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  Topic: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
Uwe in USA

Replies: 5
Views: 5863

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:11 pm   Subject: Use mite away and bees are not happy - urgent
dear all. I finally found a beekeeper near me. Seems he is into perfection because he has all kinds of treatment for mites.
I build a hive part for him so he wanted to help me treating my bees which ...
  Topic: langstroth Bee hive question.
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 6302

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 11:48 pm   Subject: Dadant frames
Barbara, yes I do understand and my apologies for using your time. In length there is a space available of 1/16 on each side. Length wise. But wide wise there is 1 1/4 space left using the dimensions ...
  Topic: langstroth Bee hive question.
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 6302

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 4:14 pm   Subject: Dardant frames
Hi Barbara, I was looking at Dardant frames and I thought, that is why I was asking about the leftover 1 1/4, that the Dardant frames are constructed with edges sticking out on each side on the top wh ...
  Topic: langstroth Bee hive question.
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 6302

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:36 pm   Subject: langstroth Bee hive question.
Hi. I am trying to build a medium langstroth hive with 8 frames. I am confused. The dimensions for a 8 frame Langstroth are total length 19 7/8 inch. taking away the 3/8 on each side to rest the fram ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 7871

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:58 pm   Subject: Langstroth
Barbara, thanks.
I will definitely look into this. I never thought about Langstroth Hive because I wanted to start with something different as I was told a TBH would be great for beginners with littl ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 7871

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 18, 2017 3:19 pm   Subject: Warre hive
Thanks Barbara for you reply and time to write it.
I understand the concept of bee space. But it seems that the guy in the video is wrong then. look at 5:30 time how he explains the frames.
I do woo ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 7871

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:27 pm   Subject: Treatment
Thanks fro your reply. That is good advice. Where I live in Arlington VA close to DC there are not many beekeepers that have been around for a long time. I actually found someone and mailed him to see ...
  Topic: Mite icing sugar treatment
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 7871

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 4:17 pm   Subject: Mite icing sugar treatment
I just got my hives on Sunday May 14. I know it is late but the bee keeper I ordered from lost my order and he reordered. last year I lost my two bee hive probably due to mites.
I installed my two pa ...
  Topic: Probably a mite problem
Uwe in USA

Replies: 3
Views: 4528

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 2:37 pm   Subject: Verroa Mites?
Thank you both for your time to respond to my problem. Unfortunately so far I was only able to get package bees. have to see if I can find a local Beekeeper in Arlington. The climate is wonderful for ...
  Topic: Probably a mite problem
Uwe in USA

Replies: 3
Views: 4528

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:49 pm   Subject: Probably a mite problem
Hi . My name is Uwe Heidrich and I live in Arlington, VA, USA. I started keeping bees about three years ago and haven't been able to keep my bee hives for a longer period of time. I do have two Top Ba ...
  Topic: My bees have swarmed.
Uwe in USA

Replies: 1
Views: 3591

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 2:37 am   Subject: My bees have swarmed.
Hi All.
Just wanted to let you know what I experienced. I had three beehives last summer on only one survived over the winter. So I left the two beehive that didn't make it open and for cleaning up l ...
  Topic: When to close the ventilation holes
Uwe in USA

Replies: 5
Views: 7706

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:44 pm   Subject: Top Bar Bee Hive
Thanks, my Top Bar Bee Hive has its entry holes in the middle. Each is I inch and 3 inches apart. The next Top Bar I am building at the moment has a mesh floor with a board to lock in place.

Thank ...
  Topic: When to close the ventilation holes
Uwe in USA

Replies: 5
Views: 7706

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:10 pm   Subject: When to close the ventilation holes
Hi all,
When I built my TBBH I also installed ventilation holes at the bottom of the Hive protected with mesh and in the Winter I close it with a cork.
There are five of them inches apart through th ...
  Topic: Very Hot here in Arlington VA - Water supply Option
Uwe in USA

Replies: 0
Views: 4188

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:38 pm   Subject: Very Hot here in Arlington VA - Water supply Option
I was wondering if it is okay to supply water to your TBBH by using the front feeder which I use. I am going away for a couple weeks and have three big bird bathes in the middle of my backyard which t ...
  Topic: Managing my TBBHs
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 10572

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:55 pm   Subject: My Hives
Sorry I meant April this year.
  Topic: Managing my TBBHs
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 10572

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:04 pm   Subject: My Hives
What do you mean by divide?
And where would you hang your bee queen from if the holes are in the middle of the hive?
  Topic: Managing my TBBHs
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 10572

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:37 pm   Subject: Queen
Where from should I have hung the Queen bee.
Oh and I had those hives since August this year.
  Topic: Managing my TBBHs
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 10572

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:18 pm   Subject: My Top Bar Bee Hives TBBH
Thank you.
yes I meant Top Bar Bee Hive with a V-Shape box of 42 inch length.
I built them myself. I do wood working as a hobby.
I live in Arlington and we have plenty of flowers and other food for ...
  Topic: Managing my TBBHs
Uwe in USA

Replies: 7
Views: 10572

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:57 pm   Subject: Managing my TBBHs
I am a more novice beekeeper. I have been beekeeping more or less successful for three years. this year it looks very good. What I did is that I have three TBBHs and all are doing very well. I used to ...
  Topic: Lost my three hives
Uwe in USA

Replies: 2
Views: 8917

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:18 pm   Subject: Lost Bee hives
Thank you for you input. My backyard is quite big and I use no chemicals. I actually changed my entire back yard with more flowering bushes and lots of wild flowers, they should have had plenty to ea ...
  Topic: Lost my three hives
Uwe in USA

Replies: 2
Views: 8917

PostForum: Ask a Bee Inspector   Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:32 pm   Subject: Lost my three hives
Hi, mu name is Uwe and I live in the US. Grew up on a farm in Germany with lots of bees that my grandfather had. Two years ago I started with one Beehive in a Top bar Beehive that I built. That hive w ...
  Topic: Bee Song on YouTube
Uwe in USA

Replies: 1
Views: 4461

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:52 am   Subject: Bee Song on YouTube
Check this out.

http://youtu.be/hrrCjnOM3X0?list=UUKMvW8sYYoGp8lm_mhvJqmA
  Topic: One of my two new hives is struggling very bad.
Uwe in USA

Replies: 3
Views: 6741

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 5:37 pm   Subject: My new Bee hives
yes I am feeding them both. I just feel bad that of maybe my mistake that they suffer now. Unfortunately the beehives are different sizes in bar width.
  Topic: One of my two new hives is struggling very bad.
Uwe in USA

Replies: 3
Views: 6741

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 3:57 pm   Subject: One of my two new hives is struggling very bad.
on 4/21 I installed my two new Beehives. It was the first time I installed bees. I was kind of nervus but I did it.
One thing I did different and that was my mistake or because I didn't know better. ...
  Topic: One of my new beehives
Uwe in USA

Replies: 0
Views: 4503

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:49 pm   Subject: One of my new beehives
on 4/21 I installed my two new Beehives. It was the first time I installed bees. I was kind of nervus but I did it.
One thing I did different and that was my mistake or because I didn't know better. ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Uwe in USA

Replies: 9
Views: 15792

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:59 am   Subject: Roof construction
Thanks, yes I was aware of that and therefore I put 4 coats of latex paint on plus I filled in all the holes with wood clue and or wood filler. then I put more coats on top.
So no water can stand in ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Uwe in USA

Replies: 9
Views: 15792

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:30 pm   Subject: Installed bees
I installed them as one beekeeper showed me from whom I received my very first package. He told me to lay it on the inside of the observation window so I can see when the queen is out and that would b ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Uwe in USA

Replies: 9
Views: 15792

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:39 pm   Subject: My new bees
Thanks. They are Italian Honey Bees.
I also added a starter strip on the Top bars and smeared it with wax.
They have about 10 Topbars to start with. I do have raw honey and actually some pollen I b ...
  Topic: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
Uwe in USA

Replies: 9
Views: 15792

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:37 pm   Subject: Having Trouble with my bees after I installed them
I received my two packages of bees on Monday when it was about 20 celcius. looked all was fine. Then the next day it turned cold and rainy with some snow mix. over night it was around 0 celcius and ev ...
  Topic: My first selfmade TBBH
Uwe in USA

Replies: 26
Views: 52571

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:53 pm   Subject: New Bee Hives in place and bees installed
On Monday April 14 I received my two packages of bees which I installed in my two new beehive on the very left and very right. The one in the middle is from last year and the bees haev already swarmed ...
 
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