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    Re: Queen Flew away

    Thank you! Very good tip!
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    Re: Trying to decide about hives

    These hives have shown up at several building supply and farm supply stores in my area. This is the first year that I have seen them, and it seems that they are all over the place up here.

    Not...
  3. Re: Did Mann Lake remove 7 5/8 hives from there inventory?

    Probably in most cases, but I once had some one ask for medium boxes, and when she got here, I found out that by medium she meant 8 frame. You have to be very careful when dealing with people that...
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    Re: 8 frame hives

    Kinda defeats the purpose of going to 8 frame boxes, doesn't it?
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    I think this is it in a nutshell. But I will not be surprised if we have this same conversation next year.

    Every year, I have people calling me looking for equipment TODAY, because they have bees...
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    Re: what flowers that blooms in March?

    Around here, the ground is typically still covered by snow, so no flowers are blooming in March.

    In Kuwait, I do not know.
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    Re: Advice please.

    Are they crawling out and dying or dragging dead bees out? Can't tell real well, but it looks like some of the bees may be dragging a dead bee.
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    Re: Finger Joint Size?

    I assume you are adjusting dimensions to assure that you are keeping the correct bee space.
  9. Re: What's the best honey extractor for under $200?

    I know this falls outside your $200. limit, but Maxant has a two frame unit (model 3100h-2) that sells for $300. It can be upgraded later to the 9 frame basket and/or the motor driven model. You...
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    Re: Solar fence system, good bite???

    The US Department of Agriculture has a program that makes fencing available. It allows you to pay for the equipment over a 3 year period.

    You probably can find info online. The have an office in...
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    Re: Brood in Honey Supers

    I would be careful to keep all the boxes with brood together. Do not have a box with no brood between two boxes with brood.

    If you want to avoid this situation in the future, you could put the...
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    Re: Frame type for wax foundation

    Who do you buy your frames and wax from?
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    Re: Frame type for wax foundation

    This is what I was wondering about. I thought that this might work. If the wax is not cold, it can be flexed into place just like plastic, right?
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    Re: Frame type for wax foundation

    Not sure I understand your question. When you say upper wires do you mean hooks?

    I use wired foundation without hooks, bees attach the comb to the frame (just like they do foundationless).
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    Re: Frame type for wax foundation

    Anyone use groove top and bottom? Is it really necessary to mess with the wedge top? I know wedge is recommended, but necessary....?
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    Frame type for wax foundation

    Frame top and bottom bars are available in multiple types. Wedge or groove for top bars, and groove or split for bottom bars.

    For those of you who use wax foundation what combination of top and...
  17. Re: 3 Three Pound Packages 2 Queen Install

    If you have the equipment, and if you can get another queen, you could start a third hive. Otherwise the only option I see is to add them to the queen right packages.

    I would leave the queens in...
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    Re: Made some hives

    Well done! You should have some very happy bees!
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    Re: Finger Joint Size?

    Should come close enough shouldn't it? 7 X 13/16" = 5 11/16" (perfect for shallow). 6 5/8" - 5 11/16" = 15/16" or approx. 1/2" to 7/16" on each end. Use a 3/4" dado and the end fingers would...
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    Re: Finger Joint Size?

    Other than aesthetics, it really does not matter. 6 5/8" divides (nearly) evenly by 15/16" , so the joint looks nicer. 13/16" will leave a narrow finger top and/or bottom.
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    Since this thread is about Mann Lake, and my experience is that Mann Lake would not respond that way, I do not see the relevance of your comment. Sure, there are companies that treat people poorly....
  22. Re: Question for those that build their own equipment

    Nice looking joint. Like others have said, no exposed end grain is a plus.
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    It seems unwise to stop doing business with a company that has so many satisfied customers just because of one bad experience. I've never understood why people do that.
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    Re: How do you cut your box joints?

    I use a dovetail jig. I cut 2 boards at a time.
  25. Re: What do you do with leftover candy in a candy board?

    I use dry sugar and make syrup out of the left overs. Can't you make syrup from candy? I would think that you could just put the candy boards in plastic bags and top them off next year.
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