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    Re: Hive Painting or Thompson Water Seal

    I've used Thompsons, the wood turned a nasty color, I suppose from mildew, I repainted them with water based paint and it adhered good and looked much better. I didn't use Thompsons for long. I run...
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    Re: Do bees have better health in a TBH ?

    I have a number of both types of hives, each have their own pros and cons, but it is my opinion that you got lucky and got some true survivor bees. As one poster indicated a swarm from a managed hive...
  3. Thread: Coldsnap

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    Re: Coldsnap

    No reason to worry, the bees can handle that with no problem.
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    Re: How did my bees survive ! ?

    DITTO
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    Re: Amazing feral brood pattern

    That's the kind of bees I like, survivors, dark, and prolific. I'd also suggest splitting. They look like my bees which have a lot of carni traits. So the possible down side is they need early...
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    Re: foundationless frames

    Deeps yes, mediums no. JMO
  7. Re: $10 to make a vaporizer, so why buy one for $190?

    I agree, for many of us are retired and beekeeping is a hobby, so the time it takes to make something is part of our recreation, I wouldn't say our time has no value, maybe no monetary value. I'm not...
  8. Re: First Spring Inspection of Hive: disaster and hive was pretty hot...

    I agree with AR they need room now. Once they get in the swarm mode it will be too late to change their "mind" without doing a cut-down split.
  9. Re: Getting bees NEXT spring - how to become sustainable?

    I'll let more experienced beeks weigh in on most of your questions but a couple of things stick out. I sell a few nucs, I do not sell packages because I've found a new beek will most likely kill them...
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    Re: What size for a swarm trap ?

    I would think a 5 frame deep would be large enough.
  11. Re: $10 to make a vaporizer, so why buy one for $190?

    I have the same unit as pictured, hooked it to my truck battery with gator clips and it would get really hot fast ( like one minute ) I added forty feet of number 18 wire, now it takes two and a half...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    I made the multiple queen comment before I knew it was your hives. Actually I experimented on two hives with your system last year, I'm about as far southeast as you can get, I usually get about 60#...
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    Re: Marking the Queen

    I learned the hard way to catch her with a queen catcher and sit in my truck with the windows up, if I lose her she'll be right there on the window glass. I would also let her start laying first, if...
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    Re: Rendering Beeswax from Brood Frames

    I stopped melting the brood comb, just not worth the trouble. But if you do, cheryl1's method is the best.
  15. Re: Beekeeping Methodology, Definitions, and Repeatedly Beating a Dead Horse

    I think you have it about right. The vast majority of folks on the forum make posts to help others that have questions and are truly giving back for the help they have received from others on and off...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    Yeah it's nice to see someone that wears the pants in the family, I sure don't. The only honey that gets in my house better be in jars, then she sells that and keeps the money.
  17. Re: How far away from bee yard to place bait hive?

    I keep a couple of old boxes with a comb in them at the apiary and a couple about 1/4 mile away. Bees seem to like to go some distance away from the hive before settling into a new home. About half...
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    Re: 2 queens in one hive

    Glad you started a tread on this. I'm trying divided deeps under double five frame nuc boxes with a queen in each side in a double 5/5 configuration, in hopes of producing over-wintered nucs for sale...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    First question I would ask is , how many queens in each stack.?
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    Re: drones in surplus!

    I have the same "problem" with my foundationless hives, I have found that it just means I have healthy bees with plenty of resources, and it is excessive early in the season and tapers off later. I...
  21. Thread: queen cells

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    Re: queen cells

    Many times when you see queen cells they have already swarmed. Even if the queen is still in the hive they are most likely already in the swarm mode and will swarm soon. If you destroy all the queen...
  22. Thread: Angry bees

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    Re: Angry bees

    Most beekeepers here wear long sleeves and a veil and usually gloves. The ones you see wearing no protective gear are the exception not the norm. Also not all of our bees are calm.
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    Re: Age of e-cell larvae?

    That will keep you awake at night for awhile, I would keep the queen and see how she does.
  24. Re: First look inside hives in Eastern Iowa. 5/5 survive.

    They are in the buildup mode and will use the pollen as fast as it comes in. Reading between the lines I think you are using deeps for brood and mediums for supers, and they are in 5 over 5 deeps at...
  25. Re: how long before they forget their queen?

    If the original hive has some capped brood, just add those to boost the population, I find the nurse bees are not a threat to the old queen, I just place the frames in an empty for a few minutes to...
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