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    Re: Prevent robbing with an entrance feeder

    We cut a slot in the end of some of our TBHs exactly the size of a boardman feeder entrance. The feeder entrance goes in the slot and the jar stays on the outside where you can monitor and refill...
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    Re: what to do with cross comb now

    Are you sure they're not just hauling off the wax shavings? I haven't heard of them reusing wax.
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    Re: Newly marked queens acting crazy

    I appreciate the comments on what color to mark the queens, but that's not my issue. My issue is that my laying, made-it-thru-the-winter, newly-marked queen flew out hive and got herself killed. ...
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    Re: Newly marked queens acting crazy

    None of our queens have been marked to this point in time. We are just trying to get every queen in every hive marked so will know if they replace her any time from here forward. I don't see any...
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    Re: Newly marked queens acting crazy

    That's interesting. But these are all queens that have been in the hives since last fall. And it was the first full inspection of the year, so I don't think I was bothering them too much. We...
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    Re: Newly marked queens acting crazy

    Thanks for the info. I can accept that maybe the first queen "fainted" and fell to the bottom. But it doesn't explain why another marked queen flew out and landed on an open hive I was inspecting...
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    Newly marked queens acting crazy

    Over the weekend we inspected all of our hives. During the inspections, we decided to mark any queens we found. I found one queen in the second box up and marked her and she looked fine. After...
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    Don't buy this observation hive

    I have a good friend who recently purchased this observation hive on eBay. I went to take a look and it was very disappointing. Cheap materials, incorrect hardware, shoddy workmanship, you name it....
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    Re: Lots of beetles, no apparent problem

    It would be interesting and easy to run a test to see how long it took for a beetle to starve. I just hope PETA doesn't find out if I decide to try.
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    Re: Lots of beetles, no apparent problem

    This is just something interesting I saw in a top bar hive. I had left a wood spacer laying on top of the bars under the top cover. When I raised the cover, there were bees lined up down each side...
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    Re: Dividers in hives with screened bottoms

    We have a 1/4 gap on the sides of the follower boards and 1/2 at the bottom.
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    Re: Left over honey, what can I use it for?

    And there you have it. That is advice I will follow. Since my post a few minutes ago, I switched over to the Treatment Free forum and watched the video of Michael Bush talking about the bee super...
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    Re: Left over honey, what can I use it for?

    Just adding my two cents worth, but I've read and been told that you should only feed honey to bees from their own hive. As in you took too much and have to give some back. There's a possibility of...
  14. Re: what's going on with my hive in South FL?

    Judging by those "peanuts" you saw, you should have a new queen soon. Another good reason for having a marked queen, especially if you're new at it, is that it makes her easier to spot.
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    You sure you didn't shake the queen off in the grass? If you did, maybe she didn't make it back in.
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    Re: Starter Strips

    Nope, thebalvenie. Those are what I made for a Warre. The ones we used for the TBH are cut from a single piece of 2X scrap. They're shown as a slide on the Powerpoint presentation on the TBH/Warre...
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    Re: Starter Strips

    We use bars as shown on this link. They're a little harder to make, and you have to have a table saw, but they worked better than other versions we tried.
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    Re: Top Bar..........

    Check this out....they're what we use.

    lyonsvillefletcher.blogspot.com/2009/03/top-bar-pictorial.html
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    Re: And I thought that they were dead. Ain't

    We use a piece of styrofoam the size of the window and the thickness of the wood for insulation. On one of our hives, I saved the piece of wood I cut out for the window and stick in back in there in...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Questions

    Speaking of swarm traps, they're easy to build and I caught a swarm in my backyard a couple of years ago two days after I put up my very first trap. Check out this link on our site for a couple of...
  21. Re: screen bottom board or not, that is the question, building a new TBH

    Our first TBH had a screened bottom board. It's an interesting way to kind of see what's going on in the hive by what's laying on the bottom. But, we don't treat for mites, so we don't care about...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Questions

    Leo, we have Langs, TBHs and a Warre. The best way to learn is to start doing it. The TBH hives take a little more work to run, but once you have them up and running, they are not any more...
  23. Re: Ever encountered hostility from other beekeepers over your TBH?

    Our queens don't lay "all over". We harvest bars that are solid honey, not honey mixed with brood. I can't argue with the wax destruction part.
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    We have several top bar hives. And we've had off-hand remarks made about them from other beekeepers. When this happens, I ask that person how many top bar hives they have used and they usually walk...
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    Re: my first problem with warré beekeeping

    I think anyone who decides to use Warre hives has done quite a bit of reading and understands the different style of minimal beekeeping. Warre's goal was to keep bees as naturally as possible. In a...
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