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    Re: pine 1x10 lumber boards

    The economics of making your own boxes is sorta complicated. Me, I already had everything I needed except a dado blade, so I'm only out about $100. Much of the lumber I use is cut-offs and scrap...
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    Re: does anyone use 11 frame boxes?

    Unless you make your own frames they won't fit in that box, it has to be 19 1/8" between the rabbets for 19" frames to go in! I've missed on measurements or machining a couple times, and believe me,...
  3. Re: New Russian Package - Listless, W/Supercedure Cells, odd behavior

    Those look like queen cups, and russian bees keep them around more than other strains. Empty as a rule, unless they want to raise a new queen.

    I see plenty of larvae in the regular cells, so your...
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    Bees can be somewhat tempermental, and some people have good luck with plastic foundation and others don't. My friend had a pile of it, and when he mixed it with wax (because he needed some frames...
  5. Thread: Brood Pattern

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    Re: Brood Pattern

    Usually the foragers are faster at bringing in pollen than the rest of the bees are at getting the comb ready for the queen. The bees won't move the pollen, only eat it, so you get "holes" in the...
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    Re: Clear liquid in cells ?!?

    Most likely the syrup as they dry it down. Won't be making a lot of honey with it, it's going to make brood almost as fast as they can take it, so it stays clear.

    You should be seeing pollen...
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    Re: Bait Hive interest/curiosity?

    I caught a swarm yesterday in a nuc box, and all I had to put in it was some ratty old frames I was going to scrape out, wax moths had been in them badly. By the time most of the bees had come down...
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    Re: More swarm advice needed

    You can do that, but I find so far that an old brood comb, even one the wax moths have been in, works better. A box that has had bees in it before is better than a new one, and open brood will nail...
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    Re: When to throw in throw towel?

    I have a hive like that, just poking along doing next to nothing, may try to re-queen to dump them out and do a split later.

    laying workers, and there are many more than one, lay sporadically and...
  10. Thread: Bottom Boards

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    Re: Bottom Boards

    The old board were intended to be used with the 3/8" side up in summer and the 3/4" side up in winter so dead bees inside the hive would not block the entrance. If you leave an upper entrance this...
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    Re: Any advice on catching swarms?

    Old brood comb and a bigger box. You can easily hive a swarm hanging in a tree in a nuc box and they will be happy, but they will rarely use a single nuc box on their own, it's too small.

    Use a...
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    Re: Swarm Returned to Hive!?!

    The bees quit feeding the queen a week or so before they swarm, I think, to slim her down so she can fly. A laying queen is too heavy to get very far. They start feeding her again as soon as they...
  13. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    You need to have a trap at least the equivalent of a deep 10 frame box, and bigger is better. The bees will usually accept any size box you dump them into so long and they actually fit, but on their...
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    Stop, No More, Quit already!

    Gave away two swarms today, third and fourth at a friends house next to her bees. Not hers.

    I'm out of equipment, out of space, and they keep on coming!

    My boss got the two in the the tree...
  15. Re: First hive(s) inspection - 8 days since installing packages

    Check that burr comb, it probably has eggs in it too. Good practice for locating them in the future.

    It is quite common for the bees to build that chunk of burr comb off the queen cage. I try to...
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    Re: robbing continues, need help

    Bees on the screen in the morning are bees trying to get back into their own hive, not robbers.

    robbing is not common in the middle of a honey flow, I see it here only in the summer dearth. If...
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    Is there such a thing as too many swarms?

    Things are moving right along here, got a swarm call this evening just in time to prevent me from getting anything useful done in the garage on bee equipment, so I had to take my experimental nuc...
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    Re: Securing foundation with bobby pins?

    Fortunately the bees only care if the foundation falls out or bulges badly. If they draw it out quickly it doesn't matter, it won't sag much before they go to work on it.

    Peter
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    Re: pine 1x10 lumber boards

    Not too bad, that's retail around here for #2 common. A better deal if they are cleaner than #2 (fewer knots).

    Stretch the lumber out by keeping the cut-off and gluing it to the side of 1x6's,...
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    Re: 1st hive inspection (lite)

    The "bald" patch is normal for plastic foundation without enough wax on it. They will probably fill it in later, I'd not mess about with it now.

    You should be getting two frames with a fairly...
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    Re: Foundationless Mix

    Foundationless in a nuc hive is likely to get drawn as drone comb, at least a good deal of it.

    I would use foundation until you have enough frames of brood you can put an empty frame between two...
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    Re: What do you think, Orientaion or preswarm.

    The bees de-orient when they swarm, and will re-orient on their new home when they find it. A good indication that they will stay put in the box you capture them in is when they orient as soon as...
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    Re: Day 7 hive inspection

    You should have young open brood -- by the time you look next week you should have capped brood, probably a couple frames since that's all the bees can cover in a new package.

    If you don't have...
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    Re: Securing foundation with bobby pins?

    It's popular here.

    I find they don't help much, especially with slotted top bars -- I've had the foundation fall out. Wedge type top bars maybe, but I wire everything. Easy enough to just run...
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    Re: Strange comb being drawn out, do I remove?

    Cut it out. Be careful not to remove the wax on the plastic foundation.

    Bees do this, especially on the space where the queen cage was hanging. Hopefully they will get the hint and build on the...
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