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    Re: package install without comb.

    Bees are very adaptable --after all, they never find a nice square box with drawn comb ready to move into in nature!

    They will do better, I think, on bare foundation in a nuc box because they will...
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    Re: Building Strong Frames

    I use two 1 1/2 in nails in the top bar, offset toward the wedge side, and one nail through the end bar into the solid side of the top bar. Works better if you don't drive the nails into each other,...
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Boiled linseed oil (which is indeed no longer boiled, it has metallic "driers" added to cause it to polymerize faster that are toxic) makes a great first primer for boxes. I'd not use it inside,...
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    Re: Thinking of making my own hives

    I strongly prefer box joints, but make what you are comfortable with. More things to go wrong with box joints, and you really need a powerful saw (220V 2hp). Mine struggles, but works OK.

    Box...
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    Re: bee keeping in medium boxes

    All mediums works. All deeps works. You could probably do all shallows if you wanted to. All Dadant "superdeeps" works fine, but you need a crane to move the boxes.

    Weight is an issue -- my...
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    Re: Question on queen excluder

    Queen excluders have a number of uses, but most of the beeks around here do not use them to keep the brood in a single box. Any time you want to restrict the queen to part of the hive, place the...
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    Re: Tulip Poplar Honey

    Spring seems to have moved earlier in the last ten years, and it is likely they are using the tulip honey for brood instead of storing it. We get huge amounts of black locust honey here, but Walt...
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    Re: New Hive plan to use crimpwire

    I recommend cross wires. The foundation wire will have some residual curve in it (from being wound on a spool) that does not appear until the wax heats up in the hive and softens. Since the wax is...
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    Re: First winter , first look in the hives

    Feed. Otherwise you will have several hives of dead bees in a month.

    Best way to do this is to put a sheet of newspaper over the top of the frames in the top box, put an empty shallow super on,...
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    Re: Hive getting low on stores

    If you think they are getting light, remove the cover and inner cover, put a sheet of newspaper over the frames with an inch or so space at the front or rear, and put an empty shallow box on top of...
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    Re: Pollen Backfilling the Brood Nest

    Some years here they stuff the brood nest so full of pollen the first couple rounds of new brood in the spring is very spotty. Clears up as they use the pollen.

    Typically this is a temporary...
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    Re: Thinking of making my own hives

    You won't get rich making your own boxes, but it's fun and you don't have to wait for some to arrive if you need some in a hurry.

    Measure accurately, and make sure everything is PREFECTLY square...
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    Re: brood

    Nothing in bloom here, not even the pines are shedding much pollen, and it's only barely warm enough for cleansing flights. Bees only come out for an hour or two on the warmest days about the usual...
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    Re: Not good

    If all the white stuff in the pic is ice, they died from condensation dripping on them. Plenty of bees there, should have been able to stay warm. However, I noticed that one of the frames isn't...
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    Re: Bees Flying Today

    Mine were out flying today, seem to be OK. Very windy do I didn't look.

    My neighbor lost a hive, one of her's had only a few bees instead of a large number, and when she looking inside it was ...
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    Re: White small bees on landing strip

    We get a small amount of chilled brood once in a while in the early spring, same reason. Hive builds up quickly, then we get a cold snap and some of the brood is too far from the center and the...
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    Re: Supers Made out of 2x8 lumber

    Should be fine. Might be a bit tricky to align them when stacking, but unless you leave holes robbers can get in the bees won't mind.

    Might be kinda heavy though! Watch that you get the interior...
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    Re: homemade frames...

    Until you have pried apart a well propolized hive you may not understand just how strong that stuff is.

    Your design will work fine to hold comb, but the first time you get one well stuck you are...
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    Re: homemade frames...

    Self spacing frames are really not optional, they must be at the correct spacing or you going to play merry he.. getting frames in and out of the boxes.

    Stick with the standard design -- 1 1/16"...
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    Re: hive corner reinforcement?

    Never put your hive tool between boxes on the ends, only on the sided a couple inches from the end, and you will largely avoid any damage to the boxes. If you want a slot to put the tool in the bees...
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    Re: 8 frame or 10 frame deep hive body?

    You don't need to drill a hole in the box, the bees will be quite happy to look for a round or oval black spot just above a reduced entrance. They aren't very smart, after all. Use a marker to draw...
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    Re: What do you think happened to this hive?

    I'm with Vance on this one. Look carefully in the cells of the brood frames. I suspect you will find quite a few tiny white specks in there, which are mite frass. The bees were weak, and too many...
  23. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    Very likely to be mites. Check for white specks in the brood nest -- mite feces that the bees could not clean out. Sudden loss of the hive when cold weather appears is typical when there are too...
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    Re: Watermelon pollination

    Watermelon bloom period is fairly short. The bees will get quite a bit of pollen but not much nectar, but around here there is plenty of other stuff for them.

    One of the beekeepers in our...
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    Re: Do You Harvest More than Once Per Year?

    In good years we get two harvests around here, but that often depends on what is growing withing flying distance. My location is pretty much spring flow only, consisting of several tree species that...
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