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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Thanks for the link Oldtimer. When doing cutouts and swarms with comb under the eaves of houses, I've often noticed the so-called "Y's" in the comb start tilting to one side in more of a spherical...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Same here, using 4.9mm starter strips. Usually cutting full sheets of deep into 4ths. I recently started wiring the frames, especially those 3rd and 4th boxes for extraction purposes.
    Do you...
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    Tim, that's what I was thinking. And although I read through this topic pretty quick, it doesn't seem that anyone else commented on this.
    All 5 of my 3-4 deeps made it through the winter here in...
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    Re: Triple Deeps, Benefits of Larger Hives

    That's what I do by moving a couple brood from below and then placing stores on either side, then replace the space with small cell foundation or small cell starter strips. I only maintain 14...
  5. Re: Sustaining Treatment Free - How Many Colonies Do You Need?

    Thanks Tim. Good thoughts and now you've got me rethinking even the use of starter strips. Plastic would help with the extracting and support issues using my own wax. I'm still building up here...
  6. Re: Sustaining Treatment Free - How Many Colonies Do You Need?

    Tim, you may have addressed this in prior posts, but what if any foundation are you using? Are your hives regressed to small cell?
    I've got 9 hives, 4 of which are in 3-4 deeps. Trying to get...
  7. Thread: Off the wagon

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    Re: Off the wagon

    Thanks for the reply OT. I agree with the "who know" if its a factor, but might be something to consider if there's enough left to combine into a strong hive or two. The only time I've used queen...
  8. Thread: Off the wagon

    by wissler
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    Re: Off the wagon

    OT, as an aspiring new treatment free beekeeper, I've got to ask. How large are your hives and do you practice unlimited brood nests? I've skimmed through this thread and apologize if you already...
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    Re: Treatment-Free, Summer 2013, How's it going?

    Into 3rd year treatment free. No hive losses, and started the year with 4 hives that made it through the winter all with unlimited brood nest (3-4) deeps. With swarms and splits up to 10 hives now....
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    Re: Post catch routine

    Having caught 3 swarms earlier in the year and loosing 2, I finally wised up. If captured and placed in a nuc or hive body, use a queen Includer between the bottom board and hive body. I even used...
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