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    Re: solar wax melter recommendations

    I'm not sure how nice you wanna go, but I built one out of a cheap stryrofoam cooler with a piece of lexan plexiglass mounted into the top. Spray painted it black and lined the inside with tin foil....
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I did manage to get a small queen cell on my last OTS attempt, I didn't think to get a picture. I went ahead and put it in a nuc, we'll see how she goes.
    This week I decided to do one more test. I...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I didn't get any confirmed queen cells from my combining nucs experiment, which was no surprise. However on the bottom of one of the notched frames it looked like they had potentially started a...
  4. Re: I didn't have time to make an entrance reducer...

    Done this too, works great in a pinch..
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    When I started bee keeping in 2012 my local Bee supplier was selling packages for $95 with local pickup.. Now the same package is $135..
    Un marked queens are $39.99 and the last ones I bought were...
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    Re: Need some advice/guidance

    I have had success moving hives using this: http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Actually it wasn't a typo :rolleyes:, Thanks for pointing that out. I went back and looked in the book to see where I got those numbers and the egg stage is 1-3 days and the Larvae stage is day 4 -8....
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    That would probably work. Like a lot of things, one of the keys to OTS is timing.

    **NOTE** I am starting my 4th year of beekeeping and know just about enough to be dangerous.

    I'm still pretty...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I got the nucs reunited and back on the hive.. Mel mentioned that when I created the two nucs it would be a little disruptive when I had to assemble them back together into a medim and the bees would...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I spoke to Mel and he straighten'd me out on a few things.

    I had mentioned to Mel that I usually start seeing swarm cells around the first weekend of April. Here is his response; " You are using...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Agreed. I never claimed that it was, I was only going to try the split until my next OTS Attempt.
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    This hive is a large booming hive and packed with bees, I have yet to find the queen.

    "Why not just pull the queen, two frames of brood along with two shakes of bees and stores into a NUC? The...
  13. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Thanks for the replies. Based on damage to the leaves my first suspect would be caterpillars. I know its not deer because a Deer fence was the first thing I put up. I have some BT, may try that....
  14. Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Last year I planted some yearling Apple trees in my apiary and late in the season bugs really hammered the leaves. At the time I didn't want to do anything to harm my bees so I did nothing about the...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I didn't have any queen cells in my notched frames above the queen excluder. Both frames that I notched were pretty packed with capped brood and I didn't see any young open larvae above the QE. I...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Thanks for tips, I have read Mel's book and last Saturday I notched some frames and placed them above a queen excluder per Mel's book (you can read my previous posts in this thread as to my...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I also thought about using a inner cover with an elongated feeder hole above the queen excluder to reduce queen scent, but still give bees some access to the super with notche'd cells.
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Would you still reverse the Bottom box to where the new entrance is at the back and let the returning field bees find the new upper entrance in the cloak board? or could you just put a board between...
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    The Question I get asked the most is " How do You Make the Honey?"
  20. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    All the more reason to start raising your own bees ;)
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    Re: How did my bees survive ! ?

    I had a similar experience my first year with a nuc I purhcased and hived in the spring of 2012, By late fall it was down to a single deep and I couldn't find the queen or brood. So I decided to...
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    Re: Total newbie questions

    I went to Home Depot and bought a 2 qt disposable plastic paint mixing bucket, poked holes in the top with a thumb tack and placed on Two 1/4" thick scrap sticks above the inner cover hole. I block...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I too have bee reading about the cloak board. But Mel was very specific in his book about only a queen excluder. Mel is very prompt in answering emails, so if this next round doesn't take I'll ask...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    With Rain forecasted for all day tomorrow I decided to check my OTS frames on day 6 instead of day 7 to see what was going on. Unfortunately all my notched cells were capped and repaired and the...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    That looks great. What was your method of removing individual queen cells from the frame? I plan on putting the frame with the best looking queen cell in my nuc and tearing down any remaining. But...
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