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  1. Thread: Hi ya'll!

    by ToeOfDog
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    Re: Hi ya'll!

    Welcome to the forum.
  2. Thread: Hi ya'll!

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    Re: Hi ya'll!

    Current county?
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    Re: Educate me on foundationless

    Make sure the hive is level side to side. Bees hang from the center of the wedge you placed sideways like a plum bob. The bottom of the comb will be where ever the plum bob points and you want that...
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    Re: Vinegar and Feeding

    To address your question, you put about a half cup to cup of cider vinegar per. You can also use vitamin C tablets. About 10 crushed 1000 mg per.

    SHB arent bad this year. Reducing entrance size...
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    Re: Question on bottom board

    you are about 600 miles north of me. With a 3/4th inch gap in the front opening the SHBs can fly past the guards and into the hive. With A 1/2" gap the SHB have to land on the strip and try to run...
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    Re: Cotton honey??

    Some one who is surrounded by 50 acres of cotton told me about the time the cotton blooms the owner/farmer air dust with insecticide. His colonies are 300' from the field. Beware.
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    I use a table saw to shave the top bar and the end pieces. This is boring and monotonous work. Plan on a break ever 30 or 40 pieces to refocus concentration.
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    Re: Is it too late to start this year?

    Here is a nuc that is about 120 miles round trip from you.

    http://dixiebeesupply.com/Dixiebeesupply/Sales__Bees_and_Honey.html

    You will have to feed them sugar this late in the flow. The July...
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    Re: Anybody use 9 frames in 10 frame lang?

    Consider this. Assume that the frames were drawn out as 10 frames in a 10 frame box. Therefore, the comb has been drawn out to a certain thickness with a 3/8" beespace between them. You now put 9 of...
  10. Re: New hives-switching to small cell foundation

    << Also, huh, wha, crap! Shaving frames down? What's that for, and how?>>

    Wanting to go SC shows you want to shrink your bees back to a natural size. Using 4.9 or SC foundation shrinks one...
  11. Re: New hives-switching to small cell foundation

    What matters is the size of the cells in the brood nest. Huber found that bee size is not determined by genetics but by the size of the cell from which the bee emerged. Therefore you want SC for any...
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    Re: Small Hive beetle traps

    <<#5 I do not agree with but that can be between just you and I:D I don't see SHB having any interest in sheets of foundation and foundationless has given me bumper crops of drone which SHB and...
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    Re: mix for paraffin dipping

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesdipping.htm
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    Re: Small Hive beetle traps

    1) Keep the colony strong
    2) Keep it queenright
    3) Limit the area to be patrolled in the summer. Don't throw a second deep with 11 frames and foundation on a small colony.
    4) Limit the size and...
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    Re: Small Hive beetle traps

    On a three compartment trap you put cider vinegar in the middle compartment. That is the attractant/bait. Regular vegetable oil goes in the two outer compartments. The theory is they drown in the...
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    Re: great questions

    Where are the ferals?? Maybe they have been adapting?

    http://kirkwebster.com/index.php/collapse-and-recovery-the-gateway-to-treatment-free-beekeeping
  17. Thread: Nosema

    by ToeOfDog
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    Re: Nosema

    The State said to heat the woodenware up to 140*F for twenty minutes to kill the spores. In the South, an enclosed car can get up to 150*F real fast. Carry the woodenware in your SUV for a week?<GG>
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    Re: Supply List for Assembling Frames?

    What happens is when you push the two bars apart it pulls the two end bars in shortening the distance. You may lose a frame or two figuring out how far is too far. Once you figure out the distance...
  19. Thread: Bottom Boards

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    Re: Bottom Boards

    Riverderwent:

    Thank you for your response. That sounds like the direction i was heading. My SBB's are an enclosed screen bottom. It acts like a solid but there is a tight fitting debris tray...
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    Re: Supply List for Assembling Frames?

    And a spreader. You spread the bottom and top bars apart about a 1/4" to 1/2"part and stick the spreader between the two. This shortens the distance for the wire. You wire the frame then take the...
  21. Thread: Bottom Boards

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    Re: Bottom Boards

    What if you owned a table saw and you were making your own SBB's? What is better for the bees in the deep South? 3/8" or 3/4"? Why?

    The way most SBB's are built there is no practical difference...
  22. Thread: Bottom Boards

    by ToeOfDog
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    Bottom Boards

    Solid bottom boards have a 3/4" and a 3/8" side. My mentor told me to always use the 3/4" side. Recently, i read the purpose of the 3/4" side was up north the hives are buried in snow and the 3/4"...
  23. Re: Put 2nd Box with Foundationless Frames on Today - What to Expect?

    wallyblackburn:

    First, decide what type of beekeeper you are. Are you small cell or large cell? Most foundationless are small cell but it appears you started with a 5 frame LC nuc. If you want to...
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    Re: SHB Larvae question

    My SBB are enclosed with an elaborate debris tray. There is a good bit of fallen wax in the tray. If you dont clean the tray weekly the wax moths will get down there out of reach of the bees and lay....
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    Re: For those who use the Testors paint pen..

    Craftsmart Paint pen.

    I rarely mark queens. The paint tip is usually dry when i do so the tip has to be primed. The tip is touched on wood numerous times to assure that there is no excess paint...
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