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    Aram: Great suggestions! I had not thought of...

    Aram:

    Great suggestions! I had not thought of that idea... I'll give it a try... We had a late winter storm, so we still have a bit of snow on the ground.

    Jim
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    Thanks to all for your input. I did not make...

    Thanks to all for your input.

    I did not make one thing clear; the hive is FULL! Once it was too late to take measures (my fault, I know), I decided to let it go to see what happens. I wish the...
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    They lived, now what?

    I overwintered one TBH and two langs on our farm in northern Minnesota. The two langs died, but the TBH is alive. BUT (big but...) the bees in the TBH built their comb across the bars last year. I...
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    Coldbees: I've tried different things......

    Coldbees:

    I've tried different things... Storing inside, leaving outside, covering hives with snow, wrapping with tar paper, do nothing, raw wool fleeces on top in empty super (We raise sheep,...
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    Beemanlee: Thank you for you thoughts! Yes,...

    Beemanlee:

    Thank you for you thoughts! Yes, this is indeed a wonderful idea. I've not tried to rear my own queens, but I'll have to learn. The University of Minnesota offers a class on queen...
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    Cold Bees: Thanks for your insightful...

    Cold Bees:

    Thanks for your insightful comments! If you're new to beekeeping, you'll find this forum most helpful and enjoyable; I know I have!

    I am still on my quest to find bees that'll...
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    Thank you Michael and Ardilla for your responses!...

    Thank you Michael and Ardilla for your responses!

    This issue weighs on me and makes me wonder about the environmental burden placed on our honeybees. Maybe I'm over reacting, but this spring will...
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    "closed herd" bees available?

    I keep a few hives in northern Minnesota and am growing frustrated with buying California bees when I need more bees. I have both TBH's and langs, but have had trouble overwintering bees for several...
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    Thanks for the replies... If I want to avoid...

    Thanks for the replies...

    If I want to avoid the "sales barn" of the beekeeping world, where can I find new "breeding stock"?

    Thanks,

    Jim
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    frustrated with winter loss

    It was another frustrating winter with too many losses, including both of my new TBH?s. After discussing my frustrations with a local veteran beekeeper, I wonder if starting with bees from large...
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    Thank you all for the advice, I'll give it a try....

    Thank you all for the advice, I'll give it a try. I was, however, unable to load the slide show; I kept receiving a message, "loading error". I'll try again later.

    Thanks,

    Jimmy
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    My new TBH's are built, the Carniolan packages...

    My new TBH's are built, the Carniolan packages installed and all is well... well, almost... I built them based on the B Wranger's plans -- which incidentally, are excellent! The packages for my TBH's...
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    Thanks Sasha... I thought maybe they were...

    Thanks Sasha...

    I thought maybe they were staggered so you could work them, but to be candid, I don't really understand how bee houses work.

    What is an A-Z hive?

    Thanks,

    Jimmy
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    I was reading about the use of bee houses in...

    I was reading about the use of bee houses in Europe and wondered, has anyone has tried this concept with TBH's?

    Jimmy
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    Thanks, Roy... This will be my first...

    Thanks, Roy...

    This will be my first experience with TBH's also. I'm using Carniolan's and if a fellow area beekeeper has his way, I may have an Italian package for comparison. I bought an extra...
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    My only rationale was to lessen the aggravation...

    My only rationale was to lessen the aggravation factor on the bees. In my Lang hives, I do shake them in, but because of the "open" nature of a new TBH, I just wondered if it would work to just open...
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    Sorry if this question has been asked and...

    Sorry if this question has been asked and answered?

    I'm soon ready to place Carniolan packages in my two new TBH's. Should I shake them in as I would in a Lang, or can I merely remove the can...
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    Okay, here's a dumb question? If this has been...

    Okay, here's a dumb question? If this has been discussed previously, I apologize.

    As I was cleaning out a few hives that did not overwinter because I did not leave enough stores, I wondered? Why...
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    Thanks for the comments... Have you conducted...

    Thanks for the comments...

    Have you conducted a necropsy on the hive? I lost some too, but am quite sure they starved.

    Great looking hive!! Why didn?t you use some type of insulation instead...
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    In the recent debate over production comparisons...

    In the recent debate over production comparisons between TBH's and Lang's, another question came to mind.

    For those of you with experience running both systems simultaneously, can you comment on...
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    I see the debate continues? I woke up this...

    I see the debate continues? I woke up this morning recognizing another very familiar tone to this debate, which may be noteworthy ? at least for those with a sense of morbid curiosity!

    As I...
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    Sorry Sasha, I should have explained… A cupola...

    Sorry Sasha, I should have explained… A cupola is a small structure build on a barn roof (perhaps other structures as well) that are somewhat decorative, but whose primary function is to allow...
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    I cannot but help to notice an ironically similar...

    I cannot but help to notice an ironically similar tone to this “debate” to one in which I deal with everyday; organic vs. “conventional” farming. I’m a County Agent and work with both groups and...
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    Thank you all for the great discussion! I have...

    Thank you all for the great discussion! I have much greater confidence that they can be effective in our climate, which I suspect, is not all that different from Serbia or WY.

    Because of...
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    How do you know when to stop harvesting...

    How do you know when to stop harvesting honey/comb so they will have adequate winter reserves? What are your guidelines?

    Jimmy
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