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    Re: Foundationless and Leveling

    mine are level side to side, but tilt forward to let water drain. the bees haev drawn them fine with no funky combs.
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    Re: When to hive new packages?

    I was in a similar situation yesterday. Picked up my packages at about 45degrees and 6 hours later it was below freezing...anoher 6 hours later and we had accumulated 2.5" of global warming. we...
  3. Thread: Strange Hive

    by KPeacock
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    Re: Strange Hive

    I had a hive do this last year. the boxes had too much space between them and the bees filled it with burr comb. the queen just happened to lay some eggs in it. I didn't like to do it, but i...
  4. Re: Plans for horizontal hive using deep frames

    I'm out of state right now, so can't get pics, but i made one that holds 30 frames. To prevent bowing, i secured 2X4s to the top of the long sides. i have multiple inner covers so i can open it up...
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    Re: Telescoping cover, repair.

    you could use window sealant/caulk too
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    Re: hive height above ground

    mine are at 16" simply because they are 8' long and have 6 legs. 8' limber is cheap and 96/6=16
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    Re: Moisture (soaking whet )

    I just attended our regional bee meeting this evening and head that most of the bigger guys have something around 75% losses and the hobbyists are around 50%+ for losses. There were some that...
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    Re: Ethanol problems

    stabil has a a special ethanol blend, but I don;t use it. For anything that goes into a gas can, i always add stabil (who knows how long it'll be till you need that chainsaw again?) and recreational...
  9. Re: which clear stain to choose to paint some supers?

    I've done a few with multiple coats of a spar urathane after staining them and they turned out rpetty nice. I'm just testing it for durability and only have one season on it, but it has sat outside...
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    I've only got one witner under my belt, but I've got 4 of 6 coming through alive and well. It seems like msot folks around me are at 50-75% losses. the only thing i did differently than others is...
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    Re: Screws or Nails?

    USE GLUE! titebond II or Titebond III will work fine. I like the advertised qualitites of III better, but I buy II in the gallon jugs. TBIII is less viscous than TBII so i find that it makes for...
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    Re: securing a publicly accessible hive

    I'm not sure what level of security you're looking for, but the nylon ratchet strap (locking or otherwise) can be easily unfastened with a pocket knife. I'm not sure what your background is, or...
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    Re: Extracting "Foundation-less" Comb

    I won;t know how well it's going to work until the fall, btu i have a few things I'm planning to try. I have some foudnationless frames that are totally empty, some that are "wired" with...
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    Re: Carniolan Queens

    i havent gotten them yet, but i have a couple packages and some queens coming this spring. they are from Oliverez out in California. someone local ordered a mess of queens and 4,000 packages and is...
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    Re: first year in upper Michigan

    Welcome, NP! I make all of my gear too. there arent too many folks on here that bother with making the frames, but for fairly small scale operations like mine (6 hives..increasing to about 20 this...
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    Re: simple, fun TBH feeder

    Personally, I would have gone for 550 paracord, but i like the look of this feeder. I'm not a TBH guy, and don;t follow all of the accessories for them very closely, but this is the first time I've...
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    Re: Do Pollen Wasps have a sting?

    Some quick researching indicates that the females are capable of stinging, but rarely do so.
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    Re: Golden Mean Hive size envy

    i didn't follow your link, but that length sounds rather small to me. I'm not a TBH guy, but i did make a long lang, which has similar principles. If I were you, I'd make it longer than you think...
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    Re: New Michigan beekeeper

    I have a sister-in-law that lives off of Hickory Ridge just North of the GM proving grounds. We get down there from time to time, so i might be able to assist some in the spring while you're away. ...
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    Re: starting new small cell hives

    I used some plastic foundation last year and did a bit of a testwith it. Some of the frames i did nothing to, while others I rolled on some melted beeswax. They drew out the frames with the extra...
  21. Thread: Feeders

    by KPeacock
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    Re: Feeders

    If you're referring to the glass mason jars regularly used for feeding, you can get them by the case at your grocery store. Walmart has them too. they are just normal canning jars with small holes...
  22. Thread: Splits

    by KPeacock
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    Re: Splits

    i did a couple of splits last year and had the two halves of the split on teh same 8' long hive stand. it worked out just fine for me.
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    33% so far
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    Re: Double Deep Dead, Single alive

    Out of 6 hives, the two that died on me were the most populous double deep, and the least populous 5 over 5 nuc. The rest of the doubles and singles are still going strong. I'm not sure exactly...
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    Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    I made a few of them last season and used a heat gun to keep the wood warm as i sloshed the melted was around. It worked, but by the end of the seaason, the wax was bubbling up in some places. I...
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