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    Re: Bottom Board Position

    African or Indian? :pk:
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    Re: Bottom Board Position

    i may compromise between the 2 and keep my 4" opening i have put in since the temps are dropping at night. I have it in the bottom open position now.. i haven't decided if i should flip it the...
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    Re: Questioning what to do

    If they are just honey combs i'd leave it what you want for the winter and harvest a few. they aren't going to build much past it this time of year anyway. harvest the rest after they are motoring...
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    Re: Deeps or Mediums

    why would you ruin good cedar by painting it.. it is naturally resistant to rot and stuff. you can hardly tell the top bar i built 3 years ago has been outside.
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    I have a few dead semi formed brood get pulled out. usually i notice at night when they drop them on the porch instead of fly them out further. Also had a wax moth larve pulled out the other...
  6. Re: Lots of nectar in hives, but no capped honey yet...

    Mine have not done much capping yet either. which is strange because they don't have much fanning either. maybe the cells aren't full enough for their liking yet.
  7. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    weird... i haven't seen drones is so long.. at least that i've noticed. and definitely not buzzing around the entrance like during the early summer. maybe they migrated north to visit
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    Re: Am I messin this whole thing up???

    Probably greedy... depends what they have stored up.
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    Re: 9 frame spacers

    Yes, or they will make funky combs that end up being like 1.5 on one frame then a weird gap. need to have them get things established before making extra space
  10. Re: Help: extending my top bar hive

    I agree it is probably easier to build a new one that is longer and wider .. 12" top width is very small.

    we made ours off the BioBees plans.. 4' long 18" top width and 6-8" bottom width. ...
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    Re: fall/winter setup with 8 frm medium

    hmm seems like it is a mute point.. looks like they moved the stores that were in the 2 3rd box combs downward
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    Re: fall/winter setup with 8 frm medium

    yea, foundationless..so it is a big blank spot. I think i might put one of the upper honey frames back into the 2nd box and take the 2 spares out and either extract them or save to feed back in the...
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    fall/winter setup with 8 frm medium

    Ok, i'm trying to figure out how to best use what i have. right now i have 18 frames drawn out in a 3 box stack. they have basically ignored the top box other than the 2 drawn frames i moved up...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    even if they don't mix hives in one package they are still taking bees from many different hives and sending them all over the country. you'd figure a larger size operation has less oversight on...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    How about bee suppliers who do a large amount of splits to make nucs and shake bees from many hives to make packages. Swapping around bees and frames to produce queens and cells. How about all...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    no one's posted foundationless pictures in a while so he has to make up his own crap to fill his need to bash the system.
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    +1 for alcohol or hand sanitizer.. comes right off.. pretty sure my queen is a Caucasian and they lay down beads of propolis anywhere they can so my gloves and hive tool are always covered in it.
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    Re: Pics from my first hive

    Nice.. looks like you could give each screw 1 turn and they wouldn't have those connections at the top. gotta love straight natural comb
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    Re: Narrow frame & extra space

    I found 9 to be too tight for my liking. even with 1.25 i left it at 8 frames centered and they are fine with it. no burr comb
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    Re: Foundationless and Drone Cells

    If you wanted to experiment you could move it to an outside position where they are more apt to back fill it.
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    I won't be wrapping mine.. we have such varied temp swings during the winter here due to being on the water. we can have 8" of snow and be melted to the grass in a few days. my gf did not do...
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    Re: Foundationless and Drone Cells

    Very typical, you have a hive with foundation that doesn't support drone cells and then you finally give them a spot to make what they have been needing.

    my whole hive is foundationless and...
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    Hmm.. good point. this is why I ask questions :) Maybe i'll just put the foam between the rails on my migratory type cover. It is not like I am in the frozen north here in RI. I have my hive...
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    Re: Insulating box idea

    hmm.. i figure the top entrance would take care of some of that. I could drill some holes in the foam too depending on what the consensus is
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    Insulating box idea

    I had an idea to use 2" closed cell foam with carpeting on one side (gymnastic flooring) as a type of quilt box. I cut the foam to fit into the hive body and the carpet to hold it in place around...
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