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    Re: Entrance Size & Ventilation

    Hey Tom, great to hear your hives are doing well.

    With the various configurations I've tried, I believe it's best to have both top and bottom entrances. But the width of each entrance depends on...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Great to hear. I would think you need to wait until Apples have finished flowering before your swarm season is past. So maybe 3 weeks or so yet.

    Just ensure that the hives are continuing to make...
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    Re: Ideas for different hive top design?

    Here's what I use: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283526-Multipurpose-Hive-Lid-Base-with-Top-Bottom-entrance
  4. Re: Opening sides of broodnest - mostly drone comb?

    1. Yes. It's also to trigger wax production and keep older house bees occupied and not save up wax making for swarming.

    2. Bees seem to want a Drone population around 20%. Once they are happy with...
  5. Re: Bees won't pull new comb or use pulled comb

    Have a look at: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?307836-Results-of-Opening-the-Sides-of-the-Broodnest
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Put the frames from the Nuc back on the hive after 24 hours. They will have started queen cells by then.

    The other option with OTS is to put a sheet of newspaper on the queen excluder with a few...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    You would want to shake all the bees off from those two frames and make sure the Deep has no bees on it anyway when taking it off for the package. That's another reason why I wouldn't put it on top...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    It's unlikely there will be brood on both outside frames, so you can move at least one. Don't want to be moving brood frames.

    But, it sounds like you should be using the Mediums for Opening the...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Just put the new Deep box on the top of the hive. So DMMD.

    Don't change the configuration of the exisiting hive. You just want to introduction 1 or 2 empty frames. Not a whole box!
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    Re: Want to make just a few queens

    You certainly have expanded quickly! And the season's no where near done yet. :)
  11. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Let them emerge and they get filled with honey. Don't mind honey from cells that have been used for brood.

    If you use a vertically cut half sheet of foundation as Lauri Miller does, drone cells on...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    I'm assuming you will be putting the package into a deep. Which means that you can put that deep box on top of the existing hive until the package arrives.

    So you can get an outside frame or two...
  13. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Really up to you. For example you could also go to 3 mediums for wintering.

    With the wintering of a deep and medium, if you have brood in the medium then there really isn't much of a problem. You...
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    Re: Want to make just a few queens

    Yes, move at least 2 queen cells to the hive without a queen. Move them in about 4 days. 7 days may be too late as they are already capped. If you want to make another split you can also put another...
  15. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    You can take the outside (drawn) frames of the any box that has brood, whether that is the bottom box or if they they have moved the broodnest into and drawn out most of the second box.

    If the...
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    Re: Two queen hive and different breeds

    Looks good Kathy.

    The only comment is that I would have a few ventilation holes in the back of the roof. I need to do it here at least, because we have a wet winter. Ventilation works best...
  17. Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing your results.
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    Re: 2 queens in one hive

    You can get more honey than two separate hives. But not necessarily a lot more.
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    Re: 2 queens in one hive

    Yes, have had a 2 queen hive for a few years. It is a long lang (horizontal hive) with a vertical excluder in the middle. Best hive. Huge population.

    A number of people do a vertical hive, but the...
  20. Re: Have my first Queen Cells - Now what? ***Pictures***

    Mmmm.... Just had another look at your photo's. Didn't realize that it was the drone frame in the swarm hive. It's possible that they have made queen cells for a few Drones. Have heard of this...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Great to hear the progress of the season and your hives there Squarepeg.

    In regard to Opening the Sides, here's a couple of videos from Tom in California who used medium frames in a Deep. He only...
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    Re: Two Queen Hive

    I would wait until they have at least 3 frames of brood each before merging them
  23. Re: Another day another mystery - Queen Balling??? Video

    First thing is to work out if they have a queen or not.

    If they were superseding the queen you should find at least one queen cell and they should have NO eggs by now.

    If they still have a...
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    Re: Honey Frames to Drawn Comb

    Hi Tom,

    How did they go drawing out the new frames in that hive? Did they empty out the honey frames that were moved up to the top at all or just filled them up more?

    As Bill said it would...
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    Re: Two queen Long Hive

    Kathy,

    1. Unfortunately I have had to use a sheet of plastic over the top of the hive held down with bricks. The bees will propolize the gaps after a few days or so though.

    2. It's not how I...
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