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    Re: Palmer Double Nuc

    This, I'm discovering, is a huge fundamental in beekeeping: patience and discipline.
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    Re: To stand or not to stand?

    Thank you for the snake warning! It's enough for my wife's patience that I've got honey bees all in the back yard. Adding snakes? Probably wouldn't go over so well. ;)
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    Re: To stand or not to stand?

    Hey there. Nope, not in bee school this term. But after 4 years I'm a believer that blocks will eventually sink one way or another. I do have access to free old, painted fence boards that are black...
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    To stand or not to stand?

    Every year I find my hive stand set-up wanting for one reason or another. Last year I raised my stands a minimum of 18" off the ground and put down black plastic topped with shingles underneath, to...
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    Re: Oliver Drone Trap frame

    I have run out of deep frames and put shallow combs in deep brood boxes before. The result? Pretty much the same as the Oliver Drop Trap frame (except I had worker brood with the normal band of...
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    Re: Oliver Drone Trap frame

    I haven't tried the trap yet, but thanks for resurrecting the post. Now I will in the upcoming season. :-) Check back with your results as well. To my question, will bees re-engineer cells if needed...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    Here's a couple photos of the successful screen dome idea from Dave. Bending a piece to cover both sides and the top seems to make all the difference. Last year I just extended screen on one side...
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    Re: Cleaning combs for storage

    Thanks, will do!
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    Re: Cleaning combs for storage

    Maybe put a queen excluder down below the super to be cleaned out, OC?
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    Cleaning combs for storage

    I've got a bunch of frames that I need to remove from our kitchen freezer before my wife gets ticked off at my using up so much of her storage space. How do I get the bees to clean up the combs so I...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    SNL, I tried the packing peanuts method. A big plus is that you can easily see the level of the syrup. My big boomer hive, though, started breaking down the peanuts immediately. It was a bizarre...
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    Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    So I've got a ton of plastic frame feeders my brother gave me. Robber bees are now hovering about my hives, and putting feed inside nucs and splits makes sense to me. But drowning bees in the syrup...
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    Re: Installing my first nuc. Oh my god!

    Congratulations, you made it! :-) Next time, inspect a nuc before you purchase and bring it home. Takes the worry out of it. (And if the seller discourages or doesn't allow inspections, go somewhere...
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    Communist
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Nice, Ray. THANKS! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Thanks, Saltybee!
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I am very interested in this (love the term!). How many shallow supers should separate the bottom queen with excluder on and the top brood chamber with open brood/eggs/larvae (is 1 enough, or are 2...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I'm currently enjoying the heck out of my first read of "The ABC's and XYZ of Bee Culture" (1950 edition, thank you public library). I'm collecting as much data as possible and reviewing/updating it...
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    Great ideas, everybody, thanks! I'm swinging between a big water source for the bees or metal for hive roofs. :-) I am all about "free" as I go along (would rather spend it on bees if I need to)....
  20. Mystery item - what can I make with this?

    Our chimney master dropped this off when I wasn't at home, said it was a gift and he thought I may be able to use it somehow in the apiary. Any ideas? This metal rectangle is 26 x 53 x 5". A super...
  21. Re: Expansion and Contraction: Your tales of making increase and losing big

    You give me hope, Michael! :-) Thanks.
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    I went from 2 over-wintered nucs and 4 hives to 8 colonies and 5 add'l starts and then, eventually, to 0 by the end of last year. :( Lessons learned the hard way (splitting weak colonies, not...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Well said (and no, I do not ... Russian bees have plenty of varroa, they just deal very well with them).
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I wish I'd thought about it when I started 4 years ago. But last year I lost all of my hives due to extremely poor judgment, bad weather and too many small hive beetles. So this year I'm starting...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Wonderful. I most certainly will. I'm lucky and have two local queen producers, one a half hour away another a couple hours away. One breeds Russians, which I keep (my preference due to Varroa). I...
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