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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    Nice, I'm not against using some foundation to help in the beginning. Too late for this one, maybe in the future.
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    The bees in my TB came from a swarm out of a house. They are a little smaller than purchased.
    I think I had all of the problems. curved at the front, straight in the middle, and offset as you go...
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    Thanks for the help all.
    I was on holidays for 12 days. Got back and they did quite a bit of building unfortunately not where I wanted.
    Hopefully I can get things straightened out before it gets...
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    Mine are about the same 18 x 1.25 90 deg bevel on the bottom.
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    Keeping Combe straight tricks

    First year for me.
    I have a large swarm drawing lots of comb. Front 5 bars the comb was curved attached to 2 bars.
    I removed some and straightened some.
    I've pretty much let them do what they...
  6. Re: Signs of Robbing (through an observation window) with video

    Could be swam prep. I watched a few vids of bees running around crazy like before they swarmed.
  7. Re: Are Orientation Flights an Indication of....

    Being queenright is a very important part the hive.
    This is one of the first things you need to inspect for.
    You don't have to see the queen, look for eggs and brood.
    Use a magnifying glass if you...
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    Re: Piping Queen?

    I think they can pipe in the cell. Not sure on the colony actually killing other queens. Maybe they died and they are just terring the cells down.
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    Re: Just moved swarm home.

    This is my first top bar and I don't want to cut up a brood combe out of my lang. I plans on putting a swarm in from the get go. Too much work cutting up combe.I have a gut feeling they will stay.
    I...
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    Re: Just moved swarm home.

    Good signs tonight. Lots of activity. Pollen coming in probly nectar too. We have awesome flow happening now so things are on my side. Can't wait to have a peak inside. I think I will wait till we...
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    Re: Just moved swarm home.

    Ya have to cross the fingers and hope they stay put.
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    Re: House trap out update

    Great trapout Keep us posted on the yay or nay of the feral queen.
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    Just moved swarm home.

    Got a call from a friend about a swarm at their family farm.
    Nice size prime swarm.
    Stood in tractor bucket with 5 gal pail, TBH in the tractor bucket. Shake bees into 5 gal bucket and dump into...
  14. Re: SWARMING NOW! Guide Me THrough THis Please!

    Only bad thing is nuc+queen cell +swarm with queen= 2 queens. Remove the queen cell(s) if you combine.
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    Re: Foundationless Brood Frames.........

    Thanks for the guidance.
    Unfortunatly I'm a new keeper. I don't have the recourses.
    My 2 colony's have 80 % drawn wax foundation single 10 deep.I have put some foundation in the second deep some...
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    Re: Foundationless Brood Frames.........

    I like the idea of going foundationles. Does one need to checkerboard new frames in. Or will they do fine on 10 empty foundationles frames?
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    Re: Hive Top feeder recomendation.

    On the man lake style feeders I run extruded styrofoam strips 3/4x3/4 strips they long way. I put enough in to leave about 1 bees space between them. Not one bee drowning yet.
    One could probly use a...
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    Re: Now with picks!Trapout or honeyrobber and vac?

    Fortunately for the home owners I am new and was happy to get free bees.
    It's pretty big news I guess for Alberta it's been on the news and the front page of the RedDeer paper LOL.
    I'm not into...
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    Re: Now with picks!Trapout or honeyrobber and vac?

    Well the owners let me pull the roof off of the dormer so I did a cutout with the robo vac.
    I had a little problem with bees plugging the hose till I increased the vacuum. Then all went well....
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    Re: Caught a swarm, now what?

    Go to the dollar store and get yourself some old age glasses. I was having problems seeing eggs when I was in a hurry. Tried them out today +3.25. Night and day. Could see eggs easy. I would think...
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    Trapout or honeyrobber and vac?

    Got a swarm call yesterday.
    Bees showed up at the house and moved into a hole in the side of a dormer 12' up. Looks like a large swarm by the phone picks.

    What technique would you use to...
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    Re: Keeping brood warm&reducer

    Ok I see 2 hives one on top of the other seperated by a screen thanks.
    Got to -2.5c last night. Had to cover the tomatos.
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    Re: Keeping brood warm&reducer

    First I've herd of a double screen. Can you explain?
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    Re: Keeping brood warm&reducer

    Ya I contacted her. Was 3c this morning. Chance of frost tonight. Great!
    I think she is going to winter wrap it till it warms up enough to get in and get the frames back together. Should happen this...
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    Re: Keeping brood warm&reducer

    Thanks for the help Enj.
    I will let her know.
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