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    How did you make the feeder/follower? Looks like...

    How did you make the feeder/follower? Looks like a real helpful piece.
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    I will be installing package bees on a TBH I am...

    I will be installing package bees on a TBH I am building for the spring. What can I use/ how should I go about feeding them the sugar syrup?

    Also...(this is a question for Michael Bush)...how...
  3. Thread: Top bar width

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    Oh no...not mad. Hope it didn't sound that way...

    Oh no...not mad. Hope it didn't sound that way...
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    I am new to beekeeping. I realize that bees will...

    I am new to beekeeping. I realize that bees will cluster in winter to keep themselves alive. It would seem that the deeper the hive body (such as in a Lang) the better able the bees would be able...
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    This is starting to get too confusing. I think I...

    This is starting to get too confusing. I think I am going to just put in all 1 1/2" topbars and learn as I go. It's not that big of a deal to me if the bees "cheat" and make their combs a little...
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    Is there a certain width of top bar I should...

    Is there a certain width of top bar I should make? I see varying sizes, but all are around 1 1/2" wide. I'm going to make mine 1 1/2" wide just for ease of construction (1/2 of a 2x4). Thanks.
  7. Thread: hornets

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    Eve...from the post time you have...I'm guessing...

    Eve...from the post time you have...I'm guessing you're in Europe? I don't know about them being protected over there...so watch out. Luck!
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    Here's a link. They look like giant yellow...

    Here's a link. They look like giant yellow jackets with red markings. You should be fine waiting through some freezes.
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/10/1025_021025_GiantHornets.html
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    Probably too late to comment....but if they are...

    Probably too late to comment....but if they are japanese hornets...dont go near. THEY WILL KILL YOU. Have a nice day.
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    Usually the workers die off in the winter and the...

    Usually the workers die off in the winter and the queen finds a place to hibernate. I would just burn it...that way you have a winter project to keep you busy.
  11. Thread: Bee Suit

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    So these should work out well as a suit? I'm...

    So these should work out well as a suit? I'm starting into bee-keeping as a hobby in the spring, the suit looks affordable and durable.
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    Where is Dave Cushman's site?

    Where is Dave Cushman's site?
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    Does anyone know how to make one? I'm going to...

    Does anyone know how to make one? I'm going to be putting one in my top-bar hive next year and because of the odd dimensions, I would like to make one myself. I am new to beekeeping, and so I...
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    I think I am going to try it. I saw the analysis...

    I think I am going to try it. I saw the analysis of the comb and cell sizes and found it very interesting. I also saw, as you alluded to, the fact that honey and pollen cells were also a...
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    I will be starting up a top-bar hive next spring....

    I will be starting up a top-bar hive next spring. Starting from a 3 pound package, I wouldn't expect a large honey crop...I'm primarily interested in establishing a strong colony. I do want to...
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    I'm going to be building a top-bar hive for next...

    I'm going to be building a top-bar hive for next spring and start my first colony. I will be installing a 3 pound package of Italian bees, most likely. From your experiences, what can I expect from...
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    I am planning on building the CalKenya type...

    I am planning on building the CalKenya type top-bar hive that is on the "alternative designs" link on the home page. I'm building it out of wood though. Is it necessary to place a mite screen in...
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