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  Topic: Opening up entrances.
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:08 am   Subject: Opening up entrances.
Our dandelions just started blooming, so I am going to do some work in my hive this week (remove cross comb, add bars and such). I plan to open the entrance then. I believe they will close it off with ...
  Topic: Sugar dusting with a solid bottom
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 2:42 am   Subject: Sugar dusting with a solid bottom
So I'm no expert, but I do have a solid bottom board. I slid a sticky board under my comb from one side and left it there for three days, pulled it out, counted the mites and divided by three to get t ...
  Topic: 1st Spring Jitters
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:29 am   Subject: 1st Spring Jitters
Thank you for your responses. I will wait for a bit to open them up and I will add bars between brood comb. I think those are good ideas based on your experiences.

I think waiting will work beca ...
  Topic: 1st Spring Jitters
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:35 am   Subject: 1st Spring Jitters
Roger

Yes there does seem to be a gap in information between checking to make sure your bees made it to winter and swarm season.

I saw that Garett places 2-3 bars (I think blanks, but maybe dra ...
  Topic: 1st Spring Jitters
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:50 pm   Subject: 1st Spring Jitters
I'm going into my first spring and thought I knew what to do, but as it comes down to it I'm still a bit confused. Our day temps are bumping 60/16 but nights are still near 32/0, and should remain th ...
  Topic: Question for Barbara on entrance
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:34 pm   Subject: Question for Barbara on entrance
Hello

Glad to find this thread.

I too plan to place the entrance on the vertical side of my new hive, but pondered how to place them. I like the idea of having the follower board inside for eas ...
  Topic: Moving Honey Bars to Cluster
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:49 pm   Subject: Moving Honey Bars to Cluster
Thanks for the replies. I will heed your good advice and go ahead and move the bars to the cluster, scratching open some cells.

Once our flow begins, mid April, I assume I'll move these honey bars ...
  Topic: Moving Honey Bars to Cluster
Kdxzoom

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:07 am   Subject: Moving Honey Bars to Cluster
Well we made it thus far, and the bees have been out collecting pollen even. The temps for the next couple weeks are in the low 60F/16C and down to mid 30F/2C at night.

Looking through the windo ...
 
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