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    Re: essential oil question

    It's only two mason jars on the bottom shelf at the back, so it's not taking up much space at all. It still looks like it did when I made it, no mold or discoloration, and smells the same. It's...
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    Re: Easy swarm capture

    And they're just dangling there, not even stuck on the trunk! WAY too easy, and I'm jealous!
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    essential oil question

    I made up a batch of sugar water with essential oils according to Fat Bee Man's recipe. Well, I only have six hives, and this makes a TON of syrup with oil. I'm storing it in my fridge in two large...
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    Re: First Look

    Beautiful!!
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    Re: Will this work? Thoughts?

    I'm going to search for those pics then and maybe get some more ideas. I think I'll also do a really thorough check for swarm cells as you suggested, and go ahead and split if there's any.
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    Will this work? Thoughts?

    I have a four-foot TB hive that's going into its third summer. My queen is a baby-making machine, and she has decided to use almost the ENTIRE hive as a nursery! I checked a few weeks ago, and there...
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    Re: "Bees don't read ..."

    :lpf: :lpf: :lpf: :lpf:
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    Re: "Bees don't read ..."

    Silly bees just need to get with the program!
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    Re: two questions

    My top bar hives only have entrance holes with no landing board of any kind. They land on the front and crawl in or fly right in, no problem. The wood is an inch thick, so they do have an area to...
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    Re: So..what happened?

    The EXACT same thing happened to me this week! The bees were in a bush close to the ground, and I put the box next to them and they seemed to start going in. It was getting dark, so I came back...
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    Re: catching bees is hard

    Sweet bees! Yours will be even cuter! And Jake, now you're just showing off! ;) Nice work!
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    Re: How do you build population?

    Ok, that makes sense. I'm in Texas, and I did notice that they didn't seem to eat as much honey as I thought they might, and they've started spring with plenty in the hive. I think they had lots of...
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    Re: How do you build population?

    I thought it was a bad idea to go into winter with a huge population, more than what they naturally would do without help, because more bees eat more food. That's why I have not harvested honey in...
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    Re: How do you build population?

    I'm sorry, but what is OA? I'm kind of making a timeline of what you said because I find myself reacting to situations instead of preventing, and I think it's because I don't know when to do things....
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome from Texas! This is a great site!
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I started with one TBH that made it through the winter, and now I have three that all made it through this winter. The first winter I was a little paranoid, so I wrapped the whole thing in sheets of...
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    Re: drying nectar

    See there, I learn something new every time I look on here!! Mine are fanning like crazy, and I thought they were trying to cool the hive. I didn't think it was THAT warm yet and that made me worry...
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    Re: Hello from south Alabama

    I'm in Texas, and it's nice to hear from someone with a climate closer to mine. Most everyone is beekeeping further north, and although there's always very good advice, I am usually trying to modify...
  19. Re: How do you feed honey back to the bees?

    I have had honey in mason jars that I wanted to feed back to the bees. I just stuck lots of small sticks down into the honey, like 15 or 20, and put it back in the hive sitting right-side up. The...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    "After you have cleaned out the comb, you will generally be left with a small cluster in the corner of the cavity."

    Some advice I got one time for this is get a milk jug and cut it so it's kind of...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    Wow, it's SO interesting to get all these different opinions from experienced beekeepers! I wouldn't have thought of half the things y'all mentioned, and that's why I love this site. rweaver7777...
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    Thank you, Eric. Today I pulled out the empty bars and put back the combs I took so it's all back how it was. I guess I'm really wanting it to be spring already! Thanks for your advice!
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    Well, that does it then. I'm going to move things back the way they were. It's going to be really warm again tomorrow so I think it will be ok to go back in really quick. I did mean completely...
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    And that's exactly what I'm afraid I did. I may go back out there tomorrow and move the empty bars further back away from the brood area just to make sure. Thanks for your responses!
    Kim
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    Re: Honeybound in January?

    It has been getting to freezing at night. This is the first really warm spell we've had in a bit, and we'll get some more cold spells for sure. I left four bars all together at the front where the...
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