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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    Building wonky comb.. if you have your hive level and you stay on top of it for the first bit then it does just fine. it is pretty sweet watching a tiny 3" piece become a full frame when they...
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    Re: Is it normal...?

    totally normal.. they are taking a cleansing flight. dead bees are normal.. they are like that in the summer too but they can haul them further and they don't stand out on the grass
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    I did it because it was one less thing to buy. i built my own hive parts and frames.

    btw a pound of wax is a lot of frames. not sure how many but pick up an empty drawn frame and it is not very...
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    Re: NE Blizzard top entrance question

    some sort of rachet strap yep. foam is only 1/2" on the 2 sides and on the roof.
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    Re: NE Blizzard top entrance question

    I have a top entrance on mine.. bottom entrance is pretty snowed in.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v115/Socjake/Bees/IMG_1154_zps9v8zmi3l.jpg
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    The plexiglass in ours is fine except it warped a bit in the sun and created a opening that the bees loooove to use haha. If you use plexi then make the inset twice as deep so you can put a 1/4"...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    this is how we did my Gfs.. 4x4 posts with 2x6 rails. hive has a block screwed the bottom then that is attached to the rails. that way it can be moved without taking anything apart.
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    Re: Christmas Presence?

    in the 50s here today.. after a few days of cold and pouring rain they were happy to buzz around ...
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    Re: Best Lens for Bee Photos?

    Get something in a fixed length and a good aperture. a good 50mm unless you want to get into macro will go pretty far.
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    Re: Accidental Beehive

    maybe screw/glue one of those political signs to the top to make a better roof for rain/snow.

    at the very least you have a great swarm trap ready for the spring.
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    Re: Unexpected Beehive

    i'd leave the top for a bit of ventilation. If they have it open then they want it open. They would have propolized it up if they thought it was a problem. the bottom hole you could staple on...
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    Re: Record Keeping for Beeks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Qnzf-2BAU&list=PL4nIHXEClbKY_7YCcIC6HEsmBK_d4iQ06&index=8

    another method.

    I only have one hive at the moment so i just have a notebook to jot few notes in.
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    Re: New: TBH Design Advice

    I think End entrances make organization easier. You know they will put brood near the entrance and honey will be further back. Ours we put 3 hole entrances at top-ish, middle, bottom-ish and they...
  14. Re: Extra space in 8-frame mediums & foundationless

    Yep, I do 8 frames and once things get glopped up with propolis and the combs are thicker you appreciate having a space to move things over.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    Ya, on warmer days mine have still been bringing in goldenrod (likely) even though the plants are all dead i'm sure there is pollen hanging around.
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    Watch swarm catching videos on youtube all winter.. JP the beeman is good.. plenty of others. Put ad in Craigslist saying you'll come get swarms.

    you'll need some equipment ready and ...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    All foundationless... or adding foundationless into a hive of mostly foundation? because foundation creates a vacuum of drone laying spots and when they get it they go nuts.
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    I was responding to the person who said that it was drone comb or something talking about your picture.. not your post about it. Your frames are always great to look at.
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    But, like many hobbies.. being practical or the "best" doesn't mean it can't be fun and interesting. Antique cars are less safe, less comfortable, less economical, slower etc compared to a nice...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    perhaps part of the problem is that anyone that could be a mentor tells them they are going to fail before they even begin and don't give them the help they may need.

    i honestly don't see the...
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    Re: Split cluster?

    see any warmer day in the future you could sneak in and check move them down to the rest *shrug*. they will have to deal with it like that until then anyway.. maybe they will hatch out and...
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    Re: Split cluster?

    End entrance or side/middle? I wonder if you have brood nest in the middle and 2 sections of honey on either side that they are gathering on? or maybe the opposite and they are covering brood.
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    could also have been many other reasons other than the box they were in.

    my gf started with a top bar they did fine, made it through winter, swarmed, put them in another top bar. They made it...
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    Re: Building across bars

    Once they get started straight they are pretty self sufficient. but you do need to pay attention at the start.
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    Re: Building across bars

    Also, make sure the guides go all the way to the ends so they arent tempted to curve it. Popcicle sticks with no wax on them worked fine for my gf's hive top bar and my foundationless lang. once...
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