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  1. Re: You can't teach an old, frame hive beekeeper, new tricks

    You were supposed to only use their brand of factory bees. Ill bet you didn't read the directions;)
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    Re: New Bee with Follower Board Question

    I always use follower boards so the bees have less space to weatherize and defend. It also reduces my cutouts and swarms absconding, while allowing hive expansion as the colony grows into the full...
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    Re: New Bee with Follower Board Question

    I have removed many bee colonies from house walls where the bees were under, on top, or had eaten through the tar paper, so it doesnt seem to hurt the bees. But tar paper is fragile, so will rip as...
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    Re: 1 bar observation hive

    Thanks.

    The frame sides and bottom are 2x4. The bottom is screwed to a piece of plywood for the base. The viewing area is plexiglass screwed to the frame. The top of the frame is 2 pieces of 1x1...
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    1 bar observation hive

    I did a continuing education class on top bar beekeeping last night. I built a 1 bar display case to take the bar with the queen so folks could see her on a comb. The comb worked out great, with open...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Even if the hole saw was slightly larger, I could glue them in with silicone or gorilla glue or epoxy. Might as well try some experimenting;)
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    Re: Best time to do a cut out?

    In this situation whenever you have time, but be prepared for it to take twice as long as you think.

    For structure removals i generally calculate estimated number of hours for removal, plus add 1...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    I echo Ray. Thanks for the update and sharing.

    I may try and find a hole saw of the right size so I can inset the rings in the holes so nothing protrudes when I move my hives in and out of my...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    How are the rings attached to the hive bottom? Are they in the holes, glued to the bottom over the holes? I can't see from the pictures.
  10. Re: Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    Thanks for the replies. Ill try the box idea.

    I did cut out the middle of a 5gallon bucket lid with and cut a QE to fit over the hole. Tried it today and the bees just stayed at the "top" (which...
  11. Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    I had a cutout hive abscond today, and got some cool swarm video footage. The bees clustered on a tree branch about 20' up. I was able to vacuum them up with my bucket vac, but then spent 2 hours...
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    Re: spider eating bees

    I've trained my black widows to eat only small hive beetles:D

    But I did get video of a praying mantis fighting my bees. At one point she had a bee in each front claw. She let them both go when...
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    Re: Removal triple play

    You win the prize MrBeeman.

    Don't know if the first hive died from pesticides, soapy water, or what. But a swarm reclaimed the property. This is an old farmhouse that is sporadically visited by...
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    Removal triple play

    Did 3 hive removals from the same house today. One in a wall, a 5 gallon bucket filled with very mean bees, and one where they had built comb on two windows covered on the outside with plywood. It...
  15. Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)

    If you dont set traps you wont catch swarms. If you catch a swarm then baby them through the winter since you have no bees yet. If they die with your care, they probably would have died anyway. So...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    The 9mil nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight work great, and can be run through the washing machine. Only got stung once when I mashed a bee against a comb. Been stung way more through my leather...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    This is the kind of bucket bee vac I built and use. You can build it in a couple of hours when you gather your supplies. You need 3 buckets, 1 bucket and lid per catch bucket, a bucket vac motor and...
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    Re: bee vac disaster

    Update: I did another removal today and did discover that there is a suction difference with one of my cannisters. It has less screened space on the side of the bucket, and generates more suction...
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    Re: bee vac disaster

    Just did another cutout today. Same suction settings. Same buckets and hoses. Kept checking as I vacuumed. 2 causalities in essentially 5 gallons of bees divided between 2 bucket cages. Some hives...
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    Re: bee vac disaster

    But I have vacuumed many swarms that were obviously full of honey and had no problems. I used no smoke - the bees were 20 feet off the ground. It was late afternoon and in the shade. The vacuum...
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    bee vac disaster

    I have done 20+ cutouts with my bucket bee vac and rarely have many casualities. Maybe 5 to 10. I did 3 cutouts on Wednesday and vacuumed extensively during all 3 and got the queen by vac in 2 and...
  22. Re: Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    Thanks for the replies, especially Michael. It's great to be able to easily tap such a wealth of experience.

    So the consensus is for deeps, so I will go that route to start. I will also try the...
  23. Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    I think I'm going to build some long Lang hives, but welcome advice on frame size. Should I go with medium or deep frames? I plan on going foundationless.

    I have one Lang with a deep brood nest,...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I started with 1 KTBH in 2012 stocked from a cutout. Expanded to 10 in 2013 with swarm trapping. I now have 20, with 2 being TTBH with straight sides.

    I did add 2 langs this summer that were...
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    Re: Bees capped empty cells

    Are you sure the cells were empty? I was just reading in ABC of Bee Culture that capped cells with small holes can be a sign of American Foul Brood. Not saying that's what it is, but check some of...
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