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  1. Thread: 7 5/8 supers

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    Re: 7 5/8 supers

    Just wondering -- How popular is this size super (7 5/8), and in what parts of the country? I have also noticed them listed by Western Bee and Mann Lake.

    Seems it would be an improvement over the...
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    Re: Stop that Drone Cells

    Use full sheets of foundation -- at least for the brood combs.
  3. Thread: deeps vs mediums

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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    As described in his book, Bro. Adam experimented first with doubling up the British National hives (to two deeps) and was pleased with the improved results: better crops, stronger colonies, better...
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    Re: How deep to cut the frame rest??

    The correct depth is 3/4" which gives you a top bee space, proper for Langstroth equipment.

    I have some equipment from Rossman which causes headaches when combined with other mfr.'s boxes because...
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    Re: Are SHB a problem in New England?

    I have had them showing up in the hives here for over 4 years, and maybe longer.

    2012 was bad indeed. I had SHB eventually overrun two of my newly made nucs (which had expensive new queens), which...
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    Re: How much flow from blueberrys

    I have often wondered how there can be so much "blueberry honey" marketed in the shops, when colonies can barely feed themselves when on blueberries. So what in actuality is all the so-called...
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    Re: Does it matter what type of foundation you use?

    Rite Cell is a bit heavy, I find. The bees draw it well. and it certainly is durable, but the thick midrib adds noticeable weight. Compared to regular wax foundation the weight is considerable.
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  8. Thread: Tim Ives Method

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    Re: Tim Ives Method

    Does Tim reverse the three deep brood boxes in the spring, when the first supers are added?

    Three deeps can certainly allow for a very strong spring colony, due to a wealth of provisions, but...
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    Re: Cleaning slimed and moth'ed frames

    You can soak them in a solution of lye, which will dissolve the wax and propolis, and hose them off. Then you can install new foundation.
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    Re: Storing full honey supers

    Sounds like it's time to get the supers off anyway. You can store them at room temperature for about a week, maybe up to two weeks. However, you are likely to have wax worms and/or small hive beetle...
  11. Thread: New To Me

    by JWG
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    Re: New To Me

    It must be those aggressive queens you are selecting for, Mike.
  12. Re: Can someone please explain the Foundationless hype to me?

    Foundationless is great -- if you like drone comb, and breeding lots of drones. Foundation gives you a maximum of worker cells in the brood nest, and so a stronger work force. In the honey supers I...
  13. Thread: Weird swarm, dying

    by JWG
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    Re: Weird swarm, dying

    There has a light to moderate flow during this time, I think, from black locust and clover, at least when they first swarmed. Now I have robbers surrounding the edges of my feeders, so I'd say there...
  14. Thread: Weird swarm, dying

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    Weird swarm, dying

    Got a call for an easily accessible swarm on the porch of a suburban home a couple of days ago. It was the largest swarm I've ever encountered. Massive. They had already started building a few palm...
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    Re: Please help identify this tree

    Bingo! Thanks! I am reading that this is a more common species in the SE states but it also shows up in this county in MA.

    Haven't noticed any bees on it, incidentally, but I haven't observed...
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    Please help identify this tree

    Currently in bloom in NE Massachusetts. Photo quality not great, but...

    http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m569/wb1gjk/Tree2.jpg

    http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m569/wb1gjk/Tree3.jpg
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    Re: Who sells a good top bar hive?

    _Buying_ a TBH? This kind of goes against the whole TBH concept (originally), e.g., simplicity, economy (cheap, available materials).

    You can put together a hive like Michael Bush shows for...
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    Re: Plastic frames/foundation: beware!

    Yes, it is the foundation portion itself, not the frame part that is bowed off center. I imigine this would not be a problem with the PF120s, as they are a shorter span of foundation.

    I purchased...
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    Re: Plastic frames/foundation: beware!

    The distance I mentioned was between the straightedge laid across the frame (at a point below the Hoffman shoulders) and the midrib of the foundation. The gap was very different on one side vs. the...
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    Plastic frames/foundation: beware!

    Today I was checking a few stacks of empty deep supers for mice and pulled a few combs. A number of the supers have one piece plastic frame/foundation (PF100s) purchased last year from Mann Lake.
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    Re: Electric uncapping knife vs. uncapping plane

    It's much easier to lay the comb flat and draw the plane towards you across the face of the comb. (Hold it w. blade horizontal.) To support the comb you just need two sticks across the collecting...
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    Re: Pierco/plastic warp?

    Regarding Pierco one-piece, with bowed/warped foundation:

    I have laid a straightedge across the Pierco frame, on each side, and it is clear that the foundation surface bowed out, 1/4 - 3/8 inches...
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    Pierco/plastic warp?

    When sorting through brood combs to replace poor ones, I have noticed that I have a number of one-piece Piercos that are unsuitable for brood. I.e., it is pretty obviious that the cells on one side...
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    Re: Most efficient use of lumber for building hives?

    Thanks for the replies and suggestions.

    I have never been able to determine why the 6 5/8 was considered an "odd" size, or not efficiently cut from standard board widths. The Walter T Kelley...
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    Most efficient use of lumber for building hives?

    I am wondering what others have followed as the most economical plan
    for purchasing lumber of various sizes, and building hive bodies.

    As I understand it, a 1x10 is too short for a 9 5/8 super....
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