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    Re: Oxalic acid application method

    The application is 5 ml between each seam. That not per deep. You want to cover a lot of bees and they will spread it around.

    I do mine in December when the colony is broodless. You would have...
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    Re: Need a more definitive plan

    I like to keep my hives next to hay yards. They are not sprayed like corn and soy are sprayed. Your place sounds great for bees. Wooded areas give the bees lots of spring forage. I hope you have...
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    Re: Need a more definitive plan

    Congratulations, you are on your way to a successful beekeeping career. You have passed your first test in getting your nuc to survive this long. You could split now and make another nuc and a small...
  4. Re: Interior Humidity Buffering with End Grain Hive Covers (Condensaition Avoidance)

    Put some feet on the bottom add oil, mineral or vegetable your choice, and use that great cutting board in your kitchen. I saw a youtube video where a woodworker left his end grain cutting board...
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    Re: Still thinking about wintering.

    If you discount the thermal mass of the full outer frames you may be hurting the hive rather than helping it. You can insulate the whole exterior of the hive. Sometimes our help is a hinderence to...
  6. Re: Moving bees from bait hive to bee yard on same property

    You can move any hive any distance by simply forcing the bees to re-orientate. What I've used that has worked for me is using a piece of plywood, a bottom board a top cover or anything that forces...
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    Re: Splitting supers and warping lids

    I second what Coal Reaper said about end grain not being a very sturdy joint. You may be able to remove and repair these boxes as kaizen mentioned. I also use Titebond 3 for outside projects....
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    Re: Remedy for a nuc with a laying worker?

    If you had 10 trees in a row and the wind blew one of them over, would you remove it or just stake it back up?

    Your laying worker colony is kind of like that one tree.

    But if you combine it...
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    Re: Rearranging frames in brood supers

    The bees draw the frames they need as they need them. They want the brood nest in the center and If you rearrange them the two separated groups would die in the winter. Do not rearrange them.
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  10. Thread: Hive Absconding

    by jbraun
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    Re: Hive Absconding

    Diatomaceous earth kill ALL soft soft bodied insects. If you want to control SHB you need to use it AWAY from your bees. If you use corregatted sign board with one end capped the SHB will crawl...
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    Re: Non-graft frame in progress

    Well, you've got my attention but I'm sure I'm missing some steps. Do you use a grafting frame? Or do you insert your cell cups directly into a frame with closed brood on it? That's what I was...
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    Re: Non-graft frame in progress

    Not to be picky beepro but wouldn't these cells be better placed on the frame opposite the pollen frame? Isn't the pollen frame outside of the broodnest?
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    Re: First time removal. Am I over my head?

    Do the easiest one first then you will have more confidence for more complicated cut-outs. Most people think you will get free bees by doing this WORK for them. It's work and you may or may not get...
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    Re: Want to move a few hives...

    You will find that inside of a vehicle the bees will be at the windows trying to get out. You and passengers are of no interest to them. Other than being a distraction because you see a moving insect...
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    Re: Managing others hives

    I had a woman ask me to keep bees at her property. She had 7-10 full hive set-ups. She had bees for a while but had problems with taking care of them. Similar situation, she only wanted bragging...
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    Re: What do I do with these old frames?

    I second Bee Nut's idea. I use plastic foundation and when it gets funky I just scrape the old comb and then I hit the power washer. I haven't used new wax before but I'm going to add wax before...
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    Re: How to tell when to expand

    I've got a swarm I caught in early May that's at 2 deeps and 1 super- it went on 2 weeks ago. For the last week with our heat they come out about 1:30 pm when the front gets shade and hang out until...
  18. Thread: Hive expansion

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    Re: Hive expansion

    For some reason I find this subject facinating. I read through all of Walt Wright's articles as they appeared in the Articles section of this site. He lived near the Georgia/Tennessee border so what...
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    Re: can anyone name this tree?

    My guess is this is a Catalpa speciosa or Northern Catalpa, as oppossed to Catalpa bignonioides or Southern Catalpa. Since Brad Bee is in Al he may see both species in his area but Harley who is in...
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    Re: June--July--August

    If you want to see a graphic illustration go to Randy Olivers website, Scientific Beekeeping. On the home page there is a graph that shows the ups and downs of a colony during a year. The long and...
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    Re: Laying workers problem...

    Shake them in the grass. The other 2 are not options as there may be 20 or so laying workers. If you try to combine you risk losing your queen in the good colony. If you try to add frames the workers...
  22. Re: Is there a screened solid bottom board on the market

    I second Rusty's post. I built using his plans(Thanks Rusty) and couldn't be happier after 3 years of using them.
  23. Thread: Robbing Screen

    by jbraun
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    Re: Robbing Screen

    Yes it's normal. It may take a week for them to find their path out and in.
  24. Re: Adding new 10 frame box but want to fill half way.

    I helped a friend in my club last week. He likes to use feeders on all of his colonies. He puts them on the side so he doesn't have as much spillage from the 5 gal buckets he uses. By the way he's...
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    Re: Do you paint the rim of the boxes?

    Not only do I NOT paint the edges I started to use an old paint scraper to remove the paint that always creeps onto that edge.
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