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  1. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Niel, I posted this thread on the custom OJ Blount hive setup I'm using awhile back. Hope it helps.
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  2. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    The bees in my hives took care of cleaning their bottom boards about 50% of the time. However, I never knew which hives were good housekeepers and which weren't without tilting the hives (which was...
  3. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    That's why I sealed the compartment so the wind, rain and bees couldn't get in there and the DE so far has worked great at killing the wax moth/SHB larva as well as the mature SHBs that fall through...
  4. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I switched to SBBs because I got tired of cleaning the solid boards which for me was no easy task to even inspect when you have 3-4 boxes on top of it. However, I also have a sealed compartment under...
  5. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Hi squarepeg! Thanks for starting this great thread! I implemented Walt's checkerboarding strategy with my 9 hives the 3rd week in January and hopefully I'll have better luck this year minimizing...
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    Re: Beetle Baffle Review

    Now that the Beetle Baffle has been around for another season, does anyone have any positive experience with them working or should I just keep using my beetle blasters and screened bottom boards...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Thanks squarepeg for all the great info!!! I'll have to PM Walt to get a copy of his manuscript.
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Thanks squarepeg, I'll make sure I use the deepest comb I have for the "brood" comb. The only problem I've had with extracting from brood comb is when I run across capped drone cells. But now I just...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    squarepeg, quick question. Walt refers to using empty brood comb in his articles when applying his nectar management protocol. I use one deep and one medium as my brood chamber and all mediums for...
  10. Re: Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    Thanks neighbor! If Dadant makes SC foundation for a lot of the supply stores, then I'm glad I decided to go with Dadant. Hopefully, they keep the best to sell to their customers. :D
  11. Re: Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    Thanks everyone. Great info!! For what it's worth, I'm going with Dadant and their grooved bottom rail frames (to minimize hiding places for the SHBs). Not too worried about shipping costs as I will...
  12. Re: Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    Thanks for all your thoughts! GaryG, you make a good point regarding cold weather and foundation. I was planning on driving to Dadant's Florida store to pick them up, so cold weather shouldn't be an...
  13. Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    I'm getting ready to buy 100 deep frames (unassembled), 100 sheets of deep frame small cell foundation and 50 sheets of medium frame small cell foundation. I've been doing some research and even...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    Squarepeg, thanks again for your thoughts and I'll definitely have to check out Walt Wright's book!! As far as foraging down here goes, the goldenrod is just winding down now but the asters are still...
  15. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    This is a great thread!!!
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    I've also noticed a lot less bearding than before I started using them. However I simply order Rossman's cypress slatted racks and pick them up when a bee symposium comes to town to avoid shipping...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    squarepeg, why are you putting an empty medium of comb under the single deep brood box?
  18. Re: Anyone own a Dadant M00505 Deluxe Solar Wax Melter

    I like it. It's a nice, easy to make design. However, my plan is to grow to about 15-20 hives and I need a somewhat larger unit. This year I pulled and subsequently sold over 700 lbs of honey at...
  19. Anyone own a Dadant M00505 Deluxe Solar Wax Melter

    I've been researching the various economy style solar wax melters available from the various bee supply stores and this Dadant deluxe model has really caught my eye. It's a few more dollars than the...
  20. Re: Recent experiences with Rossman Apiaries?

    I have bought cypress woodenware and bottling products from them and have nothing but high praises for them. I have never had a bad experience with them and the products that I don't drive down to...
  21. Re: Would Bee Source be open to a forum for states?

    Well said Daniel. However, if I might add if it is not too much to ask, may I put my 2-cents in for a Deep South forum as well since our overall climate down here is somewhat different than that of...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    It took another week, but the GR is finally blooming down here near Montgomery as well. Now I don't want to jinx anything, but it sure looks like with all the GR and asters popping up around here...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    Down here near Montgomery the goldenrod is just getting ready to bust out. All we need is a good rain to get them blooming. As far as production goes, the honey flow has been pretty good for us this...
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    Re: Goldenrod in West Georgia

    Here near Montgomery AL, the tall variety is still green. We usually pull any extra honey from the hives just before it blooms in September and let the ladies have all they can pull from the GR and...
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    Re: The best beehive Cover

    I use a ventilated top on all my hives like Michael Bush references and it works great. It acts as a feeder, ventilator and observation deck just in case I want to take a quick glance at the ladies...
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