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    Re: Autumn Abscond?

    see my contemporaneous thread -- I had nearly the same thing happen to me two weeks ago. My hive had 80# of stores, a large colony, then nothing. I had the state inspector come over and go through...
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    re-housing a zombie swarm ??

    Short version: I lost a hive last week....and found it again today. I need some advice on putting it back were it's supposed to live.


    Long version: I went on vacation 2 weeks ago & came home...
  3. Re: Any participants in NASA's Hive scale project out there?

    They have some internal issue with their web page -- I've had the same redirecting problem.

    Go to Beehacker's main page Beehacker.com and click the "Projects" tab, then "Portable Hive Scale"
  4. Re: Any participants in NASA's Hive scale project out there?

    The basic build instructions are from "beehacker" Link.

    I used a 1x6x4' oak board with a positive-stop set screw that repeatably raises the lifting fork 3/4" (with a mechanical advantage of...
  5. Any participants in NASA's Hive scale project out there?

    I stumbled upon this while we were brainstorming next year's science fair projects.

    Here's a link to the site: Honeybee.net

    We've been accepted (site ID = UT004) and will be weighing our three...
  6. Re: Spring advice needed (after overwintering w/ supers on)

    well, I was able to look into the hives yesterday and found:

    two full / untouched supers on each hive

    upper deep on each hive weighed 40#, call it 5 frames of honey (with brood nest in the...
  7. Spring advice needed (after overwintering w/ supers on)

    Last year was my first year(2 hives) and I made the rookie mistake of allowing the bottom deep to be nearly empty and the second deep only half-full at the end of the season. As a result, I left two...
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    Re: Foundationless Cut Comb Honey?

    I like some comb honey for personal family use. What worked for me was to rip a 1" strip of plasticell foundation and nail it along the top of the frame (so that about 1/2" extended below the bottom...
  9. Re: Cleaning dead bees off the bottom screen in winter - how often?

    nope. still a ton of bees in there and the hive still weighs 170#.
  10. Re: Cleaning dead bees off the bottom screen in winter - how often?

    I suppose that's possible, but it'd been 3 days in the 60's with no bees out at all from that hive and plenty from the other. Also, I stopped as soon as live bees poked out -- now open, they cleared...
  11. Cleaning dead bees off the bottom screen in winter - how often?

    Yesterday was the last warm-ish day we're likely to have for a while, so I finished winterizing my two hives.

    (Tar paper wrap, 2" styrofoam top, ventilation wedge under inner cover ala Mr. Bush,...
  12. Re: bottom deep going into northern winter: how full?

    I'm no expert, but I can point you to some general guidlines. Here is a PDF re: wintering weights by latitude LINK

    On page two you'll find suggested net honey weights as such:

    How much honey...
  13. Re: maybe silly question: getting bees out of over-wintered supers ?

    The bees are taking the 2:1 rapidly -- both hives are up to 150# now and I plan to add one more feeding this weekend to "top off" at about 165# total weight. (they're still super active and...
  14. Re: maybe silly question: getting bees out of over-wintered supers ?

    thanks, that's really the gist of my question: will they move down on their own as a spring flow comes, eventually ending up it the lower deeps and having supers with only honey in them?
  15. maybe silly question: getting bees out of over-wintered supers ?

    So my two first-year hives are rapidly making weight now, but will require the leaving on of two supers per over the winter.

    Assuming they're "up top" come spring, does one simply use a fume-board...
  16. Re: should I reverse brood boxes or just leave supers on?

    I'm pretty much in the same boat right now -- two hives with empty bottom deeps, partially full upper deeps, and two full supers per hive. (one hive at 140#, one at 115#).

    I've been told by Mr....
  17. Re: Weighed my hives today - help with target weight?

    thanks for the reference weights! I added miller feeders with 2:1 to both yesterday - 10# on #1 and 15# on #2.
    it's supposed to rain for the next 4-5 days so the bees won't be flying. hopefully the...
  18. Weighed my hives today - help with target weight?

    I finally tired of ambiguous worry and devised a way to weigh my two first-year hives today.

    the stronger one weighed 140#, the weaker one 115# - this with empty bottom, partially full upper...
  19. when is it too late (temperature-wise) to feed 2:1

    I'm not sure yet how necessary it might be to do so and the Goldenrod/ragweed is still getting worked heavily.

    We've got about another 2-3 weeks of said flow (quite late this year).

    Currently...
  20. Re: Rookie oversight -- will my plan work re: wintering ??

    I was referring to leaving things as they are (4 boxes >> empty deep, 75% deep, full super, full super) over the winter. that seems like a lot of space

    or will the bees move the honey down ?

    ...
  21. Re: Rookie oversight -- will my plan work re: wintering ??

    These are Italians, and late november to march is a typical winter. It's usually still above 50* in Oct most days.

    Opinions seem to vary quite a bit in regards to my original question(s), and...
  22. Rookie oversight -- will my plan work re: wintering ??

    This is regarding my two new-to-me hives (overwintered Nucs).

    They've both been very busy and each have two full supers (total of 4), two fully capped and two 60% capped.

    My oversight: not...
  23. Re: Advice on encouraging a struggling hive to build comb (?)

    they are self-spacing frames that are placed tightly -- except for the free-hanging "W" one. it intrudes into the space of the opposing frame.

    I've considered cutting it out and banding it to and...
  24. Re: Advice on encouraging a struggling hive to build comb (?)

    These are 10s.

    I tried moving an empty frame to the #2 and #8 slot previously and they've pretty much ignored it.

    (this hive also apparently was out sick the week they taught...
  25. Advice on encouraging a struggling hive to build comb (?)

    I realize I''m approaching the "sounding like a broken record" stage here, but if you'll humor me one more time:

    I believe my weaker hive to be queenright, as there is a solid brood pattern (all...
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