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  1. Re: adding bees to last years hive- ok to use comb etc

    Well, I suppose that's the 64 million dollar question. I feel like i made some missteps that may have contributed. The comb looks ok but there was some mold growth from too much moisture.
  2. adding bees to last years hive- ok to use comb etc

    My bees didn't make it through the winter. I was going to add a package of bees to the old hive which contains a mixture of empty comb, comb with pollen, and capped honey. Is there any issues with...
  3. Re: Help with second year attempt. -Modified hive- frames with comb.

    Yeah, a pretty dumb move on my part. Thought I was protecting them and instead I was doing the opposite. Lesson learned.
  4. Re: Help with second year attempt. -Modified hive- frames with comb.

    Thanks for the input. Hadn't thought of the the combs possibly being diseased. I think the bees died due to some missteps on my part. I didn't treat for mites but I think the biggest thing might...
  5. Help with second year attempt. -Modified hive- frames with comb.

    This will be my second year with my warre hive and I need a little guidance starting our since this is year # and am not starting with an empty hive. Long story short the hive did well but I lost my...
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    Re: Ventilation

    I have one square of cloth that I put down over the top bars before the quilted top box goes down. This way the bottom of the quilt box doesn't get glued down. I"m using cedar shavings in the quilt...
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    Ventilation

    I understand that the design of the barre is supposed to aid in the ventilation but I'm wondering if the bees are defeating this feature when they lay down propolis all over the top cloth. At least...
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    Re: is it a warre hive

    You bring up an interesting point. I started the season with two empty boxes. they started builiding in the top box attaching the comb all the way down to the top of the bars in the lower box. Maybe...
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    Re: is it a warre hive

    I would like to modify mine. I don't have trouble with straight comb but the bees attach the comb to the top of the bars in the box below. If i need to check a box or move them I'm breaking comb....
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    Re: Cluster with no Queen?

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. Embarrassingly I did not treat for mites. I know that hope is not a strategy but I was hoping I wouldn't need to mess with mite treatment. I've made some...
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    Cluster with no Queen?

    Wondering if bees will cluster with out a queen and would they do this over the winter? I've got a ware hive that I thought was dead due to a lack of bee activity but when I opened it up there was a...
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    Re: Over wintering - bottom box question.

    Ok Thanks. I know it seems like a dumb question but just wondered if they needed actual space for the ball. Sounds like they don't.
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    Over wintering - bottom box question.

    So I've reduced my hive to two boxes. Both boxes are full of comb/honey. My question revolves around the bees keeping warm. I understand that they cluster in the winter to stay warm. How would they...
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    Re: Wow! When should I stop adding boxes?

    So would it be a bad idea to add an excluder to my top box with the idea of harvesting it in the fall. Would this force the bees to finish it out with honey instead of continuing to use parts of it...
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    Re: Wow! When should I stop adding boxes?

    Interesting to know what your experience has been. I also wasn't sure if a guy could employ the excluder in a warre. When would you do that? After the top box was full of comb but not being all...
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    Re: Wow! When should I stop adding boxes?

    Might have to try that. Still can't figure out why the top box is still being used by the queen. She's supposed to prefer new comb for egg laying. Maybe she's a rookie...
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    Re: Wow! When should I stop adding boxes?

    Well, I had decided to harvest the top box (4 stack) since the hive seemed to be getting full (3 boxes of comb). This is the first time I've "torn" into my hive. I have inspection windows but you...
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    Re: Wow! When should I stop adding boxes?

    I'm a newbie as well. Started one two box hive in april and now have 4 boxes. They are starting to partly fill the 4th box. I was not expecting this much production. Everything I read said that you...
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    Re: Lowest box full of bees.

    They may be doing just that. I couldn't see the comb but they were hooked together. Guess I'll find out. Thanks for the reassurance.
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    Lowest box full of bees.

    Ok, Dumb question but I have three boxes on my hive. The top box is full and the second box down is 90% full. The bottom box is stuffed with bees. I don't think they are building comb but it's...
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    Re: Genetics question

    Thanks for the explanation everyone. That makes sense. I purchased my bees from a commercial bee guy and when I asked what kind of bees they were he just said a mix. They do all look a mix of...
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    Re: Genetics question

    Thanks. I just put the package in my hive last night and although I thought I was prepared I quickly realized after pulling the feeder can out of the bee package that watching this on the internet...
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    Genetics question

    I am a complete bee newb and half embarrassed to ask but I purchased a package of bees that are a mix of Italians and Carniolan. This got me to wonder what kind of bees will I eventually wind up...
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