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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Some bees are just born mean but this sounds like you have a hive that is normally fine.

    In that case, it's usually, like Grins said, because of a lack of resources. It can also be that...
  2. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    The best spray bottle I've found is a gray Spraymaster. I got it at either Home Depot or Lowes. I like the grip and I have yet to have it fail. It costs a little more than the basic sprayer but...
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    Re: I'm walking again.

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    If you have someone who can help you build the hives you can custom make them to your needs (and it can be inexpensive since you can use material you have around).
    I built these top...
  4. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    I posted this a while ago and originally there were replys but now they seem to have disappeared.
    The replies seemed to go off on a tangent about how to light a smoker so maybe they got moved.
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Gray Goose, a big part of the Darwinian concept is to be willing to euthanize any colony with high mite counts.
    Last year I had to do that to a couple of colonies by using a big restaurant...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    OK, here is the continued "evolution" of my Darwinian experiment.

    With bait hives, caught swarms from houses, cut-outs, and splits, I'm up to 16 hives. 1 Warre, 4 Top Bars (medium lang frame...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Another update on my Darwinian adventure.

    Last year when I started my move toward Darwinian Beekeeping, I had 13 colonies. Most were in 8 frame medium Langs, 2 in Warres and 4 in top bars. I...
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    Re: Response to a presentation

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    Yes, I use scrap wood or what I call "curbside aquisitions". I spend money on the hardware (hinges and handles) and the roofs ( I now use MDO for my top bar roofs and lang...
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    Re: Response to a presentation

    BTW, none of my top bar hives have cost me more than $25
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    Re: Response to a presentation

    I'm thinking that this guy either built or bought a top bar hive that he hates. It's all about designing for use.

    If you want comb to be exchangeable with Langstroth frames or with other top bar...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Ok, today was the day to "circle up". Instead of circling the wagons, I circled the hives. (maybe that's the key to fighting varroa)46723
    I'm also finally getting a chance to check on my remaining...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    I apologize for the late reply. It’s amazing how work, conferences, short courses and hive maintenance can eat up the winter.

    I said last fall when I decided to try Darwinian Beekeeping, even if...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Last fall I decided to give Selley's ideas a try.

    I think I have the perfect set up to see what happens with Darwinian Beekeeping. I have 170 acres in an agriculture/timber area. I'm a hobbyist...
  14. Top Bar Observation Hive for Blue Haven Honey

    Friends of mine own and operate Blue Haven Honey Co. in Canon Georgia. They wanted an Observation Hive in their lobby and tried both the 5 frame (with one above) hive and a five frame vertical OH....
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    Re: screen bottom or super vent holes?

    Here are the pictures of my screened inner covers and hybrid bottom boards.
    Sorry it took awhile. I can only play with bees (and equipment) on the weekends.

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    The BB...
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    Re: screen bottom or super vent holes?

    I don't have plans for the bottom board and inner cover (I usually just wing it) but I can take some better pictures in a couple days and post those if that would help.
    The latest bottom boards I...
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    Re: screen bottom or super vent holes?

    I built the bottom boards the way I did because I'm in SHB territory. It's basically solid on the bottom with space enough for cookie sheets filled with oil during SHB season. There's screen above...
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    Re: screen bottom or super vent holes?

    I have a hybrid bottom board that allows some ventilation but it's not completely open. It's solid on the bottom to allow an oil tray to go in.
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    Since I have the Georgia heat problems, I...
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    Re: Top Bar OH for Blue Haven Honey

    The stand is screwed to the base and the hive to the stand. Someone would have to work hard to pull the whole thing over.
    I've since made a follower "board" out of room darkening material to...
  20. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    I really don't spray the bees that much. It just puts a scent in the air other than the alarm scent and the extra water doesn't hurt them.
    If you tasted mint it was because the bees were working...
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    Top Bar OH for Blue Haven Honey

    Friends of mine own and operate Blue Haven Honey Co. in Canon Georgia. They wanted an OH in their lobby and tried both the 5 frame (with one above) hive and a five frame vertical OH. The bees...
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    I see the smoker conversations ranging from the "apisolis smoker gadget" to "how the heck do I keep a smoker lit?"

    Every time the talk turns to smokers I listen sympathetically and then tell what...
  23. DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    I see the smoker conversations ranging from the "apisolis smoker gadget" to "how the heck do I keep a smoker lit?"

    Every time the talk turns to smokers I listen sympathetically and then tell what...
  24. Re: has anyone seen this apisolis smoker gadget? I got an advertisement on FB for it.

    For the most part I have DITCHED MY SMOKER. Here's why.

    I run some top bar hives and when I first started I saw videos on how to get the bees to go back into the hive in order to put the bars...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Cover

    Ferg,
    These are home made concrete stands for my Langs. I had some lightweight aggregate I was using for a cultured stone making project to I decided to make my own stands with it. I have a...
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