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    Re: thermally modified wood

    Nice post [ilhpet! Thank you!

    I really like thermo-treated sugar pine for it's dimensional stability. It almost doesn't warp, which is nice if you are making large runs of deep brood boxes.
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    Re: Ultra Breeze hood alternative?

    Or I'm getting so old I fart pine needle smoke.
  3. Re: Anyone have better, more detailed plans for the Miller Type feeder?

    I think old Dr. Charles Miller would sing high praises for Don the Fat Bee Man's modification of the Miller feeder! It is indeed a good design, and seems to have conquered the issue of drowning bees.
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    Re: Beehive Plans on Beesource

    Hello deBeaupre, and Welcome to Beesource!

    The idea is to have "beespace", between 1/4 and 3/8 inch between each frame. Beespace is the amount of room it takes for 2 bees to pass each other...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Don't forget to add $3million for potential lung / nerve / respiratory damage / other future damages, and punitive damages as well. Your attorney will have advice on amounts, etc. I hope you take...
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    Re: 4KC--My little jar cell experiment!

    Get some kind of drill or hole saw just a bit larger than the jars' diameter and make up a queen bank frame. The holes are all in the lid, right? seems like it should work.
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    Re: 5 frame versus 8 frame hive.

    As a breeder / queen rearing specialist, I use 5-, 6- , 8-, and 10-frame boxes, and make "hive dummies" - empty wooden boxes the size and shape of drawn comb frames - to control cluster size-to-hive...
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    Re: Robber Screen vs Trap-Out

    BA - for nuc's I'd use a simple offset rectangle robbing screen. The top and sides are in the same plane, the bottom bar is attached to the front of the sides. The critical aspect of it is that...
  9. Re: Where is the Best Place to buy frames and foundation

    I make my own, but I do check prices in case I want to expand quickly. Most commercials are using plastic foundation in wood frames, although I probably have every combination known, that is what I...
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    Re: how soon to find queen cells

    Oh, I see. Wait 4 days. Check the queenless hive for queen cells. Destroy these - EVERY LAST ONE of them. Feed them a pollen substitute patty, and thin syrup. Then give them a frame of open brood...
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    Re: How many Hives does it take

    You need at least 6 strong hives for support colonies to run one large, boosted cell finisher. These typically run two frames of 48 queen cells, but you will not have enough bees to fill all those...
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    Re: how soon to find queen cells

    Is the title your question? Often, first year colonies won't build queen cells. It's getting late in the year, but a swarm could still happen if they are still bringing in lots of pollen and they run...
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    Re: Adding a Nuc to a weaker hive

    Good advice, Tank.

    You could alternately just go ahead and treat for mites, feed the spotty colony a Tylan patty or a Terra patty for a month, and decide later. As Tank says, if they come up, it...
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    Re: 4KC--My little jar cell experiment!

    I like your trailer line, aunt betty. "Internet credibility is an oxymoron" reminds me of "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help", which is not exactly an oxymoron, until one calculates the...
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    Re: Ultra Breeze hood alternative?

    The hood is definitely removable. I farted in on and the hood came off. Now my hair stands straight up, I have 2 new nostrils, and the bees are dead.:eek:
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    Re: thermally modified wood

    I use it a lot, and treat it with boiled linseed oil. My mentor made some hive boxes in 1973, soaked them in 50% mineral spirit + 50% boilded linseed oil for 3 minutes, and has only painted them...
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    Re: Small steam cleaning unit-hand held?

    Another idea is to go to a home brewing supply house and get some of their chemical cleaners. One rinse for 3 minutes does it, you can pour from one bucket to another, and they do come out sterile....
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    Re: Drone Question

    Incidentally, Lauri Miller posted a great idea. She installs half a worker cell foundation vertically in the frame and lets the bees draw drone size comb on the outside edges. For mite control, she...
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    Re: To add a super?

    Watch the entrance for bees coming in with pollen on their back legs. If you see lots of pollen coming in, put the box back on. They will probably draw out comb if pollen is coming in. If you see...
  20. Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Hello Mike, I'll put it this way - Wintering starts now, in mid-July. As the nectar and pollen flows dwindle, the robbing screens go on ahead of time, and we begin feeding pollen substitute patties...
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    Re: Ideas for keeping cool in a full suit?

    A computer fan installed between the shoulder blades on the back of the suit, with a little battery pack in a leather pouch on the belt, does not cool you much, but really reduces the amount of...
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    Re: Dearth feeding?

    Pyro - you might benefit from reading Randy Oliver's website, www.scientificbeekeeping.com - the first article in the bee nutrition section about comparison test of all the pollen substitute patties....
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    Re: Loosing queens

    In continuing along the lines that Rusty wrote, you could go with only 9 frames in a 10-frame box. That sure reduces the probability of killing a queen, and you'll probably be squishing fewer...
  24. Thread: Goldenrod?

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    Re: Goldenrod?

    I'd love to get seeds from "Flat top" goldenrod. Also looking for a Silver Linden tree, a.k.a. basswood, and any other late-season honey / pollen plants that help delay robbing season. Please PM me...
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    Re: Beekeeping, there's an app for that?

    Make an app for that and I'll sell you some e-toilet paper. :waiting:

    How about an app that calculates how fast I'll go broke for having become a beekeeper? :s

    I do notice that the "beekeepers"...
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