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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    The chest freezer works great, I wired a 100 watt light bulb to a incubator wafer thermostat, for $25 can`t beat it. Drill a hole in the front and put a thermometer in it to set the temp and your...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    To be clear charlie, I have the mini`s in addition to my 5 frame nuc operation just for queen sales,I don`t sell mini`s. I made about 10 of those folding frames ( Dave Cushman) they are still in my...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    I see your point charlie, it would be nice to have all the equipment the same size to move frames wherever needed.But i was making 5 frame nucs for sale, and drawn frames were flying out of here 5...
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    Re: mini mating nuc frames

    Cool Brandy I was at a stand point, either put them on top of the honey or on the bottom of the stack, cuz I dont want her to lay in them , and I don`t want them to fill them with honey. And how do...
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    mini mating nuc frames

    Those that use mini`s at the end of the season what do you do with the frames of brood and bees left over? I did make mine half size in length minus 3/8ths for a divider so they will fill a super....
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    Re: Selling Queen Cells - Questions

    That was why I ask BP, I have yet to see a cell fit in the ones I have, I had to carve down the sides of the cells to get them to fit in them. I wanted to see some of Lauri`s nice cells crammed into...
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    Re: Selling Queen Cells - Questions

    Lauri, do you have a pic of a cell protector ( orange) with a cell in it ?,,,,,,,Pete
  8. Thread: Nuc advise

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    Re: Nuc advise

    Pyro my 3 medium box nuc is pretty much the same as MPs 2 box deep in area, except mine have 3 more med frames than his. Remember he has some crazy cold winters, they cluster longer, feeding only to...
  9. Thread: Nuc advise

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    Re: Nuc advise

    The third box is to store enough feed til March. I have wintered on 2 boxes with an inch of sugar on top, they ate that and had to give them sugar bricks. So 3 boxes is what I go with. Mini mating...
  10. Thread: Nuc advise

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    Re: Nuc advise

    5 over5 over5 medium nucs winter very well in Delaware...,,,,,,,,, Pete
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    My hive stands, I made them so the space between the supports are spaced to hang a few frames in. don`t have to lean them against anything . My bee vac is next most useful gadget,,,,,,Pete
  12. Re: Look what fell out of bottom of my hive after 24 hours

    The beetles don`t lay just two eggs, but maybe only two survived, keep an eye out, not good to see honey dripping out the bottom board,,,,Pete
  13. Re: Will Robber bees kill capped queen cells in a finisher hive?

    Cheaper and the right temp, use a hive as your incubator. Drill holes in the top of a top bar the size of your cells but smaller than the diameter of the cup base ( so it dosn`t fall through ) and...
  14. Re: Removing queen cells from plastic foundation.

    I cut 4 out yesterday with an exacto knife. A few I didn`t have a hole, the others I put a piece of wax on it and molded it over the hole. 4 other cells I made little laidlaw push in cages over them....
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    Re: Workers killing Queen Cells

    I did buy the 3 piece cup holders to try, I just bought 10 to try with cages and a candy cap, I think that is the one (cage) you are speaking of. I just couldn`t figure how to safley hold the natural...
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    Re: Workers killing Queen Cells

    One question Bee Pro, does any one make a bigger cell protector than what Man Lake sells? I bought a bag of them and I have yet to get a cell to fit in them. I end up with half or better of the cell...
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    Re: Selective Breeding

    youth is wasted on the young,,,,,,,,,,,,Pete
  18. Re: Suppose post-swarm you find 10-20 capped queen cells...

    When you get to making your own nucs D.Coates style, buy a sheet of Smart Sideing, it`s like T- 111 but made of osb and painted already. Has a 30 year warranty don`t swell like osb I paint the cut...
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    Re: bee pond a mosquito haven

    I agree , but I would put some feeder guppies in there,,,,,,,Pete
  20. Re: Can I trust large scale commercial bee keepers?

    I meant it both ways rem., If you install a package your gonna have to feed them,ergo sugar in your honey. Extract it in July (which you might do, or leave it for the dearth in summer) and feed them....
  21. Re: Can I trust large scale commercial bee keepers?

    Good idea rem don`t feed your bees!
  22. Re: How to tell if cells are accepted/will be finished?

    The pins on the cups are eccentric, put, them in the slot and give 1/4 twist. ,,,,,,,,,,Pete
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    Re: Swarm won't stay in hive?

    BMI, Your edit was the correct response.. There are newbees coming here for answers, and for you to say " 100% false" to a method that works for alot of beeks is just misleading. But I can appriciate...
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    Re: Swarm won't stay in hive?

    I choose to let them decide, and if they choose to leave, at least they have a shot with their queen.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>I make the decision, not the bees, I have never seen the swarm leave their queen,...
  25. Re: Moving double deep nucs to deep hive bodies, did I mess up?

    It seems as though I have read that bees need to move up into stores in the winter, or will the cluster move from one side to the other? >>>>>>>>>>>> Top Bar Hive people say they do it just...
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