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  1. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Hi jake, how's your swarm hive doing? Thought about splitting it but currently out of equipment.
  2. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Thank you for the rely Michael. Looks I like I my have to go that route to get through the season.

    Dane
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    Brian, I am definitely there right now. Two hives to ten is a lot faster than I expected to expand. I didn't plan an getting as many swarm calls as I have. It really put me behind the eight ball...
  4. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Joseph,
    Thanks for the feedback. I also decided to use all medium equipment when I started last year. One of the challenges is the vast majority of bee keepers in this area only use deeps for...
  5. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    David,
    Thanks for your reply. One of the reasons I want to go to 10 frame equipment is the tough winters we have. Not sure if the 8 frame is a smart choice with our long cold winters. I plan on...
  6. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Brian,
    I kept adding boxes because they were drawing them out like crazy and as a newby with only two hives, I wanted to get as much drawn comb in inventory as possible. Now with 10 hives, I am...
  7. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Joseph,

    I was able to overwinter the two hives I started with last year in 10 frame medium equipment, I insulated the hives and made custom outer covers with insulation and cross ventilation. We...
  8. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Brian, I am limited on drawn frames as they are all in current use. Using your suggestion, would you use foundation this late or should I extract some frames and use those? Also I have some brood...
  9. Re: Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    Thomas, thanks for your reply, have you seen any problems with altering the brood chamber in this way? They do have significant stores in the lower boxes in the hive.

    Dane
  10. Converting 8 to 10 frame boxes, how to arrange frames

    I have a couple of hives in eight frame medium boxes and want to change them to ten frame mediums. I started a couple of caught swarms in the 8 frame equiptment because it was a little easier for me...
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    Re: Need advice on booming swarm

    Thank you to those that have offered suggestions.

    I decided to move the four honey frames with brood to the top of another hive where the queen has room and is staying down out of the honey...
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    Need advice on booming swarm

    11897On May 13 th I captured a large swarm that had gathered on o low lying tree. The swarm was around 10 to 12 pounds in size. I hived it in three medium 8 frame boxes with a mix of new foundation...
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    Re: Would you do this cutout?

    I haven't done any cut outs yet and have only collected swarms so far, so I value the comments those of you with experience have made. It has been my experience that people with little knowledge of...
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    Re: Is your apiary in here?

    Very nice job. Thanks for taking the time.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

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    My small apiary. Just moved a hive unto the scale to see if I can monitor the flow this year.
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    Re: Anyone in RI?

    Hey Jake, what happened to that swarm your girlfriend caught for you? I thought you were all set to go.
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    Re: Large swarm captured

    Crewdog61. I would place a box with undrawn frames on top ASAP. I caught a large swarm two weeks ago ( about 10 lbs or so) I gave them a few drawn frames and 20 plus foundation only and...
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    Re: One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    BeeGhost. Thank you for your suggestions. The only reason I am considering adding a frame of eggs is to save the local genetics. The large swArm came from a three year old hive that has over...
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    Re: One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    My large swarm started taking in pollen today so I see that as a good sign. I'll check for eggs again next Tuesday and then decide what to do. I just traded a couple of the newly drawn frames or...
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    Re: One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    Thank you to everyone that gave me feedback, I appreciate it very much. I will inspect the hive in one week and then decide if I need to add a frame of eggs.

    Thanks again.
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    One week old swarm. Need advice please.

    I previously posted concerning a large swarm I captured one week ago. I thought it was around 10 lbs but it my have been closer to 13 or 14. I received some great feedback on my questions so here...
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    Re: Is my swarm queen less. How can I tell?

    This was the first time I have used foundationless frames in a hive. Happy to hear you have had success.
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    Re: Is my swarm queen less. How can I tell?

    Thank you for the feedback. I will give a status report when I do an inspection later this week. Since this was my first swarm, I am on a learning curve.
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    Re: Is my swarm queen less. How can I tell?

    That is my concern. Thanks for the advice.
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    Re: Is my swarm queen less. How can I tell?

    I have two overwintered hive but unfortunately they are about 2 hours away from the location of the swarm hive so I don't have access to any nectar frames right now. Thanks for the suggestion, I will...
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