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    Re: Swarm control, have we been doing it wrong?

    Another factor that should be considered in swarm control is wax making.

    Bees getting ready to swarm wll often save up wax making until they swarm. So triggering wax making by creating a hole,...
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    Re: two queen system

    When I started my two queen long hive I just had a vertical queen excluder in the middle of the hive. Both colonies were about the same size and had the same amount of brood. On each side of the...
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    Re: Advice on adding supers

    Wax makers are usually young bees who have not started foraging yet. They are mostly likely in or near the Broodnest. So frames of foundation near the Broodnest are more likely to get drawn out.
  4. Re: Spring hive booming - 3 mediums - add a 4th brood box?

    Opening the sides of the Broodnest helps to trigger wax making and give the queen room to expand the Broodnest. Both help to reduce swarming. I've only needed to do it around 3 times (using deeps)...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Interesting...thanks for the reports.

    They sound like they preferred to recycle wax rather than make wax. (Or are eating a dark honey.)

    I've seen that in Autumn (Fall) but not Spring. Maybe...
  6. Thread: Drone comb

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    Re: Drone comb

    Yes, it's because they want to raise more drones.

    You can also use a half sheet of foundation placed in the middle of the frame so that you get worker size cells in the middle and drone comb on...
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    Re: Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    I have been using the method in a couple of long hives as well and it works fine. I do super them before the main flow though.

    It was the long hive that actually got me thinking about Opening the...
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    Re: Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Just do it during your normal swarm season, so around 3 times if doing it fortnightly with deeps.

    After that the bees usually draw comb in the supers. I like to see that they continue drawing comb...
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    Re: Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Just a note, with new frames I now prefer to use a half sheet of foundation in the middle of the frame as Lauri Miller does.

    This is because early in the season new comb is usually drone comb...
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    Re: Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Yes, I believe that if bees are building comb they will not be interested in swarming.

    This is because they are increasing the amount of empty comb for the queen to lay in and so increasing the...
  11. Re: Making a Long Lang need help with making Frames

    Here is a discussion about my Long Lang:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291607-3x-Longhive

    Just use standard Langstroth frames. Put 3 standard boxes next to each other to work...
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    Re: Swarm control without extra drawn comb

    Yes, looks good.
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    Re: Bees won't draw any wax

    Squarepeg hinted at it, Opening the Sides of the Broodnest is just the method for your situation. It's about trigering wax making by using a partial sheet of foundation in a frame on each outside...
  14. Re: Getting bees to draw comb & swarm prevention - Opening the Sides

    Yes, smaller frames in a deep works fine. You just may have to cut comb off the bottom of a frame if you leave it there too long. I would say weekly should be fine with Mediums. But it depends on the...
  15. Re: Two Queen hive, how do they know when Qweenless ??

    Yes, the horizontal hive is 30 frames wide, has vertical queen excluder in the middle and then multiple supers on top. This year I just put the supers on each side of the vertical queen excluder, so...
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    Re: Checkerboarding

    As mentioned, with alternating foundation with drawn comb the bees prefer to draw out the existing comb even further, rather than drawing out the foundation. It works much better when a frame of...
  17. Re: Two Queen hive, how do they know when Qweenless ??

    It depends on how close the brood nests are to each other. If close, they may not make an emergency queen if one dies (or is removed), as they are getting enough queen pheromones passed to them from...
  18. Re: Checkerboarding: How to "perforate" the honey dome?

    Depends how thick the band of honey is. You can scrape the cappings of any capped honey directly above the brood with a fork or your hive tool. Do it on a few of the middle frames of brood.
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    Re: Checker Board vs. Reversing

    Checkerboarding doesn't work very well alternating foundation with drawn comb, as the bees prefer to draw out the existing comb even further, rather than drawing out the foundation. So you end up...
  20. Re: Getting bees to draw comb & swarm prevention - Opening the Sides

    Just a note on the partial sheet of foundation in new frames. It is done to stimulate wax making. As full sheet of foundation may be ignored. This is because the gap between comb and foundation next...
  21. Re: Getting bees to draw comb & swarm prevention - Opening the Sides

    As long as you keep feeding them until swarm season, (if they need it) they will probably be Ok. But their population will be set back due to missing a couple of brood cycles, because of having to...
  22. Re: Getting bees to draw comb & swarm prevention - Opening the Sides

    Unfortunately Opening the Sides needs to be done more than once, as swarm season tends to be around 6-8 weeks.

    With adding 4 new deep frames, they can get drawn and filled within 2-3 weeks...
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    Re: Full Foundation Sheets vs Partial Sheets

    Discussions with people such as Walt Wright and Michael Bush and my own experience with testing partial sheets of foundation.
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    Re: Full Foundation Sheets vs Partial Sheets

    In terms of swarm prevention, a partial sheet of foundation it is used to stimulate wax making. As a full sheet of foundation may be ignored. The gap between comb and foundation next to it doesn't...
  25. Re: Getting bees to draw comb & swarm prevention - Opening the Sides

    1. I would just use the Mediums for Opening the Sides. The broodnest will usually be up near the top in early spring. Don't split the hive by putting a new box in the middle, especially a deep box.
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