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    Re: things looking bad

    I'm right next door to you in Raleigh. Last year I had one hive that slowly dwindled away over the winter and eventually died out. I believe that the observation windows aren't insulated enough to...
  2. Re: Does this mean Topbar are Hives Illegal in Australia

    [QUOTE] "By law, in Australia all honeybees must be kept in hives with removable frames"

    That's how the law reads in North Carolina also. A lot of old school beekeepers take it literally and will...
  3. Thread: Organic Honey

    by BeeGora
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    Re: Organic Honey

    I check out the honey in Costco every time I go there and have never seen any labeled "organic". I have seen containers labeled "raw"
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    Re: Springtime movement across combs?

    Come spring you should swap the top bars around moving the older bars of honeycomb at the entrance that have been used for brood and pollen toward the middle and putting some newer combs at the...
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    Re: November 30 and they're bringing in pollen

    [QUOTE=beepro;1190865]Is that a top hive entrance and the only one?

    The entrance is on the side of the hive at the bottom corner with a hole reducer for the winter. It's the only entrance they...
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    November 30 and they're bringing in pollen

    After a few abnormally cold weeks we finally got back into the 60's and the bees are bringing home pollen.
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    I also read his book before I got my top bar hive and then re-read it as the first year progressed. I got a lot more out of it from the second reading after I'd gotten some hands-on experience.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    :applause:
    Well said.
  9. Thread: I'm New!

    by BeeGora
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    Re: I'm New!

    Welcome. Beekeeping is fun and interesting. There's always something new to learn. You picked a good place to start.
  10. Re: Triumph to tragedy -- a tale of broken comb -- when to fix?

    :lpf:
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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    Last winter was my first one beekeeping. The hive died out over the winter and when I pulled everything out to clean it up there were still a few live SHB in the comb.
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    Re: Questions re: dwindling hive

    One of my hives is doing the same thing. They completely ignore the syrup but are bringing in pollen. The dwindling is normal for this time of year. They're downsizing so that there's not so many...
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    Re: I've got 1600 lbs of honey, now what?

    The quick and easy thing to do would be to sell it to meaderys or distillers who make honey liqueor. They'll buy it by the barrel. We have several of those around here that used to only use local...
  14. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    I swatted a yellow jacket trying to get into the beehive this weekend. My reward was one of honeybees took issue with me and stung me on the nose. No good deed goes unpunished.
  15. Re: help - novice top bar bee keeper worried about winter and following spring

    NurseBee - I also have three entrances on the side but I only let the bees use one end or the other and that's typically where they keep the brood. In my opinion, having honey on both ends and the...
  16. Re: The gentle honeybee population is nearing the endangered list. The honeybee's

    AmericasBeekeeper is obviously being facetious. I'd bet the lady who wrote that letter knows nothing about honeybees and just likes to see her name in print.
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    What to do with this hive

    I purchased two packages last spring from the same source and installed them into two identical top bar hives at the same time. Both hives started off well but then Hive #2 re-queened and fell...
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    Re: Can you use Polyester in smokers?

    I'm no expert but IMO I'd say NO. Don't all bedding materials now contain some sort of fire retardent? Even if it doesn't, polyester alone most likely gives off some toxic fumes and I wouldn't want...
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    Re: To sum up beekeeping

    I found that on a Vancouver Beekeeping website. It's not mine give you permission. Here's the website if you want to ask them....
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    To sum up beekeeping

    "There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are...
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    Re: Neighbor complaint

    We don't all have that option. I have bees in a subdivision and the only problem I've had is a woman several houses down came by and said that my bees were on her fruit trees and she wanted some of...
  22. Re: Experiences with the first "flow" -- I think!

    Great job for your first year. Your bees have been really putting out. Did you feed them or is that all from foraging? Mine haven't done nearly that well this year. They've only built out about...
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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    Why is that a shame? Isn't he entitled to voice his opinion?
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    Re: Agressive bees or protective bees?

    Same thing here. They used to ignore me standing close to the hive and watching them. Now there's always one or two that fly at my head if I tary there too long. They've gotten a lot more...
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    PMS (Parasitic Mite Syndrome): For years we have been seeing diseased bee larvae with symptoms resembling a cross between foulbrood and sacbrood. The USDA Beltsville Bee Lab has found these diseased...
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