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  1. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    Thanks for all the comments. I consider it hot only because they are more agressive than the others when I am inspecting. I can go out and lower the large window in my shorts and tshirt, as well as...
  2. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    No warning at all. Evidently one neighbor was supposed to say something weeks ago and never did. My other neighbor just walked up this evening while I was building hive number 3 (to split the hot...
  3. Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    Just found out my entire street is upset with me and my hives. I'm not out to make enemies, so...I've got 2 topbar hives about 42"x19". Both have windows with flat, tin covered roof. One is...
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split? - UPDATE

    Just cut the queen cells off the comb and attached them to comb in the new split? Lots of bearding today...near 100 in Texas today.
  5. Thread: First tbh

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    Re: First tbh

    I was where you were last year. I dropped them in and hoped for the best. They left twice and I caught them twice. Someone here (Rader?) suggested I us a queen excluder. I ordered a cheap plastic...
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split? - UPDATE

    Per drlonzo, cannot find the queen. Now 6 of the 7 original queen cells are capped, altogether on the same bar. Found another queen cell closer to the entrance with larvae inside, not yet capped. ...
  7. Thread: stung

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    Re: stung

    Ha! I have two topbar hives. The second was a swarm I caught from the first. These little ladies are flat out mean some days, and other days it seems as though they sing to me as I'm checking the...
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    Re: Triumph, (near) Tragedy, and Questions

    Could the clump have fallen from one of the bars you inspected? Good questions... I'll let the more seasoned bee folk answer those. Good luck!
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split? - UPDATE

    Why would sward cells need different stages? Thanks for the insite...
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split? - UPDATE

    The one's that are not capped have larvae. Its like they have different stages ready just in case. Makes me think they are supersedure...

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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split? - UPDATE

    I'll be looking for the queen this afternoon. If I find her, how do I know the colony is not replacing her? Would she typically be dead or gone already if that were the case? From what I've read,...
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split?

    Thanks for the continued help. How long do I have? Somewhere between 5 minutes and 5 days? :) I dont have a hive ready. Best guess are they gone by Friday afternoon? Should I remove all but...
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split?

    The "bars in the middle" are 12-17.
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split?

    Thanks for the tips...I opened the hive just now and checked the first 8-9 bars. 1-6 looks great brood. 7-8 were tied together and had 4 capped queen cells, and 3 about to cap..can see the larvae. ...
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    Re: Lots of Brood and drones. Split?

    Thanks for the quick response. So gradually move them away from the entrance? Wont splitting the brood give them problems in winter with the cluster?
    Or do you mean possible remove old empty...
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    Lots of Brood and drones. Split?

    For those of you who remember, May 2013 I bought a shake of bees and dropped them in my homemade, cedar, TB hive. They left, I caught them, they left, I caught them again. After putting a queen...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    UPDATE: Hi everyone...sorry...didnt get an email so didnt know I had responses!!??!! I have a closed floor, but I do have observation windows, but they are covered. Wood came from Home Depot and...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    Thanks Lburou. I may need some help.
    Maryland and rtoney: At first I had the hive down to 10 bars, they left, then to about 20 bars, they left, now back to 10. Should I disturb them to reduce...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    There is definitely something they don’t like...hive, too many houses, neighbor’s dog that sometimes barks...
    The hive is completely closed now but not near air tight. Its now in full shade from...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    Thanks for the suggestions. Well, I just put 10,000 of my closest friends back in their home. I could have sworn I heard a small crowd say, "Not AGAIN!" Everything is cedar. Maybe I'm as hard...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    This hive is all I have..just built it. I wish I new of someone about to split a TBH that needs a colony for a Lang hive. Our stories do sound similar Bakk! Anyway...should I go ahead and try a...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    LEFT AGAIN!!??!! Just caught them...still in the cardboard box. They left about 30 sq inches of comb, 3 drones, and roughy 40 workers???!!?? Would be tempted to sell. I'm at wits end here. Any...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    UPDATE: Entrance is open. Last night I put the hive legs on flat pieces of wood and piled DE around the legs to make sure the ants would have to crawl through it to get to the legs. This...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    GOOD NEWS! Bubbles was right! I do see a tip of a comb already about 4 inches top to bottom. Bad news is now I have ants crawling in to get to the sugar water. I know sitting the legs in oil is...
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    Re: Package bees keep leaving...

    UPDATE: I added water, shade, and found some old piecies of sticky comb in the box they came in. I rubbed the comb on the top bar guides and stuck very small pieces on. I opened the entrance to let...
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