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    Re: Stop feeding?

    My swarm is two weeks old today and building furiously. I have been feeding both pollen patties and 2:1 the whole time. Their comb is out to the 8th bar and nearly filling to the walls.

    I live in...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Sitting in my yard watching my gals come and go. A huge cloud of bees arrive and the noise from the hives lifted to an agitated level. I was in a robbing cloud and the girls were mad as hell. My Top...
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    Re: A swarm found me

    ! week down and they are doing well. Comb built out to bar #8 and heavy :) I'm feeding 2:1 and pollen patties to get them stored up just incase a cold snap hits us ad ends the late blooms and flows....
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    Re: Wasps

    I'm setting out a 2 liter bottle trap for the wasps around my hives. Had a yellow jacket zoom into my top bar hive today and I was not able to get it out. So I put in the restricted entrance hole and...
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    Re: A swarm found me

    Almost a week later and I have been giving them 1 quart of 2:1 everyday now. In theory UPS will be here tomorrow with some pollen patty mix that I will add to the hive so they can start putting away...
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    Swarm landed end of September...

    Howdy all, I've had my Top Bar hive set up and out in the yard for while now and did not expect ANY action this year. Well Wednesday the 27th of September I see bees in my hive, I caught a swarm....
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    Re: Ok, you amateur botanist;

    The trick isn't getting it to grow... it's keeping it from taking over once it starts...

    A clipping in water will start roots, than your on your own :p
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    A swarm found me

    Both images are balls in the hive, a whole lotta bees WOW. I'm glad our winters are mild and blooms happen all year for the most part. I plan on feeding them hoping they can get enough stores...
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    Salvia fields

    I've been scouring my area for Black Sage plants and finding very little. My local organic garden shop had a few that I snapped up and now hive them along my fence line. I'm hoping to find seeds and...
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    by Dwarvencheif
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    Re: bran-new

    Welcome to the site :) Former Army myself :)
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    Re: Pic of some Irma prep

    Hope the trailer is connected to the ground, so the wind doesn't flip it.

    Hope for the best...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Now they are fanning like crazy LOL

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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Watching a storm roll in, my wife's hive looked like a reversed funnel sucking all the bees into the hive as fast as they could fly. Not two minutes later the rain came down hard, not something we...
  14. Thread: Texas

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    Re: Texas

    Only time I was in anything close to that kind of rain was in KS in 1993-4. when the central states where flooded from the gulf to Canada. Growing up in Santa Barbara Calif, where anything past 4" of...
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    Re: Langstroth to Top bar quandry

    I'll be following this post with interest. The guy I'm getting my bees from only work in Langstroth :( I asked if I could drop off a top bar nuc but he says his system is rather strict... He is...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    This afternoon I sat watching as the drones came out for cleansing flights (?). Loud and clumsy they were LOL.

    They have been doing this every evening, around 3pm till dusk.
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    Re: Wax foundation attached to top bars ?

    This was my original plan but for some reason triangle stock is vacant from all the places I have looked for wood in... weird...
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    Re: Wax foundation attached to top bars ?

    My thoughts exactly, glad to hear it works :)

    All I have at the moment is a Makita hand held circular saw, but I have access to a mill. I was going to talk about making bars en mass just to have a...
  19. Re: Caught a swarm, curse the day I let it go

    On the possible up side her majesty could have been a virgin going out for a mating. I'm currently watching for a swarm here but we have very mild and short cold season so it's not imposable to find...
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    Re: Wax foundation attached to top bars ?

    I have the triangle bars from "Bee Thinking" that came with the hive and I'm working out how to make more like them, it can't be harder than what I was making before LOL
    When I start making another...
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    Re: 80% of new Beekeepers call it quits?

    Going into my second year I can only say I'm more interested than I was last year.

    Coming from a "Collector" background I can see the pit falls of "we all have to save the bees" attitude. Many...
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    Re: New from So Cal....

    Howdy as well, So Cal newbee here :)
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    Re: Russian sage. Blooms all year?

    I was under the impression that the thistle we have around here was native (looking it up currently). I have an embankment full of the stuff and the bees like it. I'm not crazy about the pointy bits...
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    Wax foundation attached to top bars ?

    Looking at dozens of videos on making top bars I have not seen much on using a 1"+ wax foundation melted into a groove in the top bar.

    Would this be a royal pain in the rear or is it a workable...
  25. Diatomaceous earth and Ants - West Coast

    The other day I noticed ants under my wife's hive and a few crawling around inside my empty TBH. I have some Diatomaceous earth from a flea issue left over from our cats and dusted the ground under...
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