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  1. Thread: Fixing comb

    by applesrus
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    Re: Fixing comb

    I too am a new beekeeper with a mix of foundationless and wax foundation. Several of the combs are being drawn 'fat' and some as dartslinger2 posted, off to the side. To make the comb guide we had...
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    Re: swarm behaviour...

    Hmmm..thanks Cleo - that would be great if there is one on the way! Seeing as I had no equipment with me when I first saw all the activity around the hive, I hadn't climbed up to check how many bees...
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    swarm behaviour...

    I am a new beekeeper with two purchased nucs. For 'fun' I put out a swarm trap across town on my parent's property. I caught one swarm within a week and it's hived and doing well.

    A week later...
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    Re: Went bare handed last night - got stung

    My first year beekeeping too - I've been spraying my hands with the general essential oil recipe from here :...
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    Thanks Michael - I got your book for Christmas :)
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    Thanks Wayne for the link to Dennis' page - that looks pretty useful. Hope yours goes well this season.
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    WOW! Nice work.

    Hope it works awesome for you, please do post back your findings!
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    Thanks everyone - just found these posts - not sure why they didn't appear when I searched prior to posting, guess I didn't know the right terms :)
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    my thinking was horizontal for the spring/summer/fall to work it like a topbar hive (with foundationless frames) and then adjust the frames to a vertical lang in the fall preparations for winter. I...
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    Re: 2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    thanks delber - any excuse for me to go watch them!! Curious what the 'fighter jet' ones are out and about for?? I saw lots of those a few days ago.
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    Re: 2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    thanks. how do I tell if nectar is coming in? Pollen is obvious on their legs. I'll have to check with some local beekeepers as to what typical flow is like around here.
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    experience with horizontal langstroths?

    We're in our first season of beekeeping with two new nucs in langstroth hives, a mix of foundation/foundationless, all mediums. We are commercial orchardists and really enjoying the bees, we'd like...
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    Re: 2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    Thanks - I removed the feeder today ( and that ladder comb was already full of brood). Moved the frames full of honey towards the outside, left the broodnest together in the middle. I'll leave them...
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    Re: 2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    thanks Jadell- and I guess disregard the plethora of 'keep feeding until all the comb for winter boxes is drawn' advice?
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    Re: 2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    Thanks for replying....here is a link to the pic http://thebxpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/may17_0253-470x260.jpg coming through the top of the feeder, or there is a video of it...
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    2 new nucs - one backfilling brood

    First off - thankyou to everyone who contributes here on this forum - you've kept me up WAY too late many nights reading so many neat things about bees :)

    Now - we are first year beekeepers with...
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    Re: Screened Bottom Board - does depth matter?

    Ok, so rather counter to the way I tend to over-research most things, I went ahead and nailed some 'slats' into my aforementioned 3" deep SBB. These slats are 1x3" pieces that leave a beespace...
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    Re: Screened Bottom Board - does depth matter?

    Thankyou everyone! Seeing as I have the extra space there, and some time before my nucs arrive, I might just try adding a slatted rack, looks like a good idea. I appreciate all the input.
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    Re: Screened Bottom Board - does depth matter?

    Thanks for the thought Dan....maybe I'll try one hive fixed to a 'bee space' and one not and see what happens. I was just worried that they might brace comb all the frames all the way down to the...
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    Re: Screened Bottom Board - does depth matter?

    Thankyou for the reply. Will the problem then be brace comb, or the bee's ability to get up onto the frames? something else?

    thanks
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    Screened Bottom Board - does depth matter?

    Hello - we have our first two nucs of bees arriving in a couple of weeks. My husband's grandfather kept bees for decades however upon his passing my father-in-law did not feed the bees one winter and...
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