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    Re: Solid or screened bottom board?

    Would the plywood be smaller than the size of the brood box so that it would not close off the entrance? Or maybe I am misunderstanding what you are saying.
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    Re: Solid or screened bottom board?

    Yes, there is an advantage to being able to close the bottom board off, especially in cold/windy conditions. Have you looked at the plans on the build it yourself section of this site? They have an...
  3. Re: georgia bee supply has a 7 frame hive (thoughts)

    I agree with warrior, the bees probably do not care.

    What ever size hive you use, you will need enough volume the provide space for the bees. Big populations of bees are better honey producers....
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    Re: Value of used equipment.

    Maybe a tool for cleaning old wax from the grooves in frames?
  5. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    Perhaps you will have larger clusters than you are thinking.
  6. Re: Preparing to order my 8-frame medium hives ....

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  7. Re: Preparing to order my 8-frame medium hives ....

    I agree. Very good quality, and they bevel the notches in the end bars making it easier to insert top and bottom bars.
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    Re: What nails should I use?

    7d galvanized box nails are the proper nail for the boxes.

    They may think that you are asking for common rather than box nails. I have had the same problem, there is not as much call for box...
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    Re: How often do you move hives around?

    The deep brood boxes do not have to be moved often, and when it is necessary to move them, there are ways to make it easier. For example, you could have an extra empty deep available to put a few of...
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    Stainless Steel honey strainer

    I use a Stainless steel double sieve strainer for my honey and it is a pain to clean. Anyone got a good idea how to get wax off a stainless steel strainer?

    Since I already have the strainer I...
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    Re: bottom board 'rim' question

    Use push sticks (which you should be doing any way!) and you will be fine.
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    Re: Making equitment

    That may be true for some of us, but I sell assembled equipment and many of my customers have very good reasons for buying it already assembled.
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    Re: Lots of questions!

    That is exactly what I do. Do not add the honey supers too soon. Let them fill one to ~80% before you add another (unless you have a booming hive and a super good flow) :).
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    Re: Lots of questions!

    Three deeps is more than I would have suggested. Two deeps is a very common wintering situation in this area, so I would think that it would work in Massachusetts as well.
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    Re: Solar extractor?

    Wax melts at about 144 degrees F. So using a solar extractor may heat the honey to the melting point of the wax, and perhaps significantly higher. Is that a concern for you?
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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    My concern was the affect of wet paint on the bees in the hive.
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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    I understand what you are saying. How to apply paint is not the question. I am asking if you paint while there are bees in the hive. :)
  18. Re: What's the most useful ..table saw or router table

    Personally, I would go with the dado blade.

    Routers make a nice clean cut, but typically a good stack dado blade will come with various thickness shims and chipper blades that will help you match...
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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    So you paint them with bees in them?
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    Re: Types of hive stands - ideas

    Yup.
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    Re: 2 Of 3 Flying today ?

    If you don't hear anything at first, give the hive a little tap while your ear is against the side.
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    Re: Hive Maintenance

    What if your daylight painting is terrible? How do you do a decent job in the dark? :)
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    Hive Maintenance

    Your hives are several years old and need to be repainted. They are also full of bees. Do you repaint them? Buy spare equipment to rotate into service? Let them go one more year? Throw your...
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    Re: Checking on emergency food

    You do not need to know the specific weight. Just lift the back of the hive to get a feel for how heavy it is.


    That can be a real problem if your hive is too light.



    I feed pollen...
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    Re: Checking on emergency food

    You may want to consider trying getting back to them sooner than a month or so. Our winter has been milder than normal so they may go through more stores than normal. Did you check your hive...
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