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    Re: Built a TBH and have questions

    I agree with Rader. The nails shouldn't be an issue. I also use top entrances as Rader describes. The roof can be almost anything that keeps the rain out of the hive. A corrugated roofing metal...
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    Re: Ask Questions Here!

    I have hived packages and swarms without blocking the entrance in my TBHs without problem. I try to include some brood comb when I put them in the hive. When I first started I though they were...
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    Re: Ask Questions Here!

    I read a study where they were looking at making holes in comb to provide access to other combs during the winter. The cluster was more mobile and had fewer problems moving from comb to comb. I...
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    Re: hive 300 feet from house?

    My house doesn't bother the bees at all. They sure get mad at me though. Two of my hives are within 20 feet of my house.

    Ted
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    Re: Howdy. Got a few a questions.

    There are more germs in the water and your hands and the soap and the brush or sponge or whatever probably that you use to wash your vegetables than is in the honey. If a beekeeper has dirty...
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    Re: Food grade bucket ?

    I went to the deli in my local grocery store and got frosting buckets for nothing. They were throwing them away.
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Construction Question

    I wouldn't cut a hole in the bottom for an entrance. Just make a space between the end of the tub and the first bar. I agree with everyone else that ventilation, temperature and condensation would...
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    Re: Top bar hive entrance front or side?

    I would only leave one entrance to the hive open. It seems like the bees like to put their brood nest near the entrance, so having an entrance at each end would open up the hive for robbing and...
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    Re: Ask Questions Here!

    I have read that you can kill the Nosema spores with 65% acetic acid. I guess the question would be if this was a treatment, or just getting the combs ready for the next inhabitants.

    Ted
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    Cutouts and the Honey Comb?

    I did my first cutout last year. I tried to save the honey comb for the colony to use. It was a complete mess, honey everywhere, the colony got robbed, and I had to feed anyway.

    What do you do...
  11. Re: Treatment-Free, Winter 2012-2013, How's it going?

    We have had some very cold weather for here. Down close to zero degrees. Since this is my first winter, I am anxiously awaiting warmer weather to see what is going on. It has been getting up into...
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    Re: Fool Proof Bee vac

    Looks similar to the RoboVac.

    Ted
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    Re: Is This What I Think It Is?

    I think it is a bat box.

    Ted
  14. Re: Newbie trying to find alternative ways to get involved with beekeeping

    Seriously, I think your plan B is a good one, but I think you probably would end up with an incurable addiction, if you enjoy the work. Some people don't. Your plan would give you a chance to get...
  15. Re: Newbie trying to find alternative ways to get involved with beekeeping

    Plan B will never work!!!:no: As soon as you start catching bees you will want some for your own hives! LOL
  16. Re: Recommend an electric stapler/nailer for Frames?

    I can't recommend an electric stapler, but I use a 18 gauge crown stapler. Max length is 1.5 inches. It works great.

    Ted
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    Re: The Best Clothing

    Once I developed an allergy to bee stings, I got an ultrabreeze suit. I haven't been stung with it on yet, and it is a LOT more comfortable than my old coverall style of suit. I did get one bee...
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    Re: Aloha! New beekeeper in Maui.

    I am getting waaaay out of my depth here. My experience with screened bottom boards is that they tend to abscond easier. They normally won't leave brood, so I don't think that is an issue for you. ...
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    Re: Aloha! New beekeeper in Maui.

    Do you have nectar flowing now? How much food do they have? You might need to feed them. I don't know anything about Maui bees, but my bees didn't build much comb when it started getting cooler.
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    Re: Ask Questions Here!

    Sol, I have another question. I think in a recent post you indicated that you don't requeen until after the main honey flow is over. That surprised me. Can you explain the rationale?

    Ted
  21. Re: Live and Let Die - Do you really reduce the gene pool?

    I have no intention of letting colonies die completely if I can help it. I intend to requeen my hot hive as soon as possible. I would think that identifying hives that are not performing in an...
  22. Re: Live and Let Die - Do you really reduce the gene pool?

    I have a very hot, very productive hive. I certainly do not intend to use this hive as a source of new queens. I suppose if I breed from other hives, the drones from the hot hive will continue to...
  23. Re: How long do you have to be TF before its a success?

    I think it would also be instructive to compare winter losses for treated hives vs tf hives in the same area. I have heard that commercial beekeepers expect 30% losses every year. If I am treatment...
  24. Re: Newbie trying to find alternative ways to get involved with beekeeping

    If these are food grade buckets they should work fine.

    Ted
  25. Re: Newbie trying to find alternative ways to get involved with beekeeping

    I would want gloves that are coated all over. The bees will sting through the fabric.
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