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    Re: Supply List for Assembling Frames?

    Ross's jig photos includes a very useful tool if you are going to assemble a lot of frames, a pneumatic nailer. You can get a pretty good nailer and air compressor at Harbor Freight. I picked one...
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    Re: 2 Entrances?

    I am running both bottom and top entrance. I keep the top entrance small (about 1/2 inch) and adjust the lower entrance according to the time of year and whether there is a dearth.

    Out of 3...
  3. Re: For those who use the Testors paint pen..

    I use the Sharpie oil-based pens. After marking, I leave in the tube for about 5-10 minutes before returning her to the hive.

    I don't remember whether I washed the queen clip and marking tube...
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    Re: Animal husbandry success - Yea

    Looks like a big group!
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    Re: Bees in the house!!!!!

    Great story, and nice follow-up about your cat!
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    Re: Hints on spotting the queen

    When I am looking for the queen I assume she will NOT be on frames that are almost 100% stores or almost 100% capped brood. That is usually the case, so I don't spend time looking for her where she...
  7. Re: Would you put an entrance above queen excluder?

    @Sally: I prefer your idea of adding a shim vs. drilling holes in boxes. I have both top and bottom entrances on all hives. Just keep the top entrance pretty small (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide), and...
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    Re: Trapout with queen excluder

    @johnwratcliff: Do you have the trapout going to a box with frames, with the box equipped with the queen excluder on the exit opposite the trapout?
  9. Re: Going to give grafting a go tomorrow...

    Check out David LaFerney's post on grafting. Good tips.
  10. Re: Small cell bees can crawl through the venting slots in my helmet.

    Sounds like you need to duct tape some #8 wire cloth over your helmet. :lookout:
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    Re: Pics from 3rd inspection

    Nice pics of the queen. Didn't see any drones, so the queen looks huge next to the workers.
  12. Re: Cleaning propolis off of your extracting equipment?

    Have you tried food grade mineral oil. No experience, but it might be soluble with propolis. You can get a small bottle pretty cheap at Walmart.
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    Re: Would you take this free hive?

    I would take the frames, wrap them in freezer paper & put the freezer. Then get the bees lined up, take the frames out the night before you load the bees.

    Looks good.
  14. Re: Nuc installed a month now has a queen cell

    If you have a queen, Yes.

    Likely you still have your queen, but I would like to have seen here if I were you.
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    Re: top entrance

    @Jayoung21: When using the imirie shim, does one make the box height shorter by the thickness of the imirie shim?
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    Re: top entrance

    I have 3 colonies that have top and bottom entrances. One uses both, with more using the top entrance. The new one uses the bottom entrance more, but also uses the top entrance. The third does not...
  17. Re: So What if you Do make them Hopelessly Queenless?

    @Brad Bee: why are you pulling your queen out, and what will you be doing with her?
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    Re: I think I caught a swarm today!

    Dinky with a laying queen is OK by me!
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    This afternoon saw several locust tress starting their bloom. Poplar buds are still tight.
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    I saw one locust in bloom on the Balto. beltway, near the Lock Raven Blvd. exit (north side). I am feeding 1:1 on two of my hives (last week I was thinking we were between nectar flows), but will be...
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    Re: Foundationless and Heat

    As long as the bees have a water source they will keep the inside hive temps below 100 via air conditioning, an idea they stole from man. :)
  22. Re: Which frame type to purchase for foundation-less? Groove or wedge?

    I don't think it matters for foundationless; the bees usually don't draw to the bottom. I made the mistake of buying groove top; that's ok if you are not ever using foundation. Unless you are sure...
  23. Re: Open the hive early morning/early evening?????

    Mid-to-late morning seems best according to my experience. Many foragers are out, and the nurse bees don't seem to mind my visits.
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Seems like an odd year. The red bud, cherries and pears are wrapping up the bloom here. There are dandelions, but clover has not started. Of my 3 hives, I left a feeder on only one. Last week the...
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Poplars here have flower buds formed, but look to be 5-10 days from blooming. Black locusts started to leaf out last week.

    Thanks all for the reports.
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