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    Re: Overwinter Prep in Oakland, CA

    Keep feeding slowly with a jar feeder, just one or a two tight holes. They might not draw out foundation, move it to the outside. Don't feed to the point they fill all the combs.
  2. Re: How to introduce swarm to hive with bees

    Shake a few frames of bees from the queenless hive at the front entrance. As they start filing back in, dump the swarm on top of them.
    Or, install the swarm in a hive on top of the queenless hive....
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    Re: Wow! When should I stop adding boxes?

    move a comb up to ladder the bees up into a top super. being a purist of anything is over rated.
  4. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Don't listen to anything Charlie writes. He is at onset of dementia and drools on endless BS wasting all of our time. SAD what aging does.
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    Re: Brush, fume board, or bee escape?

    Forty five years - first gas leaf blowers and now also electric blower:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C3iJwh3lAI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72-wgA3BA-Q
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    Re: Warre Brood comb transplant.. my concerns

    IMHO I would not steal from a good hive to help a very poor hive. It is a mess and hassle with strong Warre hives. You might kill the queen n the good hive. Let the nature take its course and start...
  7. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I make mine deeper than 11 5/8", even 12" deep. The thin bottom bars on 11 1/4" frames often sag touching the bottom if the box is not deep enough. Plus the boxes shrink.
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    No.
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    Re: Painting Woodenware

    >Most of my boxes are 6 years old and all are doing great.

    Be careful making conclusions after 6 years of beekeeping. Come back in 40 and tell us you are still convinced.
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    Re: reuse comb from LW hive

    >used my wife's hair blow drier to melt the wax,

    Good luck with that. Does she let you extract in the kitchen also?
  11. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    My Brother Adam brood chambers consistently produce more honey with less swarming than the different Langstroth configurations that I use. These are 200 - 300 lb. crops on a few. Charlie B was...
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    Re: Bees building comb above the bars

    Being a Frame beekeeper 40 years prior to managing Warres, I agree with those who find that bees work up easier than down. I also prefer to harvest combs not thick and black with brood residue. I...
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    Re: capping spinner

    I have a 1950's or '60s Diamond Line spinner which I consider to be an "essential" in my extracting room. I have a mix of 8 and 9 frames in 10 frame honey supers, and also have cut comb left overs...
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    Re: Advantech vs pressure treated plywood

    Ask me in ten years.
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    Re: Advantech vs pressure treated plywood

    I am the proud owner of a rare Cleo Hogan Versatex shallow super, that at this very moment is in it's second season of grueling field testing.
    You can see it here on top of the pile stored in the...
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    Re: Bees building comb above the bars

    You have to give the bees a ladder comb when placing a new empty box on top. Move one or two up from the filled box.
  17. Thread: Feral Wax

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    Re: Feral Wax

    My steam melter is more active than a solar melter. In a solar melter the wax just sits in the cocoons. My steam melter blows steam up from the bottom and down from the tops and washes the wax out of...
  18. Thread: Feral Wax

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    Re: Feral Wax

    Steam melting will get out more than a solar melter.
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    Re: 32 swarms in 38 traps

    I am up to about 54 catches, probably 75 traps, about ten percent catch fails as usual. Still have some scouting activity.
    Bringing the empties as the moths set in. I saw the queen walk in on this...
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    Re: The wasted work advantage of Langstroths.

    To harvest topbars you Destroy the combs so the bees have to rebuild them Everytime. With frame hives you can extract the comb and the bees Do Not have to rebuild them every time. I don't argue...
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    Re: Elevating a 60 frame extractor.

    If too high they get hard to reach frames in and out.
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    Re: Vaccumed Bees covered in Honey

    In a Bushkill vac bees do not get overheated. They crawl up on to combs and are ventilated by the gentle draft of the vacuum. Upon completion the top of their box is 100% open screen. Bees live on...
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    Re: Vaccumed Bees covered in Honey

    Possibly it was not honey but bee guts turned inside out by using to much suction, which is the main cause of bee death by amateurs doing cutouts. If you hear the bees going down the hose you are...
  24. Re: Secret to successful Baithive trapping - Firewood, driftwood, bark

    Here are a few more from this year for the Doubters. I will gladly continue to enrich myself with this magic technique that I have discovered thanks to my friend Roberto. I caught two on Friday...
  25. Secret to successful Baithive trapping - Firewood, driftwood, bark

    I am dramatically increasing my trapping success by placing chunks of gnarly firewood, driftwood and bark on my baithives. It's like catnip.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu6tIg4EW2g

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