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    Re: problem staring a new colony

    Try taking a propane torch to the inside. Scorch the wood. I also pour melted beeswax on the inside walls and rub it in, then scrape it off. When I'm finished, there is no new-wood smell left. Old...
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    Re: Newbee. New member. please help.

    What kind of guides do you have? Triangles work best. Level is important. Followers really help, too--all good advice. Another beek gave me this idea for rescuing combs. It works best on comb that...
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    Re: TBH Design Questions

    John,
    What exactly is your concern with the "sag"? Do the bars not fit in the middle due to the walls bulging out? Or are you concerned the follower board doesn't fit tightly? Personally, I wouldn't...
  4. Re: what kind of top for ktbh in hot, hot south Texas

    Unless you are using the hive to house two colonies, like when making a split, there's no reason to keep the bees from the other side of the follower. They won't build comb behind it (at least mine...
  5. Re: what kind of top for ktbh in hot, hot south Texas

    Sorqit, I agree with Michael. Keep it simple. I've spent a lot of time in the past making some great roofs with attics and separate compartments, but now my roofs are metal shed doors painted white...
  6. Re: A comment and a question about new package

    A brood break is when you disrupt a colony's brood cycle--no eggs laid for a period of time, no brood. There are different ways to do it. You can cage or kill the queen (or split a colony to allow...
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    Re: TBH Comb Handling Advice

    It looks like they have a lot of room to go off course. You could try straightening the comb and move the follower board up. I would see if you could place them between straight combs. The bees will...
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    Re: bees loosing pollen

    I would remove the screen altogether and securely screw on a good bottom board. The bees don't need or want so much ventilation, and it will solve your problem, too.
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    Re: No queen again. HELP

    How long has it been since she was released? And how positive are you that there are no eggs? I thought one of my colonies was queenless, a swarm I caught with a virgin queen. After giving her what I...
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    Re: what to do????

    I wouldn't panic just yet. You still have a good number of bees. I accidentally killed the queen in my first hive only a couple of weeks after installing her in early June, after the nectar flow, due...
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    Re: New Beekeeper - New Top bar Hive

    Very nice! I wouldn't open that roof up on a windy day, though, without staking the legs down.
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    4 mm high, to keep the queen in but let the workers out.
  13. Thread: Sealing TBH

    by Jon Wolff
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    Re: Sealing TBH

    I gave my first hive a beeswax/linseed oil stain. It kept it from rotting, but after almost five years it looked bad from all the black mold. All my hives are now painted with white exterior latex.
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    Re: Installed my first package today

    The only time I've had bearding in the spring outside a hive is when my first package absconded because they didn't like the hive. I had a screened bottom and left the bottom down board down (I've...
  15. Thread: SHB trap

    by Jon Wolff
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    Re: SHB trap

    If you can bait it with what attracts the beetles, pollen comb inoculated with the yeast Kodamaea ohmeri, a signal will go out to all the beetles, drawing them in. Apparently, the pollen fermented by...
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    Re: SHB Next Door

    If they are small hive beetles, they should be dealt with. SHB are secondary pests and take usually take over once a colony becomes too weak to defend against them. They aren't active when it's cold,...
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    Re: First Inspection

    Check out Wyatt Mangum's Youtube video Checking the First Package After Three Hours. He'll show you how it's done. He has the package up close to the front of the hive and practically sticks the...
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    Re: Clipped queens?

    Yes, get used to having lots of contradictory information when it comes to beekeeping. Of course, part of that comes from keeping bees in different regions, which have their own climate and pest...
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    Re: Diatomaceous earth inside top bar hive?

    I've done the very thing you are thinking of doing, added a tub beneath the screen and used either DE or mineral oil. So long as the wind can't stir it up, and the screen is secure against bees...
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    Re: Clipped queens?

    Are you saying your queen flew out of the hive (or at least tried to)? When you say strays, did the package abscond and leave a few behind (the small group)? I'm sorry, but I don't think anyone can...
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    Re: Feeding sugar syrup & making wax

    They have a wax gland that secretes it. Syrup and honey both will keep them alive, and live bees can make wax.
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    Re: New Drawn Comb was Dark/Golden Brown

    Bees pick up all kinds of things that color their combs. Cocoons, propolis, pollen all affect the color of combs. I wouldn't worry about it.
  23. Re: It's called "cross comb" because it makes you cross

    First off, welcome to the world of beekeeping! New comb is extremely soft. Correcting new comb like that is hazardous. I killed the queen in my first hive right off the bat doing an inspection....
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    Re: Top Bar Install video

    Getting stung in the face is really the only place I'm worried about. For that reason I at least put a veil on whenever I have to do anything with my hives. They can switch from gentle to aggressive...
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    Re: First Install, Flubbed It

    Not bad for "flub"! I've flubbed a lot worse! I learn more from my mistakes than anything else, and sometimes seems to be my primary learning mode, unfortunately.
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