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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Absolutely.
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    Re: Traveling Bees?

    I would give them a day to calm down. I've worked my bees the day after they were moved out of apples, and had them explode in anger. That said, nucs aren't full size colonies.
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    Re: 4 queen system?

    Agree
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    Re: Listen to the Music

    I know what you mean. My daughter started violin at age 7, moved to viola, was principle viola at Oregon, and worked at the Juilliard School. I miss the music.
  5. Re: When to add a super...mid April or a better gauge?

    I put 2 extracting supers on my production hives just before dandelion bloom.
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    Re: Need Some Advice

    I think you had better read a queen rearing book.
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    Re: cover

    Yes
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    Re: cover

    Yes, they're inner covers, but build like the covers the OP asked about.

    They're entrance guards to keep virgin queens out of cell builders.
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    Re: cover

    Yes.
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    Re: cover

    Rim is 3/4x1 1/4 stock
    Outside dimensions: 16 1/4x19 7/8

    Front/back rails are 16 1/4 with 3/4x3/8 rabbet
    Side rails are 19 1/8
    All have 1/2x3/8 rabbet to accept the 1/2" plywood
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    Re: cover

    I build mine like this. Similar but ply is rabbeted into rim.


    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/DSC_4040.jpg



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    Re: bulk sugar

    I get waste sugar from a warehouse that deals exclusively in metric ton totes of sugar. There's often a sour/fermenting smell in the building. Nothing wrong with the sugar I get from them.
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    I think they're both biennials.


    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/scan0003.jpg
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    Re: Was this a queen cell?

    It was a queen cell, and it looks like a virgin emerged from it...look at the tip. If the bees had torn it down, and killed the pupa, the end would have been closed.
  15. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    May 10
  16. Re: Enough forage to support # of hives?

    Are you sure sweet clover was used as a hay crop? I've read that a chemical similar to cumarin is released when sweet clover is cured for hay. Causes internal bleeding in cattle.
  17. Re: Come on New England! You're almost there!

    Well, there's no doubt that insulation above the inner cover, and an upper entrance, are the most important things when preparing the hives for winter. I used to use supers full of shavings until I...
  18. Re: How do you do this - what's the trick to tipping up boxes to look under them?

    Then you shouldn't have a problem "interlooking". That's what it's called when you inspect from the bottom.

    Loosen the box to be examined. Pick up the end closest to you a couple inches. Slide the...
  19. Re: How do you do this - what's the trick to tipping up boxes to look under them?

    It's not the size of the dog in the fight.... :)
  20. Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    I have a DeWalt mounted in my bench to crosscut long boards. Nice tool!


    http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff61/frenchhill/IMG_0254_zps55e2a6fb.jpg
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    Re: Overnight split

    No, but I would add comb to the split to harvest more bees.
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    Re: Overnight split

    Remove the super and put to one side. Make your split from the top brood box...1 honey, 2 sealed brood, one open brood, one honey/pollen. Shake off all the bees. Put in empty body and fill with combs...
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    Re: The Ultimate Hive Feeder

    I assume it didn't work well. I think I remember there was a problem with the check valve...maybe sugar crystals.
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    Re: The Ultimate Hive Feeder

    Years ago there was a plastic feeding device that fit into a comb. Had a feeding chamber and a float with a valve. It was connected to a main line by a small hose. You could fit every hive in the...
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    Re: The Ultimate Hive Feeder

    Well, I go through the yard, deterring who has to be fed and how much, and feed those that need it. If they don't need anything, they don't get anything.

    If you're talking about connecting each...
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