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    Hi Elsa, I would recommend getting involved with...

    Hi Elsa,
    I would recommend getting involved with a local bee association. These beekeepers can advise you on what bees do well in your area.
    Here are two I found by googling:...
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    Robber Screens

    The bees reminded me, rather pointedly, today that I had neglected to put robber screens on all the hives.
    It was a beautiful day and the bees were taking cleansing flights. I went to the first...
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    Hi Gilman, Extruded foam is solid and doesn't...

    Hi Gilman,
    Extruded foam is solid and doesn't exhibit the beads the other styrofoam does.
    The sheet we bought came from Lowe's.
    Jon
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    The blue extruded styrofoam we make our mini nucs...

    The blue extruded styrofoam we make our mini nucs from have shown no deterioration from the elements (including ultraviolet). The commercial mini nucs I have looked at looks like small beads. I tried...
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    I use Minis made from extruded styrofoam. They...

    I use Minis made from extruded styrofoam. They are unpainted, but have a clear plastic covering on both sides. Will removes it from the inside, but is inconsistent removing it from the outside.
    I...
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    Making your own mini nucs is simple. The ones I...

    Making your own mini nucs is simple. The ones I make cost me $1 ea if you make all 16 you can get from a sheet.
    I install a full sheet of foundation in the frames. Three of these will fit in a...
  7. Thread: SHB Trap

    by Jon McFadden
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    Mel and Sonny developed a very successful trap...

    Mel and Sonny developed a very successful trap that they use in conjunction with nematodes to control the beetles in their apiaries. These traps are presented in the Arkansas State Beekeeping class...
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    I assume it is used as a guide. The guys I know...

    I assume it is used as a guide. The guys I know that use this method just drag a hive tool down the comb.
    One step you can take to eliminate older brood is to destroy all capped cells after 4 days....
  9. Thread: nosema?

    by Jon McFadden
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    Disecting the mid-gut of several bees can confirm...

    Disecting the mid-gut of several bees can confirm nosema.
    At this time of year, about the only thing you can do is to have the hives facing south and the entrance clear so cleansing flights are...
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    The idea is to horizontally suspend the cells in...

    The idea is to horizontally suspend the cells in the position queen larvae would be oriented without the hardware cloth so that the cells are at least 1" above the top bars.
    Additional equipment...
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    I wait for a swarm and install them. If you want...

    I wait for a swarm and install them. If you want more, make splits from the first one. I tried feeding one and what a difference that made. They drew down every bar really fast and straight.
    Here...
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    Hi Steve, We leave the queen cell in the parent...

    Hi Steve,
    We leave the queen cell in the parent hive until it is capped. We then move the cell to a baby nuc with about 2 cups of bees.
    Care must be taken to gather supercedure cells, not swarm...
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    Follower Board w/Boardman Feeder

    Here is a link to KTB hive with a Boardman feeder. This works really well mounted in a follower board.
    http://www.beeworks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=451#451
  14. Thread: How deep?

    by Jon McFadden
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    Hi Dennis, Scott McPherson had a simple design...

    Hi Dennis,
    Scott McPherson had a simple design he and I discussed to great length. His design was based on 1x12's. He would use 2ea 1x12's for the sides and a modified 1x6 for the bottom. The 1x6...
  15. Thread: Shb

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    Two of the guys from the beekeeping association I...

    Two of the guys from the beekeeping association I belong to developed a trap and management system to control SHB. Their system was published in Bee Culture several months ago. Dave at beeworks...
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    I use followers in my KTB hives. I discovered an...

    I use followers in my KTB hives. I discovered an additional use for them this year when I hived a new swarm.
    I had planned on making a feeder out of the follower, but decided on a simpler solution...
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    Hi Rob, Yes, the grate provides a place for the...

    Hi Rob,
    Yes, the grate provides a place for the air to get to the fuel evenly.
    Jon
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    I use a wiring board and embedder to prepare my...

    I use a wiring board and embedder to prepare my frames. A 6/12 Volt battery charger supplies the current for the embedder. I use a wiring board similar to the one described by nsmith1957. The only...
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    Beehives normally use box joints. To use a scroll...

    Beehives normally use box joints. To use a scroll saw would be very time consuming since each one would have to be cut individually.
    Cutting a dovetail would be more practical, since you could...
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    Small update. I talked to Mel and Sonny tonight...

    Small update.
    I talked to Mel and Sonny tonight at the club meeting. Apparently they had some problems mailing out the information because of the large file size. They have given me more pictures...
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    They are not trying to sell it. I just don't want...

    They are not trying to sell it. I just don't want to "steal their thunder". As soon as I have a chance, I will try it out. One of the requirements is to have hive beetles which I haven't found in my...
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    Small Hive Beetle Treatment

    After several trials and modifications, two members of the bee club I belong to, Foothills Beekeepers Association have been successful in reducing the number of Small Hive Beetles in hives.
    The...
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    I haven't done anything special. This is my first...

    I haven't done anything special. This is my first year with a TBH. Here are some pictures:
    http://nordykebeefarm.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=6
    Jon
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    This sounds more like a poll. :-) I used 19",...

    This sounds more like a poll. :-)
    I used 19", too, and for the same reason others have given; same length as the langstroth.
    Jon
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    If you haven't tried a video for instructions,...

    If you haven't tried a video for instructions, let me recommend one. Dave makes it look easy (and it is). His instructions include the subtle things that make the difference between success and...
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