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    Re: Making a swarm trap

    Well I can see my NUC idea was not a good one and from everything folks have said a full deep is definitely the way to go. odfrank, what type of lure and frame configuration did you use to entice 50...
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    Re: Making a swarm trap

    Thanks Dsegrest! I'll check it out.
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    Re: Making a swarm trap

    Another great option for hanging the trap! I can't thank you all enough for all the great insights on building swarm traps!
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    Re: Making a swarm trap

    What a great concept! I was trying to figure out how to secure the boxes in the trees. I'll definitely have to add this my strategy!
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    Re: Making a swarm trap

    You all have given me some great ideas to ponder plus I'm printing out Cornell's study now. Thanks!!!
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    Making a swarm trap

    I've got a total of 12 hives in two separate locations. The past few years I've been able to catch maybe 2-3 swarms from these hives about 3-6 feet off the ground in each location, usually on the...
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    Re: What did you harvest this year?

    This is my 3rd year and have 12 hives that produced a total of 829 pounds of honey.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    For me down here near Montgomery, I split all 8 of my hives the end of March and just pulled 100+ lbs from 6 of the original hives, with a lot of uncapped honey remaining. Last year at this time I...
  9. Re: When is the best time to use a Queen Castle

    Thanks everyone! You have given me some good concepts to work with!
  10. When is the best time to use a Queen Castle

    I have two Brushy Mountain queen castles that have been sitting in my workshop for over two years and I'm feeling comfortable enough with my bees now to dust them off and maybe put them to use. They...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Started with 4 hives a few years ago and now up to 15. Would like to maintain about 20 or so. Maybe next spring I'll start raising my own queens as I have 2 queen castles I got from BM just...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Try the link again and let me know if it works now.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Yes. I saw drone brood in all the hives.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    squarepeg, I just checked my hives today after checkerboarding them (per your suggestion) in mid January using Walt Wright's strategy and all are LOADED with bees and brood without a sign so far of...
  15. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Niel, I posted this thread on the custom OJ Blount hive setup I'm using awhile back. Hope it helps.
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  16. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    The bees in my hives took care of cleaning their bottom boards about 50% of the time. However, I never knew which hives were good housekeepers and which weren't without tilting the hives (which was...
  17. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    That's why I sealed the compartment so the wind, rain and bees couldn't get in there and the DE so far has worked great at killing the wax moth/SHB larva as well as the mature SHBs that fall through...
  18. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I switched to SBBs because I got tired of cleaning the solid boards which for me was no easy task to even inspect when you have 3-4 boxes on top of it. However, I also have a sealed compartment under...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Hi squarepeg! Thanks for starting this great thread! I implemented Walt's checkerboarding strategy with my 9 hives the 3rd week in January and hopefully I'll have better luck this year minimizing...
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    Re: Beetle Baffle Review

    Now that the Beetle Baffle has been around for another season, does anyone have any positive experience with them working or should I just keep using my beetle blasters and screened bottom boards...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Thanks squarepeg for all the great info!!! I'll have to PM Walt to get a copy of his manuscript.
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Thanks squarepeg, I'll make sure I use the deepest comb I have for the "brood" comb. The only problem I've had with extracting from brood comb is when I run across capped drone cells. But now I just...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    squarepeg, quick question. Walt refers to using empty brood comb in his articles when applying his nectar management protocol. I use one deep and one medium as my brood chamber and all mediums for...
  24. Re: Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    Thanks neighbor! If Dadant makes SC foundation for a lot of the supply stores, then I'm glad I decided to go with Dadant. Hopefully, they keep the best to sell to their customers. :D
  25. Re: Which to buy: Dadant or Kelley Bee Frames and Small Cell Foundation

    Thanks everyone. Great info!! For what it's worth, I'm going with Dadant and their grooved bottom rail frames (to minimize hiding places for the SHBs). Not too worried about shipping costs as I will...
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