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  1. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    Hi Squarepeg,

    I've been busy and not on the forum for a while but I'd be happy to start an overwintering spreadsheet for this year. I'll try to get it done tomorrow.

    Colleen
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    :D The combs are the ladder. On here or in some books I've read people talk about the need to provide a "ladder" for the bees to climb to get started working the super.
    Most times for Langstroth...
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    Re: Langstroth super on a TBH?

    I've got a nuc that I tried this out on and it is working very well. So well that I need to get a full size hive built to move one of the colonies into. (I was over at a friends house today using...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    I harvested my first capped bar of comb from one of the supers this week. It was one if the two old style bars that I had screwed an adapter piece of wood to so that it would fit the medium super. ...
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    Re: Myth: bees live in woods naturally

    I saw this done a lot when I was a little girl. Sadly I don't see it much anymore, seems to have been replaced by fertilizers and pesticides. BUT, I lived in a rural area then and now I live in the...
  6. Re: When transfering hives, make sure you have the queen

    It is definitely an option but I left it out for the reason you mention. I think there is still plenty of season left for them if you feed. Then in the fall if they are still weak you can combine...
  7. Re: When transfering hives, make sure you have the queen

    They could have balled her.

    This past weekend I shook a small/weak colony into new accommodations that have my new bars. I put in three partially drawn new style bars from two of my stronger...
  8. Re: One nuc'd swarm has nearly propolised entrance closed

    I had a Carniolan hive that propolized their entrance closed that way but they did it in the fall. My supposition was they were getting ready for winter. I suppose they also might do it for defense...
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    Re: Bearding!

    The bees in this nuc are running out of room so I put two more medium supers on. I didn't intend to use these together because the existing ones are cut down deeps that ended up a little short so...
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    Re: How to manage a TBH

    The Les Crowder book, "Top-bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health" is an excellent and affordable entry level top bar beekeeping book. It is a quick read and would tell you what you...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Thanks for the bar info! They look nice, especially for the price.

    I've got the one piece bars with the full wedge on the inside. I think the wedge is 15 1/4" long, which lets me have maybe a...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    I hope I am too. I had one ordered for this year but canceled it when two colonies made it through the winter. The problem is my better queen was balled and killed after I marked her and then the...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    These bars are 19" long, same as a frame, so that they fit both the broodnest and super. My old bars were 17.5" which meant I could get two out of one poplar blank. The wedge part is the same, old...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Sounds like they were doing pretty well to be able to donate combs. Hopefully requeening doesn't set them back too much. Keep me posted on how the move into the super goes when the time comes! My...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Ruthiesbees, how is your hybrid nuc working out? Did they move up into your super?
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Spot on. I had added one to two combs to the super and the bees laddered right up and now have it almost fully drawn. You were also correct about the likelyhood they would expand the broodnest...
  17. Thread: olive oil

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    Re: olive oil

    I can't exactly answer your question because I haven't tried it but in oil painting generally you can use nut and seed oils in your paints but I haven't ever heard of olive oil being used. It may...
  18. Re: Almost as Good as Bernini's in St. Peter's in Rome!

    Whilst I love Italy and believe the Baldacchino worthy of imitating I think you might want to go more for sail cloth shade than Baroque architecture. From the picture it looks like you are close but...
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    Re: Either my Bee Math sucks.. OR

    Do a search on Thelytoky. I had a tough to explain queen cell in my hybrid KTBH/Lang/Warre nuc that I wrote about in that thread on the top bar forum. It did hatch but if it was a viable queen I...
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    Re: Beginner question

    Oh, and how is your colony set on pollen? The uncapping could be hygienic behavior (I've seen mine chew out larvae that had mites) or they could be low on pollen which they need for brood. If they...
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    Re: Beginner question

    Is this your only hive? If you have another, steal out a bar of eggs and young larvae for this one. If they have a queen it will give them a boost until she gets laying, if they don't they should...
  22. Re: Alternate way to introduce a queen in a TBH

    I hope it works out for you! I understand the struggle.

    I have one nuc that took a long time to requeen (finally put in a ripe cell from another nuc that resulted in a queen just as laying...
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    I saw a few scouting my hives about a month ago. One drilled a hole in the bottom of a nuc that had a colony I was taking to install in a hive at a friends place in the country. I noticed the hole...
  24. Thread: hive #4

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    Re: hive #4

    Interesting read squarepeg, thanks for sharing. Looks like you thought they were queenless a few times but they managed to pull it out and maintain their line.
  25. Re: HELP!! I think I lost my hive but maybe I can save them???!!!

    How much lemongrass oil? I've read that a few drops is plenty and too much will run them out.
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