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    Re: People, a top bar hive?

    Is that true?
    thomas
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    Re: People, a top bar hive?

    Agreed-Questioning and re-evaluating the last 100 years of beekeeping indeed. Just because humans have used something for a hundred years means little, its been a mere blink of an eye and no-one...
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    Re: swarm trap question

    Great info. I'm also a first time "Beesherman" this season, building three bait boxes, sized to accomadate 5 medium foundationless frames which can also serve as NUCs and will fit my top bar hives...
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    Re: "No Treatment" project -- Do-ers Only Thread

    We had our "First" bee meeting (in over 20 years) last nite, w/ Gary Rueter from UMN doing a presentation. We expected 25 and over 50 showed up, packing our little town hall, from wanna-bees to...
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    Re: Regular frames for foundationless?

    I'm turning all my old foundation and "old" comb into other things. Leaving a bit of space, as was mentioned above, seems to be all the encouragement they need to build more. "My opinion" is that...
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    Re: "No Treatment" project -- Do-ers Only Thread

    Thanks for continuing this thread. We have been committed to a low impact ONE STRAW (no artificial chemicals) philosophy on our farm since 1984. That includes our bees, w/ our most recent...
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    Spring temps and feeding

    Been wondering lately whether a study has been done concerning average temps, spring feeding and the running of maple sap. With northern Wisconsin daytime temps nearing 40 (F) and then near zero at...
  8. Re: Does using all mediums hurt brood production?

    Excellent thread! As a disabled person, cutting all my deeps down to mediums has been a blessing. Having all of my equipment interchangeable(including my top bar hives) is fantastic. I'll never go...
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    Re: Too much info

    Onion/garlic juice has been used as an antibiotic for thousands of years. I never heard of it being used on bees though. We used to grow a couple acres of garlic each year (when our sons were still...
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    Re: Natural Cell Beekeeping

    I've been unsuccessfully trying to form a group of local breeders for a couple of yrs now, to no avail. Seems Northern WI beeks are a pretty independant lot. Hopefully that will change with our...
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    Re: left overs from winter

    Oh yeah-I almost forgot-check out Michael Bush;s site at bushfarms-he's on here all the time and his site is amazing, especially for us top bar beeks.

    thomas
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    Re: left overs from winter

    Is winter over by you? if so and your bees are foraging, take comb with a sharp knife, my fave is a long bread knife. cut comb from bar leaving 1-2" for bees to build new comb and they will. take...
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    Re: not sure

    Thanks for the info, support and heads up. I probably should have watched the site for awhile before signing up, find some bearings, you know(i did admit to being a confirmed ludite/technopeasent...
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    Re: How to bait your OWN swarms?

    This is by far one the best threads on the forum. I wish I found you all sooner.

    thomas
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    Re: Masonite Feeders and sealing....

    Well said Alex.

    thomas
  16. Thread: Hello!

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    Re: Hello!

    Welcome; watch out for the "experts."

    thomas
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    Re: left overs from winter

    left over honey is the only honey for me. eat up yours and if your talking about sugar syrup, justdispose. its likely pretty ripe to use for anything. good luck w/ top bars.

    thomas
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    Re: burnt wood smell

    awesome responses. "everyone" burns wood here. my closest neighbor is quarter mile away, but its not wood smoke that i smell. since i posted this thread i've gotton some great advise, i don't...
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    Re: Masonite Feeders and sealing....

    adhesives, particularly floor adhesives release toxins long after they've dried. i'm no "expert" but i peronally wouldn't put anything near my hives thats known to be toxic to life. beeswax sounds...
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    Re: "What's a Bee Haver?"

    Man, I used to feel the same way. But the honey hasn't been that important to me for awhile now. I keep making/seeing the comparsin; who's gonna cut down the last tree, and only then deside to...
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    Re: Masonite Feeders and sealing....

    And this is "good" for the bees?
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    Re: "What's a Bee Haver?"

    Thanks for the insightful and informative responce. I am aware of some of this history mentioned but was really just day-dreaming, actually thinking of a time far, far in the future. My current...
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    Re: "What's a Bee Haver?"

    the only conclusion i can come up w/ after reading this thread is that bees are suffering from too much humanity. perhaps we should all give it up for awhile and let them alone. ya, that's gonna...
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    Re: burnt wood smell

    thank you for the insight and for answering some of my Q.

    thomas
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    Re: burnt wood smell

    what i understand michael is that you're an offended commercial beekeeper who didn't read/obsorb the entire thread (i'm still waiting on some valid answers to Q i posed) and that commercials are...
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