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    Draper's super bee shipping issue

    Being the owner of a beekeeping supplies business for the last four years, I know about customer service in this industry. Draper's Superbee is one of the first companies I ever dealt with when I...
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    Re: Natural Cell vs. Small Cell

    Well, OT, being that the hives my company builds have had screened bottom boards since day one, and that we have always sold graphed sticky boards in order to monitor for varroa, {Edit}.
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    Re: Natural Cell vs. Small Cell

    I see that Barry has the same problem with Oldtimer that I always had. Oldtimer reads something and has no idea what it says. He goes on and on earlier in this thread about how I used to be so...
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    Re: Dealings with Long Creek Apiaries

    My packages ordered from Long Creek in late 2009 arrived today. They look healthy and full, although I just picked them up and haven't checked the queens yet. Mr. Winters called me and notified me he...
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    Re: Screened bottom on Warre hive

    Well, I'm sure you wouldn't leave your front door open all winter either. Should we block off our entrances for the whole winter, too? I thought we were talking about bees and hives, here.

    Apples...
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    Re: Screened bottom on Warre hive

    In order to work efficiently, as with a carburetor, a venturi has to have a particular design (round with one side cut out at angle). A square, flat, venturi would be extremely inefficient, almost a...
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    Re: We need a Warre "the People's Hive" Forum

    Imagine that...

    The bees in the ventilated, uninsulated hives need everyone to stay in the hive and keep the brood warm until the day heats up up more. The Warre is already warm, so many bees can...
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    Re: Screened bottom on Warre hive

    Since heat rises, the Warre hive is designed to the approximate size of the cluster, and there is a quilt box at the top that strictly limits the amount of air that can exit the top of the hive...
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    I started my little rant by simply responding to something that MB said to the OP (that all hives required 75-100 lbs. of stores in order to winter well).

    I agreed with the answer that MB had...
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    I already know the answer to this, but for the benefit of others reading this, how many of those hives you listed did you have a sawdust-filled quilt box on top of to insulate the hive and basically...
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    Re: Screened bottom on Warre hive

    Kelbor,

    I am not sure where you got your specs. Maybe I am misunderstanding you. The entrance specs of 18 cm2 is given on page 48 of BFA. Warre typically used an entrance of 120mm x 15mm. Our...
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    Re: Screened bottom on Warre hive

    You might be interested in this website. You don't need to buy anything to see everything (although many people have built their own hives and then purchased screened floors and/or other accessories...
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    If your bees are defecating inside the hive, they are probably sick with nosema. In the few hives that I did lose, every bee had a belly full of yuk and there was virtually none inside the hive...
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    Re: Mann Lake Frames

    Thinner top bars increase winter survival rates by lessening the distance between honey stores when the cluster has to move up into the next box. I would prefer thinner top bars even though they...
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    There is a good explanation here, Adam.
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    Did you build your own hive or did you buy it? If you bought it, you should ask the builder this question, since it is likely that he/she is running the same hive and has the answer. Otherwise, you...
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    I know you are a great beekeeper, Michael, but how many Warre hives are you running?

    I'm thinking of sending you one so you'll try it. It's like you said on your site about small cell. Anyone can...
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    Re: Sping installed package -- All bees died --

    Last year's weather was not typical. Temps were mostly way above average. This year's weather has been somewhat colder than average, but much more "normal" than last year. Your right, last year...
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    Re: Sping installed package -- All bees died --

    I agree with Bluegrass. It is up to all of us (package purchasers) to have good communication with our suppliers and delay the shipments of bees when the weather is poor. April 12 was too early to...
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    Re: How many bars for wintering

    Just wanted to point out, Michael, it is not the same as with any hive. In order to winter bees in a Warre hive while leaving that much in stores, the hive would have to be 4 boxes tall. Bees winter...
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    Re: Octagon TBH

    I can't edit my post 5 minutes later??

    Anyway, I will just never understand people who look at a hive and think "Gee, I can't do this" or "I can't do that" It always sees to be about the...
  22. Thread: Octagon TBH

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    Re: Octagon TBH

    This design of hive is for people who want their bees to survive harsh winters. For all of you living in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusettes, North Dakota, Wisconsin,...
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    Re: More Warre Discussion

    I apologize for my confusion. I had been under the impression, for some time now, that "supering" a hive meant adding a box for surplus honey to the top of the hive and that "nadiring" was when a box...
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    Re: Am I the only one who...

    I think Adam has the right idea. You should look for ways to cool things down in the hive(s). I don't run KTBHs, but I've seen where 3 holes are drilled in each top bar near the center, allowing for...
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    Special permits for fixed comb hives?

    Hi All,

    Just wanted to post this as a point of interest. I had not heard of this before.

    A gentleman called me yesterday to ask me some (more) questions and to inform me that he had taken my...
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