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  1. Re: Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    To I think it was wtm@, which had worked in the past. Thanks for clearing that up!
  2. Re: Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    Alright thanks for the responses. I think that's a great starting point.

    The honey I'm worrying about not spinning out is very much viscous, there are little patches of granulated (raspberry?)...
  3. Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    I've got a Maxant 20 frame extractor, the 1400p, and having a few issues and hoping others may have some ideas.
    This is the second season in use with 20 hives.

    The honey room is cooking hot and...
  4. Combining swarm to queenless tbh. Without newspaper?

    I have one queenless tbh, and thankfully just caught a big swarm to combine with it.
    I've placed this swarm on the "empty" side of the follower board and added a new entrance for them out the back....
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    Re: Any benefits to "bottom supering"?

    There's a benefit too, thanks.
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    Any benefits to "bottom supering"?

    A few years back I took a beekeeping course, where it was recommended to always bottom super (empty super placed right above brood chambers, and below all previously filled supers. Seemed like a pain...
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    Attacking bees - not africanized

    I've had bees for about ten years, and always have had them just steps from the front door as well as close to the chickens and pigs without any issues. About noon today I heard the pigs squealing,...
  8. Re: Balancing hives by switching positions?

    Thanks, and I did switch their locations and due to the viewing windows was able to see that most of the bees actually followed the hives!
    There are definitely more foragers in the weak hive, yet...
  9. Balancing hives by switching positions?

    Long story short is I keep my two topbars in a very windy location, and moved them up against the house for winter shelter. With a cold spring I left them there too long and once I moved them into...
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    Re: Golden Mean Full?

    My first tb was modeled after a Golden Mean. Way too small and we have a short season. It's almost like a swarm machine. Not good for a new beekeeper in my opinion.
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    Re: Will this work for orchard mason bees?

    Thanks for all the help there!
    I decided to purchase a pre made house with easily cleanable parts, probably the best bet for me.
    Will likely drill wood in the future once I get more knowledgeable...
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    Will this work for orchard mason bees?

    If I use bucked up sections of logs, around 18" in length and maybe 12-16" thick- can I simply drill a bunch of holes in the log then place it out in the orchard to attract mason bees?
    Seems they'd...
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    Re: concealing a colony in a shed or garage

    I get the feeling someone has never tried beekeeping in the dark then? They crawl along ground and crawl up your pants. It was one of my first beekeeping lessons learned, ouch.
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    Re: concealing a colony in a shed or garage

    In the photo I see sun hitting the hive through a window.
    Any thoughts on how a hive would do in a shed or building with just a cut entrance hole, no morning sun to heat up the hive? No winter sun,...
  15. Any thoughts as to what is happening here?

    In about January each winter, a number of hive entrances become completely clogged with hundreds of dead bees.
    And often at the same time, bees are flying even though the weather is freezing or...
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    Re: Winter cluster surrounded by dead bees?

    Actually not in Vancouver, much colder here. It is bordering on freezing right now as it has warmed up.
    I will switch frames around a bit- not something you'd like to do mid winter of course.
    Any...
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    Winter cluster surrounded by dead bees?

    I wish I had taken a photo, but what is going on in a few hives is that the winter cluster is surrounded by a 'donut' of dead bees.
    It is really cold here, and has been about -5 F, plus or minus for...
  18. Re: Any tricks for bottling honey without a honey gate?

    I will try warming it more then, thanks!
  19. Any tricks for bottling honey without a honey gate?

    I didn't get enough honey this year to warrant setting up/dirtying up the bottling tank.
    In the past I've poured with pointy spouted containers, I've used ladles with funnels, but all have left a...
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    Comb, natural vs regressed?

    Cancel that...
  21. Re: Winter manipulations, a couple questions?

    Great ideas thanks, will carefully check for evidence before disturbing!
  22. Re: Winter manipulations, a couple questions?

    I could try, but I've found they like to hide instead of bolt unlike what I've read elsewhere.
  23. Winter manipulations, a couple questions?

    It's been a busy fall and I didn't get the mouse guards on. Very important out here, lots of mice.
    The bees are clustered and haven't flown in probably a few weeks so I do hesitate disturbing them....
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    Re: Where to place formic acid pads in TB?

    Very possibly. As a lang beekeeper for many years I am hesitant to just stand back and wait for a miracle.
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    Where to place formic acid pads in TB?

    I have some new formic pads that seemingly just entered the market, basically pads wrapped in paper that you leave right inside the hive for 7 days- but can leave in indefinitely as after 7 days they...
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