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  1. Re: caught a swarm, how long should i leave them be?

    I usually pick up the swarm right away. If I can wait until night I pick them in the night to get all the bees.
    Just bring them to the new location and don't touch them for couple of weeks....
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    Re: Bees fly up or down?

    Good question. Well, I have my hives on a hill side, too.
    I observed that more bees fly up the hill. Of course the reason for that could be more flowers up hill.
    I would do up too. If I come...
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    Re: oxalic acid dribble

    Go to Randy Olivers Web Page: Scientific Beekeeping
  4. Re: Making metal cover for telescoping outer covers

    I always use 3/4 plywood. I like the extra weight with 3/4 plywood.
    I use all kinds of used plywood as long it is the right size and not totally
    rotten, a little bit grey is OK. I making a few...
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    Re: dado fingers question

    Here is a link to the box making jig that I use. It really works great.

    Thanks Michael Bush Bee Box assembling jig

    I extended the jig a little so that I also able to assemble 5 frame nuc...
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    Re: dado fingers question

    Hi,

    I don't use finger or box joins for my self-made boxes. I just use a rabbet joints because they are easier to make
    and hold up pretty good too. Of course a box or finger joint is better but...
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    Re: Moisture content of wood and building boxes

    Well, I don't think that you have to care much about wood movement so much. If all the the wood has the
    same/similar moisture content you should be fine.
    My only concern would be if the wood is...
  8. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    I can second Charlie's observation regarding a few weeks of no brood in late to mid summer.
    I have few hives that were brood-less in mid to late summer. All these hives doing very very well, now....
  9. Re: Looking for some New Wood Frame assembly advice?

    Her you can find a very simple to make jig to assemble frames.
    It took me 30 min to build and it is very useful. If you want you can change the design a little
    so that you
    can build more frames...
  10. Re: Does Plastic Foundation Help or Inhibit Colony Maintaining Winter Brood Nest Temp

    And don't forget whether there is honey in the comb or not. I would guess honey has a higher thermal conductivity then wax and plastic.
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    Re: splits in the bay area

    The risk of swarming is fairly low in September. I would be not concerned about swarming.
    I don't have any experience in regard of fall splitting. If you have a new queen available it should work....
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    Re: Fall nectar in the bay area

    Here in Pacifica, I have year around brood in the hives.
    May be in December there is a short time without brood.
    So I am not 100% sure.
    I usually don't open the hives in December due to colder...
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    Re: Sugar free honey

    'Sugar free honey' is something like like like sodium chloride free salt.

    Cheers
    Stefan
  14. Thread: Mann Lake

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    Re: Mann Lake Goes the Extra Mile

    I have to say Mann Lake is great. A while ago I ordered a few queen excluders and other stuff. A few weeks ago a got a letter from them
    stating that the plastic maybe not to their standard and...
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    Re: Plywood for inner covers

    I also use plywood for inner covers and yes one side of the inner covers have a rim around.
    I just drilled a 3" hole in the inner cover, which fits the jars that I use as feeders.
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    Re: Foundationless

    Well, I run both foundation-less and with foundation and I have to confirm Michael Bush, the bees prefer the foundation-less frames. If there are both frame in a hive
    they will build comb in the...
  17. Re: Using a Double Screen Bottom Board to do Splits

    They might still swarm. The same thing happened with me a few days ago I did a quick split
    and they swarmed anyway. I think they set their mind for swarming and if you split well the old
    queen...
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    Re: How much to paint?

    I do the same, I just put a coat of cooked Linseed oil on it to get a little protection.
    Don't paint the inside the bees will kind of paint it.

    Cheers
    Stefan
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    Re: Best Wood Glue For Hive Bodies & Frames?

    I only use Tidebond III fro the boxes and for the frames I sometimes use Tidebond II.

    Cheers
    Stefan
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    Re: Going into January and so far so good...

    So far all my six hives still alive here at the bay area coast. I have one hive, which seems to have problems because
    I several dead bees in front of it. The other hives do not have this many...
  21. Re: Eucalyptus bloom, would you super it or let them store it for winter?

    Well, here in Pacifica the Eucalyptus is just blooming a little, only a few trees. I am surrounded by these trees.
    It is usually a little cooler at the coast so it maybe starts a little later.
    But...
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    Re: Eggs dropping thru SBB?

    It could be that the eggs got chilled and then the bees were removing them and
    some just fell down through the SBB on the tray.

    Cheers
    Stefan
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    Re: One down, three to go

    I would combine this weak hive with one of your strong hives.
    I think you can not do so much during this time of year, particularly if
    the hive is queen-less. Not so much drones around in late...
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    Re: Covers for Mason Jar Feeders (Nucs)

    I don't cover the hole in the inner cover with hardware cloth but I build a mason jar 'holders'. This holders are a small plywood pieces with 2 to 4 3 1/4" holes in it which I have cover with #8...
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    Re: My absconded hive

    Leave them alone until Spring and get them out on nice warm day.
    Regarding feeding, well if you are able to put some syrup close to the
    comb and cluster then do it.
    I personally would just leave...
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