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  1. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    Just checked. I purchase them 100 at a time, they are cheaper at Dadant, but I get free shipping on 150 at Kelly for over $150. Mann Lake charges a dollar more for 100 frames than Kelley, free...
  2. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    I've purchased Kelly's foundationless frames before when I needed frames. If I recall there wasn't any difference in price, so there was no reason not to purchase them versus using a wedge top.
  3. Re: Captured Swarm in Top Bar Nuc, Should I transfer to full size hive tomorrow?

    It really depends on the size of the swarm though. If there are a bunch of bees out of the hive bearding this morning you probably want tp move them. Give them a frame of brood like Ruth said.
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    Re: 30 year old beehives!

    Bring frames without foundation, if there are any frames left they will fall apart. Same goes for the boxes. Looking forward to this.
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    Re: Hot hive cross comb mess

    Split it into as many nucs as you can and put nice queens in all of them.
  6. Re: Tree cut down - log with bees now in back yard

    Wadehump, I did a removal from a fallen branch, a rather large fallen branch. The queen made it. I was thinking that was the case, because they were very gentle the whole time I did the removal. Only...
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    Re: Swarm surprise

    If you have a frame of uncapped brood that would lock them in. But be careful, I looked at a bar from a Top Bar hive several times before putting it in a swarm I got on Wednesday. Just as I was...
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    Re: When is too late?

    Look up Hogan style trapout. You could pull a start off of it and then do the same next spring. Give them a queen or give them a frame of eggs to let them make their own queen.
  9. Re: Advice after a removal from a fallen log

    I grabbed a medium super from a hive. They were just starting to draw it out. Nice and gummy. Put it on top and put a bunt cake style feeder on top of a double vented inner cover, put a deep on top...
  10. Re: Advice after a removal from a fallen log

    I checked them a little bit ago, just looking at the outside I think I have no choice but to super:

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    I'll pull one that I just put on another hive last week. They haven't done much with it...
  11. Advice after a removal from a fallen log

    Folks, Wednesday I removed a hive from a log that had fallen from an old Oak tree.

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    I used smoke to run them out of the log, pulled out the little remaining brood, which was very little....
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a call yesterday, Salem Virginia (Mason's cove). An honest 5 pound swarm. Hived them in a TBH at dawn, busy orienting this afternoon.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    ~14 June, Hillsville, VA. Went to collect them today, but they flew off a little bit before I got there.
  14. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    I definitely think multiple inner covers is the way to go. I wouldn't want to remove a single inner cover from a large horizontal hive, it would probably be glued down really tight. Plus ever bee in...
  15. Re: A little experiment, interesting result.

    I also spray them with 1:1. If pouring maple syrup would get them to draw comb faster I would do that!
  16. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    I'm going to build one at some point, but I have heard someone describe the long hive as all the disadvantages of a Lang and all the disadvantages of a TBH rolled into one. I think the argument is...
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    Re: Bearding?

    I have one that is bearding like that. It is the heat and humidity. When it cools down they walk in. If I shade them there is less bearding.
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    Re: Long lang design for comments

    I suggest that you make a separate stand for the hive. You may want to move that someday, and it is a whole lot easier if the legs are not attached.
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    Re: Top bar hive feeder?

    If you have an empty bar with comb on it you can butter in fondant. I've never done this, but I have seen photos. The hard part is doing this and not breaking the comb off the bar I would think.
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    Re: Scout bees measuring my swarm trap

    There should always be a queen in a swarm. There are often many. What happens on the prime is the old queen leaves, then when the swarms cells emerge you often have the first queen kill the others...
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    Re: Is it normal to not react to a sting?

    I hate the itch, but for me chiggers are way worse.
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    Re: Is it normal to not react to a sting?

    I generally don't have much of a reaction to my fingers, but my face blows up horribly.
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    Re: How's the flow going for you?

    Right now all of my hives smell of Poplar. Black Locust was heavy but short, wish I would have had more drawn comb. But I'm getting some comb drawn on Poplar, they are working it pretty heavy, even...
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    Re: mated queen

    Longer and fatter then a virgin. I got a swarm a few weeks back, we found the queen right away, but you could see she was small. Now a few weeks later she is laying and fatter and looks longer as...
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    Re: Scout bees measuring my swarm trap

    Multiple swarms looking at the site. I've seen that this year on a hive in my yard. The scouts were very defensive to other bees.
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