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    Re: two questions about comb

    so do you just manage the supers like you would the brood and honey storage below? continue to straighten out the comb? this could be hard if they insist on drawing it reallly thickly though? Should...
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    Re: two questions about comb

    I'm hoping that this year I have enough straight comb to alternate most of the hive with straight comb/empty bar/straight comb. At most I should have to put two empty bars between straight combs. I...
  3. Re: Ever encountered hostility from other beekeepers over your TBH?

    I'm a second year beek. I run horizontal hives, they each hold 20 lang frames with the "tabs" cut off nailed to top bars. I can put another 20 frames on in supers, which is nice. I made them myself...
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    Re: bees gone...

    No, you're probably absolutely right as to terminoligy!

    200 lbs? that's a LOT of honey! I was hoping for a totaly of 60lbs from BOTH my hives.... Maybe I'll end up with more honey than I think?...
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    Re: two questions about comb

    maybe I wasn't clear? I had a total loss this year, so I've nothing to split from. I'm just dividing the drawn comb and remaining stores between the two empty hives in hopes of giving my packages a...
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    Re: bees gone...

    well, I think there's non interventional and non interventional.... Basically you're forcing the bees to live in an artificial structured environment, and produce excess honey for your consumption....
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    Re: two questions about comb

    I had them try a few interesting things last year, like where they attached two frames together. I cut that section out and put the frame back between two straight combs, and they didn't repeat the...
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    Re: bees gone...

    so with that in mind about the queens what is the suggestion for installing a package? I don't have a lot of choice about where I get me bees, sadly, unless I can find someone local to get a split...
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    Re: two questions about comb

    hmmmm... I have popcicle sticks glued into the grooves at the top of the frames, I didn't have the equipment to make wedge style guides. My setup has frames with a bar top. non standard, yes, but...
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    Re: two questions about comb

    I thought level only effected the comb in a vertical plane? this is side to side. the hive WAS level as of last year. I expect I'll have to go back out with my handy level and re-shim it once the...
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    Re: bees gone...

    I've had a lot of people tell me that :pinch: there seems to be a huge volume of conflicting information on the subject. For me it's a pretty moot point, since I can't afford a normal lang. I could...
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    two questions about comb

    I have two quick questions about comb as I'm getting geared up to re start my bees this spring, I'm a new beekeeper, started last year, and just found out that my one remaining hive (I started with...
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    Re: bees gone...

    gilman, than you especially for the detailed information. Unfortunately I am not able to move my hives, so may have no choice except for fall feeding if I feel like the flow is not good. I will be...
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    Re: bees gone...

    Thank you everyone for your input and encouragement! I am indeed going ahead and ordering two packages for spring, I already had one on order to fill my empty hive. I DID start the year with two...
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    bees gone...

    I went out today since the temps were up close to 50, to have a peek at my hive. I last inspected in October, and they seemed good, they had re-queened in august, but seemed to be doing ok, had...
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    Re: Help! laying worker!

    Sorry, I guess I was unclear. They were definitely on the sidewall, and about the size of a grain of rice, smaller. but not tiny like fresh eggs.

    Also, I've never actually seen the queen in this...
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    Re: Help! laying worker!

    No. I have only the one hive, and no friends that I can get a frame of open brood from :(
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    Re: Help! laying worker!

    I should also add that last time I was in I noticed some worker cells with domed caps, that didn't seem normal to me, but I left it, now I'm seeing that can be a sign of drones being laid into worker...
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    Re: Help! laying worker!

    There was capped brood, and there's some drone comb as well. I didn't get a great look, because the hive was really aggressive today. I got stung twice. They have been drawing drone comb over the...
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    Help! laying worker!

    I went for my standard inspection today, and found a couple queen cells, I was rather confused by this in a first year hive, since they don't typically swarm, but started to cut them off, since that...
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    bees on outside of hive

    so, I have a couple hundred bees just hanging on the front of my hive. They don't appear to be fanning, although there is definitely movement. What's up with this? Is it normal behavior, or is...
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    Re: new hive mess

    I'll be interested to see how this goes for you. I'm going to have to do something very similar on a very weak hive (don't want to lose anything) saturday. They've drawn some of their comb off center...
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    Re: top feeding

    Installed a top feeder yesterday, and prayed for the best, it's warmer today, and I'm resisting the temptation to open the hive and "see how they are" tomorrow is supposed to be 65, so I might chance...
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    Re: top feeding

    Daytime highs have been variable between the mid forties and the low sixties, night time lows in the high thirties through the forties. It's supposed to be warming up throughout the week. are there...
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    top feeding

    So, I just starved two packages of bees to death with a baggie feeder behind a follower board with a gap AND a hole less than four inches away from the cluster in a horizontal/top bar style hive. I...
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