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    Re: Spehar Frames

    Very interesting. Looks like it could work. Now if they could get the price down in about 1/2 I might buy some!
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Here is a video on some Modified Dadant bee boxes I made. I used basswood. Basswood is n ot great. You need to keep them painted.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g5IGoogHi4

    I make most of my...
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    I am starting to use Alexander feeders that I made. I feed at night, no stings and I don't have to open the hive. I use 5 gallon buckets with a honey gate on the bottom side. I put that on my pickup...
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    Re: Radial Extractors - Best bang for the buck?

    If you get a radial extractor, make sure you get a motorized one! I bought a 8 frame, I think it was hand crank radial. You had to crank for a long time compared to a Kelley two frame hand crank !!!...
  5. Re: From a 1905 bee journal: How many colonies...in one location

    Yes things have changed in Iowa. Now there is more acres in corn and soybeans. Many farmers no longer have livestock....some areas of Iowa you see hardly any pasture or hay fields anymore. In 1900...
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    Re: Mann Lake Stapler

    Graham,
    I may have used Maze nails then without knowing it. I buy nails at Menards in Cedar Rapids! Thanks.
    Mike
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    Re: Mann Lake Stapler

    Thanks for the pump on Maze nails. I had not heard of them before. I will have to try and find some here in Iowa.
    I hand nail my boxes with galvanized nails. I think some people use a pneumatic...
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    Re: Mann Lake Stapler

    What size pneumatic stapler/nailer do you use to assemble the bee boxes? Do you see any difference with different brands of staplers/nailers in having nails bend?
  9. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    No, I was just curious. Thank you for the reply.
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    Re: Alexander Bee Hive Feeders I Made

    I sealed them by brushing parifin in them, then I put the fins in. It sits under the hive and you slide the box next to the back of the hive, then slide the bottom board up to the feeder. Then slide...
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    Alexander Bee Hive Feeders I Made

    Well I was reading old bee books again. I found a bee hive feeder that as far as I know you can not get any more. It is called the Alexander Bee hive feeder. I really like them so far. Quick and...
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    Re: Will AC2 treated lumber hurt bees?

    Thanks Brian, I am in Iowa. But good to know for others. Wish I could afford to do concrete instead of wood.
    Mike
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    Re: Will AC2 treated lumber hurt bees?

    I had planned to put tar paper or some sort of barrier on the dirt side.

    Mike
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    Will AC2 treated lumber hurt bees?

    I am thinking of making a bee cellar for my bees. I was doing some reading in old bee books and they made them out of wood. I was wondering if AC2 treated lumber you buy at Menards would hurt the...
  15. Re: Ideal configuration within wintering hives in a very cold climate

    Roland...when you look at a 1 deep hive that is ready for winter, do you have any frames in the middle that are empty or partially empty for the bees to cluster on?
    Or is that box clear full of...
  16. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Thanks for sharing the photos and info on the blower Roland. Does yours have the two cycle 5 hp motor or is it a 4 cycle 5 hp motor?
    Mike in iowa
  17. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Roland,
    Is the Bee blower Dadant sells like you have? I attached a file.
    Mike in Iowa
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    Just for information purposes, I found the photo I was referrring to of the man who had bees in an house F.J. Mongin near Green Bay Wisconsin had a round bee house. From 1923 American Bee Journal...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    I see what you are talking about. And the small hives. I was reading though an old American Bee Journal a couple of months ago...can't remember which one it was! Anyway they had a small story and...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    Grumpybeeman,

    What strains/breed of bee was the preferred choice with Dadants original large live?... "the Dadants swore"... What era are we talking about so we can narrow it down. Did any of the...
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    Re: Slatted Bottom Rack

    Eugene Killian and his Father used slatted racks on their bee hives for comb honey production.
    This was set in a deep 2 inch (if I remember right ) bottom board. I made some of them. Get their...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    I have made and am making some of these modified Dadant boxes and frames. I have done 3 different things on the frames at different time:
    1. Ordered them from Rossman bee supply. They don't show...
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    Re: No more wiring frames for me

    In 50 years among the Bees CC Miller used wood sticks also. He did not drill holes in the frames. He simply cut them just short the hight between the top and bottom bars, then to secure these by...
  24. Do any of you use or have an Alexander Bee Hive feeder?

    I would like to build an Alexander Bee hive feeder. I do not have one or know anyone with one. Do any of you have one and could measure some measurements for me?
    It is a bee hive feeder that sits...
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    Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Has anyone used this roofing paint on lids??
    If so how durable is it?
    Is it posion ous to bees?
    Mike
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