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    Re: Why not Langstroth/Warre combo?

    Mendozer, if you are looking to go "natural" go with a foundationless Langstroth. The wax will be new and as untainted as you can get in your area. I really like top bar hives and have several of...
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    Re: New Smoker

    My thanks to all who recommended the Dadant smoker. Santa also gave me one for Christmas and the difference between it and the old *@#$%^ brand smoker make me wish I had gotten it much sooner and not...
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    Re: Swarm cell location in a top bar hive

    Do you tend to find the everywhere in the broodnest or just in one specific area?

    Great pictures by the way.
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    Swarm cell location in a top bar hive

    After 7 years working with top bar hives, you would think I would know the answer to this question. In a Langstroth hive you usually find the swarm cells at the bottom of the frames between boxes....
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    Re: What to Plant in 1/4 Acre

    Since I am far, far away from Kentucky, I am not the best person to answer that question. On my 1/2 acre of pasture outside of Seattle, I have planted black locust (considered invasive in many...
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    Re: What to Plant in 1/4 Acre

    I have spent hundreds of dollars on seeds for bees and in my opinion, it is throwing your money down the drain. Plant a dozen bee trees and sit back and relax for the next 20 years. No replanting, no...
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    Re: Langstroth 8-Frame space question

    I would recommend using the follower board recommended above. If there is too much space on the sides, the bees build out the comb farther than the frame guide. Once the wax goes beyond that, the...
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    Re: Amazon Oxalic Acid Killed my Hives!

    I have always used Savogran brand with good results, until last year. I will admit that I have seen some variance in their product too. I got a batch last year that had an odd consistency when...
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    Re: Varroa Mitigation Entrance using Nail Brushes

    I believe the brushes will catch a few mites but with the mites already in the hive multiplying at an exponential rate, the brushes will never make a large dent in the population. It also might work...
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    Re: Driving with bees

    Same here. I once drove with quite a few of them flying around in the car. I opened the windows a bit because it was fairly cold and they preferred to hang out on the packages with the other bees. I...
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    Re: Weak Hive Coming out of Winter

    I am with Steve on this one. I believe it is still pretty early in the season for your area. My bees are real mutts that generally winter in really small clusters. I happen to like that trait...
  12. Re: first sting of the season, the treatment works!

    I got my first 6 last weekend. No smoke on a very hungry hive. I was giving them a full super full of honey and they came after me like they were trained assassins.

    Denis, this is the hive I will...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I would also say we are not taking the right path on this. At 63, I am in one of the "vulnerable" age groups. But I am not sequestering myself. I am washing my hands more than usual but refuse to...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I cannot understand hoarding the bottled water. The water from the tap is perfectly fine in my area. Is the virus going to turn off the municipal water system too?
  15. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    For my area it is early but I have seen earlier. My almond tree and my thundercloud plum tree are currently in full bloom. In 2019 and 2018 it was on 3/20, in 2017 it was on 4/1 and in 2015 (the...
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    Re: syrup specs for feeding (1:1 and 2:1)?

    As KRhodes states above, Randy Oliver's website did a study and it is worth reading. Any time other than autumn, I mix the syrup by volume 1:1. Making 2:1 requires the water be brought almost to...
  17. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    The concept of lasting effects from OAV is not one I have seen proof of and have always wondered about it. I do admit that I have repeated it without really thinking it through. I do not believe the...
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    That would bother most respectable beekeepers but I believe you are misunderstanding the process. I my area of the country, the timing of feeding is different than what you are describing. There is...
  19. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    You can go round a round on this topic without getting a clear answer. My opinion on overwintered nucs, based on my experience with the ones I have sold or seen bought by others, is that the claim of...
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    I am with mtnmyke on this one. I use mostly 8 frame deeps for brood boxes and come swarm season, if I am not using 3 deep boxes, you can pretty much guarantee that they will swarm. The bees will fill...
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    Re: Top Bar Bee Hive Plans

    I would not worry too much about insulation. There are plenty of beekeepers in the colder parts of the world that do not use any and their bees make it through winter just fine. As I have stated...
  22. Re: Migratory tops, 10 frame covers on an 8 frame box

    Thank you all. That is what I was hoping for.
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    I have bunch of large corrugated plastic election signs from the election a couple of years ago. I will be using them on the top to keep the water out. I have a few wooden covers I use now and with...
  24. Migratory tops, 10 frame covers on an 8 frame box

    I will be making a bunch of migratory tops this year. I run both 8 frame and 10 frame boxes. Is there any reason to not use a 10 frame size cover on an 8 frame box? Yes, it will hang over the sides...
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    Re: Top Bar Bee Hive Plans

    I used the plans from here: https://mistressbeek.com/

    They are easy to build and very quick. I currently have 6 top bar hives. For a roof on top I use vinyl roofing panels cut to size with rope...
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