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    Re: Advice Needed - Hauling Nucs

    That's a good question. Cardboard nuc box's, temp extremes & ventilation requirements can be tricky. In my situation, where I usually assemble a nuc out of each overwintered hive, my nucs have to...
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    Re: Warning / Safety Signs

    This is what I've been using. I'm just looking for fair warning & asking for the respect the hives deserve.
    It's about 18" x 24"

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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Thanks for the links Michael.
    I ordered a bag of pebble style Pine Rosin to add to my beeswax/Linseed oil mixture. I think it will be a better mix for my smaller projects.

    I had made this honey...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    Here's that car decking hive body

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/3-6.jpg

    http://i425.photobucket.com/albums/pp340/tweety4926/13-2.jpg

    firred out super
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Yup, what I was doing here was few specialty transport box's, not hundreds of standard hives. But Ben asked about linseed oil and I mentioned my experience with it.

    It's surprising how much the...
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    Re: Beekeeping in Alaska

    Have you thought about using a hive made out of 1 1/2 wood? I've made several and although my temps here are not cold enough to warant them, they are nice hives. Only the bottom 2 deeps are 1 1/2"....
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    Re: "Fringe Genetics"

    If I saw the drones all hangin' out on the front porch and a spider web overhead with the words
    'Virgins Welcome' written in it,
    I would have some fringe genetics to talk about!
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    I wonder if the heat from the torch on a raw oil mix would simulate the boiled process enough to form the polymer chains? It does penetrate well when heated.
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Anything is simple if you know what you're doing.

    Until then, it can be complicated.:D
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Not entirely true.
    By then, it may be too late.
    Avoid/reduce the incidence of EFB or at least dependence on antibiotics and unsuitable genetics for your local climate with one good choice of...
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    Trying to teach someone to be a good beekeeper is like trying to teach someone how to play a musical instrument. Not just a simple few instructions will do. Sure, I could teach you how to strum a few...
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Pretty sure it was boiled
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    Hi Benjamin, I had been wondering how you've been doing. :) Hope things are going well for you.

    I melt & mix linseed oil & bees wax together in a soft paste. Rub it onto the box and into the end...
  14. Re: Long Hive with Lang frames-multi use. Production or queen rearing

    That is an example of just using material I have on hand. I bought a unit of 2x6 cedar decking a couple years ago. It already had those groves cut into the back side to keep it from cupping when used...
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    Thanks Snowfighter.

    I had made one of these a couple years ago as a divided queen castle. I liked it, but it had some flaws. I fixed the things I wanted to change in the design.

    As I made...
  16. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Why not have both?
    Summertime ventilation without being drafty, good wintertime drainage & circulation. Durability of a mostly solid bottom

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  17. Re: Long Hive with Lang frames-multi use. Production or queen rearing

    The all in one reproductive unit holds ether your breeder queen or just a supporting queen in one end section. Followed by an internal excluder divider.
    Center section holds frames of brood,...
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    Since the screened inner covers are build to fit the larger bottom unit, when you put them on the supers they are 1" too long. But perfect for revealing a narrow upper entrance. Handy for...
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    No excluders IN the bottom long hive, only a single solid divider, centered in the bottom box.

    Queens can move up into a second deep on each end, but not in the center. Then those second deeps...
  20. Long Hive with Lang frames-multi use. Production or queen rearing

    Multi use long hive, my project for this week:

    (Two queen production hive)
    When you consider the population volume (as shown below) It just makes sense to me to have a two queen hive in TRIPLE...
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    Re: Construction Adhesive okay with Bees?

    I've used clear silicone for years to plug up irregularities or gaps in my woodenware, especially in divided hive bodies with 2 colonies. Once it is cured it has no smell and works great.

    'Little...
  22. Re: Ventilated transport box/swarm trap-good rainy day project

    No, I do have woodland ants, but if I keep the traps out of the heavy shade they are OK. The ant trails are easy to see and avoid. They don't seem to seek the traps out.
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    It's not the lack of support Beepro, it's the ease in which you can poke a hole in the screen or rip it if you are careless.

    I've only poked a hole in one screened bottom, but I was surprised at...
  24. Ventilated transport box/swarm trap-good rainy day project

    Great for nuc transport, swarm collection, swarm traps or honey collection.
    I use 8 frames deeps for this.

    This is a really handy multi use box & you can use some scrap wood for part of your...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    Or fishing poles, if it's the Mr. you are trying to appease. It's all good until the bees crap on his boat & truck. Then it's a bit of an evil eye. But hey, I have to have something productive to do...
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