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  • m_hoffman@fastmail.fm
    Hi Roland, I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon. mike hoffman Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
    Message 1 of 20 , Jul 2, 2009
      Hi Roland,
      I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon.
      mike hoffman


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      -----Original Message-----
      From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>

      Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
      To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board


      I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger.� I'm a newbie myself, and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I ask.� I have kinda the same problem.� I hived 2 packages of bees on April 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive.� I don't have follower boards because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from anywhwere.� Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton tip.��My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other week.� I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from�the crooked comb.� One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an empty bar.� Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood.��Last week, I�had a really crooked bar that�was about to break, so I trimmed off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then harvested the honey.� Heat is
      an important�factor when working your
      hives here in South Central Texas.�
      � I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's.� But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area.� Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.


      "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.�
      �� But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."

      Roland Denner
      281.799.6505

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      From: roger <toad08551@...>
      Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
      To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:22 PM








      bee keepers here go on vacation??? Thewir still biulding comb for brood, When will they start storing honey?? roger
      --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:
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      > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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    • bill lorch
      Screened bottoms = how cold does it get over winter? If you have a ,like me,a long cold winter don t try it. i can see this for southern states but not where
      Message 2 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
        Screened bottoms = how cold does it get over winter? If you have a ,like me,a long cold winter don't try it. i can see this for southern states but not where it gets cold for any period of time.!

        > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
        > From: m_hoffman@...
        > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:47:36 +0000
        > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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        > Hi Roland,
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        > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon.
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        > mike hoffman
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        > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>
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        > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself, and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then harvested the honey. Heat is
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        > an important factor when working your
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        > hives here in South Central Texas.
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        > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
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        > Roland Denner
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      • mike hoffman
        Hi Bill, The 2 boxes that I have don t have screened bottoms, but there is a debate among other beeks with the screened bottoms. I was just wondering if there
        Message 3 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
          Hi Bill,
          The 2 boxes that I have don't have screened bottoms, but there is a
          debate among other beeks with the screened bottoms. I was just wondering
          if there are many advantages to the screened bottoms, even in a warm
          climate?
          Thanks!
          mike h


          On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 07:53:47 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@...>
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          > Screened bottoms = how cold does it get over winter? If you have a ,like
          > me,a long cold winter don't try it. i can see this for southern states
          > but not where it gets cold for any period of time.!
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          > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
          > > From: m_hoffman@...
          > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:47:36 +0000
          > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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          > > Hi Roland,
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          > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon.
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          > > mike hoffman
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          > > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
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          > > -----Original Message-----
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          > > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>
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          > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
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          > > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>
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          > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
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          > > Roland Denner
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          > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@...> wrote:
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          > > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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        • bill lorch
          Screened bottoms have the ease of or NO cleaning so 2 speak ,2) scened bottom with a board below it one can make a grid paper an geese it( use a from of non
          Message 4 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
            Screened bottoms have the ease of or NO cleaning so 2 speak ,2) scened bottom with a board below it one can make a grid paper an geese it( use a from of non toxic like Vaseline etc) an count the mite drop.3) better ventlation in HOT clims.. I just wait till mid summer and let them have it with a super bunch of powered sugar (confectioners). For me im ( west of chicago ), i find these methoids have worked well for me. Than i have had Langs for many years in IA an here.here i have 2 ea warre, long,lang.good lick 2 you


            To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
            From: m_hoffman@...
            Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 06:47:05 -0700
            Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board


























            Hi Bill,

            The 2 boxes that I have don't have screened bottoms, but there is a

            debate among other beeks with the screened bottoms. I was just wondering

            if there are many advantages to the screened bottoms, even in a warm

            climate?

            Thanks!

            mike h



            On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 07:53:47 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@...>

            said:

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            > Screened bottoms = how cold does it get over winter? If you have a ,like

            > me,a long cold winter don't try it. i can see this for southern states

            > but not where it gets cold for any period of time.!

            >

            > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com

            > > From: m_hoffman@...

            > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:47:36 +0000

            > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

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            > > Hi Roland,

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            > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon.

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            > > mike hoffman

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            > > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

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            > > -----Original Message-----

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            > > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>

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            > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57

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            > > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself, and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then harvested the honey. Heat is

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            > > an important factor when working your

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            > > hives here in South Central Texas.

            > >

            > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.

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            > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.

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            > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."

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            > > Roland Denner

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            > > 281.799.6505

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            > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@...> wrote:

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            > > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

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            > > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ

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          • howard pirtle
            You can screen the bottoms but you will have to have a 2 way bottom where you can flip it so its closed in winter or just have a cover like the ones used on
            Message 5 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
              You can screen the bottoms but you will have to have a 2 way bottom where you can flip it so its closed in winter or just have a cover like the ones used on the windows...I dont put screen under the brood area..if it gets hot where you have the hives then its a good way to keep the comb from sagging...HHH

              --- On Fri, 7/3/09, bill lorch <jetphixer@...> wrote:


              From: bill lorch <jetphixer@...>
              Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
              To: tophive@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:53 AM



              Screened bottoms = how cold does it get over winter? If you have a ,like me,a long cold winter don't try it. i can see this for southern states but not where it gets cold for any period of time.!

              > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
              > From: m_hoffman@...
              > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:47:36 +0000
              > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
              >
              > Hi Roland,
              >
              > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon.
              >
              > mike hoffman
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
              >
              >
              >
              > -----Original Message-----
              >
              > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>
              >
              >
              >
              > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
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              > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>
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              > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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              > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger.  I'm a newbie myself, and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I ask.  I have kinda the same problem.  I hived 2 packages of bees on April 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive.  I don't have follower boards because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from anywhwere.  Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton tip.  My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other week.  I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the crooked comb.  One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an empty bar.  Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood.  Last week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then harvested the honey.  Heat is
              >
              >  an important factor when working your
              >
              > hives here in South Central Texas.
              >
              >   I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's.  But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area.  Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
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              > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
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              >    But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
              >

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              > Roland Denner
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              > From: roger <toad08551@...>
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              > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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            • Roland Denner
              Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn t want to allow the access for the fire ants.  It s sealed up pretty good all around, but I left
              Message 6 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to allow the access for the fire ants.  It's sealed up pretty good all around, but I left one bar out in the rear to help with ventilation.  It was a test between the two hives and that one seems to do better that the other.


                "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
                   But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                 
                Roland Denner
                281.799.6505

                --- On Thu, 7/2/09, m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...> wrote:


                From: m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...>
                Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:47 AM


                Hi Roland,
                I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives? I am in the NW part of Oregon.
                mike hoffman


                Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

                -----Original Message-----
                From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>

                Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
                To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>
                Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board


                I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger.  I'm a newbie myself, and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I ask.  I have kinda the same problem.  I hived 2 packages of bees on April 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive.  I don't have follower boards because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from anywhwere.  Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton tip.  My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other week.  I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the crooked comb.  One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an empty bar.  Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood.  Last week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then harvested the honey.  Heat is
                an important factor when working your
                hives here in South Central Texas. 
                  I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's.  But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area.  Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.


                "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
                   But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                 
                Roland Denner
                281.799.6505

                --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@...> wrote:


                From: roger <toad08551@...>
                Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:22 PM








                bee keepers here go on vacation??? Thewir still biulding comb for brood, When will they start storing honey?? roger
                --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:
                >
                > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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              • Roland Denner
                Thanks!  I kinda saw the reason for winter, less space to heat.  But, the one hive is so prolific that I figured they needed the space.  I know what my
                Message 7 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                  Thanks!  I kinda saw the reason for winter, less space to heat.  But, the one hive is so prolific that I figured they needed the space.  I know what my project is for next weekend.... Having bees is great!


                  "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
                     But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                   
                  Roland Denner
                  281.799.6505

                  --- On Thu, 7/2/09, howard pirtle <zeeduk69@...> wrote:


                  From: howard pirtle <zeeduk69@...>
                  Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                  To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                  Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:53 PM








                  The follower board is for several reasons...it makes correct bee space between last comb being built and back hive...so you dont end up with cross bar built comb or worse...it also makes a space that is easier to maintain the temperature in ...instead of a wide open drafty space....in the wild they dont have follower boards when making new hives but...they build odd shaped combs and lots of brace comb...not condusive to our way of keeping bees...if one incorporates a bee escape on the follower board they can pull the first bar of honey comb and replace it with the bee escape follower board come back later and harvest the remaining bars of honey without disturbing the brood area...HHH

                  --- On Thu, 7/2/09, Roland Denner <rdshu4u@yahoo. com> wrote:

                  From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@yahoo. com>
                  Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                  To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
                  Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 3:53 PM

                  I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger.  I'm a newbie myself, and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I ask.  I have kinda the same problem.  I hived 2 packages of bees on April 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive.  I don't have follower boards because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from anywhwere.  Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton tip.  My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other week.  I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the crooked comb.  One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an empty bar.  Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood.  Last week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then harvested the honey.  Heat is
                  an important factor when working your
                  hives here in South Central Texas. 
                    I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's.  But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area.  Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.

                  "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
                     But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                   
                  Roland Denner
                  281.799.6505

                  --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@yahoo. com> wrote:

                  From: roger <toad08551@yahoo. com>
                  Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                  To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
                  Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:22 PM

                  bee keepers here go on vacation??? Thewir still biulding comb for brood, When will they start storing honey?? roger
                  --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:
                  >
                  > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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                • mike hoffman
                  I decided against the screened bottoms on mine too, perhaps it is easier for the bees to seal up the bottoms with propolis to discourage different species of
                  Message 8 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                    I decided against the screened bottoms on mine too, perhaps it is easier
                    for the bees to seal up the bottoms with propolis to discourage
                    different species of ants. I did drill a couple of holes on a friend of
                    mine's hive box to allow for some cross ventilation during hot days, but
                    could be corked for the winter.
                    mike h



                    On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:13:44 -0700 (PDT), "Roland Denner"
                    <rdshu4u@...> said:
                    > Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to
                    > allow the access for the fire ants.  It's sealed up pretty good all
                    > around, but I left one bar out in the rear to help with ventilation.  It
                    > was a test between the two hives and that one seems to do better that the
                    > other.
                    >
                    >
                    > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
                    >    But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                    >  
                    > Roland Denner
                    > 281.799.6505
                    >
                    > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...> wrote:
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                    > From: m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...>
                    > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                    > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                    > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:47 AM
                    >
                    >
                    > Hi Roland,
                    > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?
                    > I am in the NW part of Oregon.
                    > mike hoffman
                    >
                    >
                    > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
                    >
                    > -----Original Message-----
                    > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>
                    >
                    > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
                    > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>
                    > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                    >
                    >
                    > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger.  I'm a newbie myself,
                    > and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I
                    > ask.  I have kinda the same problem.  I hived 2 packages of bees on April
                    > 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive.  I don't have follower boards
                    > because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from
                    > anywhwere.  Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the
                    > top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton
                    > tip.  My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other
                    > week.  I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the
                    > crooked comb.  One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an
                    > empty bar.  Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood.  Last
                    > week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed
                    > off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then
                    > harvested the honey.  Heat is
                    > an important factor when working your
                    > hives here in South Central Texas. 
                    >   I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's.  But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area.  Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
                    >
                    >
                    > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see. 
                    >    But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                    >  
                    > Roland Denner
                    > 281.799.6505
                    >
                    > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@...> wrote:
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                    > From: roger <toad08551@...>
                    > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                    > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                    > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:22 PM
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                    > bee keepers here go on vacation??? Thewir still biulding comb for brood,
                    > When will they start storing honey?? roger
                    > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:
                    > >
                    > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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                  • bill lorch
                    DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly closed up... BILL
                    Message 9 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                      DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly closed up... BILL

                      To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
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                      I decided against the screened bottoms on mine too, perhaps it is easier

                      for the bees to seal up the bottoms with propolis to discourage

                      different species of ants. I did drill a couple of holes on a friend of

                      mine's hive box to allow for some cross ventilation during hot days, but

                      could be corked for the winter.

                      mike h



                      On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:13:44 -0700 (PDT), "Roland Denner"

                      <rdshu4u@...> said:

                      > Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to

                      > allow the access for the fire ants. It's sealed up pretty good all

                      > around, but I left one bar out in the rear to help with ventilation. It

                      > was a test between the two hives and that one seems to do better that the

                      > other.

                      >

                      >

                      > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.

                      > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."

                      >

                      > Roland Denner

                      > 281.799.6505

                      >

                      > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...> wrote:

                      >

                      >

                      > From: m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...>

                      > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

                      > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com

                      > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:47 AM

                      >

                      >

                      > Hi Roland,

                      > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?

                      > I am in the NW part of Oregon.

                      > mike hoffman

                      >

                      >

                      > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

                      >

                      > -----Original Message-----

                      > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>

                      >

                      > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57

                      > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>

                      > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

                      >

                      >

                      > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself,

                      > and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I

                      > ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April

                      > 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards

                      > because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from

                      > anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the

                      > top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton

                      > tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other

                      > week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the

                      > crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an

                      > empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last

                      > week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed

                      > off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then

                      > harvested the honey. Heat is

                      > an important factor when working your

                      > hives here in South Central Texas.

                      > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.

                      >

                      >

                      > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.

                      > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."

                      >

                      > Roland Denner

                      > 281.799.6505

                      >

                      > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@...> wrote:

                      >

                      >

                      > From: roger <toad08551@...>

                      > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

                      > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com

                      > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:22 PM

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                      > bee keepers here go on vacation??? Thewir still biulding comb for brood,

                      > When will they start storing honey?? roger

                      > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:

                      > >

                      > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ

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                    • mike hoffman
                      Thanks Bill, I m aware the beez need an exit, I made an entrance reducer for the hive of mine I had last winter. But this brings me to another question; What
                      Message 10 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                        Thanks Bill, I'm aware the beez need an exit, I made an entrance reducer
                        for the hive of mine I had last winter. But this brings me to another
                        question; What about a mouse guard to keep mice out of the hive during
                        the winter months when the beez can't defend their turf as well due to
                        the lower temps? I have heard that a mouse can fit in a hole the size of
                        a dime, and a rat the size of a quarter.
                        Thanks,
                        mike h




                        On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:03:04 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@...>
                        said:
                        >
                        > DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make
                        > cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly
                        > closed up... BILL
                        >
                        > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                        > From: m_hoffman@...
                        > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:44:39 -0700
                        > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                        >
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                        >
                        > I decided against the screened bottoms on mine too, perhaps it is
                        > easier
                        >
                        > for the bees to seal up the bottoms with propolis to discourage
                        >
                        > different species of ants. I did drill a couple of holes on a friend of
                        >
                        > mine's hive box to allow for some cross ventilation during hot days, but
                        >
                        > could be corked for the winter.
                        >
                        > mike h
                        >
                        >
                        >
                        > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:13:44 -0700 (PDT), "Roland Denner"
                        >
                        > <rdshu4u@...> said:
                        >
                        > > Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to
                        >
                        > > allow the access for the fire ants. It's sealed up pretty good all
                        >
                        > > around, but I left one bar out in the rear to help with ventilation. It
                        >
                        > > was a test between the two hives and that one seems to do better that the
                        >
                        > > other.
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.
                        >
                        > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > Roland Denner
                        >
                        > > 281.799.6505
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...> wrote:
                        >
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                        > >
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                        > > From: m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...>
                        >
                        > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                        >
                        > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                        >
                        > > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:47 AM
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > Hi Roland,
                        >
                        > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?
                        >
                        > > I am in the NW part of Oregon.
                        >
                        > > mike hoffman
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > -----Original Message-----
                        >
                        > > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
                        >
                        > > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>
                        >
                        > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > >
                        >
                        > > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself,
                        >
                        > > and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I
                        >
                        > > ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April
                        >
                        > > 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards
                        >
                        > > because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from
                        >
                        > > anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the
                        >
                        > > top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton
                        >
                        > > tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other
                        >
                        > > week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the
                        >
                        > > crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an
                        >
                        > > empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last
                        >
                        > > week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed
                        >
                        > > off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then
                        >
                        > > harvested the honey. Heat is
                        >
                        > > an important factor when working your
                        >
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                        > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
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                        > > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                        > > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:
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                        > > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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                      • howard pirtle
                        I use 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch hardware cloth but you could use a solid angle of metal with holes drilled in it..I raise mice and have yet to get a mouse to
                        Message 11 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                          I use 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch hardware cloth but you could use a solid angle of metal with holes drilled in it..I raise mice and have yet to get a mouse to squeeze through the 1/2 wire that is over half grown...in the winter you wont have halfling mice so its no worry unless you live in a really warm area..on the solid metal ones 7/16 inch holes do quite fine...I use a 3 inch reduction on my entrances during the winter just enough to allow some air and water drainage as I tilt mine ever so far forward for drainage....I use the 12-14 gauge welded hardware cloth that one can buy at a feedstore or hardware store..fairly inexpensive..solid metal ones will last the life of the hive mostlikely depending on the type of metal used...HHH

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                          From: mike hoffman <m_hoffman@...>
                          Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                          To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                          Date: Friday, July 3, 2009, 6:17 PM








                          Thanks Bill, I'm aware the beez need an exit, I made an entrance reducer
                          for the hive of mine I had last winter. But this brings me to another
                          question; What about a mouse guard to keep mice out of the hive during
                          the winter months when the beez can't defend their turf as well due to
                          the lower temps? I have heard that a mouse can fit in a hole the size of
                          a dime, and a rat the size of a quarter.
                          Thanks,
                          mike h

                          On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:03:04 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@hotmail. com>
                          said:
                          >
                          > DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make
                          > cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly
                          > closed up... BILL
                          >
                          > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
                          > From: m_hoffman@fastmail. fm
                          > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:44:39 -0700
                          > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                          > I decided against the screened bottoms on mine too, perhaps it is
                          > easier
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                          > for the bees to seal up the bottoms with propolis to discourage
                          >
                          > different species of ants. I did drill a couple of holes on a friend of
                          >
                          > mine's hive box to allow for some cross ventilation during hot days, but
                          >
                          > could be corked for the winter.
                          >
                          > mike h
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                          > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:13:44 -0700 (PDT), "Roland Denner"
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                          > <rdshu4u@yahoo. com> said:
                          >
                          > > Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to
                          >
                          > > allow the access for the fire ants. It's sealed up pretty good all
                          >
                          > > around, but I left one bar out in the rear to help with ventilation. It
                          >
                          > > was a test between the two hives and that one seems to do better that the
                          >
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                          >
                          > >
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                          > >
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                          > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.
                          >
                          > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
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                          > > Roland Denner
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                          > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, m_hoffman@fastmail. fm <m_hoffman@fastmail. fm> wrote:
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                          > > From: m_hoffman@fastmail. fm <m_hoffman@fastmail. fm>
                          >
                          > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                          >
                          > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
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                          > > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:47 AM
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                          > > Hi Roland,
                          >
                          > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?
                          >
                          > > I am in the NW part of Oregon.
                          >
                          > > mike hoffman
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                          > > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@yahoo. com>
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                          > >
                          >
                          > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
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                          > > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups .com>
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                          > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                          >
                          > > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself,
                          >
                          > > and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I
                          >
                          > > ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April
                          >
                          > > 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards
                          >
                          > > because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from
                          >
                          > > anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the
                          >
                          > > top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton
                          >
                          > > tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other
                          >
                          > > week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the
                          >
                          > > crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an
                          >
                          > > empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last
                          >
                          > > week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed
                          >
                          > > off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then
                          >
                          > > harvested the honey. Heat is
                          >
                          > > an important factor when working your
                          >
                          > > hives here in South Central Texas.
                          >
                          > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
                          >
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                          >
                          > >
                          >
                          > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.
                          >
                          > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
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                          > > Roland Denner
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                          > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@yahoo. com> wrote:
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                          > > From: roger <toad08551@yahoo. com>
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                          > > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                          > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
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                          > > When will they start storing honey?? roger
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                          > > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:
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                          > > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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                        • bill lorch
                          to be honest with you i have never had mouse probs in all my time, Than i was using lang and placed a 7/8 hole on front of the second hive body,Come to think
                          Message 12 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                            to be honest with you i have never had mouse probs in all my time, Than i was using lang and placed a 7/8 hole on front of the second hive body,Come to think of it it could have also been in the lower because i used to switch in spring so i had ready made brood chamber. But ive never had mous probs. an usualy where i was snow covered the lower entrence /landing bord. Not sure what to advise here. ill look that one up 4u Bill
                            To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                            From: m_hoffman@...
                            Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:17:41 -0700
                            Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board


























                            Thanks Bill, I'm aware the beez need an exit, I made an entrance reducer

                            for the hive of mine I had last winter. But this brings me to another

                            question; What about a mouse guard to keep mice out of the hive during

                            the winter months when the beez can't defend their turf as well due to

                            the lower temps? I have heard that a mouse can fit in a hole the size of

                            a dime, and a rat the size of a quarter.

                            Thanks,

                            mike h



                            On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:03:04 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@...>

                            said:

                            >

                            > DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make

                            > cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly

                            > closed up... BILL

                            >

                            > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com

                            > From: m_hoffman@...

                            > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:44:39 -0700

                            > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

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                            > I decided against the screened bottoms on mine too, perhaps it is

                            > easier

                            >

                            > for the bees to seal up the bottoms with propolis to discourage

                            >

                            > different species of ants. I did drill a couple of holes on a friend of

                            >

                            > mine's hive box to allow for some cross ventilation during hot days, but

                            >

                            > could be corked for the winter.

                            >

                            > mike h

                            >

                            >

                            >

                            > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:13:44 -0700 (PDT), "Roland Denner"

                            >

                            > <rdshu4u@...> said:

                            >

                            > > Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to

                            >

                            > > allow the access for the fire ants. It's sealed up pretty good all

                            >

                            > > around, but I left one bar out in the rear to help with ventilation. It

                            >

                            > > was a test between the two hives and that one seems to do better that the

                            >

                            > > other.

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.

                            >

                            > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > Roland Denner

                            >

                            > > 281.799.6505

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...> wrote:

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > From: m_hoffman@... <m_hoffman@...>

                            >

                            > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

                            >

                            > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com

                            >

                            > > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 10:47 AM

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > Hi Roland,

                            >

                            > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?

                            >

                            > > I am in the NW part of Oregon.

                            >

                            > > mike hoffman

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > -----Original Message-----

                            >

                            > > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@...>

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57

                            >

                            > > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups.com>

                            >

                            > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself,

                            >

                            > > and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I

                            >

                            > > ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April

                            >

                            > > 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards

                            >

                            > > because I didn't understand the reason and couldn't find a reason from

                            >

                            > > anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the

                            >

                            > > top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton

                            >

                            > > tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other

                            >

                            > > week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the

                            >

                            > > crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an

                            >

                            > > empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last

                            >

                            > > week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed

                            >

                            > > off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then

                            >

                            > > harvested the honey. Heat is

                            >

                            > > an important factor when working your

                            >

                            > > hives here in South Central Texas.

                            >

                            > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.

                            >

                            > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > Roland Denner

                            >

                            > > 281.799.6505

                            >

                            > >

                            >

                            > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@...> wrote:

                            >

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                            > >

                            >

                            > > From: roger <toad08551@...>

                            >

                            > > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board

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                            > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com

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                            > > When will they start storing honey?? roger

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                            > > --- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "roger" <toad08551@. ..> wrote:

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                            >

                            > > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ

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                            Thanks for the suggestions. One of my hives has a front entrance with a 1/2 slot entrance which I have a reducer for. But the other TBH has a side entrance
                            Message 13 of 20 , Jul 3, 2009
                              Thanks for the suggestions. One of my hives has a front entrance with a
                              1/2" slot entrance which I have a reducer for. But the other TBH has a
                              side entrance with three 3/4" holes drilled in the side. For the winter
                              I was thinking of plugging two of the holes and leaving one for
                              entrance/exit. The hardware cloth is a good idea for a hole that big,
                              thanks. I also have seen a few slugs around one of the entrances, and
                              the slugs in the Pacific NW can be huge.
                              I have read that the beez will seal with propolis any intruder that
                              happens to die inside the hive. Has anyone ever seen this? The more I
                              read about propolis, the more amazed I am. My daughter is a violinist,
                              and one of my hives are Italians. When I told her that these Italian
                              bees are the decendants that were involved in the making of Stradivarius
                              violins she looked at me like I was crazy. Then I showed her that their
                              propolis was one of the main ingredients in the varnish, she was amazed
                              too!
                              Thanks,
                              mike h


                              On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 20:52:38 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@...>
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                              > to be honest with you i have never had mouse probs in all my time, Than i
                              > was using lang and placed a 7/8 hole on front of the second hive
                              > body,Come to think of it it could have also been in the lower because i
                              > used to switch in spring so i had ready made brood chamber. But ive never
                              > had mous probs. an usualy where i was snow covered the lower entrence
                              > /landing bord. Not sure what to advise here. ill look that one up 4u Bill
                              > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                              > From: m_hoffman@...
                              > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:17:41 -0700
                              > Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                              > Thanks Bill, I'm aware the beez need an exit, I made an entrance
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                              > question; What about a mouse guard to keep mice out of the hive during
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                              > the winter months when the beez can't defend their turf as well due to
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                              > the lower temps? I have heard that a mouse can fit in a hole the size of
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                              > a dime, and a rat the size of a quarter.
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                              > Thanks,
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                              > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:03:04 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@...>
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                              > > DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make
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                              > > cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly
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                              > > closed up... BILL
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                              > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
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                              > > From: m_hoffman@...
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                              > > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:44:39 -0700
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                              > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                              > > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:13:44 -0700 (PDT), "Roland Denner"
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                              > > > Nope. I decided against the screened bottoms because I didn't want to
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                              > > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                              > > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?
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                              > > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
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                              > > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
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                            • howard pirtle
                              Ya I remember those banana slugs...lots of fun was had with lady fingers (fire cracker) around this time of the year..I used to live in the
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                                Ya I remember those banana slugs...lots of fun was had with "lady fingers" (fire cracker) around this time of the year..I used to live in the Centralia/Chehalis area..yes they will cover anything on the bottom with propolis if its large enough to not be able to carry out...HHH

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                                From: mike hoffman <m_hoffman@...>
                                Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                                To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
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                                Thanks for the suggestions. One of my hives has a front entrance with a
                                1/2" slot entrance which I have a reducer for. But the other TBH has a
                                side entrance with three 3/4" holes drilled in the side. For the winter
                                I was thinking of plugging two of the holes and leaving one for
                                entrance/exit. The hardware cloth is a good idea for a hole that big,
                                thanks. I also have seen a few slugs around one of the entrances, and
                                the slugs in the Pacific NW can be huge.
                                I have read that the beez will seal with propolis any intruder that
                                happens to die inside the hive. Has anyone ever seen this? The more I
                                read about propolis, the more amazed I am. My daughter is a violinist,
                                and one of my hives are Italians. When I told her that these Italian
                                bees are the decendants that were involved in the making of Stradivarius
                                violins she looked at me like I was crazy. Then I showed her that their
                                propolis was one of the main ingredients in the varnish, she was amazed
                                too!
                                Thanks,
                                mike h

                                On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 20:52:38 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@hotmail. com>
                                said:
                                >
                                > to be honest with you i have never had mouse probs in all my time, Than i
                                > was using lang and placed a 7/8 hole on front of the second hive
                                > body,Come to think of it it could have also been in the lower because i
                                > used to switch in spring so i had ready made brood chamber. But ive never
                                > had mous probs. an usualy where i was snow covered the lower entrence
                                > /landing bord. Not sure what to advise here. ill look that one up 4u Bill
                                > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
                                > From: m_hoffman@fastmail. fm
                                > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:17:41 -0700
                                > Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                                > Thanks Bill, I'm aware the beez need an exit, I made an entrance
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                                > for the hive of mine I had last winter. But this brings me to another
                                >
                                > question; What about a mouse guard to keep mice out of the hive during
                                >
                                > the winter months when the beez can't defend their turf as well due to
                                >
                                > the lower temps? I have heard that a mouse can fit in a hole the size of
                                >
                                > a dime, and a rat the size of a quarter.
                                >
                                > Thanks,
                                >
                                > mike h
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                                > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:03:04 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@hotmail. com>
                                >
                                > said:
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                                > > DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make
                                >
                                > > cleansing flights during the WINTER They will not survive being totaly
                                >
                                > > closed up... BILL
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                                > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
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                                > > From: m_hoffman@fastmail. fm
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                                > > Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 14:44:39 -0700
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                                > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                                Message 15 of 20 , Jul 4, 2009
                                  --- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, howard pirtle <zeeduk69@...> wrote:
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                                  > Ya I remember those banana slugs...lots of fun was had with "lady fingers" (fire cracker) around this time of the year..I used to live in the Centralia/Chehalis area..yes they will cover anything on the bottom with propolis if its large enough to not be able to carry out...HHH
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                                  > From: mike hoffman <m_hoffman@...>
                                  > Subject: RE: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
                                  > To: TopHive@yahoogroups.com
                                  > Date: Friday, July 3, 2009, 7:28 PM
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                                  > Thanks for the suggestions. One of my hives has a front entrance with a
                                  > 1/2" slot entrance which I have a reducer for. But the other TBH has a
                                  > side entrance with three 3/4" holes drilled in the side. For the winter
                                  > I was thinking of plugging two of the holes and leaving one for
                                  > entrance/exit. The hardware cloth is a good idea for a hole that big,
                                  > thanks. I also have seen a few slugs around one of the entrances, and
                                  > the slugs in the Pacific NW can be huge.
                                  > I have read that the beez will seal with propolis any intruder that
                                  > happens to die inside the hive. Has anyone ever seen this? The more I
                                  > read about propolis, the more amazed I am. My daughter is a violinist,
                                  > and one of my hives are Italians. When I told her that these Italian
                                  > bees are the decendants that were involved in the making of Stradivarius
                                  > violins she looked at me like I was crazy. Then I showed her that their
                                  > propolis was one of the main ingredients in the varnish, she was amazed
                                  > too!
                                  > Thanks,
                                  > mike h
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                                  > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 20:52:38 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@hotmail. com>
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                                  > > to be honest with you i have never had mouse probs in all my time, Than i
                                  > > was using lang and placed a 7/8 hole on front of the second hive
                                  > > body,Come to think of it it could have also been in the lower because i
                                  > > used to switch in spring so i had ready made brood chamber. But ive never
                                  > > had mous probs. an usualy where i was snow covered the lower entrence
                                  > > /landing bord. Not sure what to advise here. ill look that one up 4u Bill
                                  > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
                                  > > From: m_hoffman@fastmail. fm
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                                  > > On Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:03:04 -0500, "bill lorch" <jetphixer@hotmail. com>
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                                  > > > DO NOT CLOSE ALL THE HOLES UP IN WINTER!!!!!! The beez need to make
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                                  > > > closed up... BILL
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                                  > > > > I am a new beekeeper as well, do you have screened bottoms on your hives?
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                                  > > > > I am in the NW part of Oregon.
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                                  > > > > From: Roland Denner <rdshu4u@yahoo. com>
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                                  > > > > Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 15:53:57
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                                  > > > > To: <TopHive@yahoogroups .com>
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                                  > > > > Subject: Re: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                                  > > > > I've been wondering where everyone went also Roger. I'm a newbie myself,
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                                  > > > > and luckily, there have been posts which answer my questions before I
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                                  > > > > ask. I have kinda the same problem. I hived 2 packages of bees on April
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                                  > > > > 8 and have 16 bars of brood in each hive. I don't have follower boards
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                                  > > > > anywhwere. Anyway, my girls are to a point where they are filling the
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                                  > > > > top 3/4 of the comb with honey, but the queen is laying in the botton
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                                  > > > > tip. My hives are a little messy, so I clean them up about every other
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                                  > > > > week. I've taken 8 lbs. of honey in the last 3 weeks jst from the
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                                  > > > > crooked comb. One thing I did do was replace a really bad comb with an
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                                  > > > > empty bar. Behind the empty bar was where there was less brood. Last
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                                  > > > > week, I had a really crooked bar that was about to break, so I trimmed
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                                  > > > > off the brood and placed it in the back of the hive to hatch, then
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                                  > > > > harvested the honey. Heat is
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                                  > > > > hives here in South Central Texas.
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                                  > > > > I have read that some people will fashion a queen excluder for their tbh's. But, from what I've read, the honey flow really just depends on the "what & when" plants are blooming in your area. Here, it appears that my bees figure they need to start putting away a little for winter and have slacked up on bee production.
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                                  > > > > "No one knows what a boy is worth, we'll have to wait and see.
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                                  > > > > But every man in a noble place, a boy once used to be."
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                                  > > > > Roland Denner
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                                  > > > > --- On Thu, 7/2/09, roger <toad08551@yahoo. com> wrote:
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                                  > > > > From: roger <toad08551@yahoo. com>
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                                  > > > > Subject: [TopHive] Re: brood at following board
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                                  > > > > To: TopHive@yahoogroups .com
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                                  > > > > Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:22 PM
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                                  > > > > bee keepers here go on vacation??? Thewir still biulding comb for brood,
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                                  > > > > When will they start storing honey?? roger
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                                  > > > > > My top bar has the brood at the following board end. checked yesterday and went down thru hive bar by bar. Lots of brood and VERY lil honey on bars. 16 bars drawn by swarm. finally toward end i found #3bar was half honey and #1-2 had good amount of honey. I put new bars in #1 - 3 and 5 spot. Is that a good way to give them more room to store more honey???? nubee Roger NJ
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