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    Drop bottom

    I am aware of a lot of the discussion of screened bottom boards which I have chose not to do.

    But having cleaned out my 2 survivors today I think a drop bottom without a a screen would be the...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    You probably won't have to worry about bad tasting honey in Lander. I don't know but you will probably be relying on alfalfa mostly.
  3. Re: Never, Never, Never and Never again wear.....

    Is it swollen? No pics?

    You could be on to something. Could be the next male enhancement ad on TV.
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    Re: Jar feeder / hole size

    Use a small nail, as mentioned, and the round you likely cut out from making your feeder(as a support in the lid as you tap some holes in it).
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    Re: Best Bee Smells

    A little sad as I don't have a very good sense of smell and most of those don't have any aroma to me.
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Plant zone: 3-4
    Average lbs of honey going into winter: 50-80
    Hive preparation: nothing
    Average hive losses in spring: 60%


    Thought I would update a post from the fall. Lost 4 of 7. No good...
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    Re: Smoking the hive...or not

    Even if you choose not to do it most of the time I would keep it handy as there will be times when you need everything you got to keep them under control/manageable. That is an uncomfortable and...
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    Re: Using cutout comb

    Depends if it is easy. The comb can be useful but only if it is in good shape. If it is a difficult removal with a lot of repair, then no. Unless you are going to charge them. What I would weigh...
  9. Re: Backyard Beekeeper that develops bad neighbor relation issues ... to the extremes

    Do unto others as you would have done unto you. And if all else fails "karma is a *****"
  10. Re: Spring Packages - What Does ~ 20+ Million Bees look like?

    Pretty neat:)
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    Last year with 2 packages I got 15lbs on one and maybe 10 lbs on the other. One died in the winter with ~60lbs in the hive.

    Bunch of cut outs with no harvest, some with a lot of honey and some...
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    Re: Rough boards

    I don't know if it matters. I haven't seen the inside of many trees that was smooth?

    I use rough cut when I can get my hands on it because of cost.
  13. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    You don't do all three at once do you?
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    Re: entrance locations

    I have both end and side entrances. I see no difference in cross comb. I think guide bar length is important, as stated.
  15. Re: How dependable is the USPS or UPS with delivering bee packages?

    UPS delivered 2 packages to me last year in a snow storm without problem.
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    Re: who belongs where

    Could be bad Russians, Italians, French, and Americans all mixed up ;)
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    Re: Share your cell pics

    Popular guy this time of the year.
  18. Re: Question for Michael Bush - Top Entrance on Top Bar Hive

    I found over half of my six hives from last year went 1-2 bars back from the end entrance before they would build comb. And would only fill up the front when I shuffled comb around. So distance may...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    The colonies that survive will surprise you. Had a tipped over hive at the end of the summer I figured there is now way they would survive given the difficulties they went through. They are doing...
  20. Re: The ancient tradition of honey hunting in Nepal

    Great photos. Interesting what being closer to the equator does. 12000 ft in the US is pretty inhospitable.
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    Re: Raising queens

    Thanks for the input. I will likely give it a try after a bit more consideration. Will update.
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    Re: Homemade TBH Tool

    Pretty reasonable. What is the white on the shaft?
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    Raising queens

    Anyone raising queens in their top bar equipment? I haven't raised any before but would like to have viable ready queens if I am able to do splits this spring. I was planning on making a couple...
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    Re: Lost both my TBH's this winter

    All but one of my 4' hives died this winter. I am thinking that 4' might be to short for a northern climate. Ask me in a month when the first plants start blooming by then I might have lost my 5's...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    The statistics of the tread probably are a little bias. As we are all on the internet on a bee blog... That is going lend itself to a sampling bias.

    I won't divulge what I do, but I did spend...
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