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    Re: wet hive

    I used a newspaper divide, empty super and 10# of sugar when I lived in CT. I never lost a hive after using that method.
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    Re: Advanced stage sof swarming

    Ok, mid to bottom but that is not a hard and fast rule. The conditions of the hive scream out swarm....all capped brood, completely jammed with no room to lay and have not moved up into the super...
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    Re: Advanced stage sof swarming

    Forgot to mention that the eclls were al mid frame, so they are swarm cells. The hive is very active right now, but it's mid afternoon and there is loads of clover out, so it's not unusual.

    Just...
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    Re: Advanced stage sof swarming

    I may certainly missed a cell or two, one or two may have actually hatched while I was in there. I doubt they have swarmed already with the old queen based on the number of empty cells (virtually...
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    Advanced stage sof swarming

    While I have kept bees for over five years in the US, we moved to NZ and I have my first hive here. Everything is so different, it is a struggle with these bees. They seem to be some sort of...
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    because....

    I can give you a number of reasons why it's a great idea:
    --more honey (isn't it 8lbs of honey per pound of wax produced?)
    --having readily available drawn comb when you don't have any to spare but...
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    Question

    This might be a dumb question but here it goes....

    Why doesn't anyone manufacture a fully drawn comb made out of real wax? Has anyone ever attempted it? Any opinions would be appreciated.
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    I get it....

    ...may as well stick with what works I suppose. I'll probably put it on my list for next winter, "build extractor". I'm in no rush for it this year.I think I had read on here that 400 rpm was the...
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    extractor

    This may be a comically dumb question, but I have only used an old 2 frame hand crank unit so this is black magic to me.

    I am considering starting to assemble an extractor myself, but had some...
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    oil brush on

    there are some old house painters I know that apply their own wax/oil mixture to bare wood before painting. they swear by it. i don't recall what's in it though, but they gave me the impression it...
  11. Thread: Lye

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    mass...

    if you are in MA just get it from Astro Chemical in Springfield. It comes in 50# bags.
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    Cover

    The inner cover is solid (no access hole). In retrospect I may have to pop a hole in it this Spring if other critters start hanging out in it. The location they are proposing to put it gets lots of...
  13. not to brag

    ...but my uncle bought a fancy (read: expensive) milwaukee pneumatic staple gun. they accidentally sent him two. he called to return it but never received a return label. so i ended up with it for...
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    hive

    Hobie,
    The cover holes are for ventilation only (this is a bottom entrance hive). The base is basically what is in the WBC plans but I modified it to fit the Langstrom boxes and added the screened...
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    Merry Christmas

    I have an Aunt that has been asking me to put a hive at her house. She and her husband have a "formal" garden. I told her it was way too much work to lug my junk over there every week to mess with...
  16. Bees In Ct.

    Betti,
    You PM'd me already about the TBH (which I will even help you load), but there are quite a few places around your area to get bees. Your best bet is the Eastern CT BA. They bring in bees...
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    double wall

    Mine is a double wall. It was my first hive ever, the bees didn't survive that winter. I doubt it was the hive construction, as they starved, but didn't have enough stores from other management...
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    another one...

    http://www.garden4less.co.uk/search.asp?pg=1&stext=bee&scat=107

    i'm bored today....
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    Interesting site

    http://www.taylorsgardenbuildings.co.uk/bee_house_beehives.html

    I thought people might enjoy this. I remember seeing bee houses in Bavaria when I lived there, they were pretty cool, but very much...
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    thanks

    i seem to be losing my memory.....in reviewing my notes i see those queen cups have been there for months. they are left over from the spring swarm and i didn't remove them. the top brood box is...
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    a similar question

    one of my hives is in full sun all day. they are going gangbusters now, filling all the stores they consumed during our dry spell. they actually look like they may swarm (quite a few queen cups...
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    Same Here

    they ate all the honey stored in the supers....rain is forecast for rnext week and goldenrod is still out so there is a faint possibility of honey. at least i have them busy making propolis in the...
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    brood shutdown

    our goldenrod is starting here too (along with burdock, jewelweed, sunflowers and clover still). i have two russian hives, both started from nucs this year. I was in the brood boxes last week and...
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    whitewashing

    usually means a lime solution. it is common to spray barns down (walls and bedding) with it because the ph inhibits microbial growth and insect egg developement.

    kris
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    i had a lesson in marking queens at my friends...

    i had a lesson in marking queens at my friends house. there is now way i'm going into a hive without gloves, like he did, to scoop the queen out. i would also probably kill her trying to cradle her...
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