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    Re: Foundationless frames Drone Problem?

    I am a foundationless beekeeper and this year experienced a problem with drone comb. If you reuse your comb be sure that you don't end up stocking a hive body with too much drone comb (especially in...
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    Re: Looking for raw TF propolis

    I'm not in your area but I have some. If interested PM me.
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    Re: Capped Queen Cells

    Sounds like you are on your way to a new hive of bees. I had the same "problem" yesterday. One of my larger hives had three frames with multiple queen cells so I made three nucs. I didn't bother...
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    Re: things to take to a cut out

    Bucket of water to clean up with. Cut outs are a sticky mess.
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    Re: New (second) super added

    Move a frame or two of brood up in the center of your second box. They will move up to care for the brood and expand outward from there.
  6. Thread: Queen failing?

    by bamindy
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    Re: Queen failing?

    I think you are fine but keep your drone comb to the outsides or scrap it. I messed up this year and didn't pay attention to where I put my drone comb and ended up with a few packages trying to...
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    Re: How often to open up hive?

    Like Vance said, put the foundationless in between brood frames. If you put them between frames of honey, you will get lots of drone comb. I learned this lesson the hard way last year so I have a...
  8. Re: What pollen is bright red in color? Midlands, SC

    Here in Indiana Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is a source of bright red pollen in the early spring. It is very invasive and is usually one of the first plants to bloom. Some entire farm fields turn...
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    Re: first swarm caught and have a question

    I boxed one up two nights ago and went to pick them up last night and managed to bring about 15 bees home. :) For some reason this particular swarm decided to find a better spot than my furnished...
  10. Thread: Swarm size

    by bamindy
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    Re: Swarm size

    I try to base my estimates on a package of bees. I caught a small swarm last night that was around the size of a package so I called it three pounds. I would guess a basketball sized one to be...
  11. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    I agree with Ray - chunk honey. I am strictly foundationless in my hives. The supers that end up with warped combs end up getting cut and put in jars for my chunk honey sales. The comb is usually...
  12. Re: Wiring foundationless frames in a swarm box?

    I wouldn't spend the time adding wire. Just make sure they hive is level from side to side. If it isn't and you are late getting to the trap, you will be in for a nice surprise (wax drawn from the...
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    Re: Foundation or foundationless frames?

    I went foundationless two years ago and had pretty good luck with it. When starting out place a foundationless frame in between your drawn out frames or you may end up with a mess. Another key to...
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    Re: breaking in to a new market

    I know how you feel. I have been trying to do the same without much success. The rules are in place to allow a single vendor to monopolize the market on Saturday morning. Finding a new market...
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    Re: How many supers on a hive is too many

    7 deeps? Wow, must need a bucket truck to take the lid off.

    I run three deeps for brood and keep on stacking honey supers as long as they want to make honey. I harvest multiple times per year...
  16. Re: New bee location - what do people like for ground cover under the hive

    A 4' x 8' sheet of the cheapest plywood is what works for me. On top of that I put four cinder blocks and two 8 foot 4" x 4" posts. I make rails out of those and easily fit four hives on there. ...
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    Re: Can someone explain this picture?

    Looks like he is making packages but I don't know why they would be doing that during almond pollination.
  18. Thread: 3 Deep Hives

    by bamindy
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    Re: 3 Deep Hives

    I run all of my hives in three deeps and have found that the spring build up is extremely fast. I extract honey several times throughout the season and the larger hives with more bees allow me pull...
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    Re: Expansion stand plan advice

    I throw down a 4x8 sheet of OSB or similar plywood material (whatever is on sale), put two cinder blocks on each of the 4' ends, and add two 8' 4x4 or 4x6 posts spanning the blocks. This elevates...
  20. Thread: Buying in bulk

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    Re: Buying in bulk

    Mann Lake for the same reasons listed in the threads. Can't beat free shipping and I think they are even having a sale on deeps right now. Good time to buy! I usually buy the cheap stuff and make...
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    Re: Favorite Explanation

    I take the same approach as Russ and explain crystalization upon purchase. Most of my customers are repeat customers so they have heard the speech before but I ALWAYS explain it to the new ones. I...
  22. Re: have you switched from screened to solid bottom boards?

    SBBs for me, open all year here in Indiana. I build my own with standard cuts of wood. 2x4 or 2x6 front (landing board), 1x3 sides, and 1x2 insides (to staple mesh to). Works for me but I am...
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    Re: SBB or solid in SE

    I leave my SBBs on all winter and don't close them off. All of my hives made it through last winter some of which were single deeps (caveat - we had a really mild winter but it was colder than the...
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    Re: New Beek From Afghanistan

    While you are there you might try to get in with one of the PRTs. A few of them are using beekeeping in Kunar Prov to assist the locals in making more money. Just a thought. Google "Afghanistan...
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    Re: What to do with half capped super frames

    I'd leave it on there. The bees don't heat the whole box, just the space they occupy. I always put an "attic" on my hives (a frameless super above the inner cover) in winter to confine the...
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