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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    I have about 20 apple trees and cannot say I have ever seen one of the honeybees on their blooms. I do see a lot of mason bees which do a great job of pollinating the apples. Having tried planting...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    Check out Michael Bush's website at http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm. You will see ads/links for it on the right side margin of this webpage fairly often. He also has a couple of books which I...
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    Re: Mann lake top bar

    For the $170.00 price tag, I would build one my self. The first one I built I used only a miter saw and an electric screwdriver. Took about 4 hours over the winter to build. I did cheat and have the...
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    Re: What to do with this hive

    Yes I have. Unlike a Lang, there is no easy place to put a sugar block or winter patties in a TBH. This works really well and it is right where the bees are.
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Fruitveggirl, Thanks for the link to your blog. What a wonderful analysis comparing the to hives. However, judging by your pictures you missed one critical factor in favor of the TBH, it really is a...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Yes they can but just barely and the stinger stays mostly in the glove and not in the hand. Thicksters work great but are very hot and sweaty.
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    Re: OAV got them moving

    I also vaporized my hives this Saturday using the Varrocleaner under almost identical weather conditions. It was my first time using it and it was as easy as it gets. As of today every hive looks...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    In the U.S. it can be difficult to find a lot of local help with management of a top bar hive. However, with Beesource, you are never alone. If your gut is telling you to do a TBH, do so. I believe...
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    Re: My first little harvest!

    Congratulations! It looks incredible. After my first harvest the store bought honey was a pale imitation of real honey and I never bought it again. I am sure yours will be just as good.
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    Re: Starting an apiary and genetics

    I will agree with the rest of these replies. Local survivor mutts win out. I believe bees are like dogs. In my experience, inbred / purebred dogs generally have problems, mutts are generally strong...
  11. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Dsegrest, I would tell you the exact opposite. Yes, the Lang has many advantages, which is why it is almost universally the choice for commercial producers. The top bar hive has numerous advantages...
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    Re: Ultimate In-Hive Feeders

    I do not have first hand experience. However, I did visit a local beekeeping store last week and they have heard the feeder works well with 1:1 syrup but the sugar will sometimes crust up and clog...
  13. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    I would agree for the most part that you will get more honey from a Lang than the typical top bar hive. However, I am NOT a commercial producer and never will be. I have a 40 hour a week job already,...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    I was always interested in bees but it was something I did not have the time to research and learn about. One day one of my adult kids asked if he could keep two hives in our yard that he was given....
  15. Re: Experiences with 32mm spacing in brood nest? (drones etc)

    I use 1.25 inches (slightly less than 32mm) for my brood area and 1.5 inches (about 38mm) for the rest of the hive. The spacing works great and there have been no problems with cross combing. The...
  16. I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    I have both Langs and top bar hives. This weekend I decided to get ready for spring and ordered 24 frames for a new hive I will be adding next year (a horizontal Lang). No foundation, just frames....
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    Re: First year preps

    I will also agree with not going foundationless the first year. You have enough to learn without having to deal with wonky comb possibly in your first week. Definitely find Lauri's thread on partial...
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    Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started with one and think it is a good way to start especially if you do not have a mentor to help you. If you do not have a mentor, you will not know what to do with the second hive if you have a...
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    Re: lawn flower mix (Northeastern USA)

    Why not get rid of some of the lawn so you never have to add lime, water, fertilizer, micronutrients, charcoal or mow. Get a NE Wildflower mix from www.edenbrothers.com. You now have time to enjoy...
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    Re: Fall/winter feeding of syrup

    You can try, but they will not eat it when the cold sets in. Once the temperature drops below 50-55 degrees they cannot take in the liquid. When the temperature drops a bit below that, they cannot...
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    Re: What to do with this hive

    I had a similar thing last year and would not recommend taking resources from the good hive this late in the year. I did and lost both hives to starvation. If you had 10 hives with resources you...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    Mine were gentle as could be as well, until the dearth. They were more touchy after that but not too bad. I like them a lot. They are much more honest than the Italians I used to have which would rob...
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    Re: New Guy from the Pacific Northwest

    Welcome Flylooper! It does all seem overwhelming at first to all of us. My recommendation to any first year beek is to try one system (any book or teachers method) and do that the first year. After...
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    Re: Pest control sprayed my trap out

    Absolutely not. They took your property, which is theft. There are laws regarding spraying crops and killing bees so I would imagine there are laws regarding spraying a hive. The only person with the...
  25. Re: Have you been turned off by a Beekeeping instructor?

    I couldn't agree more. I have had great teachers is all fields and others who were supposed to be great that I could not relate to at all. Fortunately, there is an abundance of information out there...
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