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    My criteria is very loose -- they come out of the...

    My criteria is very loose -- they come out of the winter with a robust population and good brood pattern. I keep honeybees because I enjoy them, so I've never kept statistics on honey per hive or...
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    Spring Colony Strength

    Here in Northern New Mexico, the apricot trees are just beginning to bloom. I've been going through my eight top bar hives, and I'm amazed at how many bees I already have.

    I started out with one...
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    I have one large rectangular top bar hive with a...

    I have one large rectangular top bar hive with a screened bottom. The colony made it through the winter here in Northern New Mexico without my covering it in any way. (I think our coldest morning...
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    Thanks for all the advice. I've already passed...

    Thanks for all the advice. I've already passed my zoning inspection and my fire inspection and received my city business license. I'm not sure the zoning inspector knew what to think of my ten top...
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    Taxes and the Bee Business

    I'm officially in business as a beekeeper this spring. I've already sold three nucleus top bar hives and have recovered a colony from the wall of a building.

    I'm working on setting up my...
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    Beevac Construction Questions

    I am going to start building a beevac tomorrow based on the plans here at Beesource. I can't find 1/8" hardware cloth. 1/4" is about as small as the major hardware stores carry. Can I use metal...
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    If it's any comfort to you, my hives swarmed...

    If it's any comfort to you, my hives swarmed repeatedly last year. I started with a three pound package last year, and they started swarming a month after I hived them. I only gathered...
  8. Hi Michael, Mine are built out of one by tens...

    Hi Michael,

    Mine are built out of one by tens with a 120 degree slope, so they're a little bit wider at the bottom than the one described on your website. I'll try to calculate the actual volume...
  9. What's a Normal amount of swelling after a sting?

    My son, who is five, swatted a bee on his forehead, causing it to sting him, and his eye swelled shut for a couple of days. I dismissed it as a normal amount of swelling for such a sting, but today,...
  10. Do some strains build up too quickly for TBH?

    My original package of bees came from R. Weaver in Texas. It was their All American strain of Italians. Here's a link to their site:

    http://www.rweaver.com/all.html

    As readers here know, last...
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    My original queen came from R. Weaver with my...

    My original queen came from R. Weaver with my package of bees last year. I am thinking about replacing all her progeny after I see how things go for the next couple of weeks. If my splits seem to...
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    My first hive swarmed repeatedly last year, and...

    My first hive swarmed repeatedly last year, and then the swarms I caught from the hive began swarming. My original hive was three feet long -- Les Crowder, who teaches a master beekeeping class...
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    What's a Normal Amount of Brood?

    I was building hives for a cutdown split, and just as I finished the last one, I noticed my bees gathered on the front of the hive preparatory to a swarm. Luckily, they seem to gather like that for...
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    The amount of work last year was enhanced by the...

    The amount of work last year was enhanced by the amount my bees were swarming. I had to go out and catch those swarms, and then I had to stay up late into the night building hives to hive the...
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    Bees might not be pets, but I spend a great deal...

    Bees might not be pets, but I spend a great deal more time sitting in a lawn chair in front of my hives than I do playing with my dogs. The bees are just so darn fascinating.

    That said, I have...
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    Colony Collapse Disorder and Top Bar Hives

    I'm curious whether any top bar beekeepers have experienced problems with CCD. I'd like to think that as a backyard beekeeper, with bees in top bar hives, I will experience fewer problems with such...
  17. Thread: mega brood

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    I've been having the same problem with my hives. ...

    I've been having the same problem with my hives. My original package filled a 24 bar TBH by the end of May, and then it started swarming. I now have four hives, and the original swarm has almost...
  18. Thread: mad bees- why

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    It's my first year beekeeping, but I read the...

    It's my first year beekeeping, but I read the best time to work hives is between ten in the morning and one in the afternoon. At that time, most of the foraging force is out.

    I have been working...
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    I began my beekeeping this year with top bar...

    I began my beekeeping this year with top bar hives because almost all the beekeepers I know in Santa Fe use them, and that is largely because of Les Crowder's class in beekeeping at Ecoversity.

    My...
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    There seems to be a late afternoon busy period in...

    There seems to be a late afternoon busy period in front of my hives.

    I have had three swarms this year, and before the last swarm, the bees were grouping on the hive in the afternoon. I thought...
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    I purchased the package from RWeaver in Texas. ...

    I purchased the package from RWeaver in Texas. It's their All Americans, which is a line of Italians. In the split I made, I used an Italian/Carniolan hybrid queen from Zia Queen Bees here in...
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    After I wrote "Update on the Mess" I went outside...

    After I wrote "Update on the Mess" I went outside to see how the bees were doing, and, guess what, they were swarming.

    They swarmed into an elm in the alley behind our house. I pulled off the...
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    More bees were massing on the front of my...

    More bees were massing on the front of my original hive every day. I figured they might be bearding, but I was also worried that they were just waiting for the new queen to hatch so they could...
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    I made a split out of my swarming hive, and left...

    I made a split out of my swarming hive, and left two swarm cells for them to requeen themselves.

    Lately, they have been massing on the front of the hive. it has been in the mid-nineties here, but...
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    I had/have the same problem Beewildered has --...

    I had/have the same problem Beewildered has -- none of my bars of honey is capped, and my original hive was built almost solid brood. Out of 24 bars, only about five had no brood.
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