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    What do you think about this book?

    I dearly want to learn more about my bees and their fascinating lives. I am very interested in "Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping" from Wicwas Press. My worry is that it is just going to end up...
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    Do bees prefer moving vertical?

    While at work this week I have been listening to beekeeping lectures on youtube. I have heard several times that bees are a "vertical animal" becasue the natural home of the european honeybee is a...
  3. Thread: Avocado Honey

    by ositolud
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    Re: Avocado Honey

    We have a varietal honey store here that sells what they claim to be avocado honey. Whether it is or its not, I can't say, but it is delicious.:applause:
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    Re: Swarm cell surprise , Advice needed

    I am wondering about the original split you made. Have you checked the four frames you took to begin rearing queens? Do they have queen cells or do they suddenly have a laying queen? Is it...
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    Re: Observation window and condensation

    I have plexiglass windows in my tbh's. They do tend to get messy with beeswax, which I am attempting to correct with a design change this year, and mine do collect a decent amount of condensation in...
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    Re: Top Bar hive in Utah?

    I just came through my first year as a beekeeper, and I live just a few blocks from downtown SLC. I went into winter with two hives. One died early due to mites (I believe). The other has come...
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    Requeening already?

    We are just coming out of winter here in northern Utah, but on warm days the bees have been bringing in copious amounts of pollen. I thought I would take a look to make sure everything was going ok....
  8. Re: What could the bees be bringing to hive in this time of year?

    I used this wikipedia page to help determine some of the pollen types my girls were bringing in last summer.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollen_source
    It is definitely not exhaustive but can be...
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    Re: the "eco floor"

    Thanks, AugustC.
    As I said above, I could see this going really well or really, really bad. Then again, the point of experimentation is to determine which outcome will result.
    That makes sense...
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    the "eco floor"

    I ran across this video a week ago and became intrigued. I have heard many times before that the beehive is more than just bees - various bacteria and fungi live in there and help the ecology of the...
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    Re: Dogs and kids, where do I place my hives?

    Honeyteal,
    thankfully the dog only puked the first time, but she still hasn't learned her lesson.

    Sharpbees,
    I can relate with your beagle. I will stick my nose to the entrance to get a big...
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    Re: Dogs and kids, where do I place my hives?

    We have a somewhat smaller backyard living just a few blocks from downtown. We also have a german shepherd dog and two little boys who were ages 5 and 2 last summer. Last year was my first as a...
  13. Re: TBH interested, ranting, questions, not sure...

    I do not have any experience managing a lang, but I can tell you that I absolutely love my top bar hive.
    They are a little more needy when it comes to spending time working them. At least, that...
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    Poll: Re: Is your Top Bar hive your first beehive?

    This is my first year as a beekeeper, and I began with two tbh's I built last winter. We have all loved them, and I plan on building two more for myself this winter and maybe a few extra for family...
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    What us Bee Tea?

    I came across some mentions of Bee Tea just today. Apparently it can be any variety of mixtures comprised of syrup, a chamomile or other herbal tea, salt, apple cider vinegar, and sometimes honey...
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    Poll: Re: 2013 NEW BEEK Swarm loss results POLL

    I did an inspection today, as well. I was showing my dad around the hive and was expecting to get some pissy bees flying around our heads like I have been for the last month or so. Instead, I found...
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    Poll: Re: 2013 NEW BEEK Swarm loss results POLL

    I voted "Bees created new queen and all is well" but I have one disclaimer. I started with two hives this year. the stronger hive swarmed in June. I took out all queen cells except for three,...
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    Re: Converting from lang to tbh

    Thank you, Tenbears and Michael. My bars, when almost fully drawn and capped weight about 5.5 lb apiece. I will assume this means my hives will need about 20 bars to make it through the winter. ...
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    Converting from lang to tbh

    So I just got the monthly newsletter from my local beekeepers association. In it they recommended that for a hive to overwinter well in our area it should have either two full deeps or three full...
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    Re: Hello! Beginner Questions from Utah

    I am coming to this thread a little late but here is my two cents anyways. :D
    This is my first year as a beekeeper, I live in the salt lake valley, and I am currently running two top bar hives in my...
  21. Re: From my own stupidity, a swarm has spawned.

    I was considering that option, but i wondered about the current queen. If they have stopped feeding her, and she has stopped laying, will removing the cells and and adding more room really stop the...
  22. From my own stupidity, a swarm has spawned.

    I am a new beekeeper this year with two hives. I just noticed last night that the stronger of the two hives has at least six queen cups I could see through the viewing window built since my...
  23. Thread: Deformed wing

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    Re: Deformed wing

    I am also a brand new beginner this year. My hives are a little over two months old now. A little less than a month ago, the stronger of my two hives began to pile up dead drones with deformed...
  24. Re: bee sting she really got me good this time...

    My son has a tendency to pick up the bees on the ground that are dying. When they sting him on the hand it looks very much like the pictures up above. If he accidentally steps on one, however, we...
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    Re: what to do with cross comb now

    Jon Wolff, how do you give the wax shavings to your hives? I have had one hive set back somewhat this year due to loss from cross comb and my inability to reattach it to the bars.
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