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  1. Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    Here's another photo showing the lids:

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/longhive3x/3xInside.JPG

    Yes they just butt up against each other and yes they let water through. So it does need...
  2. Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    It's really not difficult. No special carpentry skills or joints needed. Just break the parts down into: box, base, legs and lids.

    Other than the frame rest you could do everything else with a...
  3. Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    Here's mine:

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/longhive3x/3xFinal.JPG


    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--resized-images/longhive3x/3xWithSupers.JPG/medium.jpg

    The box is simply a...
  4. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    So let's expand this concept out a bit:

    18 frames of capped brood gives 36 deep frames of bees in a couple of weeks time. Which is about 54 medium frames of bees. So that's why you can add 5-7...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I've found two vertical bamboo skewers to be just as strong as wired frames and the attachment to the skewers is much stronger than to wires.

    I have also tried a sheet of foundation in the middle...
  6. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    Looking good!

    They should draw out the remaining frames of foundation in their current configuration. They now have plenty of space to expand into.
  7. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    I haven't tried adding that many frames at once. But adding them close to the Broodnest will always help.

    I had 42 deep frames drawn by one hive, but they had 2 queens until around summer...
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    Re: OTS in a queenright hive?

    But if you haven't got drawn comb in the first place, what else can you do?

    With OTS, if the hive is not in the mood to make queen cells, notches will be ignored, larvae removed and cells rebuilt....
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    Re: OTS in a queenright hive?

    Bees will often not make wax until swarm season. It's like they are saving it up for swarming.

    So they will often ignore a box of foundation on top.

    You can do a few things to Trigger wax...
  10. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    Don't worry about it now, but the idea is not to isolate frames of brood from the rest of the Broodnest. Rather to keep it in a spherical shape if possible.

    This is because it can cause chilled...
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    Re: Comparing hive styles and methods...

    The box is simply a standard 10 frame Langstroth hive, but the width of 3 boxes put together. So it could take 3 supers. It takes 32 frames. In the photo above I have 2 supers on it with a half width...
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    Re: Comparing hive styles and methods...

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/longhive3x/3xInside.JPG

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--resized-images/longhive3x/3xWithSupers.JPG/medium.jpg


    The lids can all be used as a top...
  13. Thread: Help!

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    Re: Help!

    Remove the feeder and use a large zip lock plastic bag instead. I just poke several holes in it with a skewer when it's laying flat in the hive (I put it on top of the frames as I use a mat instead...
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    Re: Comparing hive styles and methods...

    If you already have Langstroth equipment go with a Long hive instead and use foundationless frames.

    Have entrances at each end.

    It's then easy to do a split and make a Nuc. Just put in a...
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    Re: Advice requested

    I would put the deep above a queen excluder with the two mediums below.

    Otherwise the drones can not get out and will die in the excluder. It also makes it easy to remove the deep once the bees...
  16. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    Based on what you have said, I would leave it no more than 2 weeks for you to start Opening the Sides. The above configuration I've just posted is still Opening the Sides. Alternating/Checkboarding...
  17. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    So all the frames in the bottom box have brood?

    You can move two brood frames up, but put them in the middle and effectively checkerboard the 4 drawn frames. With empty frames on the outside...
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    Re: Advice requested

    That hive has way too much empty space and the bees are likely having problems with heating the cluster.

    Bees typically store pollen in cells that have been used for brood in past.

    I would...
  19. Re: Overwintering singles (when and where to add the second brood box)

    If you have 8 frames of mostly capped brood, then in the next two weeks you will have nurse bees covering about 16 frames!
    So you can definitely Open the Sides within the next week

    What is in the...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I find it interesting that little comment has been made about my photo of the frame that is entirely worker cell size! This was (mostly) foundationless as well. I suppose because the photo doesn't...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Here's mine:
    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/frames/Frame.jpg

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/frames/DrawingComb.jpg
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    Drone comb = Honey comb

    When you allow the bees to build comb in foundationless frames you'll find that they build mainly worker size comb in the brood nest and mainly drone size comb outside the brood nest where it's used...
  23. Re: G'Day from Down Under, somewhere along the 35th parallel

    G'day! Have fun. Plenty of information here.
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    Re: brood break and mites

    I remember something else that Mel says and it hasn't been mentioned yet.

    The first round of brood get heavily infested with mites, with several female mites entering a brood cell. This overload...
  25. Re: My splits. Tell me where I am screwing up

    I would wait at least 6 weeks. Some queens are slow to get stated. They may be laying eggs, but not enough for you to notice them.

    Sometimes they supersede the queen even though she is only just...
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