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    Re: Community Apiary

    One of our clubs put some hives in the local Learning Garden run by the master gardeners. The town required that we fence off the apiary so no one could get near the hives. Because this area is...
  2. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    If this is a brand new hive without drawn comb and you leave the queen cage in there for 10 days, you are likely to end up with a mess of cross comb. Please realize that when you read advice from...
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    Re: Observation Hive Help/Opinions Needed

    Mine at the garden center have typically been going through a quart of syrup a week, until last week when it abruptly came to a halt. I think there must be some fall/winter nectar that they are...
  4. Re: Want to replace a queen with one I raise myself

    plan on making queens when the nectar flow is ON for your area. If you beehives make it through the winter, you most likely will have swarm cells to deal with and those are well-fed queen larvae. I...
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    Re: Observation Hive Help/Opinions Needed

    I saw my smaller observation hive do that when I first installed them at the garden center. We left the 1" foam insulation and blanket on them for about a week to let the bees get used to where the...
  6. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    Our neighborhood belongs to the Nextdoor.com app. I posted an ad there a few months ago for the upcoming bee season. I was keeping my range within a mile of my house since my husband doesn't want...
  7. Re: How to feed pollen patties for top bar hives?

    yes, the ones that are a thicker plastic and more rectangle than round.
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  8. Re: Just a little capped brood in my top bar hives

    I have 12 topbar colonies with different types of queens. Some are still laying a bunch of brood and other have cut back to very little. In one of them with very little brood, I did add an internal...
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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.
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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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