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  1. Thread: Quilt Box?

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    Re: Quilt Box?

    I built five of them last fall and overwintered 5 out of 5 hives. So far so good on that count. They are great for feeding, though I might add some #8 screen below the feeder lid to prevent bees...
  2. Thread: Quilt Box?

    by Luterra
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    Re: Quilt Box?

    Based on Rusty's general plan I built these 4-in-1 inner covers for Pacific Northwest wet-winter beekeeping. They have a 1 1/4" space between the screen and top bars for placement of pollen/fondant...
  3. Re: I don't understand this complaint about treatment free beekeepers

    I support your farm-scape model, and I agree that a world full of diversified small farms would be better for both ecosystems and gross national happiness. Though that is of course a subjective...
  4. Re: How does this sound for a plan for re-queening a hive?

    Check eight days after you saw capped cells to make sure they emerged. You will probably find one or two cleanly emerged and the others chewed through by the first-emerging queens. The chances of...
  5. Re: Going to harvest honey tomorrow need advice

    Double deeps seem most common here in the PNW, but some commercial guys run double semi-deeps or deep + medium. People also have great success overwintering nucs or single deeps. I overwintered a...
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    Re: What's everyone using for TREAMENTS??

    I'd like to see a treatment "rating" thread here. Maybe they all work, and I'm just not doing it right with some of them.

    My observations so far...

    Thymol: Have used Apiguard and Apilife Var....
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    Re: Starting my first trap out from a tree

    Cleo is the master of trap-outs, but earlier this summer a new poster named Joseph joined the discussion with some additional tips. I combined both approaches in an attempt to maximize my chances of...
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    Re: Any idea what they are doing?

    Looks like they are fanning. Basically moving air through the hive to evaporate moisture from the ripening honey.
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    Bees got very aggressive after I removed the queen. Landowner asked me to exterminate so I reluctantly did this morning before sealing up the entrance to the tree. Next time, if aggression is a...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    I modeled my tunnel after this one:
    http://www.tsbeeshoney.com/1/post/2012/04/trap-out-at-nolan-corys-house-phase-1.html

    The tunnel is closed by a square block of wood that slips into a slot. ...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    I got the queen today! I think she came through the funnel, but it's possible she crossed into the trap three days ago before I closed the funnel and I just didn't see her then. My sample size is...
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    Re: Found my first Feral Hive Today

    That's not my blog, just to set things straight. I do have a blog but haven't posted anything there about my trap-out yet.
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    Re: Found my first Feral Hive Today

    I think Cleo is on vacation for a few days. W.T. Kelley sells his "official" version:
    https://kelleybees.com/Products/Detail/?id=33323331333733373336

    It's not too hard to make one from a nuc, a...
  14. Re: What's the biggest mistake (s) you made starting out?

    1. Failing to treat for mites my first year.
    2. Failing to treat for mites this spring, thinking a fall treatment would be sufficient. (Got them treated anyway, but it cut into our honey season.)...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    I modeled my design on this one:
    http://www.tsbeeshoney.com/1/archives/04-2012/1.html

    The only difference is that when I close off the tunnel the bees still go directly into the box rather than...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    I should have looked at the pictures on eBay before commenting - makes much more sense now. I do wonder if the same queen-capture success could be achieved using Cleo's design by closing the tunnel...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    Joseph has a few different bells and whistles in the tunnel compared to Cleo, but if I understand it his main queen-capture technique is to reopen the tunnel after closing it (with a one-way exit)...
  18. Re: Ants = formic acid, a treatment for mites, so are they so bad in the hive?

    Formic acid is a fumigant mite poision and is completely ineffective against mites at doses below the treatment threshold. A two-strip dose of mite-away quick strips contains 136 grams of formic...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    I have eight frames in the trap, all drawn and one with brood. The one with brood was 100% covered with bees, all of the other frames except the far outside one were about 30-60% covered, and the...
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    I'll keep this thread updated as the trapout progresses, as it is my first one.

    Today, 36 hours after adding the box to the tunnel, the box was 70% full of bees, with the most on the frame with...
  21. Re: Where do you get frames filled with old comb?

    Once you have a few more hives and have been keeping bees for a few years you will have frames of dark brood comb. You can get them from intentionally rotating out old comb, but you can also get...
  22. Thread: Swarm Trapping

    by Luterra
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    Re: Swarm Trapping

    Swarm trapping is always a roll of the dice. It does help to have drawn comb, especially old brood comb, in the traps, but that will be in short supply if you don't yet have any bees.
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    Re: Hogan trap out sequence

    Thanks Cleo for the quick response. I think I will take your advice of taking bees home in 3-5 lb increments. Given the modest amount of bee traffic at the entrance and the fact that we are in peak...
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    Hogan trap out sequence

    I'm starting a trap out from a five-foot diameter oak tree, hoping to use the Hogan method to get the queen.

    Goals:
    --get the queen and all (or nearly all) of the bees out
    --rob out the honey...
  25. Re: Removing and established colony from a building.

    If you want to save the colony (and why else would you take on the job?) you will need to attach the brood comb into frames on site. It really is not that hard with a sharp knife and a good supply...
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