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    Re: installing Bees

    Yes the original Queen that flew out of the cage returned to the hive, probably right after flying out. One problem solved and now I have a chicken dying on me. arg
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    The queen is ALIVE found brood cells and drones & I believe they have had numerous orientation flights as well. I did not find the queen but she is obviously at work
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    I tend to have this attitude but this is an experiment, so i have to observe. That said I question the amount of food on the mountain at 7000ft is their a spring source of nectar? It seems on my...
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    Re: Rendering Combs

    Now we are talking my talk cheap,efficient and frees up my time! Thank you I am gonna try it!
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    This is how I felt about it, but I do not trust my instincts yet

    I try never to ASSuME ;)
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    Re: Rendering Combs

    It is brood comb what else is it made of?
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    Re: installing Bees

    just the one TBH but better call my bee gal
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    installing Bees

    When installing my bees I had a mishape trying to remove the cork in the queen cage, it ended up pushing it inside thee cage. When I checked today she had not gotten free but her helpers had escaped...
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    Rendering Combs

    I am doing something wrong here I have spent days trying to render the combs from my TBH that died due to starvation and I am getting almost no wax out of it. just some floating on surface of water...
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    Well by the time I could open the TB hive for inspection(7000ft in Montana) all my bees were dead of starvation. I also noticed some black mold on the inside of the hive which leads me to believe it...
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    Re: This poor hive

    I suffer from ankalosing spondylitis fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue which gets in the way. Right now my focus has shifted to cutting wood! The Bees are on their own this winter with any luck we...
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    Men make plans and God laughs! I will try to do it this summer, as I don't have a heated shop in winter, that fails, fall, that fails winter etc! there is so much to do and so little health.

    It is...
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    Thank you! I am sad to hear about your bees, I thought the idea of the candy comb was a good one. I guess all we can do is learn from the bees & our mistakes.

    Mites? arg have you tried dusting the...
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    Re: This poor hive

    Update: My hive survived! it is triving actually, I used a candy recipe and pplaced the candy on wax paper, the candy about 12" x 3", and slid it under the combs as far as I could, they ate all the...
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    Re: This poor hive

    :applause:That is awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: This poor hive

    Don't listen to me, that is why I asked for people to chime in. I am all theory no practical eexperience
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    Re: This poor hive

    Thank you for all the Pics! I am too knew to know about the brood cells, I can't see anything.

    What recipe did u use for the "fudge"?
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    Hehe well, I live in Montana Colleen, on top of that at 7000ft in the rockies. i have stayed in MO for a while so I know your climate, very different.

    FYI NWC queens will stop raising brood and...
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    Re: This poor hive

    Well, that would be plenty before it is warm enough up here! I may be able to open the hive in may or june
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    Re: This poor hive

    Take pics of the hardware cloth bar when u get a chance I will make one up for spring
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    Re: This poor hive

    The bees did not drink the syrup or eat the dry sugar. so took the syrup out, put candy patty under combs and they r on their own till spring. I guess they have more honey then I thought.
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    interesting, I wonder what that cloth is called in usa, i have never heard that name. I am gonna try that next year, I am leaving them alone right now.
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    Re: This poor hive

    Funny you mention that, my follower, not a tight fit, is made out of sign board. this year it will have to wait, but next year I M THINKING blue board sandwiched w/sign board for winter. For now I am...
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    Re: This poor hive

    Thanks that is helpful! Yes, I am leaving the protein powder out until spring feeding, they don't need more bees to feed.

    What is SHB?
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    My top bar did not come with a follower board, I made a hasty one in spring but it does not seal against the hive. I'm gonna make one outta 3" blue board. I have insulated the roof and I am going to...
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