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  1. Re: Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    Thanks for the replies, especially Michael. It's great to be able to easily tap such a wealth of experience.

    So the consensus is for deeps, so I will go that route to start. I will also try the...
  2. Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    I think I'm going to build some long Lang hives, but welcome advice on frame size. Should I go with medium or deep frames? I plan on going foundationless.

    I have one Lang with a deep brood nest,...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I started with 1 KTBH in 2012 stocked from a cutout. Expanded to 10 in 2013 with swarm trapping. I now have 20, with 2 being TTBH with straight sides.

    I did add 2 langs this summer that were...
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    Re: Bees capped empty cells

    Are you sure the cells were empty? I was just reading in ABC of Bee Culture that capped cells with small holes can be a sign of American Foul Brood. Not saying that's what it is, but check some of...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    I'll take all of those stupid bees off your hands, especially the queens!
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    Mr.Beeman, you win the prize. The check arrived on Friday cut from the general fund.
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    The belfry bees are in my hive, but I never found the queen. But they have already built 7 queen cells which should hatch in a few days.

    I wound up removing the comb from the 6" gap at the bottom...
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    They want them removed to do some other repairs above the bell and to paint the tower. It really needs it.
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    I'm going to strap on and untie the rope to the bell. Fortunately the roof has sure footing with asphalt shingles. There is a ladder up from inside, but also requires a ladder inside to get to the...
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    Re: how to collect these bees?

    A beevac is definitely the way to go, but why not just then do a cutout and get the queen and a 3rd hive?
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    Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    At least yours stayed. i had a swarm do that, and they just left the comb as a slap in the face. Just catch the queen as you do a cutout.
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    Bees in the belfry

    My next cutout. The column and hollow arch of a bell tower at the Market Place Museum in Goliad, Texas. The bottom of the arch is sheet metal. Hopefully thats all I have to remove to get at the...
  13. Thread: Inserting bars.

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    Re: Inserting bars.

    Double post deleted.
  14. Thread: Inserting bars.

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    Re: Inserting bars.

    At this point you can probably just fill the hive with bars and let the girls sort it out. If you have empty brood comb that has all hatched and is empty, move that bar back to the honey area to be...
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    Re: A whopper of a cut-out!!!

    That's my question as well. If it hasn't been sprayed or contaminated, honey will keep indefinitely. If it crystalizes, it just needs to be warmed and/or rehydrated. Why not eat or feed it?
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    Re: Saving queen cells

    A queen cell hatched, but I guess she was small enough to get through the bars. She wasn't in the clip, but a bunch of nurse bees were. Oh well.
  17. Thread: Gas Tank Bees

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    Re: Gas Tank Bees

    I have a metal cutting circular saw that would easily cut the tank. But since I now have 30 plus hives, and more on the way as I am overrun with cutout jobs, I think I will just try to build a super...
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    Saving queen cells

    I have 2 hives that have produced multiple capped queen cells. One was from a cutout where I guess I didn't get the queen. The other was from a swarm trap where cattle knocked the hive over and I...
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    Septic Pipe Bees

    http://i62.tinypic.com/awqk9d.jpg

    Since you all offered such creative ideas for my gas tank bees, I now offer septic pipe bees for your creative suggestions.

    These are 2 six foot sections of...
  20. Thread: Gas Tank Bees

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    Re: Gas Tank Bees

    Since I run all TBH, I don't have any supers or frames. But I might try and place a 24" tbh nuc above it as a super and give it a try. Or I might try to super it with Mason Jars like I have seen on...
  21. Thread: bearding advice

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    Re: bearding advice

    There is something going on. Are you sure they are queenright? But they may have been taken over by an africanized queen and her army. Had that happen to my first hive.

    If its a dearth, try...
  22. Thread: Carpenter bees.

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    Re: Carpenter bees.

    Post a picture or two. You have piqued my curiosity.
  23. Thread: Carpenter bees.

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    Re: Carpenter bees.

    Transferring a hive is simple. Put the new body next to the old. Move bars from old hive into new one. Shake, sweep, or bee vac remaining bees into new hive. Or just leave the old empty body next to...
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    Re: When to move my trap?

    Freshen the LGO weekly - I just tap the bottle a few times on the entrance hole- and leave it there if you have scouts. Build more traps out of scrap wood if you have other likely spots. You dont...
  25. Thread: Gas Tank Bees

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    Re: Gas Tank Bees

    Victoria is in South Texas about 20 miles from the Gulf Coast. Heat in the summer is the problem. It rarely freezes, and the rare low is 20 in the winter. These bees have been in this tank at least 7...
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