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  1. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    If you have drones being raised all year round, then you can give it a go now.
  2. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    For me, 'Opening the Sides of the Broodnest' works great, can be done as soon as you see drones being raised:

    1. Move each outermost frame of a brood box up into a new box, together in the middle...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Yes, you could use a queen excluder with this method, but you really need to check on the hive a week or two later to make sure they are using the new box above it. Both top and bottom entrances...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    1. Start at least a few weeks before the usual swarm season. In general I've noticed that this is just before Apples blossom. (You can actually start as soon as you start seeing drones if you don't...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    To me the other methods suggested are about reducing population or being highly disruptive to the hive.



    That's why I use a strip of foundation to trigger wax making. As it acts as a guide to...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Here's my combo Lid/Base:
    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--resized-images/lid-base/hivelidandbase.jpeg/small.jpg
    I use a hive mat on top of the frames to stop comb being built in the lid. A tie...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Although I don't have a large number of hives to confirm this method, I am confident that 'Opening the Sides of the Broodnest' significantly reduces swarming.

    In simplest terms, I believe swarming...
  8. Re: 2nd year spring swarm prevention - no extra drawn comb

    Try "Opening the Sides of the Broodnest"

    - It does not require extra drawn comb, as you move up the outside (drawn) frames.
    - Does not touch the Broodnest, as new frames are inserted beside the...
  9. Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    My brother has three new Nucs. We checked them for a lying queen and found a few palm size patches of young brood and eggs in each Nuc, but found no queens in any of them. (Now I'm no novice with...
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    Re: Lets talk about Long Lang Hives

    Here's my Long hive:
    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/longhive3x

    Just place 3 boxes side by side to work out measurements.

    I have a sheet of vinyl on top, held down with some bricks to stop the...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    Yes, all hives. I have used it on hives overwintered in both 1 and 2 boxes. Queens have been between 1 and 3 years of age. (Boxes are 10 frames.)

    It seems that a hole between brood frames and...
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    Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Hello all,

    The following is my view on the processes involved in the causes of swarming:


    Excess incoming nectar
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    Insufficient overhead storage space AND/OR a band of capped honey above the...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Use the 2 Shallows to Open the Sides.

    Move 2 outside frames from each Shallow into a new Shallow that will go on top. So you then have 4 drawn frames to Checkerboard with Foundationless frames. ...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Kelly, Checkerboarding with new foundationless frames by "Opening the Sides" is specifically for beekeepers who don't have spare drawn comb. As Daniel has demonstrated, you can have the bees draw...
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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    Comments about timing of supering in reference to Dandelions always confused me because here the main Dandelion bloom is not until early Summer. So it is after swarm season and after most fruit trees...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
  19. 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 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...
  25. 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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