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  1. Re: Question re alternative entrance position for M. Palmer-style double nuc boxes

    Can you put them on the sides instead?

    If they both have mated queens, I don't see why they won't work with both on the front. If it was queen cells, you run a higher risk of the queen entering...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    I have some hives where the bottom board sticks out about an inch, some with a bit of a sloped landing board and some that are flush to the hive bodies. There isn't a noticeable different in honey...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    I agree. Timing is important too. Get the entrance reducers on early. Though they don't always help, the snow gets deep enough here, I sometimes find mouse nests on top of the inner cover.
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    Re: Beehive Plans on Beesource

    Keep in mind that Canadian made equipment has the same internal dimensions, but is made of 7/8" stock not 3/4". This means that you need to allow some extra clearance on your telescoping covers. ...
  5. Thread: Russian queens

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    Re: Russian queens

    I am not sure that a month is really enough time to evaluate anything other than her laying rate and brood pattern. Even those things could be limited by the strength of the split, temperature etc. ...
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    Re: Laying worker with queen cells

    It prevents an early emerging queen from killing the rest in their cells. You might have seen a queen banking frame - they would have mated queens in cages that the bees will feed through the cage.
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    Re: removing drone frames under honey supers

    Why not extract the supers? You can put them back on for the fall flow. Lifting supers much above waste height gets old in hurry. I would also check for mites using one the using an alcohol wash...
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    Re: Clip to Hold Frames in Place In Extractor

    I am trying to understand why you need a clip to hold them? what kind of extractor?
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    Re: Giving the bees water on hot days..

    Unless there is nearby natural source of water, I keep a 5 gallon pail of water in each yard with wine corks on the top to keep the bees from drowning. They use it varying amounts year round. It's...
  10. Thread: honey supers

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    Re: honey supers

    If you put the excluder on after they started to draw it out they still would have filled. Getting them to go through an excluder to drawn comb usually isn't a problem. It's getting them to start on...
  11. Thread: honey supers

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    Re: honey supers

    If you have a queen excluder between your brood boxes and supers, remove it until they start to draw out the supers.

    Just because flowers are in bloom doesn't mean you have a flow.
  12. Thread: Melters

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    Re: Melters

    Eduardo, I don't have a spin float. I use a Maxant basket style spinner: http://www.maxantindustries.com/spinners.html. It works considerably better than letting them drain in a tub.

    Bernard...
  13. Thread: Melters

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    Re: Melters

    I have not experience with that kind of melter. I use a spinner to get the honey out of cappings. As far as Swienty goes, I have a one of these melters that I use to liquify drums of honey: ...
  14. Thread: Melters

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    Re: Melters

    This description from Swienty is a little better:

    http://www.swienty.com/brugerdir/webshop/files/00000065.pdf

    Here's a larger version:
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  15. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    Beekeepers are often critical of other farmers for not practicing Integrated Pest Management(IPM). It is pretty hypocritical to not practice it ourselves. Given the shortlist of treatments that we...
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    Re: Lots of Honey in top brood box

    You are at the end of our main flow, they will be slowing down on brood rearing and probably not looking for more space to expand. If the super you are adding is drawn out already, they might move...
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    Re: Queen Introduction and pheromones.

    LJ as much as I haven't experienced the issue that you described, it sounds remarkable similar to Robbin's experience with an AI breeder queen which also seemed to be pheromone related:
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    Re: Queen Introduction and pheromones.

    This has been my experience as well. I can generally attribute my failures to an undetected queen cell or virgin queen.
  19. Re: Just added new honey super w/no comb should I feed sugar water?

    A full size hive will usually only draw comb if there is flow on. Either a natural flow or an artificial one(feeding). If you are trying to encourage the queen to lay in the second box, you could...
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    Re: Automated Extractor Control

    Nice control setup - a tidy work as always.

    I am wondering if you can achieve similar results by monitoring motor torque/current draw and adjusting the speed. A VFD with an analog input for speed...
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    Re: Automated Extractor Control

    You certainly could, but then the entire rotating mechanism of the extractor would have to have linear guidance to allow it to float up and down on the load cells. You might be able to achieve...
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    Re: Planning my first season

    Sources for glass and labeling requirements tend to be local issues. I would start with your local beekeeping association.
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Queen excluders
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Just a heads up that blowing bees in the summer when there is a flow on is a very different thing than blowing them in the fall when bees are robbing. In the fall you can only tip up a couple of...
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    Re: Loose techniques in queen rearing

    I have never had issues adding brood/bees from another colony. You could try giving the frame half a shake. Most of the older bees and probably the queen if she is on their will fall off and you...
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