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  1. Re: Need experienced advice please; incorrect bee-space

    Thank you very much.

    I'll go ahead with the trimming and rubber banding.

    One last question: it seems like most of the irregularly drawn comb is uncapped honey comb, especially on the outside...
  2. Need experienced advice please; incorrect bee-space

    Here's my problem.

    I bought my woodenware from a carpenter who only makes beekeeping equipment because I wanted to support local business and he came highly recommended from the Philly Beekeeper's...
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    Re: Cutouts lead to robbing, now what?

    The day after I posted this I went to check on the bees. They were still fighting it out with the robbers. The grass I shoved into the entrance had been pulled out a bit so I put some more in there...
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    Cutouts lead to robbing, now what?

    I have two 8-frame hives. Frames are foundationless...

    I went to my two hives today which haven't been inspected for over a month. They were, as expected, a little cramped in there and needed new...
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    Re: Releasing Queen

    As a complete beginner I'm only offering my two cents so you know what other people are doing. I just installed 2 packages which had been in the box for 6 days when I was finally able to let them...
  6. Re: Debating on using 1 frame of standard foundation for my small cell bees

    Just wanted to say thanks to all who replied to my post. I ended up using the frames with foundation. Did my first hive inspection yesterday (8 days after installing) and both colonies are drawing...
  7. Re: Debating on using 1 frame of standard foundation for my small cell bees

    Do you mean you think they'll draw out the standard cell foundation first? If that's the case I probably would rather deal with the chance of mis-drawn comb, because I don't want them to regress, and...
  8. Debating on using 1 frame of standard foundation for my small cell bees

    Hey all,

    I've read though a lot of threads but haven't found the answer I'm looking for yet...forgive me if this has been covered.

    Installing my package of 4.9 bees today. I'm going...
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    Re: Install package today or tomorrow?

    Forgot to mention they were shipped out on Thursday, so today is the 5th day they've been in the package. And of course the nozzle on my spray bottle just broke while giving them some sugar syrup...
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    Install package today or tomorrow?

    Got 2 packages in the mail today and I'm ready to install. The only problem is a forecasted low tonight of about 24 degrees. For the last two weeks the highs have been in the 70's and lows in the...
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    Re: Finished assembling hives...small hiccup

    Thanks for the comments everyone!
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    Re: Finished assembling hives...small hiccup

    Thanks for this input. As a newbie I have to balance my desire with everything being right/perfect with the acceptance that I'm going to make mistakes and the best thing I can do is learn from them...
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    Re: Finished assembling hives...small hiccup

    Ha! Thanks. :)
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    Re: Finished assembling hives...small hiccup

    I thought about pulling out my belt sander but then I remembered my previous attempts at doing any "fine" tweaking with it and how I ended up with valleys and hills in a previously flat surface, and...
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    Re: Finished assembling hives...small hiccup

    Yeah about that, maybe even less at some points. Sorry for not being too specific, it all depends on how I align the corners so there's a little variation in the measurement.
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    Finished assembling hives...small hiccup

    I finished assembling my hives using info found on different threads, thanks to all the wise beeks who post on this forum! I took the suggestion to check out my local Habitat for Humanity and found a...
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    Beeginner in Phoenixville PA

    Hi everybody.

    My name is Rod, and I'm just outside of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, PA (Zone 6B). I'm starting beekeeping this year with two hives. I grew up going out to the family farm to help...
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