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  1. Re: placing blank bars between bars with comb

    Exactly right. No matter how much room is left in the hive, if the brood nest becomes honey bound, the bees can swarm. It can happen faster than you expect. One hive caught me unprepared last year...
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    Re: Rear entrance

    I have extra holes I open to increase ventilation. Once it gets hot, and if the colony is strong enough to defend it, I'll start opening them up. If the bees like the rear entrance, I'd leave it. If...
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    Re: hOW MUCH SPACE

    If you have crosscomb-proof guides on your bars, like one-inch foundation strips, giving them the whole hive shouldn't be a problem, but keep in mind that just because they have the whole hive...
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    Re: Moved the hive 128 miles successfully!

    Thanks for the laugh and the heads-up! I haven't had to move any hives yet, but I'll make sure I have my beer loaded before the hives.
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    Re: giving shade to a new TBH

    I go back and forth on the shade issue. I moved one hive into full sun last year in order to keep the cockroaches out and help with small hive beetles. Our temps and humidity in Georgia get a lot...
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    Re: Combs curves near end of bar.

    They'll start curving from the first one, if given the chance and the bars are long enough, usually the last several inches on both sides. Granted, my comb guides at the time were not what I use now....
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    Re: Rendering Combs

    It gets plenty hot, believe me. I bought the cooler from a tropical fish store for $2. They end up with a lot of them there and are more than happy to sell cheap to get rid of them. I bought three...
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    Re: Rendering Combs

    I don't render mine this way, but from what I understand, you don't actually bring it to a boil, so it never gets hot enough to kill all potential infectious agents. I just use a large styrofoam ice...
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    Re: Combs curves near end of bar.

    I have one hive with 20" bars. Given any room, the bees will always try to curve the ends, so I do like Harley and never give them any extra room on the ends of the hive. Empty bars always go in...
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    Re: Pic of my awesome ktbh mouse guard!

    Great story! I actually have a cat that catches birds and a son who is an avid bird lover, but he he realizes it's all part of nature (the cat eating the birds...and the shrews, mice, rats, etc. She...
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    Re: Pic of my awesome ktbh mouse guard!

    I need one of those! A summer tanager sometimes swoops back and forth in front of one of my hives, snatching bees as they come and go.
  12. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    I don't know why they stuck around. They sure put up with a lot of foolishness from me.
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    Re: Strange "swarm" in bait hive

    I'm thinking the same thing. Last night I checked to make sure they were actually staying the night and not just a bunch of scout bees and found them in a fist-sized cluster about eight bars from the...
  14. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    Nice to see everything is going well. I made the mistake early on in my beekeeping experience of inspecting my hive on a warm day. After closing up the hive, I heard several "thumps" and a sudden...
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    Re: Strange "swarm" in bait hive

    I had a swarm box sitting on the roof, which I've since removed. So you think they're scouts and not foragers left behind after a swarm rejected the hive? After I opened up the hive, I took away all...
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    Strange "swarm" in bait hive

    I had a "swarm" move into a bait hive a week and half ago. I left them to their own devices until yesterday,when I went to inspect. I had been concerned because I didn't see as many foragers as I...
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    Re: How many bars to feed in?

    I'm not one to linger long online, which means I usually skim through threads, but I really savored this one, JWCarlson. Thanks for the pleasant read!
    From another "JW"
  18. Re: WANTED: Creative ideas for modifying 14" top bars to fit into a 20" hive

    Keep in mind that with 20" bars, the bees will tend to curve the ends of the combs. One possibility you could try to avoid that problem (and also avoid the need to crop the bottom of the combs, which...
  19. Re: Dimensions of top bars on standard frame?

    True. Thanks for the reminder.
  20. Re: Dimensions of top bars on standard frame?

    I used to agonize over my top bars and spent a lot of time cutting and measuring and making sure they were just right, making honey bars and brood bars different widths, but I just don't have the...
  21. Re: pushing topbars together without crushing bees

    I'll have to try the feather idea, too. I squirt them with water, which makes them duck down. I also lay a piece of parchment cloth or wax paper across the gaps to keep the bees from coming out. When...
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    Re: warped follower board

    Those of us with established hives can often use combs from them to start new hives and make sure the bees build straight comb by placing new bars between them, but a new hive without a follower...
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    Re: warped follower board

    A tight follower is necessary if you plant to do a split and have two colonies in one hive, but not otherwise necessary. Followers are good for controlling the volume of the hive, but you want bees...
  24. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    How cold is it getting at night? Bees can get through some really frigid temps just fine in their cluster. Now if there's a chimney effect being caused by having the top open, then you should close...
  25. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    With captured swarms, it's impossible to know where they come from and where they've been, and what they've been exposed to during that time. If the same thing is happening to two different colonies...
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