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  Topic: what presever do i use on the hive
Bleith

Replies: 5
Views: 3821

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:45 pm   Subject: what presever do i use on the hive
I used shilac. It is a natural product and is harmless to bees
  Topic: Preparing for winter
Bleith

Replies: 30
Views: 29890

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:22 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
Well the days of reckoning appear to be on us here in the Chicagoland area. Drones being forced out etc. bottom of hive filled with dead or dieing drones. Will they remove them themselves? We have g ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
Bleith

Replies: 30
Views: 29890

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:36 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
thanks barbara. should i center all the combs in the hive? I thought about doing that and filling the empty cavity with straw for added insulation. I have side entrances about 1/3 rd way form one e ...
  Topic: Preparing for winter
Bleith

Replies: 30
Views: 29890

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:16 pm   Subject: Preparing for winter
Questions regarding winter prep as well. If they haven't built on some bars, do u remove them and move follower board over? So they don't have the empty space to keep warm,?
  Topic: Drones with no heads
Bleith

Replies: 5
Views: 5367

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:21 pm   Subject: Drones with no heads
I have recently found a few maybe 4 drones dead with no heads. Maybe it's nothing but I haven't noticed this before when I have seen dead drones. Any thing to be concerned with?
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:05 am   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
I believe I spotted the new queen today. So hopefully the colony will begin to build in a month or so. Seems to be a lot of nectar and a fare amount of capped honey. Most of the brood left from the ...
  Topic: Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA
Bleith

Replies: 9
Views: 9216

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:54 am   Subject: Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA
How is your hive(s) going? Mine (1) was going like gang busters then they swarmed high on a tree and I couldn't retrieve them. The remaining bees have since reared a new queen from one of the eggs th ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 4:08 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
Here's an update. Original capped queen cell appears to have emerged. Nice clean opening at the bottom of the comb. 3 other potential queen cells look like they may have been torn open. I assume the ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:16 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
So I did an inspection yesterday, 3 days after I determined I have 1 capped queen cell. It looks like I have another capped queen cell, but of course I have no idea if they capped and old one or ther ...
  Topic: Brand new fallen comb and feeding
Bleith

Replies: 9
Views: 9330

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:48 pm   Subject: Brand new fallen comb and feeding
Seems like they are doing good. I'd pull the feeder. Whereabouts in Illinois are you?
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:20 am   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
The qc that is empty never appeared to be capped. There is one that is capped. The uncapped one at further inspection appears empty. Seems like there are plenty bees bringing in pollen. Some brood lef ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:01 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
So it appears that there is one capped cell now. So according to bee math I should have a queen in 8-9 days? Then she must mate with drones. At second glance it appears the second QC has nothing in i ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:34 am   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
I will keep you posted. I can't thank you enough for your time and help
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:50 am   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
I have a tbh that I have been using and I do have one nuc available that is empty.

Also, I assume i need to check the queen cell everyday to see when it is capped?
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:59 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
Sounds good, will do that. what if over the next couple of days, I find some new eggs? That would tell me there is a live queen in there. Should I keep the 2 queen cells? Make a split? I don't h ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:40 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
completed a full inspection (to my knowledge anyway). I did not find an actual queen. Did find 3 queen cells. 2 were open and had what appeared larvae in both. Royal jelly? hard to say, but I left ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:22 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
So, They swarmed today. High up in a tree that I have no way of getting to. I have a bait box in my yard on a fence between 2 bushes and a neighbor has a box in his yard but is about 3 blocks away. ...
  Topic: Queen cells, what to do?
Bleith

Replies: 18
Views: 14861

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:41 pm   Subject: Queen cells, what to do?
a few questions have come up. If I can only find a TBH proponent in the Chicago-land area in the USA I wouldn't have to bother you fine folks. came home today mid morning and and appeared they were ...
  Topic: A lot of questions
Bleith

Replies: 6
Views: 5990

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:16 pm   Subject: A lot of questions
I do have guides on all the bars. A triangle piece of wood that is pinned to the top bar. I will give that a try. Thx
  Topic: A lot of questions
Bleith

Replies: 6
Views: 5990

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:51 am   Subject: A lot of questions
]I only have 1.5" bars and the bees do fine with it. If you're finding it hard to remove combs, you need to make space. Have the bees already filled the hive?

They just seemed to start buildin ...
  Topic: A lot of questions
Bleith

Replies: 6
Views: 5990

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:44 am   Subject: A lot of questions
Thanks for advice. I need to figure out how to straighten the comb that is slightly off center. All the comb was perfectly centered on the comb guide until they started to to make surplus honey comb. ...
  Topic: A lot of questions
Bleith

Replies: 6
Views: 5990

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:13 pm   Subject: A lot of questions
New beek here. I'll keep it straight forward

1) I have 1 1/2" wide top bars. Do I need it wider for honey? The come is wider and harder to remove for inspection

2) do you add bars to the ...
  Topic: Periscope Entrance
Bleith

Replies: 6
Views: 6458

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:11 pm   Subject: Periscope Entrance
New bee here. Tried the periscope entrance with 3 top holes and it seemed like a massive log jam of traffic. I had also drilled 3 lower holes and had them plugged with corks. I ended up removing th ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 9828

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:19 pm   Subject: Does this look normal?
One of the newest bars
http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag384/bleith/IMG_1698_zps03370c2c.jpg

about 2 bars down from the previous bar
http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag384/bleith/IMG_1702_ ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 9828

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:12 pm   Subject: Does this look normal?
http://i1373.photobucket.com/albums/ag384/bleith/IMG_1681_zps0e74900d.jpg

the above link is a picture of the comb I first had questions about. I will post more in an effort to get a broader idea o ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 9828

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:57 pm   Subject: Does this look normal?
I will work on posting pics. I did not use smoke and have no intentions of ever using it. Infact I don't even have a smoker. So, I went in there today and removed every bar, had my 9 year old take a ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 9828

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:36 pm   Subject: Does this look normal?
These are the things I expected to hear. As to answer the question what was on the rest of the bar, there was about 1-2 inches of honey across the top and he said the rest of the comb had worker brood ...
  Topic: Does this look normal?
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 9828

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:10 am   Subject: Does this look normal?
First time bee keeper with HTBH. Installed a 3lb package with queen (was told it was an Italian) about 6 weeks ago. It has an observation window that I peek into about every couple of days. The other ...
  Topic: South vs North facing entrance
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 8905

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:15 pm   Subject: South vs North facing entrance
I have a HTBH built to your spec Phil. The entrance holes have been a little confusing for me however. I currently have 3 holes drilled on the long side about 2" apart and about 1" or so abo ...
  Topic: South vs North facing entrance
Bleith

Replies: 13
Views: 8905

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 18, 2014 3:37 am   Subject: South vs North facing entrance
Can you add a periscope entrance anytime? Or should you wait for a certain season?
 
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