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Comment by Gavin McCullough on May 28, 2017 at 12:04pm


First...Rhett...the entrance is very small...maybe 3 or 4 bees can move in and out at one time. Since the swarm the hive activity is very low...still some bees in and out, but way down. I am hoping it is not a queen issue.

now the new stuff:

1. I finally got my hive from beethinking...I did not get all my order and it looks like beethinking may be going out of business, so i think my other items are a loss. I did order a couple of things from the Warre Store just last week after hearing about beethinking.

2. with the wall bees recently swarmed and low activity, I assume I will be some time with out bees...still I put the hive together and put it outside with a bit of lemongrass oil...maybe a swarm will come...maybe not.

3. I still plan to mostly be a bee-haver vs a bee-keeper. right now with the wall bees I am a bee-haver, and even if a swarm comes to the hive I will likely leave it alone (maybe feed a bit?)...but maybe I get the beekeeping bug?

4. Thanks for this site...if I do get a swarm I am sure I will be bugging you people quite a bit more.

5. Is there any reason not to keep an empty hive outside? can't really image it becomes a home to any pests...will make sure no wasps build a nest or anything like that (my wife is very allergic to wasps, kinda allergic to bees...keep a few epi pens around the house).

Comment by Samuel Lopez on May 4, 2017 at 7:06am

Jeremy- my semi-frames have wax applied to the starter strip and so I would echo Rhett's statement about applying wax to your wedge style top bars.

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 3, 2017 at 3:00pm

You're welcome, I'm glad that I can help!  I'm sure everyone has their own unique method for application.  Do what works best for you.  I started out by using a cheap brush.  Beeswax isn't the easiest to work with.  I now melt a large pan of wax and dip my comb guides.  I have found that method to be the easiest and I don't have to worry about gumming up brushes.


Comment by Jeremy Nelson on May 3, 2017 at 2:47pm

Any feedback works- Thanks Rhett

Ill be asking both of you from now on! LOL

Just a paint brush kind of application??? 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on May 3, 2017 at 2:43pm

I'm not Sam, but I can answer your question.  It's best to apply some wax to them.  It encourages the bees to build straight comb. 

Comment by Jeremy Nelson on May 3, 2017 at 2:13pm

Sam- I have wedge style top bars- pine_warre_top_bars_ea5ae41a-c67f-4ca0-a3a5-e213ec47f4d2_2000x.jpg

Do I need to wax these before adding to the Warre or will they be ok without?

Comment by Rhett Renoud on April 9, 2017 at 4:50pm

Free Bees!  I'm jealous!  Wow, our bees don't start swarming here for another month.  Thanks for the update!  How large would you guess the entrance is on the wall?     

Comment by Gavin McCullough on April 9, 2017 at 4:31pm

Comment by Gavin McCullough on April 9, 2017 at 4:30pm

They formed a smallish bee ball about 20 feet up in a cedar tree in the backyard...they only stayed an hour or two before flying I guess they found a new home somewhat close.

Comment by Gavin McCullough on April 9, 2017 at 4:28pm

oh hive yet, but the wall bees decided to swarm I will have to hope they swarm again this summer (they always swarm once, often twice).


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