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    When I was a boy, in the mountains of Kentucky,...

    When I was a boy, in the mountains of Kentucky, everyone I knew kept bees in gums, if they kept bees. Later, my Indiana Grandfather acquired a couple of stands of Langstroths, and I thought it was...
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    My 3 hives have all but filled 15 bars each with...

    My 3 hives have all but filled 15 bars each with brood comb before they began designating comb for honey. As it stands right now wach hive has at least 3 bars with honey being stored exclusively,...
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    Aye, they know, but I would like to have some...

    Aye, they know, but I would like to have some idea as well. I should hate to think that my hives were built too small for the task at hand.

    It being only the first of July, my bees have not put up...
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    I opened my haves today and two of the three have...

    I opened my haves today and two of the three have 9 top-bars of full comb. The demensions inside my haves are 18.5"X9.5", so I think that works out to about 175 square inches of comb per bar, and...
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    I know cold weather is yet 3 months away, but I...

    I know cold weather is yet 3 months away, but I was wondering if there were any bee keepers from Northeastern Minnesota on this forum who kept their bees over the winter "in" Northeastern Minnesota?...
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    I understand the arguement of a ventilation hole,...

    I understand the arguement of a ventilation hole, and the logic of it, we used them on gums and Langstroth hives back in Kentucky, but here the vapor coming off my Jersey's milk freezes the vacuum...
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    All I know of beekeeping in this area is what I...

    All I know of beekeeping in this area is what I have heard others say, but I do know this part of Minnesota has a very different climate than the remainder of the state. Two hours south of here there...
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    When I built my TBH's I looked at measurements...

    When I built my TBH's I looked at measurements given by others on the web, and kinda went by what a Langstroth style deep super provided by way of space. The inside width 18.5", 20" being overal...
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    I built the Tanzanian style TBH's and it is...

    I built the Tanzanian style TBH's and it is already apparent that these rectangular combs are going to get really heavy, and as mentioned above, combs half the size could more easily be manipulated...
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    This is my first year with TBH's but my brother,...

    This is my first year with TBH's but my brother, a staunch defender of all things Langstroth, assures me that any honey I harvest will be full of brood.

    On the other hand, I have a friend in...
  11. I've never seen it, but Eastern Europe it is said...

    I've never seen it, but Eastern Europe it is said that two swarms are frequently kept in a single Russian style hive.
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    They did indeed build directly over the spot...

    They did indeed build directly over the spot where they were dumped.

    It was cold the day we brought the packages home (May 11), freezing rain the second day, and by the 3rd day they were out of...
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    My thought for using the wax coated plastic...

    My thought for using the wax coated plastic foundation was to give strength to the brood comb, not of for them, but because I am a bit clumsy. Then too, the foundation would tend to ensure straight...
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    I'm new this year to TBH's, but I've read that...

    I'm new this year to TBH's, but I've read that the bees will use the front of the hive for brood, and the rear of the hive for honey. Based on that information I put 7 sheets of wax coated deep...
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