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  1. Thread: Uh oh

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    Re: Uh oh

    Well here's whats going on...this is what was the mean hive. I plugged the upper entrances in both and made these robber screens. Thanks for the tips Ray.

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  2. Thread: Uh oh

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    Re: Uh oh

    will do thanks OT.

    Went and fed today, we're getting close to kicking off but so far there's not much out there. Found out they were going crazy robbing. I'm not sure what hive is robbing...
  3. Thread: Uh oh

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    Re: Uh oh

    honestly I haven't had bear issues..though we have had bears in the back yard a few years ago, and a grizz just up the street nothings ventured into the hives. I guess the loud music and disco light...
  4. Thread: Uh oh

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    Re: Uh oh

    they don't make it quite this far south to find out thankfully but my understanding is they have more of a meat diet than greens and sweets ;).
  5. Thread: Uh oh

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    Uh oh

    The girls are pretty jacked! I released the queens yesterday, 2 of 3 were still in the cages after 5 days, so I did a direct release.

    now the one hive is pretty hot. Outstanding! Got whacked...
  6. Thread: deadhives update

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    Re: deadhives update

    I built some warre's and moved away from tbh's. I'm still around, but mostly on the chat, not the forums.

    I cant help with over wintering..my success rate is 0.
  7. Thread: warre build

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    Re: warre build

    interesting idear wb, you'll have to post pics/info sometime. I'm at some point planning on building a shed. Dunno if I'll keep bees this summer or not at this point. As much fun as it is, it's...
  8. Thread: warre build

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    I actually have warre plans with windows but opted out due to all the moisture I saw the first year in the tbh's.

    Thanks for the link. I think the main issue for overwintering for me is...
  9. Thread: warre build

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    Well I went in and looked a few days ago, we weren't much above freezing but I did want to see if they were at the top and needed feed. They were quite a ways down and I THINK dead...I'm not sure. ...
  10. Thread: moldy quilt

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    moldy quilt

    Ment to ask this sooner.

    Here a few weeks back before we got cool finally....I took the quilt off and replaced the woodshavings inside. I noticed on one hive the quilt had some mold on it. ...
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    Re: New feeder question

    having the access windows is nice, I really should have put them in mine but didn't.

    I think Doc mentioned the boxes with the jars inside, I had the FBM feeder. Try lifting the jar up and see...
  12. Thread: Is this normal?

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    Re: Is this normal?

    Here's a pic of my build, and the FBM style of feeder. You can see the ramps they get to the pans with. In Dons videos you should see how they access this through a hole in the bottom.
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  13. Thread: Is this normal?

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    Re: Is this normal?

    If you check out the build thread I did you can see the screened ramp.

    I used 1/4 ply for a bottom and cut a hole in one end for them to come up as wide as my ramp. Framed the sides in and front...
  14. Thread: Is this normal?

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    Re: Is this normal?

    another feeder to look at is one of fat beemans feeders.....its a hive top box with an aluminum pan in side so it doesn't leak. I built them for both my warre's and they worked well. I did have to...
  15. Thread: warre build

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    Re: warre build

    an issue I'm having is figuring out how to nader alone. I need some kind of lift I can get into the woods. The hives are 2 cinder blocks high. At this point I'm pretty much stuck for wood...
  16. Thread: warre build

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    Re: warre build

    the feeder's worked well. I didn't use it much. I guess I should have elaborated, I did tilt he pan so the bees can get to it. I didn't feed much unlike last year, mainly enough to get things...
  17. Thread: winter preps

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    winter preps

    So this is my first year with a warre. I'm curious if at some point I should be trying to see where they are wanting to make their stand for winter?

    Should I or even can I manipulate them to...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    something I learned this year. pull a small piece of comb while you still can. early after hiving before its attached to anything but one bar, keep in a safe place and when nadering, you can easily...
  19. Thread: first peek

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    Re: first peek

    Thanks Rob!

    I did make partial frames with guides. I don't have enough hands to straighten this out. I hope I can straighten out the next two boxes. Finally getting nice up here. They're...
  20. Thread: first peek

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    Re: first peek

    Thanks Rob!

    I did make partial frames with guides. I don't have enough hands to straighten this out. I hope I can straighten out the next two boxes. Finally getting nice up here. They're...
  21. Thread: first peek

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    first peek

    Well today is day 9, and the weather finally warmed back up since I first hived the gals.

    Hive one decided to cross comb everything at a 45. The queen was still stuck in her cage, they combed...
  22. Thread: warre build

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    Re: warre build

    oh I do have a question the aluminum roofs. I'm thinking if I keep this roof I'd like to add that is there any good write ups on what to use and how its done?
  23. Thread: warre build

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    Re: warre build

    I cant for the life me print off Warre's book....my printers ancient, works is prehistoric so I'm going off what I can find online.

    I decided to try the modified frames. Hoping I can inspect a...
  24. Thread: warre build

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    warre build

    here's a few pics of my attempt at a warre build. Some mods I found that I added from sweet valley hives.

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    Re: Assembling Warré hive boxes

    I'm curious, do you need to lash/strap them together?

    thanks for posting!
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