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  1. Re: Video of inspection and using Outside Frames to help prevent Swarming.

    In regard to what to do once the medium frames are drawn there are a few options.

    The most obvious is to just replace the deep frames in the deep box and put the mediums in a medium box on top....
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Sorry Steve, that was a typo. Should be PVA glue. What you use for gluing wood.
  3. Re: Video of inspection and using Outside Frames to help prevent Swarming.

    A video this weekend would be great. What we want to look at is the medium frames in particular (how they have been drawn out), the frames that were moved up (have they been emptied out), and has any...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Hi Steve,

    I would preferably let them grow to 10 frames before using Opening the Sides.

    A 5 frame Nuc will usually expand in a 10 frame box without any help.

    I would put the Nuc frames to...
  5. Re: Video of inspection and using Outside Frames to help prevent Swarming.

    Fantastic Tom! Great to see what you done. Thanks.

    The bees had started making wax in the 2nd box by using just one frame of wax foundation. Sometimes happens, sometimes gets ignored, especially...
  6. Re: Anyone ever use a 3rd deep brood chamber?

    With Opening the Sides of the Broodnest you can end up with 3 brood boxes by the end of the main flow. If you want to increase your number of hives, do a large spilt or two around Summer Solstice...
  7. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    The Hole(s) is where there's no foundation in the frame.

    Placing a medium frame in a deep box will also create a Hole in the Broodnest.
  8. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    The hole(s) is where there's no foundation in the frame.

    In your case the hole(s) will be underneath each medium frame (because it's in the deep box.) But I expect them to mainly draw out the...
  9. Re: When and how to add a foundationless super?

    Remove the 2 undrawn deep frames until some of the medium frames have been drawn out. Leave the honey for the bees to make wax and raise brood.
  10. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Since you have a couple of undrawn frames, you have a week or so extra time.

    I would still keep to the plan above, but replace the undrawn frames with the new medium frames to get them started to...
  11. Re: When and how to add a foundationless super?

    If they have 2 frames left to be drawn out in the Deep box, then put two medium frames in deep now.

    Place the frames on the outer edges of the Broodnest, (inbetween the frames of honey and frames...
  12. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    I would use only one hive for doing the splits, the other for honey.

    Divide one hive into three, so use 10 frame deep boxes. Give each split several frames, ideally 3 frames of brood, 4 with...
  13. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Tom, you need to add a super now, as soon as possible.

    1 frame of capped brood will be 2 frames of bees in 2 weeks.

    So if you have at least 5 frames of capped brood, they will be able to fill a...
  14. Re: When and how to add a foundationless super?

    If you just put a completely foundationless super on top you could end up with a big mess.
    Bees usually build comb from the top down, so they will just see a big empty space above them.
    ...
  15. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    @Enjambres: If you want to use a acronym, how about OSB ?

    I usually refer to it as Opening the Sides, but OTS is already known as On the Spot queen raising.

    In regard to raising queens and...
  16. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    It really doesn't need to be that complicated (takes more effort to describe it than do it).

    This is what I do:



    Pull out 2 new frames from the new box before opening the hive.
    I...
  17. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    The Broodnest probably wasn't as wide as the example. But Yes, the queen likes laying eggs in brand new comb. So she may go outward or up, or lay in all 4 new combs.
  18. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Please use the following notation:

    N = A new undrawn empty frame with no more than 1/2 a sheet of foundation.
    D = A drawn comb with some honey, nectar or pollen.
    B = A frame with SOME brood on...
  19. Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    It's great to see more people trying out "Opening the Sides of the Broodnest"

    I wish I had known about this method when I was starting out! My tests so far indicate that it significantly reduces...
  20. Re: Horizontal Comb - how would bees use it?

    Thanks guys.

    Anyone had a hive knocked over, laying on it's side for some time?
  21. Horizontal Comb - how would bees use it?

    Recently did a cutout. It was bigger than I thought and so I did not have enough equipment to rubber band all the combs at that time.

    After I left, a couple of combs fell down and were horizontal...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Ok, dowel starter strip. Thanks.

    A 5 frame medium is quite small. They would likely have expanded naturally themselves without any help just by putting them in a 10 frame box. Just make sure they...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Just wondering, what did you use for the new frames? A starter strip of foundation or half a sheet in the middle of the frame, wax or plastic?
    Thanks.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Yes, have seen more honey production since having the larger populations.

    I have wintered in 1 deep and 2 deeps. 2 deeps gives you more drawn comb to start off with as you can move 4 frames up...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive as a Beginner

    Here's a link showing my latest one: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291607-3x-Longhive

    The only issue is I have to use a sheet of plastic (clear flexible PVC) on the roof to...
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