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    Re: Newbie needing help - overheating

    sab, what your bees are doing is called "bearding" and is very normal on hot days. I wish I could show you a photo of our bees bearding but I don't know how to post photos. We are in western...
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    Re: To Paint or Not To Paint

    Thanks for the suggestion, Oldtimer. I would just as soon not have my hive decorated with dead bees.;) BTW, I plan on using some cheap exterior latex house paint for the hive, no primer, which has...
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    Re: To Paint or Not To Paint

    Is have a related question. I just built a new tbh from pine, but before I could paint it a swarm appeared in my yard! I am waiting for the swarm to march into the new hive as I type this. But now...
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Thank you, Ray, and others for your knowledgeable comments. Yes, I see why having to dilute the honey to feed it to brood changes the equation:

    "The bees would fly that mile because they consume...
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Thanks. I sent you a PM.
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    I would like to thank JohnTheFarmer for responding to my initial question and to my subsequent comment. I appreciate his concern for the well-being of my bees and would tend to agree with his last...
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Thanks for the advice, Jim, and also thanks for the praise for our hometown. BTW, my spouse has been to Orkney and says it's not too shabby either.;)
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Thank you for the replies. It certainly would be very convenient to be able to just drop a comb full of honey into the hive, not to mention being more nutritious than sugar. So there is a strong...
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    Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    I have 2 top-bar hives, started last Spring from swarms. One produced more honey than brood and the other more brood than honey( I transferred some honey from the rich hive to the relatively...
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    Re: Top bar hive entrance front or side?

    I have 2 TBHs, one with a side entrance and one with an end entrance. We had a prolonged, very cold winter in western Colorado this year. There are many variables--hive location, stores, etc--but...
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    Re: Mosquito control in bee water

    Mosquitofish sound like just the ticket. Unfortunately, my county doesn't give them away for free. But I found an online source, LiveAquaria.com; $1.29 ea. Here is their info on the Mosquitofish:...
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    Re: Top Bar Books or Magazines?

    Yes, The Barefoot Beekeeper is entirely about TBHs. I checked it out from my local library (had to special request it) and read /skimmed it through several months ago before returning it. The...
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    Re: Mosquito control in bee water

    Thanks for all the good ideas. I think I will try the goldfish, but it's good to know about the other options, too.
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    Mosquito control in bee water

    Is there a way to keep mosquito larvae from propagating in my bees' water basin that is safe for the bees? I will be using a half whiskey barrel, and there will be a water lily living in it, too. ...
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    Re: Feeding Pollen and honey

    Thanks PaulC. I'll add that to my list of ways to feed.
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    Re: Feeding Pollen and honey

    I'm curious to know what technique you are going to use to feed the honey and pollen in your TBH?
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    Re: Strip built Top Bar Hive.

    That's what's so great about TBHs. You can be as creative as you want or as minimalist as you want. And you can use up materials you have lying around the shop. (Not so, Langstroth hives) You...
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    Re: TopBar hive Bars

    One other technique to consider: This spring I am going to follow the advice of a very experienced beekeeper friend and set 3/4" x about 6" strips of beeswax covered foundation in the saw kerfs of...
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