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    Re: Growing "first world problems"

    by purchased packages? splits? swarms? what made up the bulk of your expansion?
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    Re: Honey Extration Question

    Refractometer is easy to use. I loaned mine to a friend who extracted a bunch of uncapped frames and wound up with 20%. he put it in a closet with a dehumidifier and within a few days had it...
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    Growing "first world problems"

    So now that July 4th honey harvest is over, and we settle in to the calm summer months of beekeeping, I thought I would share the work ive put into the "hobby" this year.

    This spring I started...
  4. Re: How does it work in a hive in nature? Honey on top or bottom???

    I did a cutout of a feral hive in a stud cavity. 1-2 combs thick but about 5' long. top 2' was honey working down into the brood and pollen at the bottom.

    from the other cuttouts ive seen...
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    Re: Straining melted beeswax

    Dollar store strainer. window screen.

    ANything that will fit through window screen (dirt, etc) will settle out in the water bath I melt mine in.
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    Re: How many brood boxes for medium 8?

    to look at your question from a math standpoint

    foundation area (sq inches)

    deep 8.5x16.75 = 142
    med 5.625x16.75 = 94.2

    the area of 10 frames of a deep is 1423
    the area of 8 frames med is...
  7. Thread: Adding Deeps

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    Re: Adding Deeps

    general rule of thumb is 80% full before adding the second box.

    so 8 of 10 frames drawn before adding another box.

    Some will say what is the rate of expansion? if they went from 3 drawn frames...
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    Re: Green Drone Frames

    IF i had to guess....

    you pour melted bees wax into a toilet paper roll.... when its cool you peal off the roll to expose the end of the "stick" and rub it around the plastic foundation. as if...
  9. Re: What are commercial beekeepers filling these bee buckets with?

    Most people will feed if they have foundation to draw. If they have recently done spits, and then set second deeps on of new foundation, they would need to feed in order to have a food source for...
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    Re: Green Drone Frames

    I put mine 2-3 frames in from the outside.

    IN the past non-green frame drone comb was usually mostly ignored till late july/aug.
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    Re: Get propolis off fingers trick!

    I prefer to peal off the 5 mil nitrile gloves and toss them.
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    Re: Wintering nucs north of I 80 ?????

    Im in Peoria IL,

    I think my success in overwintering hives has much more to do with the overall health of the hive going into winter (eg mite counts) than it does the size.

    This past winter...
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    Re: How Quickly Can a Honey Super Bee Filled?

    a large hive of Italians with a strong flow, a week to draw the foundation and a week to fill it. which if you did checks weekly you would likely see the center 4 ish frames drawn and filled...
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    Re: Saving the foundation

    how about a video?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttIle2Ga6xI

    there are several others. Kinda self explanatory once you see the vid.

    There are pros and cons to all the various methods. ...
  15. Re: Cluster under bottom board after install- pic included

    So we are in agreement that the screened bottom boards have more to do with hive management of pests (SHB and mites) than it does trying to help the bees with hive temperature maintenance?
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    Re: Once swarming occurs

    I have the exact same situation with a large (2 deep, 3 med) 10 frame hive of Italians. Although by the sound of it mine is about 2 weeks farther along in the process. IE my queen cells hatched out...
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    Re: I think my bees are out of wax

    Its been my experience that the better the plastic foundation is coated in wax, the better they take to drawing it. Which is to say, in mine areas that look as if they have been stripped of wax are...
  18. Re: Cluster under bottom board after install- pic included

    Ive overwintered in 0 degree temps with my SSB open and no issues.

    As for the OP and his pic of 30 bees hanging out. +1 for let them figure it out.
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    Re: I think my bees are out of wax

    yep

    They will often chew up existing wax and use it.

    Are you feeding? It takes a TON of energy to produce wax. so if they arnt bringing in enough nectar, then they wont be producting much...
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    Re: Saving the foundation

    A heat gun does a nice job of melting the caps off without makeing a ton of debris like the capping scratcher will.

    you do realize you can buy a stainless all metal 2 frame extractor for less than...
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    Re: Pricing for full frame of honey question

    Do i expect to get the frame back?

    How much of my time is in building a frame?
    Are you putting thin surplus in the frame? Are you just useing a starter strip?

    If your selling it in the...
  22. Re: Why are my 2 hives taking syrup at drastically different rates?

    a crack or otherwise was letting non-hive bees in to "rob" the feeder. If other hive bees dont actually enter the hive, there is not the typical "robber fight" that will occur.

    one hive may like...
  23. Thread: Messy Lang

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    Re: Messy Lang

    Got to break some eggs to make an omlet.

    IMHO there is no such thing as restoring order to a hive without disturbing the bees. All bees propolis the hives/frames together. This shouldnt bee...
  24. Thread: Luring a swarm

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    Re: Luring a swarm

    Mine was in the air. We watched it for 3 min and as it started to congregate in an area I went and got a 10 frame hive I had prepped for packages tossed a paper towel with a dab of lemon grass oil...
  25. Re: How/when to fix "offset" comb on foundationless deep frames?

    Look at it this way, even if you cut it off and tossed it, that amount of comb represents like 2 days of work. Not a lot lost.
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