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    Re: elongated/puffy cells - lots of drones?

    they are splotchy - a grouping of cells here and there, some frames have 2-10 cells, others have a good patch of them, but yes - they are scattered about. I'm sure it's OK, but WHY so many? I...
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    elongated/puffy cells - lots of drones?

    Hello - I have two new hives of carniolans and have been feeding them for three weeks. They have sufficiently filled a deep and I just added another deep when they filled the 9th frame.

    Question:...
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    Re: Another rookie mistake - am I ok?

    bah! too late. I took off the bottom deep. Something told me to just let them be, but I took the previous advice and removed the extra deep. I'll give them two weeks and add it back on.

    :-(
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    Re: Another rookie mistake - am I ok?

    I swapped (meaning I took the TOP populated DEEP) the top for the bottom. There was only 20-30 bees in there so I just shook them out onto the entrance and removed the deep. So, each of my two...
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    Re: Another rookie mistake - am I ok?

    They have about 7 frames fully drawn out (not of brood, just drawn out) in the top deep and zero drawn out in the bottom frame - so what I did was swap the top for the bottom deep. I hope that's...
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    Re: Another rookie mistake - am I ok?

    They have the frames about 60% drawn out in the top deep with pollen bread looking substance in a lot of the cells....what would happen if i just leave the lower deep on?
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    Another rookie mistake - am I ok?

    I misunderstood and did not setup my deeps correctly. I have two 10 frame hives (langstroth), and I may have made a bad move.

    I installed my two packages by the book - however..../sigh......I...
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    Sooooo clumbsy!

    I did my first inspection (ever) and I felt SO clumbsy compared to watching veterans on youtube.

    Can you give me some tips? How (even when I try to scoot it) can I stop from crunching bees when I...
  9. Thread: Queen excluder

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    Re: Queen excluder

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1XJT-yVZPE

    hope that helps :-)
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    Re: First install - POO everywhere!!???

    Thanks everyone! And Mike - thank you too! I can't believe I woke up this morning to another 2" of snow....after yesterday was so beautiful. I hope all of my peach and plum blossoms survive this...
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    Re: First install - POO everywhere!!???

    I assume because they are a clean type of critter (scoot unwanted/dead to the outside/bottom that they don't do this on the inside do they? I'm just hoping i don't inspect next week and find the...
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    Re: First install - POO everywhere!!???

    Hello Dave,

    Thank you for the post. I think (although I have a lot to learn) they were as you said either cooped up in there for a long time - or very hungry. Both syrup cans had at most a...
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    First install - POO everywhere!!???

    First time beekeeper and I am likely just panicing for no reason.....however I need some advice.

    Two langstroth style hives and I ordered two six pound carniolan bee packages. I've...
  14. Re: New beekeeper - made my own frames, will they work?

    This is PERFECT!!! Thank you for the feedback. Some of the frames I built are very neat - others.....not so much. I'm going to put the junky ones in bait hives and 5/frame nucs and just roll with...
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    oh snap.....i guess i'll go buy some almond milk.

    Seriously though - I'm not easily offended. I wanted people's opinions and I am receiving them! If a dude wants to be a dbag over the quality of...
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    Absolutely! I learned a few shortcuts along the way. Trying to run end bars by the 5-8 over a dado blade is no fun.

    Great point!

    -dallas
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    great! Thanks. I was wondering why that gap was designed as such.

    I made 100 of them - so realizing I only saved 80 bucks or so. . . .it was a fun project. Will I do it again? Probably not. But...
  18. New beekeeper - made my own frames, will they work?

    I had some scrap 2x4's laying around and using the dadant type plans decided to see if I could make some frames.

    The winter is long here in Utah, so I thought I would at least try.

    I am not a...
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    Re: What size nail goes under top bar on frames

    Are you talking about the cleat board underneath the bottom side of the top bar if so those are only half-inch or 3/8 brads.
  20. Re: New Utah beekeeper, hoping to get started on the right foot!

    yes - as George mentioned, I bought them from HLH, harvestlanehoney.com

    I appreciate all of the tips and thoughts!! Thank you.
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    Re: Help with yard placement and location

    Perfect, I love the feedback and ideas. I could definitely put the hives there, but my only concern is getting hit with a soccer ball if family comes over to play in the back yard or if there is...
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    Re: Help with yard placement and location

    Great list on your site there Michael - thank you!

    What do you think about the direction the hives point? I'd assume even if pointed south, directly at that large 6' concrete fence - they'll...
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    Help with yard placement and location

    Hello bee sourcers!

    As I get started with studying topic on the forums here as well as a few publications and internet searches - I need some help placing the hives in my yard.

    I live on 1/2...
  24. Re: New Utah beekeeper, hoping to get started on the right foot!

    Believe it or not, I ordered bees today. After much research and local advice along with what I've gleaned here, I ordered Cariolans. Seem to be a good breed here in Utah. I am excited about this...
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    thank you for the welcome and feedback! i appreciate it.

    I have also been considering carniolans seriously - and may go that route as I research breeds. Thanks!
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