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    Troubled hive

    My very first top-bar hive has seen many problems and two failures. I have seen fire ants, varroa mites, large beetles, small beetle larvae and who knows what was in those web pods at the end of some...
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    Re: Let's talk about roofs

    You can tell them that some of us just use old political signs on top of the top-bars. But I spend about $10 building my hives from pallet wood and other salvaged materials.
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    Maybe LUCK will prevail.

    My second cut out went into the first hive I built. I kept it at my Mom's property out of the city since I live where backyard beekeeping isn't allowed. The colony didn't survive for more reasons...
  4. Re: Second cut-out dead. Can FLIES take over and kill the brood.

    The reason I believe it was fly larvae (maggots) was because of the overwhelming presence of FLIES. Now that you bring this up, it could have been both since there were big fat ones and small skinny...
  5. Second cut-out dead. Can FLIES take over and kill the brood.

    The second cut-out I did from a water meter has just been proven a failure. My first is doing well, but rebuilding slowly. When I went to inspect the hive two weeks after I put the comb and bees into...
  6. Re: How much comb should I keep after a cut-out?

    Thank you. I did leave all the brood comb and actually zigzagged it so they might have access to both sides. They have string waxed on the bottom of the bars and I was able to align most of the...
  7. How well can they rebuild? Top bar beekeeper.

    Saturday I did my second cut-out from a water meter.This time, the box was completely FULL of mostly brood comb. There was some honey filled comb, but the colony had overgrown it's space and must...
  8. How much comb should I keep after a cut-out?

    Saturday I did my second cut-out from a water meter.This time, the box was completely FULL of mostly brood comb. There was some honey filled comb, but the colony had overgrown it's space and must...
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    Do they need food?

    After the last cut-out, I decided the foragers might need time to start bringing in enough food to support growth or the hive. I made food with sugar, water and corn syrup in equal parts into the...
  10. To feed or not to feed, that is the question.

    After the last cut-out, I decided the foragers might need time to start bringing in enough food to support growth or the hive. I made food with sugar, water and corn syrup in equal parts into the...
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    Re: Just built my second hive for $10, Photo!

    I'm in East Texas - we don't have winters here, but since this hive is 32 bars, I wanted to try having the brood in the middle. Why wouldn't it work if I left enough combed honey on each side to...
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    Re: Cheep bee vacuum

    From my experience with my last cut-out inside a water meter box, this will do what I need and support my determined effort to NOT spend money to save bees.
  13. Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    Thanks for the advice. I've done all these things and we are in an early swarm season. Two swarms got away because I couldn't get to the customer soon enough.
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    Re: Opinions Welcomed! Best choice for TBH?

    My first hive and probably ones I make in the future do not have windows. I'm trying to perfect the use of an endoscope to inspect when I don't want to bother the bees.
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    Re: Opinions Welcomed! Best choice for TBH?

    Use old wood. Use ideas instead of plans. See my latest BIG hive posted at $10 total cost. No difficult angles.
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    Re: Cut-out 4/27/13

    Excellent work!
  17. Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    Here I am again! I just posted a picture of the second hive I built - in one day - for $10. Get off the Langstrom route and go Top Bar before you get in debt for all the stuff. Buy a suit with gloves...
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    Cheep bee vacuum

    This is not my design, but I want to spread the word. It took me 10 minutes to make this. If the suction is too strong, I just tape off one of the outlet vents. Battery powered and easy to use.
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    Just built my second hive for $10, Photo!

    They tore down a house on my block. The siding is 100 year old cedar. The rest is from a fence someone replaced. I bought 1/4" hardware cloth and doubled it to make 1/8" squares for the bottom. Not...
  20. Re: No beekeeping experience want to try and do a trap out in Texas

    As someone told me when I got started: Read, read, read. There is enough info out there for you to become a beekeeper. I would recommend top-bar beekeeping because I know what is like to try and help...
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    What's up with the new cutout????

    It's been three weeks since I did the cut-out from a water meter box. for two reasons this time I'm 95% sure I got the queen. I was able to get ALL he brood. Since there was empty comb at each end, I...
  22. Re: cant find 1/8 hard ware cloth anywhere in alabama

    It's cheaper to do what I did. I just bought ten feet of 1/4" and I will double it. Makes it even stronger. You may have to wire it together in a few places if you use a real wide piece, but it keeps...
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    Re: Fire ants- please help!

    I just MURDERED the little creeps with poison after I found a clutch the size of a quarter on a top bar. I made a circle all around the hive and I know this stuff works. Things are still looking...
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    Re: Fire ants- please help!

    Appreciation to all who replied. Tomorrow those darn ants are getting a sprinkling of proven ant killer. I just hope they don't win before I get there. Maybe the rain we are sure to have tonight will...
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    Re: Fire ants- please help!

    S?HoneyBee larvae. When teaching, please assume the student knows nothing. I've been researching for weeks, but couldn't quite figure this anagram. Thanks.

    I tried moving the hive just 6 feet...
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