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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    They're making their winter bees now. I think I would have just left them alone and not separated the brood like that. Not that it's fatal, just probably what I would have done. You have to keep a...
  2. Re: Thoughts on Vivaldi Boards for overwintering?

    Will try that.
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    That sounds too easy.

    The one thing I've lacked doing every winter is an insulation board under the cover. Maybe that's the most important thing to do.

    And inner covers in winter? Isn't that a...
  4. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    Aha. Interesting.

    I don't know about temperature. It gets awfully cold here, for long spells.
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Wow.
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    That's beautiful Rich! Combines everything - the moisture absorption, the fabric, the screening, the 3/8" for feeding (altho 1.5" would be ideal, for sugar bricks) (I would add an imrie shim under...
  7. Thoughts on Vivaldi Boards for overwintering?

    Saw this: http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Vivaldi-Board/productinfo/643/ and was wondering. Still, it has the board that condensation can drip off of.

    I'm looking for the perfect...
  8. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    Aha - good to know!

    I'm letting growth occur along the back of my apiary, but in winter it loses its foliage so I don't know how effective a bunch of sticks will be.

    2 winters ago I put...
  9. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    Thank you jw!
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    You can find mediums under $14? I'm not seeing that in the catalogs.
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Really? I run Russians and I've never noticed them being testy, and I don't even use a smoker. I do suit up tho.
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Speaking of which, I wonder how the honey flow hive thing worked out.
  13. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    There ya go. So what's cheaper - buying the wood and making it yourself, or spending $14 on a medium and then ripping out the screen every summer to reuse the box as a regular......... jw, you don't...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    I think you're right tanksbees. How many times I go into a 5 medium hive, and there's brood, right up there through box 5. Just like the Rose Hive Method guy says - they tend to build in a vertical...
  15. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    Great ideas as usual, enj. I'm not planning on using my QB's all summer tho because it's one more item to get past when doing inspections and they seem to thrive well enough without a QB in summer....
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    Ravenseye, what is your overwintering system? You're in my region.

    I've used quilt boxes (with ventilation holes drilled on two ends) and strapped styrofoam on the outsides of my hives. But I hear...
  17. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    Maybe an outside would work, I just don't see how it could hold up to wind. People do it tho.

    The homosote, in the catalog, purported its insulation and absorption qualities. That's why I was...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Wonder if she doesn't like getting her feet/dragging abdomen sticky. Maybe it gets in the way of her egg laying productivity.
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    Thank you for the replies!

    Cutting the styrofoam to fit under the cover of 11 lids isn't the most fun thought, so I thought maybe the homosote would work just as well, but if it won't, then it'll...
  20. Re: Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insula

    I do use quilt boxes, but was thinking of putting the homosote under the cover, above the quilt box, as insulation. It's either that or stick styrofoam under the cover, but the homosote looks more...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Do you ever go into your hives?
  22. Does a homosote board work as well as styrofoam insulation for under cover insulation

    Thinking of moving to homosote because not only does it provide insulation, it also absorbs moisture. Can I get by with using a homosote board on my hives instead of styrofoam insulation board under...
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Have you ever tried an experiment with a hive of leaving it completely alone (except for adding space if needed) and seeing what happens?
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    Re: All Mediums: Was Brother Adam wrong?

    Is that why they build comb between boxes? I never knew that. Maybe I won't cut it out from now on.
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    Re: What's your view on swarms?

    Gack. So I'm not going to just tout my successes and not my failures here. Have to be honest.

    I just checked another hive out there - may as well check all of them now - again - and it has queen...
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