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    Re: Explain differences

    Of course, mites (like everything else) are natural predators, attempting to gain access to a highly-protected area and having varying degrees of success in doing so. Their success, therefore, does...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    Sure would be less lifting that way.
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    Re: New to Beekeeping

    Welcome. You've come to (a) right place. May the excitement never fade.
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    And what I use (on my top-bar hive) is a set of popsicle sticks, pushed into a slot that's half their width and glued in place with ordinary wood glue. Basically, anything that's "straight" and that...
  5. Re: Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    For whatever it may be worth, I don't attempt to recycle anything. Wax that's removed from the hive is discarded. It greatly increases the chance of robbing, and I don't think it particularly saves...
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    Re: Following board size

    Well, they say it does ... I dunno.

    However, I just find that when the humidity naturally rises and falls, the bars naturally loosen or tighten-up. So, I put a few spacers at various places along...
  7. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    It's sort of a time right now around here where flowers aren't very plentiful and I do see the bees drawing-down some of their stores. In a few weeks the Fall flowers will start to appear. Keep the...
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    Re: Complety empty hive

    It sounds like ordinary absconding to me. What isn't clear from the thread was ... did they leave honey behind? Or, did they empty-out everything but the wax?

    If a colony decides, for whatever...
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    Re: Night bearding?

    Bees "hang out on the front porch" every summer. It's only a problem when their partying gets carried-away and the band they've hired is playing just a little bit too loud . . . Must be all those...
  10. Re: Starting to think beekeepers are cheap. lol

    Actually, it can be. I have horizontal top-bar hives made from found-lumber and my total(!) investment in all of them is about $60 as in "sixty dollars." That's mostly for water-seal, metal...
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    Re: no honey stores

    What they will "store," of course, is your sugar-water. You "think" that they're burning-up their available nectar building comb, but there's really no basis for that.

    Many flowers wait until...
  12. Re: New Topbar and Warre Hive book. Has anyone read it?

    Well, no ... if they anticipate a small press-run and if they're doing color illustrations, those costs do add up. I'd judge that price to be about "par for the course."

    I'd want to see a "peek...
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    Re: Honey weight???

    Another trick is to harvest a bar, then weigh the bar or simply weigh the honey :thumbsup: that you extract from it.

    But, y'know, another strategy is just to, every now and again, gently lift-up...
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    Re: Following board size

    As you cut bars, keep all of the little scraps of wood of various widths. These will be your spacers. Keep them handy in a watertight box, because you'll need them when putting the bars back in. ...
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    Re: Brood location

    The general shape of a honeybee colony is actually three-dimensional ... the brood-nest will generally be in the center, with honey on the outside. Since the box is oblong, the end bars will...
  16. Re: Is this TBH too small for backyard? Realistic to have just 1-2 hives?

    It's not altogether a bad thing for swarms to occur during a season. Once, the bees swarmed out of one hive and right into an empty one next-door. In any case, not-all of the bees will leave.
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    Re: Putting Wax on Frames

    If the hives in question died-off from disease, then those frames, to me, would be kindling for a winter's fire. (Plastic ones would just be thrown away.)

    I would assume that whatever pathogens...
  18. Thread: Regression.

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    Re: Regression.

    The bees will naturally make whatever size cells they want, and the size might vary slightly in different places within the hive.

    You'll be astonished at just how fast they can build comb. Such...
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    Re: Home Depot Bucket Repair

    A friend of mine, who's a professional painter, does things like that but slightly differently. Saw the dowels halfway through, then cut to length. Secure them in a drill-press (she's made a little...
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    Re: Carpenter Bees

    I made a simple-but-effective trap out of leftover cedar wood ... a square box with four holes drilled, one on each side, upward at about a 45 angle. (Find a drill-bit that just fits into the holes...
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    Re: Honey crystalized

    If you find that you're dealing with "a bunch of 'suddenly crystalized' (sic ...) 'honey'" ... then ...

    ... might I politely ask ...

    ... have you been "feeding them" [I](sic ...) lately?
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    Re: How much to harvest?

    I simply "help myself to a couple of half-pint jars," enough for myself and a few gifts for friends who know that we keep bees, and simply leave most of it for winter. Our winters are comparatively...
  23. Thread: fallen comb

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    Re: fallen comb

    Sometimes the bees will glue two bars together and build across two of them. I've never had them go beyond that. However, it is critical to be sure that the hive is "plumb level" in both axes. My...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    Personally, I don't feed. I mean ... I don't. At all. And, although my (hTBH ...) hives are never "big," they are strong.

    My feeling is, if you keep dumping sugar-water at your bees, sure, it...
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    Re: get the bees off the comb

    A "bee brush" is one very-useful tool that my Dad gave me, from the days when we kept (Lang ...) hives when I was a child. It's a soft-bristled brush that's great for gently nudging "the...
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