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    Re: Anyone using a Utah Hive?

    The OP was a year ago. Since then I have seen similar designs used for mating nucs. At the time of the posting I didn't know as much about queen rearing, but since then I have made that jump.

    I...
  2. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    Seems like a lot of work. :)
  3. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    Cutting out the center would be the same as cutting the foundation any other way, just figure the width that you would want for for the foundation sections and then use a chop saw to cut to length....
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    The reason for the different sized nucs for me was I was making them for different things and I was also using scrap wood at times. I made a bunch around a foot long that are fine for mating or for...
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    Re: Top bar nuc size

    I've come to the same conclusion as ChuckReburn. I have a bunch of TBH nucs between as little as 12 inches long to 30 inches. Any new ones will be be sized to either an 8 frame or 10 frame lang so I...
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    I wouldn't want a hornets nest in the top, or a snake!
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    Re: New to site...2nd?

    I wouldn't want a hornets nest in the top, or a snake!
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    Re: Spehar Frames

    I'm thinking it would be nice just to have some of the ends in a bag just in case you need to do a frame repair. I guess you would need a Japanese saw as well to cut the ends off, but that doesn't...
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    Spehar Frames

    I saw these online:
    https://www.guerillabeekeepers.com/gbk/spehar-frame/

    They sell them for 17.50 a case of 10. That isn't cheap, but it is probably close to the cost of a pre-assembled frame....
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    Re: New to site...1st ?

    The only critters in the top of my hives so far has been spiders, but not many of them. I made my first roof peaked, but now they are are flat with an angle to shed water and very light. The peaked...
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    Re: Banking on a swarm?

    I've put up traps for the past two years, and I have gotten a swarm each of the two years. But both times they landed in a hive in my backyard that wasn't specifically setup as a trap. The first hive...
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    Re: ventilation

    Graham, I just read today were someone is trying to market a device that heats a hive up to about 103 degrees for two hours. It is supposed to damage Varroa, but the bees can handle it. Two...
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    Re: ventilation

    Missybee, what do you mean reguarding screen inner covers? I assume you are talking about Langs, not TBHs?
  14. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    I would do plastic before wax. At least if you drop the bar it won't break off. But anything will work. Using a foundation guide doesn't ensure they don't mess it up more than a wooden guide.
  15. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    For me making bars is like reloading shotgun shells. You get in a zone and it actually is stress relieving for me. Something that I don't have to think about, just focus. And don't cut off your...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    Dang Frank, you going to move all your hives to Warre? :)
  17. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    I've used 1 1/4, 1 3/8 and 1 1/2. The only ones I don't recommend are the 1 1/2. The idea is to use them in the stores, but the bees don't listen to me. I made the 1 3/8 specifically for swarm traps...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    I make my stands a bit different. The are made to work with both TBHs and Langs, although they could get pretty high if you had a bunch of supers on a lang, but really nice for nucs and up to double...
  19. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    Must be Redwood. It looks like a hardwood or maybe Cedar in the photo.
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    Your bars look like mine. I don't make the wedge quite as deep anymore, but the better the guide, the better the result.

    The way that I get the girls down between is I first move the bar about a...
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    Nice! What kind of wood is that Frank?
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    Re: What to do with a tank full of bees?

    Keep in mind that as this is going to be your first go on a cutout there is a decent probability of loosing the queen and just making a god awful mess of the thing. If you can wait until the spring...
  23. Re: Top Bar Design Questions (The Bars Not The Hive)

    I use 2x for the bars. Often I use scraps, but if I have to purchase a board you can get a lot of bars from a 2x8.
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    I'm pretty much the opposite as JW. I like the wedges better, but the ones with the kerf and the tongue depressors work as well.
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    Re: New Hive Build

    I put mine on the side but towards one end. This way it is out of the rain. I do have one with an end entrance and they did just fine with that as well.
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