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    Re: November Presentation

    I did one in January with just a frame of capped comb and some bees. Most people really want to see the queen when you take an observation hive, but I wouldn't risk that in late Nov in Indiana. ...
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    Re: Two Hives - combine?

    You don't say how large each hive is or how many bars of brood or stores each one has. I've found smaller than normal colonies can overwinter, as long as they are healthy and you watch the food in...
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    Re: Nuc Hive Box Size

    I run all my spring splits in 7 bar topbar nucs. This allows me to get an in-hive feeder in there and have 5 bars drawn out. After the main nectar flow, I also use quite a bit of the 5 frame Lang...
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    Re: Long hives from reeds (Dadant).

    You can see inside them in their other video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzR_Y6e5ClM
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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    That will depend on how "old" your comb is and how well it is attached to the comb guide/bar. I find the little pocket of air in each cell to be more of a problem than comb breakage. If you try and...
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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    I'd feed until the end of Oct if possible and then if you still have unfilled comb, press soft fondant/moist sugar into the comb. All my topbar hives get sugar bricks in them in early winter so that...
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    Re: Top Bar Feeding

    I run lots of topbar hives and have fed them different ways. Behind the follower board, in the comb section, different feeders including TB division board feeder...In the fall it really doesn't seem...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    here in coastal Virginia, we have mild winters, so the bees are very active even in Dec/Jan. I put sugar bricks in each hive in late November and sometimes have to replace them in January. They...
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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    Why do you feel the emergency feed needs to be "above the combs"? If the bees are truly starving, it needs to be adjacent to the cluster, hung as a comb or pushed into empty comb, but then the bees...
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    Re: I'm walking again.

    I've been through 2 hip replacements while working my topbar hives and they are so easy compared to the medium 8 frame ones I also have. (I've also tried the horizontal Lang, but still prefer the...
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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    My winters are probably a bit more mild here in coastal VA than yours in KY, but I always put a sugar brick on the floor of each topbar hive by Dec 1 since mine are always breaking cluster and fly...
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    Re: Single Frame OH - thoughts?

    I use the single frame Ob Hives for farmer's markets and the fall county fair. For an 8 hr venture, they should have no problem accepting the queen back, although I do tend to pick on smaller...
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    Re: Flow in Richmond VA??

    do they plant cotton anywhere near you? Here in Smithfield, they are pulling it in like mad.
  14. Thread: nuc

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    Re: nuc

    $90 is the price of a package of bees in spring, so if you are not a newbee, but know how to take care of bees to get them through winter, I'd go for it. Here in coastal VA, I can usually get 5...
  15. Re: not new to bee stings, but I just had a real bad reaction

    I've been using live bee stings for years to help deal with osteoarthritis, so my body if very accustomed to the venom. However, a couple of years ago, I got a surprise sting above my right eye and...
  16. Thread: Hive smell

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    Re: Hive smell

    Api-air is a real thing. Slovenian hives most popular for using it with but you can attach it to a Langstroth or topbar hive. I have one for my solid bottom topbar hive. The propolis is being...
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    Re: I just killed both my queens, am I crazy?

    I've had them successfully well-mated into Oct but I don't know if my percentage really improves over the summer percentage. I keep a queen castle going April to Oct and try and let my newly mated...
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    Re: I just killed both my queens, am I crazy?

    I never kill a good queen, I always move her over to a small nuc. By July 1, we have so many dragonflies and birds that I have only a 50% return rate on mating queens at that time. (In early...
  19. Re: Where can I buy brushy mountain bee supply items? Bee suit? Coffin hive?

    I have to ask what a coffin hive is. My topbar hives tend to look like little people coffins since I put chest handles on them and they have a gabled roof.
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    Re: Wax per pound via crush and strain

    It will depend on the length and depth of your bars and whether or not they are honey comb or brood comb bars. I recover less wax from brood bars that they fill with honey. From my 19" long (17"...
  21. Re: Queenless hive with supersedure cells - best approach at this point?

    bees will often attempt to make a queen supercedure cell with an egg from a laying worker. Not sure how long yours has been queenless, but these queen cells usually end up very long and don't make a...
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    Re: Splitting a Top-bar hive

    during the heavy nectar flow when my big hives fill up, I relieve some of the congesting in that hive by taking about 5 bars of the uncapped nectar and donating it to a smaller colony that I have...
  23. Thread: Epi-Pen

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    Re: Epi-Pen

    All I had to do was tell my primary care physician that I was using bee venom for my arthritis, and he wrote the script without me asking (his wife is a beekeeper)
  24. Re: about 12 queen cells in one hive. Harvest some? or let them bee?

    I might call them emergency replacement cells if the queen was accidentally rolled or injured during your last inspection (like mine was). I was able to split my stack into 3 separate mating nucs as...
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    Re: Capping honey question

    I am finding that while some of mine are not all capped, the honey inside is still at 16%, so if they don't cap it in the next 2 weeks, I'm going to pull it and harvest it.
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