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  1. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    So I melted the bottom deep down for the wax and this stuff is black. Like motor oil black. When I passed the first batch through the the strainer it could have been 10w30. I'm guessing this is...
  2. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    Yup. No signs of anything recent but plenty of leafs and sticks stashed in the bottom box =).
  3. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    Any particular odor I should watch for?
  4. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ? - Update!

    Well there were sadly no live bees in the hive. Just a small cluster of dead ones. Three deeps high with a top cover falling off and rotting through. Lots of holes in the corners. I told the...
  5. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ?

    I agree. It is a bit of a drive so I only want to make it once. I'll end up gearing up planning on them being alive but worst case scenario I'll take all the boxes anyways. At the very least I'll...
  6. Re: Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ?

    Thanks for all the help and advice guys. I think I'll have an extra set of hands but if I need some help I'll be sure to let you know.For some reason I hadn't thought about the boxes being rotten. ...
  7. Offered an neglected hive - owner wants it gone ASAP. Safe to move ?

    Met a guy at work that has an old hive on his property. He says it has been there for 9 years without anybody caring for it. As of November when he was last out there they were active and thriving...
  8. How picky with straight comb during a cut out?

    I'm cutting some comb from a dead out Warre (that I've not been pleased with) to help seed a hive for a new package in the coming weeks. I'm going to rubberband the comb into some foundationless...
  9. Anybody use wax/nails instead of glue/nails when assembling frames?

    I know that most people glue but I'm curious if putting some melted wax in the joints would be viable alternative. I'm sure it isn't as strong, but is this done and is there a standardized technique...
  10. Specific question regarding Kelley's Univeral Frame Jig and Foundationless frames....

    Just received my first unassembled frames along with the universal jig from Kelley's. I have the foundationless frames (F-style) and the jig has two different size spacing boards, one for grooved...
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    Cold winter = fewer swarms?

    Assuming most beekeepers in the north that didn't go south for the winter had losses, is it logical to expect fewer swarms this spring?
  12. Re: Entrance in the body vs lifted or offset lid?

    Understood. I like the routed top idea. If you go with three separate top covers do you put a 3rd cover of some type on over the full length to keep rain from seeping in?
  13. Entrance in the body vs lifted or offset lid?

    I'm now building a long lang and I'm trying to decide where to make the entrance. Is there any significant difference between a hole(s) drilled near the top of the hive body and gapping a migratory...
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    Re: Android Bee Hive Tracker

    Glad to hear your position on it. Even if it is unavoidable on your end, I personally have an issue with free apps that allow that sort of data to be transmitted. I'll be skipping it myself but...
  15. Re: Any plans for larger swarm traps out of 1 sheet of plywood?

    I've got a single Warre and several TBH's so I don't have any deeps. I prefer the TBH style and I'm building a long hive with lang dimensions this year. I can purchase a whole sheet of plywood for...
  16. Any plans for larger swarm traps out of 1 sheet of plywood?

    I was going to build some nuc boxes from the D. Coates plans on this site but I see there is a general thought that some swarms are too large for a 5 frame nuc. Are there any plans for cutting "deep...
  17. Re: 1 1/4 inch end bars in the whole hive? Kelley's

    I can certainly respect their position on it. What is the best way to trim them down?
  18. 1 1/4 inch end bars in the whole hive? Kelley's

    Those of you running a tighter brood area with frames cut down to 1 1/4 inch end bars, do you use these throughout the hive and space them further apart for honey or do you switch to the standard...
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    Re: Wire deep foundationless frames?

    Not planning on doing either one but the fishing line was something I hadn't seen before. Just curious how it was done. =)
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    Re: Wire deep foundationless frames?

    Gotcha. So essentially the same requirements as a traditional TBH especially when full of honey. I saw lot of people going with mediums and I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing some major danger...
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    Wire deep foundationless frames?

    If I'm not going to extract them is it really necessary to wire foundationless deep frames?
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    Re: Android Bee Hive Tracker

    Agreed and it's a rare opportunity to have such direct access to the app developer. Maybe he will modify it for us =)?
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    Frame Nailing Device?

    I'm getting ready to order some unassembled frames from Walter T Kelley. I've never put any together before and I see they have a "Frame Nailing Device" which appears to be a jig for holding the...
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    Re: Android Bee Hive Tracker

    Went to download this today but I noticed that prior to installation it informs you that the app has to be given permission to access your contacts, call log, GPS location etc.... why is all of this...
  25. Re: Michael Bush Tanzanian Top Bar vs. Les Crowder's design

    Ah good point. Forgot about cutting a rabbet and the height loss that creates. Is there a reason people go with mediums over deeps aside from total hive weight when it is full? I would think since...
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