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  Topic: Hummingbird feeders and Honeybees
exmar

Replies: 1
Views: 4347

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:23 am   Subject: Hummingbird feeders and Honeybees
Observing some definitely different behavior. Have had a hive for the past eight years so used to seeing bees around the flowers, garden, etc. Also, have two hummingbird feeders that we keep filled ...
  Topic: Honey Flow Hive
exmar

Replies: 24
Views: 69036

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:40 pm   Subject: Honey Flow Hive
Excellent topic. I'm impressed with this design for only one reason. The market research that went into it and the marketing surrounding it now. I think this is a "niche" item for the fol ...
  Topic: Transferring from a Langstroth to a TBH
exmar

Replies: 0
Views: 3863

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:41 am   Subject: Transferring from a Langstroth to a TBH
Abuot a year and a half ago, became interested in the TBH, obtained plans and built one. I already had a Langstroth hive that I'd moved onto the farm and left alone other than providing water in dry ...
  Topic: "eco" hives vs wire mesh
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5321

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:14 pm   Subject: "eco" hives vs wire mesh
>AugustC, thanks very much for this link!! Just printed it out and will be digesting at leisure. Fascinating that the copyright is 1918, the level of research that went into this is truly awesome ...
  Topic: "eco" hives vs wire mesh
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5321

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:38 am   Subject: "eco" hives vs wire mesh
NewB here. Have been reading about the ecohive movement wherein screened bottoms are being replaced with "natural" materials, sticks, rotting wood, dirt, etc. to more closely resemble the c ...
  Topic: National Hive
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5097

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:02 am   Subject: National Hive
Found a video on youtube on making a national hive. Very impressive, compared to the simple "finger joint" hive boxes and supers I'm used to, those are carpentry art.
  Topic: National Hive
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5097

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:35 am   Subject: National Hive
Thanks, now when I'm reading "national" I'll just think of my Langs and have an understanding of manipulation and usage. That's one area of bees that I will have an understanding of. Smile
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  Topic: National Hive
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5097

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:02 pm   Subject: National Hive
In reading various posts, references are made to "nationals," is that Langstroth?

Thanks,

Ev
  Topic: Hive location, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade?
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5519

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 1:21 am   Subject: Hive location, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade?
Thanks for the responses. Starting to figure out that finding a "best" answer to a question on beekeeeping is an impossible dream as bees are so adaptable. I guess "First, do no harm& ...
  Topic: Hive location, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade?
exmar

Replies: 3
Views: 5519

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 5:56 pm   Subject: Hive location, Sun, Partial Shade, Shade?
I've been doing a lot of reading about "best" locations and am confused. There are a lot of folks who feel that direct sun is the best location provided there is a suitable windbreak for co ...
  Topic: Exterior finish for TBH
exmar

Replies: 5
Views: 7665

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 2:34 am   Subject: Exterior finish for TBH
Thanks for the responses. I'll use the latex pain I have, would have to buy linseed oil and always like to use up paint where possible. Hate to send hardened paint off to the landfill. Sad

R. Pa ...
  Topic: Exterior finish for TBH
exmar

Replies: 5
Views: 7665

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 8:39 pm   Subject: Exterior finish for TBH
Hi Folks,
Finally getting around to finishing the TBH I built last year, it's built, just have to apply a finish or coating to the exterior. I followed the plan in the "Barefoot Beekeeper," ...
  Topic: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
exmar

Replies: 8
Views: 19165

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 8:14 pm   Subject: Moving bees off old comb in Langstroth brood box?
This topic triggered my interest. I have one active langstroth hive and two sitting vacant nearby. I'm a "newbee" and the fellow that's helping me is in his sixties and a third generation ...
  Topic: Ant Control
exmar

Replies: 6
Views: 10089

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 3:38 pm   Subject: Ant Control
OK, how do I deal with "meat eating" ants? Trying not to use any harsh chemical insecticide for obvious reasons.

Thanks for the response, it does make sense.

Ev
  Topic: Ant Control
exmar

Replies: 6
Views: 10089

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 2:05 am   Subject: Ant Control
Clarification: "baited very generously" in the main post meant on the ground on and around the large ant hill and to a lesser extent at the base of the hives.

Didn't want anyone to think ...
  Topic: Ant Control
exmar

Replies: 6
Views: 10089

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 20, 2014 1:17 am   Subject: Ant Control
Hi Folks,

Newbie here, have one langstroth hive which is doing well, two others set up nearby and baited with lemon grass oil (tissue in zip loc bag with a few pin holes). There is a large ant col ...
  Topic: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
exmar

Replies: 10
Views: 14039

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 2:55 pm   Subject: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
OK, this is where a novice like me really needs the advice of those more knowldgeable. Everything I've read indicates that beeswax is very flammable, "double boiler to melt wax, have fire exting ...
  Topic: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
exmar

Replies: 10
Views: 14039

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 2:22 am   Subject: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
Sorry, missed "biobee's" question. No, I did not rub with wax or linseed oil/wax. These were hives given to me and required a bit of cleaning, scraping, repairing and painting. As a novic ...
  Topic: Powdered Sugar
exmar

Replies: 2
Views: 5217

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:52 pm   Subject: Powdered Sugar
Read with interest the info on using powdered sugar to trigger grooming. Thinking it would be a good thing to do with the existing hive which was transferred from an older hive which did not have mes ...
  Topic: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
exmar

Replies: 10
Views: 14039

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:28 pm   Subject: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
Thanks for all the responses.

24 hours later, just went down to see what was happening, both new hives had a few bees flitting around outside, while there "observing," noticed one or two ...
  Topic: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
exmar

Replies: 10
Views: 14039

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 11:28 pm   Subject: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
Thanks for the responses! The two langs have been refurbished. placed on concrete block and concrete slab stands (standard in this area) and baited with the lemon oil infused tissue in a zip loc and ...
  Topic: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
exmar

Replies: 10
Views: 14039

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 3:21 am   Subject: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
Novice here. Have one Lang hive with a very active colony. Will be placing two more tomorrow which were given to me. Just completing a TBH per instructions at this site. So, will have three vacant ...
  Topic: Simple hive-building jig
exmar

Replies: 27
Views: 78755

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:34 pm   Subject: Simple hive-building jig
Very new to all this. Building my first TBH. Built the "spreaders" and then cut the sides and ends and made sure they were square. I tend to do the more difficult things first, even thoug ...
  Topic: Top Bar construction
exmar

Replies: 2
Views: 5590

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:27 am   Subject: Top Bar construction
biobee, thanks for the response, will definitely alternate as you suggest. Provides good insight into bees moving into their new home.

Be well,

Ev
  Topic: Top Bar construction
exmar

Replies: 2
Views: 5590

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:40 pm   Subject: Top Bar construction
Hi Folks,

New to beekeeping. Have one Langstroth hive that a guy has been taking care of for me, but due to age he's giving it up. I'm taking over and found another beekeeper who will work with m ...
 
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