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  1. Thread: Odd Bee-havior

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    Odd Bee-havior

    Or maybe perfectly normal, if you know what you're seeing.

    I noticed recently, when rearranging the potted plants on our patio, that several of the containers seemed always to have bee activity...
  2. Thread: Robbing

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    Re: Robbing

    This may sound dumb, but are you sure the bees that were doing the robbing were large honey bees? I know I see a lot of bumble bees and mason bees around here this time of year.

    Doug
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    Re: Somewhat abortive first inspection

    Me too - but it's not an option at the moment for me. The hive legs are actually sunk a foot into the ground.
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    Thanks for the tip - at about $3 for 8' it's more...

    Thanks for the tip - at about $3 for 8' it's more expensive than popsicle sticks, but if it will help get my girls to stop making cross-bar comb, I'm in!

    Doug
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    Well, we went back into the hives yesterday and...

    Well, we went back into the hives yesterday and things are starting to straighten up some. There's still some crooked comb, but I keep removing what I can and inserting empty bars. Shaping the comb...
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    Popsicle sticks glued into a saw kerf. Doug

    Popsicle sticks glued into a saw kerf.

    Doug
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    Thanks - that's pretty much the approach I took,...

    Thanks - that's pretty much the approach I took, albeit too late. Had I been in there checking earlier, I would have been able to correct the errant comb BEFORE they started brood. Now I know...
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    Interesting - I wonder if the greater vertical...

    Interesting - I wonder if the greater vertical depth of your starter strips (compared to a popsicle stick) has made the difference?

    Doug
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    I'd love to have that kind of result! What size...

    I'd love to have that kind of result! What size are your top bars?

    Thanks,
    Doug
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    Now I know how Godzilla feels ...

    ... or how he would feel if he had a conscience. The damage I just did to bee-town doesn't bear thinking of. :eek: They'll fix it, I know, but let's just say that they'll be quite busy, and I...
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    Thanks for the tips, folks - I'll be going back...

    Thanks for the tips, folks - I'll be going back in and correcting what the girls have done (although I'm sure THEY see nothing wrong with it) as soon as my next supply order arrives. In my initial...
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    Good stuff - thanks for saving it! Doug

    Good stuff - thanks for saving it!

    Doug
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    Somewhat abortive first inspection

    Well, I got into the hives today and checked the feeders (it was time for them to come out), and tried to inspect a few bars. Unfortunately, it appears that the girls have built some cross-bar comb...
  14. Thread: feeding

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    When to stop feeding new package

    Thinking about removing the feeders from my two TBHs got me wondering - what should I be looking for in determining whether or not to stop feeding my new packages? Are there rules of thumb along the...
  15. Thread: feeding

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    I've got one of those plastic one quart feeders...

    I've got one of those plastic one quart feeders in each of my KTBHs - just sitting in the back (I don't have followers). I'm probably going to take them out this week, after I check the hives to see...
  16. Thread: tbh entrance

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    I lifted out a bar from each hive last Friday, to...

    I lifted out a bar from each hive last Friday, to remove the hanging queen cages, and they've started building comb near where the cages were hung - about 6 bars back from the entrance. The comb is...
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    Nothing to worry about? How will I keep myself...

    Nothing to worry about? How will I keep myself occupied? ;) I swear I feel like a paranoid first time parent, only with 20,000 children.

    Doug
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    Dumb question - bees crawling on the ground

    One of the things I noticed after hiving my two packages of bees this past weekend was a small number of bees crawling around on the ground. By small I mean something like 20-30 or so. I assumed...
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    Thanks for the thoughts on the legs - it may not...

    Thanks for the thoughts on the legs - it may not show in the picture, but they are actually embedded 8-12" into the ground for stability. Well, to be honest, I happened to have some 4' 2x4s on hand...
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    Thanks for the reassurance ... and for the kind...

    Thanks for the reassurance ... and for the kind words on the hives.

    Those hives are the mark 2 design ... the mark 1 ended up being ripped into top bars on the table saw. ;) The only real...
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    Hehe - I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one...

    Hehe - I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who was less than graceful in their approach to hiving their first bees. ;-) Actually, I think my biggest problem was being too tentative. I was...
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    Thinking about this, I realized it might help to...

    Thinking about this, I realized it might help to show y'all how the hives are situated, etc:

    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d152/elsyr/Bees/HiveConstruction-03-09-0010.jpg

    (ignore the dorky...
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    Yup - it makes sense, but I doubt if I can get...

    Yup - it makes sense, but I doubt if I can get home from work and get that done this evening. What I'm wondering is whether or not I should do something temporary for tonight - i.e. is it really...
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    ... just in time for a cold snap

    Looking at the weather report, it's supposed to get nasty this afternoon with thunderstorms, then get down to about 48 tonight. My KTBHs are screened along the bottoms, so I'm wondering if I should...
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    The girls have taken up residence ...

    ... without any major mishaps, and only one sting despite my newbee skittishness! We drove up to Rossman Apiary in Georgia and picked up our two 3# packages this morning, then came home and hived...
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