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    Re: Building across bars

    Is the hive level? Did you use any kind of follower board to limit their space or did you give them the whole hive? Also, you may need better guides. I attach chamfer molding to my bars when starting...
  2. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    I had serious cross combing lock up half of my first hive. I placed straight combs on either side of the cross combing to keep it contained. The queen loved it for brood so I couldn't just cut it all...
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    Earlybird, go for it. For all the hassles there's nothing like keeping bees. I actually don't know that the bees chase the beetles into my traps. I suspect that the bait comb draws some in, they lay...
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    My beetle traps take care of them for me. But if you like the satisfaction of killing them yourself, smoke the comb over a bucket of soapy water with 1/4" hardware cloth over it. The beetles will...
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    Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    I rarely open the hives during the summer. It's so hot here that doing so can mess up their A/C for the entire day and they can end up bearding until nightfall, but worse is comb collapse. I learned...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    David, I don't see why you couldn't use the system for Langstroths. I wonder if you could adapt the bottom to sit on a stand. But if your current double screen method is doing the job, you may not...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    You're both welcome. I really want to beat the beetles and create something simple, cheap, and easy to use. My philosophy is that as a community we can find a solution to any problem if we work...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    I just used small nails and screws. They're up against the bottom board aligned with the holes. I'll add a picture to make it clearer.
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Sorry for the late reply, louiedonovan55. I've been very busy and rarely online this summer. The pest control and feeder jars are just wide mouth mason jars. Everything is based on canning supplies...
  10. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    I am always experimenting with different designs and built a short hive a couple of years ago. I cut the top bars so the bees could move up like a Langstroth and then I made a shallow super for it....
  11. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    I couldn't get to my lawn for a couple of weeks and one morning I went out to see bees climbing all over the bahiagrass. The lawn was alive with them. I had to mow the front lawn (I waited until...
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    Re: New Hive Scents and window pics

    Same here! It smells so bad the first time I harvested it I thought something was wrong with it. It tastes good, though.
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    It's quite easy to make if you have a jigsaw. I tried tubs of mineral oil and then DE, but I didn't like how messy they could be and how much trouble it was to remove them, and I had instances where...
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    Re: Bees capped empty cells

    I watched a video. It doesn't seem to be foul brood. There isn't anything inside any of the cells. With foul brood there should be larvae that's turning liquid and draws out into "ropey" texture,...
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    Re: Bees capped empty cells

    Some of the cells had no holes in the caps and were empty. I'll check up on American Foul brood and compare the images. Thanks.
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    Bees capped empty cells

    I had a small swarm take up residence in a bait hive. They drew out several small combs. Besides pollen and uncapped honey, there were brood cells and a queen cell, all capped. The bees have since...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Trap?

    I designed a special bottom board with holes in the bottom and jars that screw in. Screened lids keep out the bees and funnels trap the beetles and larvae inside. Pieces of bait comb with pollen and...
  18. 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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