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  1. Thread: empty hive

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    Re: empty hive

    well there is a guy at church who said he had bees in a tree near his house...... I am going to talk to him tomorrow to get more details :)
  2. Thread: empty hive

    by bcotton
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    thanks your post gave me hope :) we were just discussing if we would try to find a package to replace them.....maybe we will give them a little longer.
  3. Thread: empty hive

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    empty hive

    well we haven't opened our tb hive this year yet as I thought it was too cold. I put honeycomb out for them and today it was covered in happy bees, but when I look through the window the hive is...
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    Re: how much honey for winter

    Thanks so much that is great info. They are almost full, so we may harvest one here soon & see. I some one said I might be able to freeze the bar/comb & honey and give it to them later if they need...
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    how much honey for winter

    Very new beekeeper here. We just started our first top bar hive in the beginning of april with a package of bees. We weren't planning on harvesting any honey until next spring. But our top bar...
  6. Thread: Hive Full

    by bcotton
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    Re: Hive Full

    Thanks for posting this. we are looking at the same thing. our top bar hive is 28 bars (17 inches wide bars) & it is almost full. This is our first year & the bees were just installed from a...
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    Re: how much space should you give them

    that is so helpful to know--we got spacers today & are going to try to organize the bars a little better as soon as the sun comes back.
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    Re: how much space should you give them

    Thanks for the advice--that is a good rule of thumb to know. We went in tonight and added more bars--it was not our most graceful time and I got my first sting--but it isn't bad at all.

    I am...
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    Re: how much space should you give them

    OK I just went & counted through the window--they have comb on 8.5 bars with comb on them, they have started building a little bit on another bar & have 6 empty bars.

    Can you give them too much...
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    how much space should you give them

    1st time beekeeper question;

    I guess it probably depends on the dimensions of the hive, but about how many empty bars should you leave your bees--is there a rule of thumb? I had read that you...
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    Re: drones at entrance

    I am going to try to get better at taking my time and really looking for eggs--we usually have our 3 & 6 year old with us so I "think" I need to hurry/be efficient before the loose interest. That is...
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    Re: drones at entrance

    trying to post some photos of the queen cell, but not having much luck--here is one more try at the photos:
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    Re: drones at entrance

    635563566357 Here are some photos--although you can't see much.
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    Re: drones at entrance

    Well we just opened it up & saw lots of capped brood, some capped drone brood, but not too much. We then saw a queen cell--which was really exciting/scary. So I think that they are replacing the...
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    Re: drones at entrance

    I'm glad to know it is not just me too :)
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    Re: drones at entrance

    Thanks so much --the photo is so helpful & the checklist of what to look for too. I was feeling a bit overwelmed--the more I read the less I knew. I appreciate the info! We will open it up...
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    drones at entrance

    I am a very new beekeeper--we installed our first bees in a top bar hive beginning of april. Today I noticed drones coming and going and hanging around the hive. This is the first time I have seen...
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    Re: new package instellation questions

    Thanks--that is exactly what I did--there were a few out flying last night, so we held up 1 bar and reached in and got the cage out--it was empty--so hopefully she is safe & sound in the middle of...
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    Re: new package instellation questions

    well it is not going to make it above 50 today--it probably won't be above 50 until fri--should I wait that long to check on the queen and get that cage out of there? how long can they be without a...
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    Re: new package instellation questions

    now I am even more anxious to get in there & check that queen cage. where is the ideal place to put the queen cage? I had read that you shouldn't hang it as it might mess up how they build the comb....
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    Re: new package instellation questions

    Thanks--great video :)
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    new package instellation questions

    Hi We are new beekeepers! yea! We just installed our package of bees into our first top bar hive on Friday. When we peek through the window all of the bees are clustered in one of the upper corners...
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    Re: did your child us a full suit?

    Thanks so much for all of the great info! We are so excited our bees are coming next week--can't wait to get them settled in their new home. We have put together outfits--we have 2 bought veils and...
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    Re: chemical free package bees

    Vance G those are good points. I too try to live my life honestly and wouldn't want to go back on my word. I orignally ordered locally because I do like to support local whenever possible and he...
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    Re: chemical free package bees

    Looking at the forum topics I did past this question in an odd spot:) that is a great point about the wax. I think I an going to go ahead and order through the local beekeeper as he will provide a...
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