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    Cut out lesson

    Completed my first cutout yesterday and thought I would share the lesson learnt.

    The wild hive was in the back of a couch that was on a veranda. It had been there for nearly 3 months but already...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    I think it depends on your winter temperatures and humity. If below freezing, you may not have as issue.

    We don't get below freezing and it is often wet, or foggy in the morning. So we have a lot...
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    Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    To make sure there is no doubt. I'm taking about enough wax/honey to fit into a pot that can fit into a standard oven.

    I usually only harvest from 1 hive at a time, as I have (single) hives at...
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    Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Thanks everyone. Have been mainly feeding back to the bees on the past, but with fighting and many casualties decided to heat it. Was surprised how much honey was in the pot after heating it.
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    Separating honey from wax, best method?

    When trying to separate honey from cappings or crush and strain, I've found that at least a 1/3 or more of the honey remains in the wax after straining has stopped dripping.

    I then put the...
  6. Re: Musings on one vs two brood boxes and use of excluders

    I wouldn't say I have a lot of experience with three brood boxes, as I've only done this for a couple of years, just that they can get up to three brood boxes.

    What I have seen is frames in the...
  7. Re: Musings on one vs two brood boxes and use of excluders

    The outermost frames are moved up into a new box on top to make room for the new empty frames. Done to trigger wax makers to build comb, done before and during swarm season. Makes more room in and...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    I have a 2 queen, horizontal hive, with vertical excluder in the middle that I been working for a few years. (32 deep frames.)

    Before winter I replace the vertical excluder with a solid division...
  9. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    If you have drones being raised all year round, then you can give it a go now.
  10. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    For me, 'Opening the Sides of the Broodnest' works great, can be done as soon as you see drones being raised:

    1. Move each outermost frame of a brood box up into a new box, together in the middle...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Yes, you could use a queen excluder with this method, but you really need to check on the hive a week or two later to make sure they are using the new box above it. Both top and bottom entrances...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    1. Start at least a few weeks before the usual swarm season. In general I've noticed that this is just before Apples blossom. (You can actually start as soon as you start seeing drones if you don't...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    To me the other methods suggested are about reducing population or being highly disruptive to the hive.



    That's why I use a strip of foundation to trigger wax making. As it acts as a guide to...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Here's my combo Lid/Base:
    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--resized-images/lid-base/hivelidandbase.jpeg/small.jpg
    I use a hive mat on top of the frames to stop comb being built in the lid. A tie...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Although I don't have a large number of hives to confirm this method, I am confident that 'Opening the Sides of the Broodnest' significantly reduces swarming.

    In simplest terms, I believe swarming...
  16. Re: 2nd year spring swarm prevention - no extra drawn comb

    Try "Opening the Sides of the Broodnest"

    - It does not require extra drawn comb, as you move up the outside (drawn) frames.
    - Does not touch the Broodnest, as new frames are inserted beside the...
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    Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    My brother has three new Nucs. We checked them for a lying queen and found a few palm size patches of young brood and eggs in each Nuc, but found no queens in any of them. (Now I'm no novice with...
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    Re: Lets talk about Long Lang Hives

    Here's my Long hive:
    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/longhive3x

    Just place 3 boxes side by side to work out measurements.

    I have a sheet of vinyl on top, held down with some bricks to stop the...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    Yes, all hives. I have used it on hives overwintered in both 1 and 2 boxes. Queens have been between 1 and 3 years of age. (Boxes are 10 frames.)

    It seems that a hole between brood frames and...
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    Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Hello all,

    The following is my view on the processes involved in the causes of swarming:


    Excess incoming nectar
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    Insufficient overhead storage space AND/OR a band of capped honey above the...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Use the 2 Shallows to Open the Sides.

    Move 2 outside frames from each Shallow into a new Shallow that will go on top. So you then have 4 drawn frames to Checkerboard with Foundationless frames. ...
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    Re: Fireside chat with Walt

    Kelly, Checkerboarding with new foundationless frames by "Opening the Sides" is specifically for beekeepers who don't have spare drawn comb. As Daniel has demonstrated, you can have the bees draw...
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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    Comments about timing of supering in reference to Dandelions always confused me because here the main Dandelion bloom is not until early Summer. So it is after swarm season and after most fruit trees...
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    Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    Here's another photo showing the lids:

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/longhive3x/3xInside.JPG

    Yes they just butt up against each other and yes they let water through. So it does need...
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    Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    It's really not difficult. No special carpentry skills or joints needed. Just break the parts down into: box, base, legs and lids.

    Other than the frame rest you could do everything else with a...
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