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    Re: Need ideas for moving a generator

    Hi All.

    Does the generator actually have to be moved to the porch??? Why not run an extension cord from the generator to the house. (Note: be sure to move the generator outside so that the...
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    Re: My First 4 Compartment NUC Questions...

    I would day that this would be normal.

    You have 4 small nucs which are made up mostly of young nurse bees. Most of the forgerer bees from the donner hives were out forgering when the frames were...
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    Re: Bees below screen in screen bottom board

    I have read and seen video's in cases like this.

    They could be bearding underneath rather than on the front of the hive.

    Or this is a possible guess. After the hive swarmed the virgin queen...
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    Re: What to do with a spare queen?

    I would check the hive that you took the frame from and make sure they have young brood and aren't aren't starting queen cells. You might have transfered the queen on the frame with the brood.
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  5. Thread: rearing queens

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    Re: rearing queens

    Try using young larva rather than eggs. Shoot for larva 1 or 2 days old. Other posts suggests that bees will remove eggs grafted eggs where they will not larva.

    I guess they can tell if an egg...
  6. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    I currently have 3 hives that are 10 frame ( 2 double deep and 1 with 4 mediums) and 2 hives that are 8 frame mediums. I plan on adding more 8 frame medium hives and used my 10 frame stuff as double...
  7. Thread: Bee Cam?

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    Re: Bee Cam?

    No suggestions but I would ask myself a couple of questions.

    1. How do I power the wireless webcam. A wireless webcam is going to eat quite a lot of battery power. Think a large D cell battery...
  8. Thread: Hive body size

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    Re: Hive body size

    Like you I have concerns about my back. I wintered two hives over last winter in four 8-frame medium hivebodys (6 5/8" deep). The bees wintered well.

    I have talked to a number of people in my...
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    Re: Installing 3-lb package bees

    Hi Morgan.

    Both ways will work. I started two hives last year and ended up doing one both ways. I intended to use a method similar to your first method what the bee club that I belong to calls...
  10. Re: Fatbeeman demonstrates Natural Mite Control with fogger

    I plan on buying a fogger this spring just to use for this purpose.

    I don't feel that you could be sure that you got it clean enough. How many of your hives will you have to replace if you don't...
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    Re: brood in lowest box?

    With medium brood boxes the bees see the vertical comb in them as one continuos piece of comb. They should move up and down as necessary. It is normal for the bees to store pollen below the brood...
  12. Thread: Hive color

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    Re: Hive color

    I paint my hives whatever color is available as a mistinted can of paint. Typically they are marked down by 50%. I have white, blue, green, red, and pink hives. I do try to select for...
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    Re: Greetings from Maine

    Welcome. Good Luck. I had a hive out at Wilson Pond two summers ago where I have a camp and it did not survive the winter. I started again with two hives near where I live in Newport. So far I am...
  14. Thread: plywood box

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    Re: plywood box

    Check the glue one the cdx plywood. If it is "Exposure 1" it is not intended for long term outdoor use. Plywood with "Exterior" glue is intended for outdoor used.
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    Re: Swarm Trap questons from a Newbee

    I would also have an empty hive set up where you have your existing hive. With at least one used frame in it with some beeswax still on it. The rest can be new frames.

    One of the members in the...
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    Re: Stapler or Nailer

    If you are looking for an inexpensive one. Try Wal-Mart. They have one for about $35. Does both 18 gauge brads and staples (1/4" crown) up to 1 1/4" long. More that long enough for frames. I...
  17. Re: How do I know how many bees to buy in the spring??

    Of course you left off one option. Split one or more of your hives to fill the fifth hive.

    Assumeing your other four hives make it through the winter. Pull a frame or two from each of your other...
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    Re: Does Color Matter

    White is traditional but the bees don't really care. Depending on where you are you may want to use lighter colours. I am in Maine do I am trying some darker colours to see how they do.

    I have...
  19. Re: Bee class last night. Long post. Questions on small and large cells

    Hi Dan

    I am a second year beekeeper. This spring I was planning on starting a couple of packages on foundationless frames. At the last minute I discovered that I had the wrong size frames.

    I...
  20. Re: Where Are You Getting Your Staples? Needed For Frames.

    I buy my staples from finishnail.com. They have a good selection and free shipping. I think they are buying end of lots from various sources. The boxes I bought were various brands and old boxes. ...
  21. Re: Easy no gratfing method for rearing a few queens

    Check out http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm.

    Michael Bush has a nice web site about beekeeping and a lot of info about no graft queen rearing. I plan on trying his system next...
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    Re: No drones for queens?

    I am from Newport, Me which is a couple of hours north of you. I made two small splits in the beginning of June. One split raised it's own queen and is doing well. The other one does not yet (as...
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    Re: Top Feeder Questions ?

    You don't give much description of your set up but I think that you are using an inner cover between the hive top feeder and the outer cover. Do not use an inner cover with a hive top feeder.

    The...
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    Re: Best wat to pull the plug on the queen cage

    Sounds like you are talking about the candy plug in the queen cage not the cork plug that you pull out to let the bees get at the candy plug.

    If that is so you might think about what I did a...
  25. Re: Hive Top Feeder...With or Without Inner Cover????

    The important thing is that bees from outside hive does not have access to the syrup in the feeder.
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