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    Re: catching bees is hard

    Sweet bees! Yours will be even cuter! And Jake, now you're just showing off! ;) Nice work!
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    Re: How do you build population?

    Ok, that makes sense. I'm in Texas, and I did notice that they didn't seem to eat as much honey as I thought they might, and they've started spring with plenty in the hive. I think they had lots of...
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    Re: How do you build population?

    I thought it was a bad idea to go into winter with a huge population, more than what they naturally would do without help, because more bees eat more food. That's why I have not harvested honey in...
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    Re: How do you build population?

    I'm sorry, but what is OA? I'm kind of making a timeline of what you said because I find myself reacting to situations instead of preventing, and I think it's because I don't know when to do things....
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome from Texas! This is a great site!
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I started with one TBH that made it through the winter, and now I have three that all made it through this winter. The first winter I was a little paranoid, so I wrapped the whole thing in sheets of...
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    Re: drying nectar

    See there, I learn something new every time I look on here!! Mine are fanning like crazy, and I thought they were trying to cool the hive. I didn't think it was THAT warm yet and that made me worry...
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    Re: Hello from south Alabama

    I'm in Texas, and it's nice to hear from someone with a climate closer to mine. Most everyone is beekeeping further north, and although there's always very good advice, I am usually trying to modify...
  9. Re: How do you feed honey back to the bees?

    I have had honey in mason jars that I wanted to feed back to the bees. I just stuck lots of small sticks down into the honey, like 15 or 20, and put it back in the hive sitting right-side up. The...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    "After you have cleaned out the comb, you will generally be left with a small cluster in the corner of the cavity."

    Some advice I got one time for this is get a milk jug and cut it so it's kind of...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    Wow, it's SO interesting to get all these different opinions from experienced beekeepers! I wouldn't have thought of half the things y'all mentioned, and that's why I love this site. rweaver7777...
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    Thank you, Eric. Today I pulled out the empty bars and put back the combs I took so it's all back how it was. I guess I'm really wanting it to be spring already! Thanks for your advice!
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    Well, that does it then. I'm going to move things back the way they were. It's going to be really warm again tomorrow so I think it will be ok to go back in really quick. I did mean completely...
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    And that's exactly what I'm afraid I did. I may go back out there tomorrow and move the empty bars further back away from the brood area just to make sure. Thanks for your responses!
    Kim
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    It has been getting to freezing at night. This is the first really warm spell we've had in a bit, and we'll get some more cold spells for sure. I left four bars all together at the front where the...
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    Honeybound in January?

    So it's almost 70 degrees this weekend in Dallas, Texas, so I figured it's a perfect time to check my three hives. The first one has a ton of honey, about six full bars and then honey in the brood...
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    I'm jealous.
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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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