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    Re: Honey Flow (please explain)

    Big THANKS to Rader Sidetrack, qmcharlie, and Solomon Parker for their great answers.
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    Honey Flow (please explain)

    Can/will somebody/anybody please explain to me what a honey flow is, how do you recognize it when it's happening, and (if you know) when does it NORMALLY start/end in CENTRAL INDIANA.
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    Re: Bee-saster in Indiana

    You did your wife a disservice. Wives have an inalienable right to video their husbands' mistakes, email photos/movies to friends/relatives, and put it on Youtube.
    Heck, I'd've paid $10 to see...
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    Re: FINALLY found a frame with eggs

    Thanks, Mike, that's good to know. Makes a lot of sense.
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    Re: Cross comb problem

    If it were I, I'd get one of the other hives fixed up with properly prepared top bars. Then I would place the new hive in the exact spot where the bad hive is and shake/brush (whatever) all of the...
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    FINALLY found a frame with eggs

    One of my top-bar hives was missing a queen, and for several days my wife and I were looking in the other three tbh's for a bar with eggs to give to the hive that needed to raise a queen.
    I could...
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    Re: Is Patience a Virtue?

    Is Patience a Virtue?
    Yes, patience is a virtue, and there are six others... all deadly!
    e.g.,
    The seven deadly virtues, those ghastly little traps
    Oh no, my liege, they were not meant for me...
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    Re: Spotted eggs in my weak hive!

    He didn't say he saw spotted eggs; he said he spotted eggs, i.e., he took a marker and put spots on the eggs... God knows why(?). Learn to read...:)
  9. Re: Space between the first top bar and the entrance board

    See my thread titled "My Most Favorite Top Bar Feeder" recently. In it I included my YouTube Video's URL; near the end I also talk about my hives design showing my top 3/8-inch-slot entrance and my...
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    UPDATE...
    My wife and I just now came in from moving the three top-bar feeders back on the top to the 15th bar near the end of the brood chamber.
    After we moved each feeder back about seven bars,...
  11. Re: Do I definitely, absolutely, 100% for SURE have a queen bees?

    Hi, Mike, GLAD that you're back... missed ya. My wife and I just now came in from moving the three top-bar feeders back on the top to the 15th bar near the end of the brood chamber.
    After we...
  12. Re: Do I definitely, absolutely, 100% for SURE have a queen bees?

    Colleen O. and rhaldridge, a big THANKS for the reassurance from the two of you. I am 90% sure that my three hives all have their queens. They are bringing in pollen by the boatloads, so I am going...
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    Thanks, Loup, your bees' having drawn four bars of honey already is really good. Sounds like you're off and running for a good year. Glad that you liked the video. I have (I think) 31 or 32 bars...
  14. Re: Do I definitely, absolutely, 100% for SURE have a queen bees?

    Thanks to ALL for your replies. Seems I have a two-week waiting game; that will be no problem. I have a good supply of gin, vermouth, and olives. As long as that supply holds out for two weeks, so...
  15. Re: Do I definitely, absolutely, 100% for SURE have a queen bees?

    Thanks, ALL above.
    I think that I will wait another week or two to check the comb. I've had several bad experiences lifting the new combs loaded with bees. I'll just wait and hope for the best. ...
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    Thanks, ALL above.
    I think that I will wait another week or two to check the comb. I've had several bad experiences lifting the new combs loaded with bees. I'll just wait and hope for the best. ...
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    HappyBeing, thanks.
    mrutkaus, good thinking. If I had known then what I know now, and if my hives weren't fixed in place permanently, I would have moved them into the barn and done what you did....
  18. Re: Do I definitely, absolutely, 100% for SURE have a queen bees?

    I have read so many that I've lost count of the posts on this and other forums and in popular "how to" bee books advising my releasing the queen(s) if she's been with the bees several days before...
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    Re: Inadvertent Package Install Experiment

    I like EVERYTHING about your hives' design, and I see no room for improvement... great ideas.
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    Today is April 7. Monday evening and Tuesday morning of April 1, 2013, in freezing weather I installed three three-pound packages into three top bar hives. At the same time, I released the queens...
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    Thanks, Dudelt. Honestly, I had considered doing that, but I wasn't sure that it would work. I'll know now that it will, and from now on if I ever have to hive bees in cold weather, that's the way...
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    I want someone to knock me in the head if I EVER attempt to install bees in cold weather again, especially more that one hive. Today I wanted to install the last two of the three packages I ordered....
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    Re: My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    Thanks, Shannon, it saved three pounds of bees this evening. if you noticed, my name is down below the video screen, and beside my name it shows my other two videos of my installing bees into the...
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    My most favorite top bar hive FEEDER

    http://youtu.be/i6QXG9kCOpQ

    My wife, Anne, and I made this video today, March 30. I am getting ready for three three-pound packages with queens to arrive Monday, April 1, with the weather...
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    Re: And I thought that they were dead. Ain't

    Colleen and AkDan, hopefully our queens will start laying in a week or two, and we'll all have a boatload of new bees to bring in all the makings of honey from the tree blossoms soon afterwards. ...
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