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  1. Re: Is it normal for a queen's abdomen to darken over time?

    would a couple of months really seem to be enough to show a difference? I should go back in next inspection and take a proper photo of her to compare :)
  2. Is it normal for a queen's abdomen to darken over time?

    So I haven't seen my queen in probably almost 2 months, and when I saw her today, she was visibly darker. I compared the first photo I took of her to the video I happen to take today, and it's...
  3. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    Well, it looks like at this point, there may not be a need (or want) to split. While the hive is still very full, I've noticed they stopped drawing comb on the last two bars. Also, as I look around,...
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    Re: Is this the queen?

    That's what I was going to add. I'm no veteran, but EVERY queen I've seen anywhere doesn't have fur on her thorax, so unless there are exceptions, that's a dead giveaway.
  5. Re: My queen is crowded, laying 5-6 eggs a cell, how do I fix this?

    gorgeous queen you got there! As to the issue, I can't say I have any idea, but she's pretty! I love the dark ones.
  6. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    When I split the hive, I'm probably going to go foundationless, but a few of my TBH frames are a little off center from being perfectly in line with the bar. Will they build foundationless faster...
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    Re: Question: Replacing a queen

    Yeah, that would still be awkward for a queen to see... "Oh, looks like I'm going to be murdered in the next 7-10 days..."
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    Re: Top bar inspection!!! Pics included!

    It's Cedar. Didn't see her yesterday, but here's a pic of the queen:

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    Top bar inspection!!! Pics included!

    Didn't see the queen today, but we also didn't go through all the bars. :-D

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    Full bar of DRONES!
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  10. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    Well, I found out that I can fit my top bars in the lang with a tiny bid of modification... so what I'll probably do is just throw 5 top bars in there with frames in between and let them sort it...
  11. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    Even if I "make" bee space size gaps for them to craw up through the bottom? bah-- I'll just throw them in the lang all-together and modify the five by knocking out the back and expanding the space...
  12. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    Well, I planned on building a second one and adding length to it, but I didn't think I would need to do it so soon. I don't know if I'll be able to have the time to do it, so what I'll try to do it...
  13. Thread: bearding advice

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    Re: bearding advice

    I know my girls get a bit on the stingy side when the yellow jackets are around. . . That's the only time I've ever been chased into the house (and stung right on my nose). Usually, my hive is quite...
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    Re: What the heck is this

    Seriously, my bees do this. I figure it might be a good idea to give them some porch chairs and beer.
  15. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    yeah, I starting to really believe it's too small.. maybe I'll end up splitting the whole thing into two new boxes, and the cut the current on open and expand it by 12-18 inches or so. . . I was...
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    Re: 6 weeks in, is everything going ok?

    I was gonna say this too.. I've had comb fall off by hardly tilting my bars, so be super careful!!
  17. Thread: is this normal

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    Re: is this normal

    My bees are usually pretty active in the hottest part of the day, and even more so when they young bees are orienting.. I have a video of my first orientation flight, and there were easily over 1,000...
  18. Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    So it's been 50 days since install, and holy crap, they are drawing out the last two bars in the hive. No honey comb so far, and it's looking pretty darn cramped in there... I've seen beautiful brood...
  19. Thread: Narrow frame?

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    Re: Narrow frame?

    What do the narrower frames do?
  20. Re: Whole house fan (attic fan) in extracting room?

    I have a whole house fan for my house, and I love the thing. We cool down here at nice, and since I have no insulation in the walls, and crappy insulation int he attic, the house can get MUCH warmer...
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    Re: Sting pain index study

    exactly!
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    Re: Sting pain index study

    That's funny. I actually got sniped on my nose the other weekend, and although it WAS uncomfortable, it really wasn't that terrible. I would think the lip would be worse.
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    Re: First hive is one month old today!

    Thanks Zbee. I'm a photographer by trade, but I use a 100mm Macro lens on a Canon Body. One for two of those pics are from my phone (the swarm ball is for

    I'm pretty sure the flow is still going,...
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    First hive is one month old today!

    so I'm super excited that my girls seem to be going strong! I should really post some pictures here or my recent inspections, but I just wanted to thank all of those who have helped me get here! I...
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    Re: Bees vary aggressive

    Yup. Aggressive bees not good.
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