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    Re: Walt Wright temporarily out of commission

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?321047-Passing-of-Walter-W-Wright

    Condolences to the family.

    We had a number a great discussions. Walt will be missed.
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    My condolences to the family.

    We had a number of great discussions. Walt will be missed.
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    Re: New from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    G'day Steampunked.

    Good to see another Victorian on here, (very few Warre hive beekeepers though).

    Plenty of people to answer your questions and plenty of info. Have fun!
  4. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    A number of people have mentioned that swarm season seems to start when the early varieties of Apple start to blossom.

    In regard to Checkerboarding Drawn and UNDRAWN frames above the Broodnest,...
  5. Re: Checker Boarding and Adding new undrawn suppers

    You mentioned that you have 2 medium boxes on each hive, so you should be able to "Open the Sides" just using the medium frames only. I assume you would only be using mediums for supers anyway.

    So...
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    Re: No more wiring frames for me

    I still haven't used them in an extractor yet. But if the comb is attached on the sides and bottom and over a year old, it seems to be as strong as wired comb.

    These frames are great for making...
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    Re: How to determine 'the week before swarming'

    Good explanation Squarepeg.

    Opening the Sides of the Broodnest was developed out of discussions with Walt Wright and Michael Bush. I didn't have drawn comb to checkerboard with so used outer edge...
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    Re: How to determine 'the week before swarming'

    I've found that Opening the sides of the Broodnest helps to get heaps of comb drawn and I've had no swarms (yet). It also doesn't seem to be a problem if you get a cold snap.

    In general I start...
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    Re: How to determine 'the week before swarming'

    We have swarming starting here when Apples flower (earlier varieties) as well.

    Seems to be a common indicator.

    Getting and keeping the bees making wax during swarm season seems to stop swarming.
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    Re: Help With Spring Management

    I've found Opening the sides of the Broodnest to work best for me. It gets heaps of comb drawn and I've had no swarms (yet). It also doesn't seem to be a problem if you get a cold snap.

    Going by...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention Management

    With wintering in single deeps you do need to get in much earlier in the season to prevent swarming. Helps to have a box of drawn comb to put on the hive so that they get close to filling two deeps...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention Management

    Hi Culley,

    I would have thought you could winter in a single deep where you are. Because your temps wouldn't get much below 8C that often, but not sure if the dry season requires more stores.
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    Re: Swarm Prevention Management

    I've found Opening the sides of the Broodnest to work best for me. No swarms (yet) and doesn't seem to be a problem if you get a cold snap.

    Start a couple of weeks before Apples flower (early...
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    Re: I don't understand nucs

    Also note, if you leave the Nuc in the same yard and the foragers return to the original hive, that the Nuc may be very quite for up to 3 weeks (as there are very few foragers).

    I also prefer to...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    I agree with Ian. Side by side is much easier to manage, to test initially and to separate if you don't like the setup.

    You can make two half width migratory style lids if you don't have Nucs, so...
  16. Re: Swarm prevention when you dont have drawn frames for checkerboarding?

    The "Opening the Sides of the Brrodnest" method was developed for those wanting to do swarm prevention, but don't have enough drawn comb.

    I've found that in a season I typically "Open the Sides of...
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    Re: share my long lang thoughts

    If you leave a bit of a gap between every 5th frame or so, you can remove that frame first in each "section" of the Long Lang. The bees will widen the top of the comb where honey is stored, but lower...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Thanks Squarepeg, will keep in contact.

    My next project is to try making Short Deep frames and equipment. Frames are at right angles to standard Langstroth hives. So they are 4" shorter than...
  19. Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    No burr comb for several years. I use a hive mat on top of the frames, which is just a piece of flexible vinyl.

    I have only seen them build comb in the roof once, and it was because they were...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Hi Squarepeg,

    Thanks for keeping up the updates.

    You mentioned "foundationless frames to encourage early wax making as part of swarm prevention". I lost track on which hive was which, but did...
  21. Re: Two queen hive and other management strategies.

    I think you are making it bit more complicated than it needs to be.

    I've have been running two queen hive for a few years.

    My configuration uses horizontal hives with a vertical queen excluder...
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    Re: drawn cone or drawing cone

    DON'T Checkerboard the brood chamber!

    You will likely end up with queen cells due to nurse bees getting isolated from the queen.
    Low queen pheromone = Emergency/Supersedure queen cells.

    Best...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    I've done both. Prefer the vertical half sheet in the middle of the frame for reliability of worker comb in the middle of the frame.

    See post 108 for my previous reply.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Hi Walt, great to hear from you!

    Checkboarding frames that are moved up hasn't been dropped. The only difference is that the first two drawn frames moved up into a new box are placed together...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    The question is how many queen cells are there?

    It may actually be supersedure, especially if there is still plenty of brood.
    5 or less queen cells is usually supersedure. Though I have seen them...
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