicked too, but...
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    Re: Bees building a hive on a fence?

    Love the milk jug idea! I'm going to go get them hopefully tomorrow. I've used the hair clip thing before, but it's harder with new comb. But if that doesn't work, I'll at least figure out a way...
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    Bees building a hive on a fence?

    i got a call today from a guy saying a huge ball of bees are putting wax comb onto his wooden fence. I didn't really believe him that they are building a nest out in the open and figured he just...
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    Re: Missing honey

    That sounds good. I don't think they'll starve as long as there's a flow, so I'll monitor and feed. Thanks for your advice!
    Kim
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    Re: Missing honey

    Thanks Stan.vick. That's all something to think about. What I meant when I said the first few bars I could see, I meant when looking under the hive through the screen, the first few which would be...
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    Missing honey

    This is my first fall with my top bar hive. I think they've done great this summer, and they're very busy right now bringing in pollen and nectar from goldenrod. I inspected a week ago and saw lots...
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    Re: Winter prep in Texas?

    Yeah, from everything I've been reading it sounds like the same thing you're saying, let them get through the best they can with little intervention. We want the best bees to survive; survival of...
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    Re: Winter prep in Texas?

    Awesome, that helps a lot! I didn't know if I needed to run out there anytime the nights got chilly and wrap them up or only worry when it's consistently cold for awhile. They seem really busy...
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    Re: Smoker?

    Cute!
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    Winter prep in Texas?

    I live in Texas close to Dallas, and it's just starting to be less than 100 degrees daily. However, we don't get much of an autumn, and winter usually arrives with a sudden cold front so I'm wanting...
  14. Re: Hive that didn't make it...what to do with it?

    I like your pictures. On the left side towards the top it looks like a cell that the bees were making a queen cell with, kind of sticking out farther than all the rest. At least that's what I've...
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    Ha! I want to avoid Beesasters for sure!
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    Re: TBH screened bottom

    I have only had my top bar hive since May, and I have a screened bottom on it. I like it because I can look under it and see what's going on in the hive. I can see how big the combs are, how many...
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    Thanks so much for your help! I am definitely having bees at this point, and I look forward to learning more and enjoying my new hobby and maybe getting some honey in return. I feel much more...
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    Thank you very much for your opinion. I was wondering if anyone had tried to leave things alone and then found out it wasn't a good idea. That's what I'm afraid might happen. I haven't looked into...
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    I use a bread knife too, and I try to go from the bottom up. When I look through the viewing window, I can see where they've attached the comb to the window, and in that last cell where it's...
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    The area I am having trouble getting to is what I think is called the front of the hive, but it's where the entrances are, and it goes right up to the end of the hive. I can't make any room there...
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    Re: Checking brood area in TBH

    I do have a screened bottom, and I love to look under it and watch the bees work! That's why I really feel like they're doing well. Their population is huge, I don't see any mites, and no combs...
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    Checking brood area in TBH

    I have been trying to check my hive every two weeks, but I'm wondering if it would be okay to not check it at all unless I think something is wrong. My bees always attach the comb to the side of the...
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