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    Re: Hive beetle problem

    Put a hard surface underneath and around your hives. Put a bottom oil trap on all of your hives including splits, such as the West or Freeman traps. Dispose with inner covers. Move them to full sun...
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    Re: Swarm or supercedure?

    Thanks for the encouragement, everybody. Dang I am SORE. I first had to build equipment: 2 stands, 2 shims for my Allen beetle traps, 2 3-chambered queen castles, division boards for said castles (I...
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    Re: Swarm or supercedure?

    Ravenseye, you said it! I did divide the cells so that I end up with two nucs out of the deal (put one cell frame up top with its own entrance and a couple of brood frames, then an excluder, then a...
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    Re: Swarm or supercedure?

    Recounted from photos, and there were 15 cells on that one shallow frame, along with 6 others on various faces of frames. So number or multitude of cells also indicates the story, not just position....
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    Swarm or supercedure?

    Been noticing reduced traffic over the past month in a formerly big hive. Now it's just "decent" size, plenty of bees on frames in each super (1 Deep + 4 shallows), but not crowded from box to box....
  6. Re: Best way to draw small cell on foundationless

    I had the same problem until I started using narrow frame spacing in my brood chambers. Once I fit 11 in a 10-Lang box, I get wonderful brood cells that are quite small. I spent a couple of seasons...
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    Re: Quick 'n easy quiet box lid

    Really? Great, so now I get to research what those are for. ;)
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    Re: Quick 'n easy quiet box lid

    No kiddin'! I must've watched that one a half dozen times.
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    Quick 'n easy quiet box lid

    I saw an excellent video of Billy Davis and the importance of a "quiet box" to place your bees when you're working them, keep stress to a minimum and bees out of your face. I am also keen on Michael...
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    Re: Laying patterns?

    Will unmated queens lay multiple eggs? I recently found (and dispatched) an unmated queen from late winter in the middle super of my 2-colony/2-queen hive. In truth I was running a 3-queen hive (good...
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    Re: Palmer Double Nuc

    This, I'm discovering, is a huge fundamental in beekeeping: patience and discipline.
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    Re: To stand or not to stand?

    Thank you for the snake warning! It's enough for my wife's patience that I've got honey bees all in the back yard. Adding snakes? Probably wouldn't go over so well. ;)
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    Re: To stand or not to stand?

    Hey there. Nope, not in bee school this term. But after 4 years I'm a believer that blocks will eventually sink one way or another. I do have access to free old, painted fence boards that are black...
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    To stand or not to stand?

    Every year I find my hive stand set-up wanting for one reason or another. Last year I raised my stands a minimum of 18" off the ground and put down black plastic topped with shingles underneath, to...
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    Re: Oliver Drone Trap frame

    I have run out of deep frames and put shallow combs in deep brood boxes before. The result? Pretty much the same as the Oliver Drop Trap frame (except I had worker brood with the normal band of...
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    Re: Oliver Drone Trap frame

    I haven't tried the trap yet, but thanks for resurrecting the post. Now I will in the upcoming season. :-) Check back with your results as well. To my question, will bees re-engineer cells if needed...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    Here's a couple photos of the successful screen dome idea from Dave. Bending a piece to cover both sides and the top seems to make all the difference. Last year I just extended screen on one side...
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    Re: Cleaning combs for storage

    Thanks, will do!
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    Re: Cleaning combs for storage

    Maybe put a queen excluder down below the super to be cleaned out, OC?
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    Cleaning combs for storage

    I've got a bunch of frames that I need to remove from our kitchen freezer before my wife gets ticked off at my using up so much of her storage space. How do I get the bees to clean up the combs so I...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    SNL, I tried the packing peanuts method. A big plus is that you can easily see the level of the syrup. My big boomer hive, though, started breaking down the peanuts immediately. It was a bizarre...
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    Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    So I've got a ton of plastic frame feeders my brother gave me. Robber bees are now hovering about my hives, and putting feed inside nucs and splits makes sense to me. But drowning bees in the syrup...
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    Re: Installing my first nuc. Oh my god!

    Congratulations, you made it! :-) Next time, inspect a nuc before you purchase and bring it home. Takes the worry out of it. (And if the seller discourages or doesn't allow inspections, go somewhere...
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    Communist
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Nice, Ray. THANKS! :thumbsup:
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