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    Re: Bees "Bearding"

    I figure if the hive is getting too hot there's some simple things you can do to save the bees the work of cooling the hive down. If you're curious about how hot a hive is, why not shove a...
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    Re: Bearding?

    Yes, you usually need to have a decent amount of bees for them to be bearding, but I don't really like to see it. I makes me feel the hive is probably too small or too hot.

    The challenge with a...
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    Re: Removable Bottom Panel

    And I leave the bottom panel in all year long. This allows us to keep a constant eye on mite drops, and with 2 inches between screen and insert, it should prevent mites from climbing back up. I use...
  4. Re: ? - Developing Warre comb in advance using Langstroth hives

    I make nuc boxes to fit on top of my warré boxes and I put warré frames in there to make sure I get drawn comb that I can then move down.

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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    I didn't realize it was so difficult to source 3/8" entrance reducers. I think it's definitely a positive feature to be able to replace broken screens. Thanks Gary for the insights into the product!...
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Since posting about this I had one other beekeeper tell me about the kelly bottom board too and sent me a photo. Been interesting to see a different takes on how others solved some of the design...
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    In the end, the stainless steel mesh wasn't in stock.

    This is the design I came up with for the removable screen.
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    I think people often figure a 10 frame box is about 40L and 5 frame nuc is big enough to catch a swarm that can't find anything more optimally sized.

    Seeley, at Cornell, has spent a whole lot of...
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    I think people often figure a 10 frame box is about 40L and 5 frame nuc is big enough to catch a swarm that can't find anything more optimally sized.

    Seeley, at Cornell, has spent a whole lot of...
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    Re: Questions of an new beekeeper

    Ideally you have a diversity of drones mating with your queen. Even if your hive had drones, you would want there to be more drones from many hives in the area. If there are other beekeepers in your...
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    Re: Questions of an new beekeeper

    They almost certainly would have been raising some amount of brood long before temps hit 15. Here, I figure they were starting small amounts of brood for sure in March. I imagine in the warmer, more...
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    Re: Hive paint question

    I don't worry to much about the lip. If some of it gets painted I think it's okay.

    Bees are more receptive of certain light frequencies than others. The main advantage I can think of in using...
  13. Re: What's bad about half height frames & boxes?

    Gaps between boxes definitely are a con for the bees. They like a compact broodnest. Of course they can handle the jump when they are strong enough.

    So it's a compromise between minimal gaps and...
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    Re: Bee Behavior

    Orientation flights look something like this.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26Af7AQZimw


    Is this your first time feeding bees? In my limited experience with it, I found feeding makes the...
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    Re: Hive tool at Walmart

    I often see it being called a 'lever bar-scraper'.

    I wish it was easier to find these ones in just any old store:
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    Re: Hive tool at Walmart

    Doesn't almost every tool/paint shop have them?

    I really prefer the j-hook tools, but these can certainly get the job done.
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Good point zhiv9. Have you been able to source some?
  18. Re: Bee raft, Titanic or kitchen trivet?

    I've tried something very similar.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3714/9983703233_6d97df4e9e.jpg

    I don't think you will have any problems. I feel like they mostly walk in. They don't seem to...
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Maqs does warn it can corrode metal. I've not used the two together, but I have used other formic treatments with screened bottom boards. The last year or two I have noticed some of the mesh screens...
  20. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Is there any reason to believe it's better to solve this problem with increased air flow vs hive walls/tops that are better insulated?
  21. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    Warré himself called it a 'cushion'. Apparently the english translation used the word 'quilt' as that term existed already for a similar device in uk hives.

    Prior to all of that, there are...
  22. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    That is only one variation on the theme. I don't have a top entrance or vent holes around my quilt. I have the sense from the warré list serve that viewing the quilt as an insulator is often...
  23. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Every year someone around here will talk about shovelling their bees out so they can breath, and every year someone will reply to them 'snow does breath'. It's ice that's a problem.

    I don't know...
  24. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    So can all the water get out a single entrance on the bottom of the hive?



    Odd thing is I don't have vents...at most there's a few small cracks in the wood I have encasing my quilts. My...
  25. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    But isn't ~82% of that 40lb in the form of sugar rather than water?
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