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  1. Thread: Split advice

    by orthoman
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    Re: Split advice

    I have moved the queen with some brood and some honey frames and drawn comb or foundation, into a box above a queen excluder on the hive I was going to split -- left them there for several hours and...
  2. Re: Laying worker successfully coexist with a viable queen?

    Good and interesting question.

    I believe that I have read - not sure where - that every hive has some (a few) laying workers. They are just too few to be a problem and the hive somehow deals...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    Yeah, I see you point. However, I don't recall any claims of inferior vs superior quality to any of the queens. As I recall, the assertion is that post solstice queens lay longer into the fall --...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    I have been reading the OTS method of queen rearing and his theory is that that post solstice queens keep up production longer. I don't know if it is fact or not but I would like to believe it. I...
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    Re: Did research, and now I'm really confuzzled

    Not promoting Mann Lake per se; however, Napa isn't very far from Woodland, CA where Mann Lake has a really nice store/show room. Why not take a drive over there and look at everything - pick it up,...
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    Re: Timing of a split, when is it best?

    I have not read about, or watched any videos about the On The Spot Queen Raising technique of splitting hives you might want to google it and spend some time learning that particular method. Also,...
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    Re: D Coates Nuc box

    I also overwintered several in the Coates nuc boxes and plan to do more this year. However, I have made some modifications. I built medium, 5 frame, boxes out of 3/4 plywood so I had to adjust the...
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    Re: Hive paint question

    I don't think the color matters that much - especially for just a few hives. The bees seem to know right where to go. Some will drift but not many. I think the paint - not the color - is used...
  9. Thread: ABJ Update

    by orthoman
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    Re: ABJ Update

    Thanks for the link - I read it and thought it was OK
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    Re: Mowing, Dogs and bees

    My hives are in the back yard and pose no problems. I typically "weed wack" and mow (gas powered riding mower) every week. I probably mow within 4 to 6 feet of the hive entrances and in 3 years have...
  11. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Where I live, if a fungicide is not used, there will be lots of apple scab -- the apples themselves are OK but they look terrible. So, 4 or 5 applications of a fungicide like Rally until the apples...
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    Re: New Beekeeper Questions

    Not sure what kind of Nuc you are getting but I am assuming there is a laying queen and at least 3 - 4 frames of brood and some honey. Also not sure what size boxes (8 or 10 frames, mediums, etc you...
  13. Re: Over wintered frames with old honey and pollen- to use or not?

    Thank you
  14. Over wintered frames with old honey and pollen- to use or not?

    What is the recommendation regarding frames that were overwintered in beeless hives. I have lots of comb that have some old patches of honey in them as well as Pollen. Some kind of smells like it...
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    Well, I kind of live in rain forest in normal years. This year hasn't been too bad.

    The Nuc boxes and tops are all painted - first with primmer and second with a least one coat of exterior latex
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    I was also told wrong about the CDX -- but, I should have known better in retrospect -- they guy at Home Depot who told me about it.

    Would the AC fir plywood be considered Marine grade plywood?
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    I am curious to see the answers to this also.

    I have made about 10 so far using 3/4 inch CDX plywood -- which is rated for exterior use so I am expecting them to last quite a while. I have used...
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    Re: Using 5 frame medium nucs exclusively

    I used 5 over 5 for a total of 10 frames. I build the Coates Boxes as given in the build it yourself section of this web site. They get a little tall as the boxes stack up. I think the "tower" effect...
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    Re: Using 5 frame medium nucs exclusively

    Seem to work just fine. Started 4 last year to try it out. They all over wintered. 3 did really well, the fourth made it but not as strong as the other three. I will probably do 10 this year from...
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    Re: lang vs rose hive method

    What about trying a top bar hive.
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    Re: lang vs rose hive method

    You mention you are a new beek -- so, I would suggest you go with the typical/standard/normal way of keeping bees to start with -- unless you have a good mentor you can work with.

    Then, after you...
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    Uncapping knife suggestions

    Any suggestions on uncapping knives -- how about the ones with the adjustable thermostats?
  23. Re: I need some pointers on foundationless frames

    A couple of years ago, one of the new beekeepers in our class decided to do 8 package starts - all completely foundationless. A couple of weeks after installation, he spent about 8 hours cutting all...
  24. Re: Thick mold on frames - discard or let bees clean

    I am thinking of cutting the comb and foundation back - leaving only a peripheral strip like a starter strip.
  25. Thick mold on frames - discard or let bees clean

    I know the bees will clean up some mold on frames but how much is too much? At what point do you discard it and give them new foundation? I have some dead outs that have a lot of mold on the frames....
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