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  1. Re: TBH and crush/strain tools - what do you use and why?

    I do the same as Michael Bush except I have my granddaughter do the crushing with her hands these days. It is lots of fun squeezing the comb with your hands. It is simple and really fast. Super easy...
  2. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I do not believe it will dissipate in any amount that you would ever notice. The vapor point is over 300 degrees so evaporation (actually sublimation) in any noticeable amount will not happen. The...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    I have found the top entrance to be MUCH better for overwintering in my area. We may be very far north for the U.S. but the climate is closer to what is found in the U.K. Cold is not an issue but the...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    Thanks again Grozzie2. As far as the original question in this thread regarding reversing brood boxes, the answer can be found here: http://www.honeybeesuite.com/reversing-brood-boxes-when-and-why/...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    Grozzie2, Thanks for the info! I think you have posted the graph before but it really hit home this time for me. Is the second jump around August 1 knotweed or something else in your area? The other...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    Kayakbiker, you have a great local beekeeping forum at http://wabeekeepersforum.proboards.com/ and they will be able to answer a lot of the questions that refer to your locality. A lot of the folks...
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    Re: Pollen for New Hive?

    The only way I have been able to get the bees to take patties in a top bar is as follows: I take one bar and drill 2 holes about 3 inches from each end. I put the ends of a stiff wire through the...
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    Re: Pollen for New Hive?

    I will go the opposite of the two previous responders. Yes initially they will need only sugar water. After that, the bees will need protein to start raising babies. I do not know your area to know...
  9. Thread: Top bar length

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    Re: Top bar length

    I also use the fiberglass roofing panels tied down with ropes. They are cheap and work really well. I tried the roof option once and really hated it. I removed it after about four weeks. It looked...
  10. Thread: feeder

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    Re: feeder

    For a top bar hive CrabbCatJohn has a great one. His website says he will custom build to your dimensions.

    http://www.organicbeehives.com/id80.html
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    Re: where do I post questions on Chemical free Beekeeping ?

    NSBee, I hope the previous post was not too direct! I hit reply before I was done. The bottom line is, nobody WANTS to treat their hives. We all want to be treatment free. Reality does not allow it...
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    Re: where do I post questions on Chemical free Beekeeping ?

    In the Treatment-Free forum.
  13. Thread: Top bar length

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    Re: Top bar length

    All of mine are flush with the sides. To break the propolis and loosen the bars I run the hive tool under the bars across the top of each side of the hive body. This loosens them up so they are easy...
  14. Thread: Buckfast bees

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    Re: Buckfast bees

    There have been lots of threads on them over the last year. Please use the search function to find more info. Here is one thread from last year:...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I know there are treatment free beekeepers in my area who are successful. I tried it my first two years with no success. Since treating, the survival rate has improved significantly. I would not let...
  16. Re: To feed or not to feed...that is the question

    Snigglet, being just a bit north of you I have similar issues. Last weekend I opened up the hives and the bees were as gentle as could be and also bringing in some nectar. For me, that means there is...
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    Re: Where to put pollen patty in tbh

    I modified one bar with small holes drilled near each end. I ran a stiff piece of wire through the holes and hung the pollen patty from the wire. I place that bar near the feeder. When not using that...
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    Re: Bees like sugar more than honey?

    My few years of experience have taught me that they do prefer nectar to sugar water. It was suggested to me a couple of years ago to leave the sugar water feeder on during a major flow. I did and the...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    Thanks LeeB. The robber screen is a ridiculously obvious solution I overlooked and really easy to do!
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    I apologize ahead for adding another question into this thread but it is related. I have never used a frame feeder and always used the mason jar through the top. Last fall I changed to top entrances...
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    TheSorce, Welcome to Beesource. This year I lost 1 of 2 Langs and 1 of 4 top bar hives. You will hear over and over in beekeeping that the cold will not kill the bees but moisture will. I removed...
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    Re: restarting my topbar hive from a package

    I don't think you have a lot to worry about with the installation of the 4 lb package. I am not too far north of you and always prefer the 4 lb to the 3 lb package. In fact, I probably get them from...
  23. Thread: what to leave

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    Re: what to leave

    I usually leave them all of it and harvest in the spring. I do pull the frames in the Langs in the summer. My reasoning is that if I pull too much, now I have to get them building more comb and feed...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Of course! To this day I still love all the sports metaphors. For years Babe Ruth was the home run king, but he was also the strike out king and so on. Losing half of my hives the first year (only...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    I believe the biggest problem with the beginning beekeepers is a complete lack of knowledge about what they are really getting into. For a hobbyist with one or two hives it is not inexpensive, it is...
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