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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Thanks Squarepeg, will keep in contact.

    My next project is to try making Short Deep frames and equipment. Frames are at right angles to standard Langstroth hives. So they are 4" shorter than...
  2. Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    No burr comb for several years. I use a hive mat on top of the frames, which is just a piece of flexible vinyl.

    I have only seen them build comb in the roof once, and it was because they were...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Hi Squarepeg,

    Thanks for keeping up the updates.

    You mentioned "foundationless frames to encourage early wax making as part of swarm prevention". I lost track on which hive was which, but did...
  4. Re: Two queen hive and other management strategies.

    I think you are making it bit more complicated than it needs to be.

    I've have been running two queen hive for a few years.

    My configuration uses horizontal hives with a vertical queen excluder...
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    Re: drawn cone or drawing cone

    DON'T Checkerboard the brood chamber!

    You will likely end up with queen cells due to nurse bees getting isolated from the queen.
    Low queen pheromone = Emergency/Supersedure queen cells.

    Best...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    I've done both. Prefer the vertical half sheet in the middle of the frame for reliability of worker comb in the middle of the frame.

    See post 108 for my previous reply.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Hi Walt, great to hear from you!

    Checkboarding frames that are moved up hasn't been dropped. The only difference is that the first two drawn frames moved up into a new box are placed together...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    The question is how many queen cells are there?

    It may actually be supersedure, especially if there is still plenty of brood.
    5 or less queen cells is usually supersedure. Though I have seen them...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    If there are a few frames with a lot of drone comb in the Broodnest area, once they have no brood in them, I tend to move them to the outsides of the Broodnest area. The Broodnest area being frames...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Ace, I have mostly used foundation strips until this last season, so there is usually drone comb towards the sides or the bottom of frames.

    With new (foundationless) frames it depends on the time...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    I do exactly that with my Long hive. So the same concept can be done on the Top bar hive.

    Just side the honey frames over and insert a new bar/frame beside the outer brood frame(s). Harvest a...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Let us know how it goes. Just keep them busy making comb.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    All that sounds like things are going well.

    If you want to put the cell back on above an excluder, make sure you have a top entrance facing the opposite direction to the bottom one. That way if a...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Yes, I effectively Checkerboard outermost drawn frames that are moved up with new undrawn frames and these also get drawn out very well.

    You may get some fat and some thin combs, as the bees tend...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    You can get them to draw one medium frame per week, but you would need to keep putting an empty frame beside the Broodnest each week. Moving an outermost frame up into the super.

    They won't...
  16. Re: Why not have few very large hives instead of many small ones?

    I have been running a two queen hive for a few years now and don't see why it couldn't be extended to more than two queens. They do produce a bit more than two single hives, but not much more.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    During swarm season you can definitely get the bees to drawn one medium per week, sometimes more depending on the flow.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    They will likely go into swarm mode if you suddenly remove a box from them.

    Also, if you remove frames as they are drawn, you may be removing eggs from them. As the queen often lays in the new...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Thanks, my pleasure.

    It sounds like feeding them syrup is the issue here. Adding feeding to the equation just makes it more complicated.

    Another option is to extract frames of syrup to get more...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Wow, great frame of brood in the picture.

    What about the frames from the drone laying hive ? Can't you use any of those, or put another box on the hive from that?

    The good thing is that they...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Depends on if you are near the end of the swarm season or not, the Broodnest will likely get reduced once your into the main flow.

    If its mainly the drone comb getting back filled I wouldn't be...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    When I have seen supersedure in my hives it has typically been around the Summer Solstice. Occasionally it also happens in early autumn.

    I can't say if the queens are any better, but they...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    All that sounds fine. Several queen cups in a hive is not unusual, even when they are not interested in swarming.

    Even though you don't care if you get a honey crop, I would tend to do splits...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Ideally you want to use all the same size frames. But using medium supers is able to be done.

    Place the first two medium frames into the top deep, beside the outer brood frames. The two outer deep...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    The queen won't necessarily move into the upper deep. The focus is more on the new frame(s) added beside the outer brood frames. You want these to be getting drawn and hopefully the queen laying in...
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