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  1. Poll: Re: Share your homemade foundation press/mold experience

    I'd be interested in knowing how much foundation the occasional mold/press users are making, and how many pieces they can mold in an hour.
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    I often remove the queens to 5-frame nucs when I'm concerned about swarming. I would always prefer to move the queen from the original location.

    I think you'll find empty comb in the spring.
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Having a reserve of drawn comb isn't a problem for most people... Not having frames and/or foundation available when needed would be a problem.
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    Re: Spring is here !

    "We don't have that winter shut-down others do."



    :scratch:
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    The Mountain Camp sugar application will be less disruptive to the colony in my opinion. I would prefer feeding baker's fondant but I will be pouring sugar on some nucs as insurance feed. I have...
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    Re: First time making a split

    I would suggest that you continue your inquiry on Bee-L and share what you learn with us...

    You will have easier access to the opinions of some queen breeders and others who have a deeper...
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    Re: First time making a split

    And "old" begins at around 20 to 25 days of age according to the study:

    "Figure 1 indicates that the decline in sperm quality starts when drones are only circa 20–25 days old."
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    Re: First time making a split

    Please refrain from discussing member's genitalia on this forum...



    It's obvious.
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    Re: First time making a split

    Are you suggesting that old drones would have viable sperm and the stamina for a mating flight?

    Drones in the hive are not the same as drones in a congregation area... And diminished sperm...
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    Re: First time making a split

    Let's hope that "Boomer" makes it through the winter...

    If not, where would you get bees?
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    The syrup will not enter the cells of the comb easily. Just do the Mountain Camp, sugar on newspaper - directly on the top bars routine. It will be less disturbing to both you and your bees. IMO
  12. Thread: gloves

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    Re: gloves

    I would suggest that you try some disposable nitrile gloves.

    I didn't use my calf skin beekeeping gloves at all this past year. I only use them when dealing with some really angry / aggressive...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I would skip the frame feeder and the plastic one that you had a link to. Just use mason jars over the inner cover.

    Save your "bee bucks" for something else.
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    Re: First time making a split

    The OP, with 3 strong hives, has more options...
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    Re: Unexpected Beehive

    Perhaps the top could be boxed in with an additional cover on the constructed box...

    Use the "hole in the roof" to supply fondant or sugar to the little colony.

    .... and reduce the entrance...
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    Re: Good source for foundationless guides

    I would suggest using a wax tube applicator so that the frames can be converted back to foundation use if desired...
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    Were the holding yards in use before you got back into keeping bees?
  18. Poll: Re: Share your homemade foundation press/mold experience

    I suspect that there would have been more responses if the poll wasn't a "public poll".
  19. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I corrected the typo.... "slip" the Homasote into place. :)
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I build all of my 5-frame equipment, and the accessories (bottoms, inner and outer covers) for 8-frame hives, but I buy 8-frame boxes. My last couple of box purchases have been budget boxes, and I...
  21. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    My pieces of Homasote are smaller than the box/inner cover dimension with NO HOLE in the center. The center is where moisture could wick into the Homasote. With the Homasote cut slightly undersized I...
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    Williams Sonoma was selling beekeeping stuff in 2012:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?267192-quot-cultivating-honey-quot-with-Williams-Sonoma
  23. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    I would skip the shimming in favor of some insulation on the inner cover...
  24. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    trottet1,

    Do you have the inner covers facing knotch down?

    Do you have insulation over the inner cover?

    With a piece of Homasote placed over knotch-down inner covers I haven't had any...
  25. Re: Queen Bees Control Sex of Young After All

    And, as we know, the following generation of queens will be laying drone eggs with AHB genes.

    Drones don't have a father, but they have a grandfather on their mother's side...
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