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    Re: Attic cut out...

    Even with the veil, I still manage to get popped in the face a bit. (The owners got to watch me wince when one got me on the tip of the nose ;-) )

    I will have to try string next time. Kite...
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    Attic cut out...

    These bees were going to be removed if I got them or not: http://zigsbees.adamziegler.com/journal/article/fall-cut-out

    I went back after sun down and vacuumed the foragers that had returned. Not...
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    Re: Help for first inspection

    Without finding the queen, looking for eggs and larva is your only choice. Eggs and larva are a good positive sign that you have a queen. The eggs will be in the center of the cell, and the larva...
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    Re: Expelled Drones

    I have two hives this year in a residential area. One carnies, one Italian. The Italians have been evicting a large number of drones this past week. No signs of wing problems on the drones.
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    Re: Queen Cups...

    Had the hive open tonight. Most of the queen cells were empty or gone. One queen cell had royal jelly in it. I could not tell if there was larva or an egg... just a bunch of white royal jelly. ...
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    Re: installing packages in top bar langs

    There are many forms of hives with bars on the top that do not have sloped sides, and do not have issues. (Take the Warre for example.)

    Also, many TBH with "trapezoidal" cross section Still will...
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    Re: installing packages in top bar langs

    I caveat this post with "I am a new beekeeper this year." :)

    I had some cross combing in my TBH that had just started at one end of the comb. I removed the portions of the comb that were not...
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    Re: Queen Cups...

    Bees came from a 3lb package and were installed on May 2nd. They have been in the hive about 6 weeks now. I probably used the wrong terminology, but by "expand" I meant adding more bars of space....
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    Re: Queen Cups...

    Bees are constantly sticking their heads inside of the cell making it hard for me get a look from just the observation window.
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    Re: Queen Cups...

    (The new fresh comb DOES have eggs throughout the comb.)
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    Queen Cups...

    Just to caveat this post... I am not distressed, or worried, or concerned. I am actually a bit excited that I may be on my way to gaining another queen! (which would let me start another hive) I am...
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    Re: TBH shake outs?

    (what is a shake out?)
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    Re: Ideal Top Bar width?

    I would cut off the extra 1/8" from at least the first 1/3 of the hive.
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    Re: cross-combing

    I had a bit of cross combing also. I actually cut off the offending parts of the comb. Yes, I cut through brood, and honey cells. I placed the comb cut bars in between bars that were straight. 2...
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    Re: Ziegler's Experience

    Thank you all for the responses!

    I actually seem to have the cross combing under control for now. None of my pictures really show how much wax I put on the bars, which was just shy of the...
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    Ziegler's Experience

    All,

    I am new to beekeeping, and thus new to Top Bar hives this year. I started with building a KTBH last winter, and I am planning on building a Warre for next year.

    I added a 3lb package...
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