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  Topic: Hive Hygiene
Trip

Replies: 2
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 11:44 am   Subject: Hive Hygiene
If you dont have a good ID on why your hives died out I think using a blowtirch on your hive is a prudent measure before adding new bees.
  Topic: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
Trip

Replies: 8
Views: 9058

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:24 pm   Subject: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
In the US, a legitimate warrant must be served at the time of entry onto private property.

Not necessarily a "must". There are many exceptions that allow law enforcement onto private la ...
  Topic: My hTBH just finished.
Trip

Replies: 13
Views: 9329

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:35 pm   Subject: My hTBH just finished.
Your hives are gorgeous, but I really really love the workbench in the pictures.
  Topic: My Bees survived?
Trip

Replies: 4
Views: 2891

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:25 pm   Subject: My Bees survived?
I wouldn't worry about feeding them the 1-1 syrup. Your cold weather is a day or two only event and you will be back to glorious spring weather in a couple of days. I would wait on feeding them more ...
  Topic: Early swarms
Trip

Replies: 2
Views: 2159

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:21 pm   Subject: Early swarms
No swarms here yet. I follow the swarm pages on Beesource to watch the swarm season as it moves north each year and so far nothing outside of Florida on the east coast of the US.
  Topic: Pollen sources
Trip

Replies: 3
Views: 2663

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:54 am   Subject: Pollen sources
Light yellow pollen in the Northeast this time of year is Maple.
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
Trip

Replies: 14
Views: 9918

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:30 pm   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
An update.

After reading the feedback to my question I decided not to combine. I managed to get a new queen and put it into the hive after dumping the bees out about 50 yards away and behind a bui ...
  Topic: Managing my TBBHs
Trip

Replies: 7
Views: 6218

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:00 pm   Subject: Managing my TBBHs
Uwe,

Congratulations on your success this year. It looks like a good year up here in NY too.

I never really rearrange my bars, I figure that's the way the way the bees wanted them so I let them ...
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
Trip

Replies: 14
Views: 9918

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:36 pm   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
Thanks everyone for you input.
  Topic: Laying worker advice needed
Trip

Replies: 14
Views: 9918

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:47 pm   Subject: Laying worker advice needed
I have two hives one with a laying worker. Both hives were started with packages in early June. In one hive something happened to the queen and my attempt to requeen was too late. The laying worker ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
Trip

Replies: 25
Views: 35452

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 1:47 am   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
That's fantastic, I'm glad you didn't give up and left the hive in place for a swarm to take up residence. Good luck with this group of bees.
  Topic: Exterior finish for TBH
Trip

Replies: 5
Views: 4401

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 1:44 am   Subject: Exterior finish for TBH
I think we obsess way too much about the exterior of our hives. I have hives that have latex paint, linseed oil/wax, and some with nothing. None of them seem any worse off than the others. I do hav ...
  Topic: To plane or not to plane inside wood of TBH.
Trip

Replies: 2
Views: 3379

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 5:30 pm   Subject: To plane or not to plane inside wood of TBH.
Don't bother planing the inside. The bees don't care and will take care of the inside anyway. The mites hide and thrive on the bees not the wood. Not sure doing anything to the rough cut wood will ...
  Topic: What does the top rest on?
Trip

Replies: 10
Views: 7979

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:17 pm   Subject: What does the top rest on?
If my hives are not filled with top bars without gaps I find that's how the mice get in to wreck their mayhem.
  Topic: Pollen content
Trip

Replies: 9
Views: 7938

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:31 pm   Subject: Pollen content
Those are both advantages not disadvantages of Top Bar Hives. Google benefits of pollen and you will see why so many people want minimally filtered and treated honey. I believe Homeopaths and some A ...
  Topic: Mice on top of top bars
Trip

Replies: 4
Views: 4144

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:40 am   Subject: Mice on top of top bars
How do people keep mice from making a home under the roof and on top of the top bars?

I have gabled roofs and every winter mice like to make a home in the space on top of the bars and under the roo ...
  Topic: Don't try this at home !
Trip

Replies: 3
Views: 4380

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 8:40 pm   Subject: Don't try this at home !
Might not work over here any more. On Tuesday 3 more states legalized marihuana, this might be counter productive now that the U.S. is finally loosening up.
  Topic: Hive tool preferences
Trip

Replies: 9
Views: 8283

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:06 am   Subject: Hive tool preferences
My kids got me a fancy hive tool last year for Christmas, but I find myself still using my old bread knife most of the time.
  Topic: The Russian Scion
Trip

Replies: 25
Views: 32960

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:48 pm   Subject: The Russian Scion
Neat idea, thanks for sharing. I am going to try it next spring.
  Topic: Winterizing a top bar hive in Wisconsin.
Trip

Replies: 1
Views: 4756

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:54 am   Subject: Winterizing a top bar hive in Wisconsin.
I am in NY and all I do for winter is to put insulation in my roof. I attach a piece to each roof panel overlapping it in the center.

I think your bigger issue is the wind. Is it possable to eith ...
  Topic: Sub-Standard Nuc
Trip

Replies: 19
Views: 21322

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:06 pm   Subject: Sub-Standard Nuc
What about picking up the phone and calling them. I have found that a polite phone call leads to quicker resolution and is harder to ignore than a letter. I also always assume the person on the othe ...
  Topic: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
Trip

Replies: 12
Views: 12376

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:35 pm   Subject: Encouraging Feral Bees into Hive
Dessertdisciple,

I would highly reccomend you search out some local bee mentors or local education. You live in Africanized Honey Bee territory and that gives beekeeping a decidedly more complicat ...
  Topic: South vs North facing entrance
Trip

Replies: 13
Views: 8908

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 11:46 pm   Subject: South vs North facing entrance
Others may disagree, but as long your north entrance is protected from the winter winds I wouldn't bother moving the hive. Your spring and summer weather is warm enough that you don't really need ea ...
  Topic: Apology for the downtime...
Trip

Replies: 13
Views: 13869

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:40 am   Subject: Apology for the downtime...
Phil,

Thanks for the reminder, it's been too long since I last made a donation and have rectified the situation. I find the site and the community invaluable and appreciate your efforts holding th ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
Trip

Replies: 25
Views: 35452

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:13 pm   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
Nicole,

Sorry to hear that, I have been following your progress since Andy posted your link. My hive and a NUC I made in late summer both died too. I am getting my bait hives ready and have high ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
Trip

Replies: 25
Views: 35452

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:06 pm   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
It seems to be a more abrupt and faster transition into spring and summer at least here in the Northeast portion of the east coast. We can go from snow on the ground to warm sunny days in a matter of ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
Trip

Replies: 25
Views: 35452

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:10 pm   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
Thanks for posting Andy, these are indeed fantastic photos.

MD is Maryland, east coast of the US with hot and muggy summers. July average high temp is 87F/31C and the January average lows are 24F/ ...
 
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