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    Re: What to do with this box full of bees?

    >be prepared to get stung "a lot" because when cutting coomb to fit frames you trap bees between coomb and hands with sticky gloves ,

    I Bushkill vacuum the bees into a box of comb, frame the...
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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    Just because more cells are there does not mean a queen will fill them or that she will fill more in a given time.
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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    I have tried small cell for ten years. What are people seeing as the advantage that I am missing?


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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    >Now here's the simple truth is small cell gonna solve all your beekeeping problems: NO.

    What then are the advantages of going small cell?
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    My HexPlex Pagoda hive has both foundation and fixed top bars. I might convert the frames to foundationless on the next go around. I already had a huge amount of drones with the seven worker...
  6. Re: Quick view of a portuguese beekeeper and portuguese bee

    Oh, you are qouting HIVE outside dimensions, not frame size. So it is a square box wider than a Warre. Please give us frame topbar length and depth.
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    I guess the 43cm is the topbar length, not the frame width. It is longer but less wide than a Jumbo.

    "Historically in North America there were two large brood frame designs, the Dadant and the...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    People will often exaggerate to promote their theories, agenda, website, book, product sales. Thirty five years ago I listened to the "honey excluder" crowd, gave mine away, learned different and...
  9. Re: Quick view of a portuguese beekeeper and portuguese bee

    Being American, I don't know a centimeter from a millimeter, but it seems to be pretty close to a jumbo depth Dadant frame. I have ten and twelve framed brood chambers of that size. What is the rough...
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    What is the size of those brood frames?
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I have for over 40 years used vertical wired wax foundation with horizontal wires. The bees draw it out much faster than plastic and I get good strong combs with a minimum of drone comb. I have been...
  12. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    I lost a one of those 2009 Velbert hives this fall. I think it was my longest survivor till it died. Left six boxes of honey. Luckily the robbers didn't get it.

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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    This kind of strap winch sometimes have a peg to loop on a rope. It might just be hidden in this picture. This is a strap winch on my bee drop bed that will strap on a row of hive on the bed.
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  14. Thread: Swarm traps

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    Re: Swarm traps

    Guess I have to buy some pink paint.

    I only place bait hives on private property, out of site of the general public. Same for my hives.
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    Re: Swarm traps

    And I never place a trap higher than I can reach with two feet on the ground, unless I have an assistant for placement and pickup.
    And I never place a trap that has to be hung or strapped in...
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    Re: Swarm traps

    I use as many black combs as I can and have.
    I use five, eight and ten frame traps.
    I use a few drops of lemon grass oil as my lure.
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    Re: Swarm traps

    They are all swarm traps. I caught 30+ this year and more other years.

    I made them with holes and entrance disks and also just slotted plywood so that they would not be modified. I like the...
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    Re: Swarm traps

    I suggest using your standard brood chamber as a swarm trap.

    You will not have to store extra equipment used only for one purpose.
    You will spend as much time making a swarm trap as a brood...
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    Re: 8 frame box width

    > If they happen to be 13 3/4", for a feeder, they wont be off enough to matter. Im guessing the bees wont care.

    Famous last words.

    A 1/4" in a bee spacing can make a big difference with...
  20. Re: How can you know the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    I thought Wisconsin was famous for it's cheese?

    How many taste tests of Asian and African honey are you basing the above claim on? There must be thousands of them. I bet San Mateo honey tastes a...
  21. Re: How can you the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    Eat comb honey.
  22. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Look at this Warre Charlie tried to hoodwink me with. Notice how the topbars do not have a rabetted frame rest, but rather a cleat they rest on. This would have made it very difficult to remove the...
  23. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Sorry, this years comparison did not sell me on Topbars. At one site, Palo Alto CA:

    Seven hives at one site. Two overwintered Langs from swarms. Two overwintered Lang nucs, purchased queens, one...
  24. Re: I just remembered why I switched to top bar hives!

    Your expandable frame hive will outproduce your topbar hive easily overcoming the cost of frames with the income from substantially more honey produced with less swarming.
  25. Re: When will I ever learn? CAUTION! not for the faint of heart. Nailer accident.

    It's an ouwee! Be compassionate like Charlie.
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