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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    Even if the hole saw was slightly larger, I could glue them in with silicone or gorilla glue or epoxy. Might as well try some experimenting;)
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    Re: Best time to do a cut out?

    In this situation whenever you have time, but be prepared for it to take twice as long as you think.

    For structure removals i generally calculate estimated number of hours for removal, plus add 1...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    I echo Ray. Thanks for the update and sharing.

    I may try and find a hole saw of the right size so I can inset the rings in the holes so nothing protrudes when I move my hives in and out of my...
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    Re: Update: Easy feeder/pest control

    How are the rings attached to the hive bottom? Are they in the holes, glued to the bottom over the holes? I can't see from the pictures.
  5. Re: Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    Thanks for the replies. Ill try the box idea.

    I did cut out the middle of a 5gallon bucket lid with and cut a QE to fit over the hole. Tried it today and the bees just stayed at the "top" (which...
  6. Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    I had a cutout hive abscond today, and got some cool swarm video footage. The bees clustered on a tree branch about 20' up. I was able to vacuum them up with my bucket vac, but then spent 2 hours...
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    Re: spider eating bees

    I've trained my black widows to eat only small hive beetles:D

    But I did get video of a praying mantis fighting my bees. At one point she had a bee in each front claw. She let them both go when...
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    Re: Removal triple play

    You win the prize MrBeeman.

    Don't know if the first hive died from pesticides, soapy water, or what. But a swarm reclaimed the property. This is an old farmhouse that is sporadically visited by...
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    Removal triple play

    Did 3 hive removals from the same house today. One in a wall, a 5 gallon bucket filled with very mean bees, and one where they had built comb on two windows covered on the outside with plywood. It...
  10. Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)

    If you dont set traps you wont catch swarms. If you catch a swarm then baby them through the winter since you have no bees yet. If they die with your care, they probably would have died anyway. So...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    The 9mil nitrile gloves from Harbor Freight work great, and can be run through the washing machine. Only got stung once when I mashed a bee against a comb. Been stung way more through my leather...
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    Re: 2 meter boxes: Never done one before

    This is the kind of bucket bee vac I built and use. You can build it in a couple of hours when you gather your supplies. You need 3 buckets, 1 bucket and lid per catch bucket, a bucket vac motor and...
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    Re: bee vac disaster

    Update: I did another removal today and did discover that there is a suction difference with one of my cannisters. It has less screened space on the side of the bucket, and generates more suction...
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    Re: bee vac disaster

    Just did another cutout today. Same suction settings. Same buckets and hoses. Kept checking as I vacuumed. 2 causalities in essentially 5 gallons of bees divided between 2 bucket cages. Some hives...
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    Re: bee vac disaster

    But I have vacuumed many swarms that were obviously full of honey and had no problems. I used no smoke - the bees were 20 feet off the ground. It was late afternoon and in the shade. The vacuum...
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    bee vac disaster

    I have done 20+ cutouts with my bucket bee vac and rarely have many casualities. Maybe 5 to 10. I did 3 cutouts on Wednesday and vacuumed extensively during all 3 and got the queen by vac in 2 and...
  17. Re: Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    Thanks for the replies, especially Michael. It's great to be able to easily tap such a wealth of experience.

    So the consensus is for deeps, so I will go that route to start. I will also try the...
  18. Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    I think I'm going to build some long Lang hives, but welcome advice on frame size. Should I go with medium or deep frames? I plan on going foundationless.

    I have one Lang with a deep brood nest,...
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    Re: Did you stick with top bar?

    I started with 1 KTBH in 2012 stocked from a cutout. Expanded to 10 in 2013 with swarm trapping. I now have 20, with 2 being TTBH with straight sides.

    I did add 2 langs this summer that were...
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    Re: Bees capped empty cells

    Are you sure the cells were empty? I was just reading in ABC of Bee Culture that capped cells with small holes can be a sign of American Foul Brood. Not saying that's what it is, but check some of...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    I'll take all of those stupid bees off your hands, especially the queens!
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    Mr.Beeman, you win the prize. The check arrived on Friday cut from the general fund.
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    The belfry bees are in my hive, but I never found the queen. But they have already built 7 queen cells which should hatch in a few days.

    I wound up removing the comb from the 6" gap at the bottom...
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    They want them removed to do some other repairs above the bell and to paint the tower. It really needs it.
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    Re: Bees in the belfry

    I'm going to strap on and untie the rope to the bell. Fortunately the roof has sure footing with asphalt shingles. There is a ladder up from inside, but also requires a ladder inside to get to the...
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