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  1. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    We need a third law for frank. I was thinking something like "For every new been there is an equal and opposite swarm to catch."
  2. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    I have the stuff to extract more, but I've been thinking about pulling off bars of comb from my top bar hives when we are on a flow so I can have some honey that is mono-floral (or close to it). I've...
  3. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    It isn't about cost, is about the size of the thing. I'm talking about a bar or two of honey, so a quart or two, maybe a gallon on the outside.
  4. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    I have a two 5 gallon buckets with honey gates, but I was hoping to find something smaller. If I use them when processing a quart or two of honey it is a pain. I would like something with a smaller...
  5. Re: Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    I'm willing to pay for something good, I'll probably just have to make my own. I can get a small food grade bucket at Lowes, but the plastic seems a bit flimsy on the smaller buckets. Not nice and...
  6. Looking for a small bucket with a honey gate valve?

    Anyone know of a source for a small bucket with a honey gate? Something I could use when harvesting a frame or two from my top bar hives. A gallon would be plenty big. If I had something like this it...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    Don't be surprised if you end up taking some comb to someone if you have a top bar hive! Lots of folks want them and doing a split to get one going is a great way to get a hive. This year I wanted to...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    Very true, but unlike a hog trough there is one big consideration. If you plan on expanding you need to have hives that you can move resources between. So if you start with 1x12s and 1x8s and then go...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I rip a 30 degree angle on in the bottom and side boards, removing just enough for the angle on the boards, and then glue it up. 1x12's and 1x8s. Chop them length and then glue it up and put in some...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    Not sure about Sam, but Les uses them for the sides and the bottom, so he really only needs 1x10's to make his hives. If I were to start all over I would probably go that route as well, but I'm happy...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    1x12s are something like 1x11.25. You can use what you choose, but when you choose, choose wisely. If you use a board that is 2 inches smaller you are going to reduce the storage volume. You could...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I generally agree with Michael, but I have a couple were they want the bars bigger than 1 1/4 in the brood nest. Propolis tends to make them a bit wider. :)
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Came home from Vacation and found what looks like either a lot of scouts or a swarm in a nuc in my back yard. Didn't open the box since I'm not going to give them any brood and want to make sure they...
  14. Re: (VIDEO) Swarm arrival - placed bait hive out on 7-13.....swarm arrived 7-14

    I've been looking for a painted queen in the swarms and cutouts I have got, but I have not seen one yet. Most of my bees look like local mutts.
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    The problem with using foundation is the comb is likely to fall of right were you attach the foundation to the bar. Wedges or craft sticks are your friend. The width for bars in the brood nest should...
  16. Re: Josephus1 Trap out design, help requested.

    I looked up his profile. Looks like he only had a few posts over the course of a month two years ago. He may have given up on bees, or making bee stuff for sale.
  17. Re: (VIDEO) Swarm arrival - placed bait hive out on 7-13.....swarm arrived 7-14

    Some folks mark and always use the same color. I know the VA State inspector has a small bottle of Testor's white model paint that he has used for years. He requeens every year, and clips the wings....
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    Re: Italian Top Bar Mountain help

    I think I see uncapped brood in the 6th photo as well, but I'm not sure.
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    Re: Italian Top Bar Mountain help

    Is that not a torn down queen cell on the 6th photo, center and about a 1/4 up from the bottom of the comb? I didn't see anything else that could have been a queen cell, but the photos are not big...
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    Re: building a top bar hive

    I've got holes in the front, holes on the side and slits on the side. I like the slits the best, but the holes are easier to close up if you need to move the hive. I don't like end entrances, prefer...
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    Re: new hive, question?

    Leave it. No reason to move it. You can see it by moving bars back or pulling the follower out.

    But I don't think you should use particle board for your follower. Lots of glue in that stuff to gas...
  22. Re: What do you do with remaining stores in early spring?

    If you leave full bars of honey on your hive don't be surprised to go in one day in April to find it full of brood (not that it is a bad thing). During the winter they seem to eat very little, but...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a small swarm in the Raleigh Court area of Roanoke, VA today. (7/17/15). No more than a pound and a half, two at the top. Nice bees though. About 6 feet in the limb of a flowing bush of some...
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    Re: Help moving Swarm Trap

    Ha! I'm not sure I agree with you about vacuuming. While not a fan of using a vac, I have had to a few times. Last weekend I did a cutout with a bee vac. After I was done and put up the gear I...
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    Re: Help moving Swarm Trap

    +1 on what Frank has said about the best bait swarm. I have had three swarms move into boxes in my yard. One each of the last three years. If you don't have a baited box in your home yard you should...
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