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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    I've been thinking about the behavior of this package and wondering why they would not cluster around the caged queen. There has been times that a loose queen was shaken into packages by accident and...
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    Re: Critique my hive and some questions

    Can't tell, but it looks like you don't have the needed bee space spacer at the front of the hive. Without it they can sometimes offset the combs to make up for it.
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    That's a little less than I would expect. 1.5 to 2 quarts a week would be closer to what I would expect depending on the package size. I would say something is not right if they haven't built any...
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    This is pretty typical. What I do to avoid this is to use extra deep foundation strips that have been clamp between split bars. I put these every second space with plain bars between. I find by doing...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Are they taking syrup?
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    Re: A question about top bar starter strips

    McCartney says the same thing and I believe no longer recommends it.
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    Better to leave it that way, just don't let it become more offset to the point that one bars comb encroaches onto the next bar.
  8. Re: How much syrup should a new package consume?

    I don't think your bees are starving. I was just giving an example of what has happened in my location to more than a few beekeepers that thought there was lots of flowers around. They don't always...
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    Re: Comb on top bars

    Ideally they should be centered for a variety of reasons. To keep it from getting worse you will need to feed partially built combs between the best centered combs as they expand the nest, pushing...
  10. Re: How much syrup should a new package consume?

    I would put the baggie right under the cluster. I don't know your location but in my location packages have starved with the feed on the opposite side of the follower. Sometimes the bees just don't...
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    Re: A question about top bar starter strips

    My experience is they start building on the bottom edge of the foundation starter strips and build out from there. They build the cells the size they want even on the few rows of impressions of the...
  12. Thread: Full Sun?

    by Delta Bay
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    Re: Full Sun?

    With temps that high I would keep direct sun light off the body of the hive. A thick cover and air gap as MB suggest will go a long way in helping the bees be more comfortable.
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    Re: Question from new beek

    Feeding for the first month until replacement bees are emerging is reasonable as long as there is good forage available there after.
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Years keeping top bars: 7 years
    Plant zone: 8
    Average lbs of honey going into winter: 25 to 45
    Hive preparation: no different than the active season
    Average hive losses in spring: 18% ...
  15. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    Actually I'm on this site also! Janne, you should remember me from the last RBA meeting. I was one of the people on the panel answering questions.

    I think if you are interested in TBH's it would...
  16. Thread: Crooked comb

    by Delta Bay
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    Re: Crooked comb

    Having straight combs with the mid rib centered on the top bar is important when you want interchangeability. At times you will need or want to give a colony a comb of young larva to make a queen,...
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    Re: Making splits

    If you are planning on keeping them in the same yard it would be best to place the queenless nucs in a dark room for 24 hours then place them on their stand and introduce the cell. Right around dusk...
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    Re: first case of chalk brood

    When I've seen this much or more chalk brood with a very spotty brood pattern I have remove all the brood combs that contain mummy's and replace with starter strips and had good luck in having them...
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive size envy

    The shorter golden mean hives volume is a little too small for my liking but I believe that management strategy can match the hive volume. More manipulation compared to a larger volume.
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive size envy

    You need to use the internal measurements. The golden mean by original poster is closer to 1.8 cubic feet
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive size envy

    If anyone cares to calculate the volume of their hive this is a great tool to do that.
    http://www.onlineconversion.com/object_volume_trapezoid.htm
    For Partial Height (h1) enter total height.

    To...
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    Re: entrance locations

    Sounds like someone had a bad experience with an end entrance and decided it must always cause cross combs. It's more about having good guides than where the entrance is located.
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    Re: Follow board question

    It's best not to have tight fitting followers as wood will expand and contract depending on the humidity. If you really want to close any gaps it would be best to us a pliable material such as canvas...
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    Re: brood break and mites

    There is plenty written in varroa biology that they don't mate well in crowded conditions. I would assume this would be at least one of the factors that changes the population dynamics of the varroa...
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    Re: Bee with Red thorax???

    Looks like she stopped off at the local 7- Eleven for a cherry slurpee.:)
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