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  1. Re: New beekeeper in AL trying to transition Nuc to Warre Hive

    You're off to an exciting start! I didn't start off using Warre's method. I switched to it last Fall and I'm very impressed. 100℅ survival through Winter. Largest honey harvest ever this year. No...
  2. Thread: OUCH

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    Re: OUCH

    I took a box of honey off my angry hive yesterday. Put on the full suit for that one. Got stung 10+ times on my ankles through my socks. Steel toe pull-ons next time.
  3. Re: How does it work in a hive in nature? Honey on top or bottom???

    They have to hang/festoon from something to draw comb. So they enter a structure and go up to the top no matter how high to start drawing. To expand the nest and stores they just keep adding more...
  4. Re: A few white dead bees on ground in front of hive

    It hasn't been cold here in a couple months. Lows in the upper 50s this week. Also, this is an established colony.
  5. A few white dead bees on ground in front of hive

    I was observing my hives today. I've got a hive box sized plywood board on the ground in front of my hives' landing board. I noticed a few dead honeybees laying on the board. But there were also a...
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    Re: Kiss the Queen!

    Ah, well you've got some great Bee friends!
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    Re: Kiss the Queen!

    Harley Craig is Yappy?! I follow JP's channel religiously. Back 6 years ago when I got into catching swarms I believe I watched a ton of your swarm catch videos. Looks like you've got some beekeeping...
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    Re: Propolis prevention?

    Definitely use the hive tool as a lever to push the frame back and forth to loosen up the seal. Glue the frame joints. Paint the frame rests. And if the frame is one of the two outer frames slide...
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    Re: Roger Delon's Stable-Climate Hive

    I love Delon's bottom/landing board concept (page 7&8)! Very elegant.
  10. Re: Abbé Christ's hive: Bottom board - What's the thinking behind it?

    Okay, I just found this. What's interesting is you can have driving wind and rain and because of this design it's not really going to blow into the hive, build up on a landing board or splash inside....
  11. Re: Abbé Christ's hive: Bottom board - What's the thinking behind it?

    The biobees website has a side by side comparison with the details of each hive component for Warre and Christ. The description of Christ's bottom board is listed as, "Flat board extending 189 mm in...
  12. Thread: Panic

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    Re: Panic

    Haha! Good story!
  13. Abbé Christ's hive: Bottom board - What's the thinking behind it?

    On page 5 of Johann Thür's book linked to on BioBees there is this interesting bottom board in the illustration of Abbe Christ's hive concept. There's something fascinating about it. But I have no...
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    Re: Warre - Top Entrance

    For the past five years I ran non-warre top entrance hives. They are great. I decided to run my hives Warre style this year. In researching Warre's method I too considered a top entrance variation on...
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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    This is the way to go. You don't have to buy all the bee gadgets and fancy hive equipment. Check out Michael Bush's site. It was a great help to me. I recall I spent around $300 to start with...
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    Re: worse than a bear

    Awesome! Glad you caught him red handed.
  17. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    The additional wood and bee space does indeed take up a lot of room. Namely, unusable room. That got me curious. So I did the math. A Langstroth 8 frame medium has a total volume of 1491 sq/in. That...
  18. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    So here's an update...

    I've decided for now to go with Warre's original roof design. If after a year of using it I decide I'd like a ventilation option I can modify it accordingly. I'm in the...
  19. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    I like this technique. Allows for a ventilation option with no physical modification necessary.
  20. How to bank supers for delayed processing

    When we do a harvest we like to do a bunch at once. We do crush and strain and it is such a messy ordeal we like to process honey only twice a year. Late May and maybe again in August. In the past...
  21. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    That is some amazing wood working!
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    Re: Moist air useful inside the hive?

    Very very interesting. Definitely thought provoking on my part.
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    Moist air useful inside the hive?

    I know a few reasons the bees prefer dry air:
    * Cure Honey
    * Prevent condensation in Winter
    * Evaporate excess moisture in the hive

    What are some reasons where a climate's warm or cold air is...
  24. Re: Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    Just a couple thoughts as I continue thinking about this.

    * Michael's point about only having a limited number of years to innovate within one's lifetime is a good point! Certainly can't fault a...
  25. Warre's original roof VS Heaf's variation - Which is better?

    Warre's Original People's Hive: http://warre.biobees.com/plans.htm
    David Heaf's variation: http://warre.biobees.com/heaf.htm

    Here's my confusion. I saw Heaf's variation first and it made a ton of...
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