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    Re: Getting follower board to fit

    Sorry, double posted the previous.
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    Re: Getting follower board to fit

    I had a similar problem with the hive expanding and contracting since I built it. My solution was to staple a couple thicknesses of 1/4" sisal cord (natural twine) under the follower board and a...
  3. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    So, life happens and plans change...

    I'll sum up my experience with the transition hive. Not as planned, at all. But, it worked. This post is long, but, I know a couple folks were interested in...
  4. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    Thanks for the advice TBW! Here's a photo of the two hives together. HTBH entrances are, as you guessed, three 1" round holes. I'll start tomorrow by providing their normally "normal" Lang...
  5. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    So I'm six days from the move from the transition hive to their permanent home in a HTBH. I'll make the move next Friday. I hope that I find very little developing brood in the lang frames in the...
  6. Beek attire - Wish I knew before yesterday...

    One item that I have not seen beekeepers using and I wonder why... a sweatband/headband to absorb sweat rolling off the forehead and onto eye glasses essentially blinding the beekeeper.

    It...
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  8. Probably true. Though I don't know if folks...

    Probably true. Though I don't know if folks anywhere would have the same need as I did. I don't think there are many places where a person starting out would be able to buy top bar nucs and did...
  9. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    I'm going to transfer that transition colony into a new HTBH. That'll be my second colony. I hope to finish the season with at least four colonies. Time will tell. I won't be buying colonies to...
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    Re: Bees and moss. Well I never...

    I was following along until...



    There's a twelve step program for folks like you! :lpf:
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    Re: Drone cells in the Treatment Free world

    Not knowing my area as far as honey bees go I think I can say with some confidence that my bees live in an area that is fairly isolated. I know of no other beekeepers in my town , though, there may...
  12. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    LJ,

    Bio bees was one of my references when I was coming up with a design I liked. As I mentioned, this idea was not my own, I just was interested in why I could not find any results from the...
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    Re: Drone cells in the Treatment Free world

    OK, good to know everyone.

    At a winter club meeting a couple of folks piped up about having drone cells in their frames. One of them was adamant that he wanted no drones. No one else threw in...
  14. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    I am the epitome of un-usual...
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    Bees and moss. Well I never...

    Anyone with ponds ever notice bees diving head first into moss? The last three days I have noticed lots of bees digging around in moss by my pond. Are they sucking up water? Pollen? Nectar? What?...
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    Drone cells in the Treatment Free world

    I am wondering what the TF keepers practice is when it comes to drone cell building. Let em bee, cut em out, limit them, etc.

    I am a first season beek and at five weeks my colony has created...
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    Re: What am I looking at?

    So, I opened the hive up for another inspection to check for eggs. I took some straight on photos of cells and after looking on my computer screen saw this. Yahoo!

    I wish I remembered how I got...
  18. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    Eight days into my transition hive. These top bars started with nothing but a wedge with a smear of beeswax on them. Building through a queen excluder for the last four days, they have almost...
  19. Re: Transitioning from Lang nuc to top bar hive...

    Well now Mr. Greg! :no: :) You quoted me out of context. You left out the first sentence which states... "I had this same sizing question as it pertains to swarm traps when building my HTBH swarm...
  20. I hadn't considered that. I'm thinking it is too...

    I hadn't considered that. I'm thinking it is too small of a colony to attempt that. But, being a rookie I just don't know about these things. I suppose being mid June that would be ideal split...
  21. Nancy & LK, thanks again.

    Nancy & LK, thanks again.
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    Re: What am I looking at?

    David, Geez I hope not. That'd be a lot of drones. Queen has larvae and capped brood in the frame area, so, I hope you are wrong. : )

    Photos are a comb in the top bar area... Natural comb, no...
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    Re: What am I looking at?

    Thanks Nelson. I guess I just need to be brave and remove the veil if the bees are not being pissy when I am inspecting. That'll make it easier for these old eyes to see the eggs. In my first hive...
  24. Re: Moving a colony from Hive A to Hive B - Method?

    Thanks LJ.

    That's as good an explanation as I can imagine.

    I guess I assumed with all the efforts I've seen with beekeepers painting different color combinations across their apiary that the...
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    Re: Queen Excluder pros and cons

    Thanks Vance. I'm hoping that 21 days will not effect them much. I have the plastic queen excluder and the mesh seems very small to me, but, I guess they are OK. I will have to watch for dead bees...
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