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  1. Re: The 'queen excluder' synonymous with a 'honey excluder!'

    I use 3 deeps w/o excluders. Queen excluders are great for queen rearing purposes. I avoid them for the most part for production colonies.

    Clay
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    Re: Pollen Trap

    Hi,

    Pollen traps are allot of work to build. Mine has 50 to 60 different cuts/ parts and pieces. Here are pics of it...
  3. Re: Foundationless Frame Turned into Drones Comb

    I use all wax foundation (no plastic). If you cut off the bottom 10% of the foundation bees will make what they want there. Thats one of the problems with foundation it doesn't make provisons for...
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    Re: Do I wire medium frames?

    I use horizontal wiring on all frames. I use a modified 5 wire on deep frames and 4 wire on mediums. Wrap and tie the wire on the end bars. I use staples from the dollar store for 1000 in a box...
  5. Re: Wired Brood/extracting frames & foundation?

    Hi,

    If you actually have wax foundation watch this vid. Show Dee Lusby leading proponent of small cell beekeeping making foundation, wiring frames, how to use staples instead of eyelets, and...
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    Varroa Trap

    Hi all,

    Passing this along from organic beekeepers: http://www.resistantbees.com/falle_e.html#zweite Some intresting info there.


    Clay
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    Re: Are 3 boxes to much room for broad

    >>Have you seen an increase in honey flow??

    Thats a loaded question really. They could make more honey depending on the year. I think the important part is that the 3rd box is a food chamber,...
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    Re: Are 3 boxes to much room for broad

    I prefer 3 deep boxes. Go to Micheal Bushes site and look here http://www.bushfarms.com/beesulbn.htm

    Clay
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    Re: Treatment Free Package - Feeding?

    I would definitely feed them. Honey of course would be best. Sugar syrup is second runner up. I would avoid high fructose corn syrup at all costs. Corn is the most abused monoculture crop here in...
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    got 20 double nuc boxes with 3/4" divider. Don't really like the nine frame spacing that MP uses. Would using 2 x4's as divider fit 4 frames on each side like regular 10 frame spacing?

    Clay
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    Re: Emergency feeding with honey

    Oh about 10 years ago when I had my web site going I showed how to do the envelope method of feeding honey to wintering bees. Basicall you get a file folder (cheap ones) tape up the sides so u make...
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    Re: 1 vs 2 Brood Chambers?

    >>Are you using mediums for brood? I'm told that's common on the East Coast, and 3 mediums = 2 deeps.

    No. I use 3 deep langstroth for brood chamber.

    >>Big questions: are they filling up?
    ...
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    Re: 1 vs 2 Brood Chambers?

    Quite a few of us here that use 3 brood chambers. Just to make things more confusing.

    Clay- NY
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    Re: double nuc w separate supers

    I decided agianst the removable supers. I simply add another double nuc box. If nuc on the left is a single and the nuc on the right is triple deep, simply slide in a grain bag over the single to...
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    Re: The self-sustaining mating yard

    Mike.

    Just wondering why use 4 mini config when u could use a 3 - 3 deep config with similar results with no special frames to build? just wondering y 4 half combs vs 3 deep conms?
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    Re: The self-sustaining mating yard

    I have lots of 4 frame nucs wintering atm. MP uses a 4 way nuc method on half framres as mating nucs. Wondering if an deep super with 3- 3 frame nuc doubled deep might be better. then the 4 half...
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    The self-sustaining mating yard

    Hi all,

    I like to discuss a thread on self sustaining mating yards as the thread says. I'd like to talk about 4 way mating nucs and how to over winter them vs 3, 3 frame deeps, other...
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    Re: Feeding cell building colonies.

    Hi all,

    When feeding honey to cell builder I use as Br. Adam suggested and use 2/3 honey to 1/3 water. I cant remember why he advocated feeding honey vs sugar syrup I'd have to pull out my copy...
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    Grain bag inner covers

    Hi all,

    Working on making up my winter nucs atm. Using deep boxes with solid divider down the center to make 2 4 frame nucs side by side. About 1/3 of my bottom boards are made up now to have...
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    Ben Harden Method / Modified

    Decided to use the Ben Harden Method to rear queens. I run my hives with a 3 deep set up for broodnest. Can someone help me out with proper set up for this method? Should I just put queen in...
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    Re: 4 Frame Nuc boxes

    I like the reversible bottom board idea guys I have a plan in mind for them. Thanks for the info and ideas.

    Clay
  22. Re: Thinking of sending wax out to be milled to foundation....

    >>So the question is, how many sheets do you get (roughly) per kg/lb of wax?

    For deep foundation you get about 8 sheets of foundation per pound.

    Clay
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    4 Frame Nuc boxes

    Hi all,

    Planing on making 4 frame nuc boxes from deeps with 1x division down the center. Is there a good reason why ppl make specialized bottom boards for these? Seems like screwing a piece of...
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    caucasian queens

    Hi all,

    Can anyone tell me where to get caucasian queens/ bees? Trying to avoid mutt stock if possible? I'd appreciate any help in finding them. Thanks.

    Clay
  25. Re: How many times do you think I can split my hives safely?

    Well an obvious time to split would be when bees are naturally inclinde to do it. Swarm season and summer months all would be a good start.
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