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  1. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    I've heard that wax coating can actually fail, causing the comb to break off. Personally, I used wedge-shaped bars to give the comb a greater attachment area. My first year, I rubbed a bit of beeswax...
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    Re: Squashed my Queen :(

    Yes, TBH bars are supposed to touch because they form the roof of the hive (though that still needs to be covered with something else.)

    When I lower my bars, I make sure that one end of the bar is...
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    Re: Hallo from NEPennsylvania

    Welcome to BeeSource! Welcome to the crazy, addictive world of beekeeping!
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    Re: New from Mn

    Welcome to BeeSource! It's wonderful that you've been keeping notes. You'll find that they come in handy. Hope your bees come through to spring fat and happy. :)
  5. Re: Bees are so agreesive and stinging through suit why?

    I agree with others about dearth, weather, and lingering pheromones causing cranky bees. Also, last year, my normally placid bees got super cranky overnight. It took awhile, but I finally figured out...
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    Re: Full suit or jacket.

    If I were doing a lot of cutouts, or if I lived in an area where I might have to deal with Africanized bees, I might get a suit. However, most days, I don't even use a jacket. Usually, I wear a long...
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    Re: can anyone identify this plant?

    I definitely don't think it's sumac. The leaves are all wrong.
  8. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    Who knows if the neighbors were really stung by bees, but I agree that it's also not fair to keep a hot hive in a suburban neighborhood. I'm so sorry that you have to move or give up your bees, but...
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    Re: New to Beekeeping

    Welcome! I also have TBHs, and I'm so excited for you!

    This site is awesome. It's like having a hundred mentors all just a quick post away. BTW, if you haven't noticed yet, there is a...
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    Re: New beek from Wyoming

    Spent time camping in Wyoming as a kid. What a beautiful state! Welcome to BeeSource & good luck with your hives!
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    Re: Purple Pollen

    LOL! Guess I'll just have to spend a day hiking a three-mile radius in several directions from my house. ;)
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    Re: Purple Pollen

    Thanks for the responses. The Wikipedia chart doesn't have anything close to the color I saw. The Eversweet chart shows something in a similar color -- but the flower, palm-leaf marshmallow, grows in...
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    Purple Pollen

    Watching the bees this morning, and I noticed one zip in with purple -- bright purple, almost fuschia -- pollen on its legs. Kind of shocked me because I've seen all kinds of colors, but not bright...
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    Re: Hi From Central Florida

    Welcome to BeeSource. Reading up is a great plan. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be for taking care of your hives. Good luck with your new hobby.
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    Re: Hello From Central Minnesota

    Welcome! I like your foundationless frame!
  16. Re: Finally Remembered the DSLR for an Inspection

    What a lovely place to have your bee hives. Beautiful photographs, too! Thanks for sharing!

    mssha -- Hang in there. My first year, I only found the queen once all summer. This year, I see my...
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    Re: Hiving a ktbh.

    This is my 2nd year, and I have not had any absconding either. I basically did what typhoontx did. Couple of exceptions:
    - I did not have open brood, but I added some empty brood comb.
    - Instead...
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    Re: Honey weight???

    Nice! Thanks!
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    Re: Brood location

    I think 5' is the max because the hives just get too heavy to lift. Also, I read Wyatt Mangum's book, and I think he mentioned using 5' hives because that's as big as he could go and still fit the...
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    Re: New to Forum

    Welcome to BeeSource!
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    Re: Hello all -

    Welcome! There are so many experienced people on this site it's like having a 100 mentors. :) Good luck!
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    Re: How y'all doing' from Louisiana

    If you want to build a vertical hive, have you considered a Warre (which uses butt joints, btw)? They provide less honey than a lang, but they are also 1/3 the size of a lang. On the other hand, a...
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    Re: Reading about bees in North Carolina

    Welcome to Beesource! My neighbor has Langs, which are cool, but you're right -- they're heavy. Horizontal Langs are definitely an option that I've considered switching to, but I do love my TBHs.
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    Re: Hello from...

    Welcome to Beesource! Hope your move goes smoothly. Enjoy your retirements!
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    Re: Hello from Northeast Ohio!

    Welcome! The winter is a great time to do research and prepare for the arrival of your bees!
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