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    Re: Deeps or Mediums

    If you read Michael Bush's literature I'm surprised you didn't start with 2 hives... :)
  2. Re: Hive body count reduction for wintering ... question!

    There are a ton of bees in the bottom boxes, covering most of the frames, just no brood or honey stores. There is indeed pollen in there, although not a ton. I've had the "sticky" boards in since I...
  3. Re: Hive body count reduction for wintering ... question!

    Actually your assumption is not correct! I do have screened bottom boards but have had them covered the entire time.
  4. Re: Hive body count reduction for wintering ... question!

    So, overwinter in 4?

    I guess ... why not? :)
  5. Hive body count reduction for wintering ... question!

    I'm a new beekeeper this year with 2 hives, both with 4 (10 frame) medium hive bodies currently.

    I want (or I think I want!) to overwinter them in 3 mediums ... but I'm a little unsure of the...
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    Re: checking for sufficient stores

    Your hives are not on stands then I take it Vance?
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    When does egg laying slow down?

    I did an inspection (albeit fairly brief) yesterday and couldn't really see any eggs. I'll admit I didn't look in all the boxes, just one brood box per hive, and just inspected a few frames. There...
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    Re: Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    nope - running the inserts on top of SBBs.
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    Re: Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    There is drawn comb in the bottom box yes.

    I only have 4 medium boxes per hive at the moment (brand new hives this year). They are filling (perhaps almost full) the 4 (medium) box, while largely...
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    Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    I checked both my hives a week ago and in both cases the bottom (brood) boxes were almost completely empty and quite light. They had a ton of bees on the frames (perhaps preparing the comb for...
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    Bottom brood box - empty?

    I did a full inspection today of my two (new) hives and found it interesting that the bottom box on both hives was largely empty comb. In both hives there were a ton of bees covering the frames in...
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    Is it too late for comb building?

    I'm wondering if it's too late in the year for comb building? I was thinking I might possibly need to start feeding my bees again, and am wondering whether to feed 2:1 right now or 1:1. I'm...
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    Best method for checking stores?

    First year beekeeper here ... 2 hives with packages started in April.

    I think I need to get a handle on what my hives currently have in terms of stores, so I can assess if I need to start feeding...
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    Re: Heat gun wattage?

    can u provide a link to the cell punch roller you're referring to?
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    Heat gun wattage?

    I'm considering investing in a heat gun to uncap honey frames and am wondering if anyone recommends a good wattage? It seems that 1500W is pretty standard ... is that enough?
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    Re: Hives side by side East booms, west sags

    This is interesting ...

    I have 2 hives I started this year as well, both in shade for a good chunk of the day. Both face directly south, and the hive on the EAST is significantly less prolific...
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    Re: to feed or not to feed

    Are there capped frames of honey in the deeps? How many?
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    Re: Honey extractor?

    Has anyone tried a product like a honey spinner? Seems like an economical way to extract for a hobbyist ...
  19. Thread: Plastic frames

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    Re: Plastic frames

    I started 2 brand new hives this year on all plastic foundation, and the bees absolutely did not hesitate in drawing comb. One hive has nearly drawn and filled 4 medium boxes now - these are brand...
  20. Thread: 4 frame nucs

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    Re: 4 frame nucs

    Why not just build a more standard 5 frame nuc? :)
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    Repairing holes in veil?

    I just noticed today I have a bunch of little holes in my veil ... i don't really know exactly how they got there, but it's a new suit this year. I have run it through the washing machine a few...
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    Are we in a dearth?

    For those folks from the vancouver (BC) area ... are we currently in a bit of a dearth right now? I've noticed comb building slow down considerably now since the blackberries are done and there's...
  23. Thread: Maintenance

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    Re: Maintenance

    Weekly is fine.
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    Re: Lets talk Burlap

    I wouldn't advise using cardboard.

    I know a lot of people use it, it's quick, simple, easy to light ... but the corrugated innards are stuck together with a nasty synthetic glue that off-gasses...
  25. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    I don't think anyone can possibly deny that made-made pesticides, insecticides and any other synthetic chemical used en masse would NOT have some negative impact on the environment, including...
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