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  Topic: Should I split?
rhyah13

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:48 am   Subject: Should I split?
Ha! I guess not. I was just looking for a timeline so I can keep an eye on things. I'm a worrier, so I'll be feverishly watching out my window to see if there's any traffic. Smile
  Topic: Should I split?
rhyah13

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:25 pm   Subject: Should I split?
Sorry for the slow response. I didn't get notifications for the new messages. I checked them today and it looked like the queen cell was freshly capped, so I went ahead and moved them over. I gave the ...
  Topic: Should I split?
rhyah13

Replies: 11
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:15 am   Subject: Should I split?
The one with larvae isn't capped yet. It's a small larvae, so only a few days old. Do I need to wait until it's capped to make the divide? If I'm going to keep both colonies in the same box, should I ...
  Topic: Should I split?
rhyah13

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:25 am   Subject: Should I split?
Hi there! I'm a newbee. Got my first hive the first week of May. I checked them last week and it looked like they were making queen cups. Checked again today, sure enough, I have multiple cups over tw ...
  Topic: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
rhyah13

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:07 pm   Subject: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
I'm not sure if that was clear... I was having trouble getti.g them to go down into the hive and a lot of them ended up on top of the top bars. The roof is indeed gabled.
  Topic: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
rhyah13

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:04 pm   Subject: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
We did use your design, but I'm not sure if my husband deviated at all. It isnt tight on the top bars, or even touching them. It's just tight around the box. Doe that gap allow for the bees to escape ...
  Topic: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
rhyah13

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:18 pm   Subject: how tightly fitting should my roof be?
Hi! sorry if this is a silly question. I just installed my first colony today and noticed that a lot of the bees were hanging out on top of the top bars. My roof is very tight fitting and my concer ...
 
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