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    Feeding Syrup - Essential Oil or Extract?

    I've begun feeding for the fall to give my bees enough stores for winter. I've heard of recommendations to put essential oils in the syrup to make it more appealing to the bees and to help retard...
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    Re: April Inspections

    I have not started it yet. I plan to finish making the prototype and then start around June 1st.
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    Nuc Swarming?

    Yesterday on an inspection of one of my deep 5 frame nucs, I noticed two queen cells with larvae in them. I only saw 2, but there might be more. Does this mean they're going to swarm soon (they still...
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    Re: Homemade Lemongrass Oil/Swarm Lure?

    How hardy is lemongrass? I live in Virginia. How tall does it grow? If it's not hardy enough, I may just keep it inside in pots in the winter.
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    Homemade Lemongrass Oil/Swarm Lure?

    I recently found some lemongrass in a local grocery store. I was wondering what the best way to extract oil from it is. I have just broken bits of it up and smeared it on/in some bait hives.

    I...
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    April Inspections

    I've posted some pictures from a few of my April inspections on my blog (http://scottriley-bees-and-oysters.blogspot.com/).
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    Re: Short and Long queen cells

    Allen,

    How do you go about opening and closing the queen cells. I tried transferring some from a plastic frame, but the backs/tops of the cells usually stayed attached to the cell. I've heard that...
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    Re: Homemade No Graft Queen Rearing

    Do you have any pictures of these systems in use. How many queen cells do you normally get from the first method? I plan on testing mine out before the end of May.


    Scott
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    Re: Three Frame Medium Nuc Plans/Dimensions?

    Thanks, I'll probably make it a bit on the larger side to make sure the frames fit. I'm willing to deal with a little burr comb.
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    Re: Homemade No Graft Queen Rearing

    Michael,

    Not sure if this will work either, but it can't hurt.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_WS0_Pm3BST0/S-N-ZjeAhlI/AAAAAAAAACM/GQ1e0YY9iGQ/s1600/queen+rearing.jpg


    If that doesn't work, I'll...
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    Re: Square Queen Cell Protector?

    I was thinking about doing that too. I'm concerned that they wouldn't build a queen cell in every box though. I guess it depends on how many boxes I put on the frame. I'm guessing it would be no more...
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    Three Frame Medium Nuc Plans/Dimensions?

    Does anyone know the dimensions I would need for a 3 frame medium nuc? I plan on having a drilled hole for an entrance, so I wouldn't need a entrance on the bottom board. I would like a migratory...
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    Re: Square Queen Cell Protector?

    Thanks! I'm planning on putting one screen over all the little boxes when I put the queenin. Once the queen is done laying, I could put the "boxes" into a cell builder hive. Once they are capped, I...
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    Square Queen Cell Protector?

    I plan on using queen cells from a homemade system (see my blog [second post] for more details).

    Is there any way I could make queen cell protectors for the queens before they emerge (and would...
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    Newly Installed Observation Hive

    I've got a picture of the observation hive I installed for a local Nature House. The picture is on my blog.
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    Homemade No Graft Queen Rearing

    Here's a link to my idea for a graft free queen rearing system. How do you think it will work? Do you have any improvements?


    Scott
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    Re: Oyster Gardening?

    I actually don't live on a Bay, but my grandparents do. I'm living there this summer and plan on harvesting a lot of oysters. Hopefully get enough to pay for some bee supplies!
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    Re: Using Plywood to make a hive?

    How do the frame rests fair over the years? I feel like they might be a bit weaker than a solid peace of ply wood.

    I'm assuming you can make tops and bottoms out of plywood as well?
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    Re: Queen question

    What kind of queen was this? feral or purchased? What were the circumstances for making a hive out of 100 bees? And what time of year were they started?


    Scott
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    Re: Getting them to work

    I'm having the same problem. However, I think its due to the fact that I keep taking frames of brood from them for other hives, and they'll fill out this before they start to move up. I may have to...
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    Re: Using Plywood to make a hive?

    How much would a deep cost to make out of plywood? a medium? I'm just wondering if it would be worth the effort for any money saved.


    Scott
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    Re: Kelleys now sells foundationless frames

    Is there a place I can just purchase the top bars for these frames. $.95 is a bit pricey for a frame for me.



    Scott

    http://northernneckoysters.webs.com/beekeepingbonsai.htm...
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    Wax Dipping/Painting Hive Bodies

    Has anyone had any experience with just getting hot wax and some sort of brush and painting the outside of the hive for weather protection? Would you need to do this on the inside?

    I know...
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    Re: Split Maximization

    I'm trying to keep my costs down by not ordering queens. Will they be likely to swarm with this method? Or do you just remove the queen cells before they do this? What should you do with the queen...
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    Re: newspaper method

    I normally just use one single sheet.
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