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  1. Re: Best way to draw small cell on foundationless

    On my first two frame without foundation, they builded same cell size like on foundation sheet - 5.4 mm.
    Now ... what?

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    That sounds exactly what should have happened.............. If...
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    Re: Do you need to harvest the honey?

    what are the benefits to harvesting honey other than to sell/eat it?

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    Depends on the point of view. From the bees pov there is no benefit to taking there honey. From the beekeepers pov...
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    Re: cutting out queen cells

    IF you don't need all the cells get rid of any runt cells and pick the best developed cells when making the choice as to which ones to sacrifice. Remember quality of quantity is often best.
  4. A new genetics study of wild honeybees

    Passing this info on:

    an short article about the Thomas Seeley's and Sasha Mikheyev's study
    http://www.beescientifics.com/varroa/some-exciting-news-for-survivor-stock/

    a very interesting...
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    Re: Dr. Wyatt Mangum top bar hive plans

    Thanks all,

    Got the book built 6, 5' Mangum hives. Well I got 200 more bars to cut but will be done soon enough. I chose 1 3/8 bar spacing to keep things flexible.(was considering 1 1/4...
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    Re: Dr. Wyatt Mangum top bar hive plans

    Thanks everyone. I do have the book on order Just need to get the hive going fast, as I make a pass for lang nucs on Tuesday when cells will be ready. I have tons of woodworking equipment as I...
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    Dr. Wyatt Mangum top bar hive plans

    Hi all,


    I've resisted doing TBH's for 25yrs now so I feel I'm ready to try it the simple way. I like Dr. Wyatt Mangum's TBH the most out of the 100's I've looked at as they seem to be well...
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    Re: Mini Mating Nucs

    I use a full deep box divided into 4 minis. 2 out the four queens are harvested at end of season. The center dividers are movable and placed on the ends. Making 2 8- mini frame nucs ...
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    Re: Mating Nuc Questions

    If you look closely at my pic you will see that I have a 1/2 inch thick bar that holds my two frames together. Each mini frame get 2 screws to hold it to the bar. Now the double mini frame with...
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    Re: Mating Nuc Questions

    I get my mini frames drawn out with this set up. 17586 I don't do any thing about gap between frames I just cut it out. The frames have to go into a top box and use a quilt for an inner cover.
  11. Re: Small cell plastic in sheets? Does anyone sell it?

    I believe http://acornbee.com/ is planning to offer 4.9/5.0 size soon.

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    Barry can you tell me more about this?
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    Re: Mann Lake Commercial grade deeps

    Hmmm. I usually get 50 boxes at a clip from them. Never had any fingers too short. From time to time a get fingers that don't line up well. Usually a little zip on the table saw fixes just about...
  13. Re: Best time period for guys picking up Nucs?

    I would say all the way through july people will buy them. But you have to remember june , july, august northern beekeepers will be making up there own nucs. Competition gets tougher come june.
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I've been quiet here for awhile now just watching things go back and forth on beesource as it usually does. Was moderator on beesource for awhile started small cell/ TF same as when MB did I don't...
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    Re: Concerned about the weather

    I've done 25 packages in a sleet/snow storm with high's maybe hitting low 40's. I wouldn't spray the bees if it were me. I use an inverted gallon feeder over inner cover holes /w box over feeder. ...
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    Re: Two queens in one hive??

    Of course there can be 2 queens in one hive. Got a few hives marked to breed from. Something I personally want to increase in my stocks. Are you using european bees there?
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    Re: Introducing Russian Queen

    found this: http://www.russianbreeder.org/queen-introductiontransporting-nucs.html
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    Re: Introducing Russian Queen

    The introduction takes longer. Leave the queen in the hive for 2 days before pulling cork on cage. Then do as normal don't speed things along. If you rush the process a dead queen is possible. ...
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    Re: Looking for 1 1/4" frames

    Both 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 are in range of proper spacing. I think Wedmore measured skep spacing; brood spacing was 1 1/4 and honey combs were 1 3/8. There is a range for spacing just as there is a...
  20. Re: Anyone ever use a 3rd deep brood chamber?

    Been using 3 deeps for 21 years now. Although 2 1/2 works just as well I like the extra weight as Its like extra food put away for bad years. Just wanted to point out that extra honey is great for...
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    Re: Just starting

    Mann Lake, Dadant, Kelly, Betterbee, and other places all sell equipment. Are you going with a Langstroth hive? Try to get local bees if possible. Many of the equipment suppliers sell package...
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    Re: electric embedder

    Been using the same car battery charger for about 20 yrs now. I plug it into a power strip. I just touch the clips to top wire and one to bottom wire.(don't actually clip them on) Count to 3 and...
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    Re: Looking for 1 1/4" frames

    As far as I'm aware its a DIY project. Can't think of anyplace that sells them.
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    Re: Dumb questions about splits

    Question: Are there always Queen cells on each side of the queenless 10 frame box?

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    I would say most of the time yes, Its nature guys of course there a chance there might be no cells on...
  25. Re: switching to natural/ 4.9 cell size input?

    I've been doing small cell since 2000-2002. I would recommend if your going to go to 8 frame mediums to do it now rather than later things get tougher the longer you put them off. That choice is...
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