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    Re: Beekeeping educators stepping up

    I've made available on Youtube the 12 part training class on Grafting Queens for the Backyard Beekeeper taught by Dr Sean Kenny, from Jan 2019. He is a contributor here on Beesource and is a great...
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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    I run mostly topbar hives here in Virginia. Since I do not use foundation, it is not uncommon for the bees to have a lot of drone comb in my hives, which I am OK with since I raise queens. If you...
  3. Re: Round Observation Hive with topbar combs

    hocdkeyfan, if I were adding a package of bees to an empty cylindrical hive as this, I'd be very concerned about brood comb. But the way this one will work is that the 8 bars will be drawn out in a...
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    Re: How often to re-bate swarm trap

    Try some Swarm Commander. It is expensive, but very effective (and don't spill it in your car or you won't be able to keep the windows down without bees coming inside)
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    Re: Cluster Temperature Probe

    I use this one from ambientweather.com. It has a flexible wire to allow me to place it where the queen is at (and hopefully the brood chamber stays for the winter). I don't always link them up to...
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    Re: Nursery cage

    They were sold out when I looked 2 weeks ago, but I guess they got more in. Currently showing 3 avail. Keep in mind, I haven't tried it yet, so can't say how well the plastic holds together.
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    Re: Nursery cage

    Each little compartment houses a queen, similar to the individual blocks that the OP showed. You would never take all the covers off at one time. The grid on the other side does not allow nurse...
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    Re: Dark colony of bees (Carniolan?)

    my Buckfast queens have some dark workers like this, as do my Caucasian queens. (Both lines are from New River Honey Bees and were mated there in WV.)
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    Re: Nursery cage

    I bought this contraption off ebay this year for banking queens. It fits a deep Lang and I think it holds something like 35-40 queens.

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    Re: Bee Weaveer Queens

    I ordered 2 mated BeeWeaver about 4 years ago and did splits with them. One didn't take for whatever reason, but the other one established a nice healthy colony. They certainly could live with the...
  11. Re: CLEARLY SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING START OF SEASON SALE $89 Mesh Suits

    I have their full, vented suit. It is very nicely made and half the price of an Ultrabreeze.
  12. Round Observation Hive with topbar combs

    This is my latest "non-standard" hive. I love using observation hives to educate the general public on bees. I've seen a couple larger "colony hives" from somewhere over in Europe, but here in the...
  13. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    I'm sorry, but I really can't answer that. I'm mostly topbar hives and only own one "genuine" 8fr screened bottom board entrance. I'm too cheap to buy the real bottom boards at $25 each and just...
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    Re: North/South vs East/West TBH

    I have more than 7 topbar hives in my yard and they all have entrances facing different directions. It would appear that the bees don't care.
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    Unfortunately, I am not a carpenter and my husband just wanted to get rid of some old wood. The dark blue brood box is actually tongue and groove siding and then cut down to 10.5". (I have mending...
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    Re: had a cancerous tumor behind left eye

    The New River guy has some great queen lines. I've bought 2 years in a row from him. Follow his youtube channel if you wonder about him. The Buckfast queens from him are extremely gentle and...
  17. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    In areas with a heavy nectar flow in summer, like the Midwest, you really want an arrangement where you can add supers as needed. On the east coast, I don't feel that we have that kind of potential,...
  18. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    I saw drones flying outside my topbar hives in Smithfield Virginia on February 7. Earliest that I can remember. Inspections of some hives showed the queens actively laying drones in the larger...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    I was writing the same thing, but then I erased it as I thought about the "top" that would also be mis-matched and the need for the bees to be able to go up and over the top frames as shown I the...
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    Re: Moving splits

    Did you close up the mini styro nucs for 24 hrs in a cool location? they should of stayed put after that.
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    Re: How many honey supers do I need?

    8 frame or 10 frame mediums? Not sure what your honey flow looks like, but for my area, I'd plan on 3-8 frame honey supers per hive and maybe have two to four extra in case a couple go gang busters.
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    Re: Moving splits

    I don't move my splits out of my yard, but then my boxes are painted all sorts of different colors and the splits are moved into the perennial flower garden so as soon as the bees come out, they know...
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    Re: Is backyard beehive feasible?

    A topbar hive works in the front yard as well. People don't seem to know what it is...

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    In all seriousness, plant some tall flowers like Mexican sunflowers around your hives in the back...
  24. Re: Feeding dry sugar in top bar hive in winter

    I have pressed fondant into brood combs to feed my topbar hives, but it is too much work. I prefer to make a sugar brick with 3 cups of sugar to 1/4 cup of water. Mix until it is like sugar sand. ...
  25. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    The best advice that I was given by the guy who sold me the nuc in 2013 for my first hive (which was a topbar hive), was "expect them to die this winter". In hindsight, he was probably telling me...
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