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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    I tried upper entrances on some hives as an experiment last year, and found that there seemed to be slightly better honey production on those hives compared to standard bottom entrances, however, it...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Just opening up the hive for a few minutes is not going to set them back. I don't know where statements like that come from, but its not the first time I have heard someone say it. How does it set...
  3. Thread: Storing Supers

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    Re: Storing Supers

    Empty honey supers that don't have pollen in them generally are not bothered by wax moths. I just stack mine up in the bee yards and put covers on them and they are fine the next season with no...
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    Surely then, you know someone who has the space that you could use for several hours to get it done, like a garage, shed, shop, walk out basement, something of that sort. Doesn't sound like you have...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    Hives are still drawing foundation well and filling it fast, basswood looks to be done, white sweet clover and lawn clover still going strong, but it is getting dry and could use a good overnight...
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    Re: custom cappings spinner

    I posted a couple days ago about converting my old Dadant manual 4 frame tangential extractor to a spinner also, but didn't get much response. I was asking about converting it to power though, from...
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    power conversion kit for extractor

    I have an old 4 frame hand crank extractor that I was thinking about converting to a cappings spinner, but need to add a motor with speed control to it. Is there someone that sells a conversion kit...
  8. Re: Best option for getting a laying worker hive to accept a swarm queen?

    imthedude, I did virtually the same thing, had a laying worker colony that I removed from its location and took it 50 ft. away into the yard and set it down. Put a swarm that I caught a few days...
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    Re: Prolific Propolis Producers?

    If you use the plastic traps that are sold by the supply companies, the propolis hardly needs any cleaning at all, the occasional dead bee gets stuck to the trap, but that's about it.
  10. Thread: adding a queen

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    Re: adding a queen

    I normally wait about 3 weeks after a queen has hatched out before I expect to see her laying. If she isn't laying by then I will give them a frame of eggs to see if they try to raise another. If...
  11. Re: Best way to use drawn supers to entice bees to draw in undrawn supers.

    If you are using plastic foundation in your supers, I would bottom super, put the new super under already filled supers. If you are using wax foundation, I would put the new super above existing...
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    Re: A whopper of a cut-out!!!

    Don't even think about eating any honey from the cutout or using it to feed other bees.
  13. Re: Removing Queen for Brood Break, Increased Honey and Nucs

    As Wolfer said, much honey will initially go into the broodnest vacated by the emerging bees, that's why I try to leave as little brood comb as possible for them when I do the split, just the really...
  14. Re: Removing Queen for Brood Break, Increased Honey and Nucs

    First of all, I wouldn't do this (cut down split) unless I had empty honey supers of drawn comb available and the hives I was doing it to were very strong to start with. But I have done it, about a...
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    Re: Are frames full of only pollen worthless?

    No question that they must be put on the hive during a good flow to get drawn.
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    Re: Are frames full of only pollen worthless?

    That's interesting, I have never heard of that happening before, I thought that was one of the benefits of plastic, that you could scrape it off if wax moths got into the comb and ruined it, and the...
  17. Thread: Brushy Mountain

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    Re: Brushy Mountain

    I also only order items from BM I can't get anywhere else. Shipping times are almost always way too long, and the shipping charges themselves are ridiculously high.
  18. Re: High supersedure rate on Georgia queens this spring?

    Out of 50 Georgia queens I got this spring in packages, no supercedure that I am aware of, but I did get one that ran out of gas and became a drone layer, and two layed shotgun brood patterns. I can...
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    Re: I'm done with 9 frame spacers in supers

    If you have some kind of flexible uncapping knife go for it, otherwise using 10 frames instead of 8 or 9 makes it too difficult to uncap imo. What's so hard about pulling out a frame once they they...
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    Re: Queen looks mated but throwing only drones

    I just pinched a nice large queen from a spring package, she looked every bit normal, but her egg laying went downhill and was only laying drones the last couple weeks.
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    Re: How to arrange 3 med supers??

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but, personally I disagree with everything you said. ;)
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    Re: How to arrange 3 med supers??

    So do I, they really are not the evil devices that some people portray them as.
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    Re: How to arrange 3 med supers??

    You didn't say whether or not you are using an excluder, but I'm assuming you aren't, so leaving things as they are is the way I would do it. Even if you were using an excluder, I would do it the...
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    Re: What am I looking at

    That's normal for a rainy day, they're just hanging out wishing they had something to do.
  25. Re: got a swarm call, turning into a removal/cut out... help needed!

    No, not at all, if you can get the soffit off they will probably be right behind it and easily retrieved.
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