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  1. Thread: Build up Blues

    by Hooday
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    Build up Blues

    Welp, I'm in my third year of beekkeeping and I'm having troubles.

    I'm an natural cell advocate, and I'm not sure what's going on in my hive. I installed a package beginning of April and its still...
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    Re: Beekeeping Online Project

    Yep, that's pretty much what I was thinking of! (Good refer, daknoodle.)
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    Beekeeping Online Project

    I have a beekeeping record and managment project I'm currently exploring and would like some feedback from other beekeepers. (I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, so if not, please let...
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    Adventures in Beekeeping

    Well, nobody said keeping bees was for the weak of heart, (or downright foolish, either.) Yep, here's my tale.

    I've got a hive with four 8-frame medium boxes way out in a pasture clearing in my...
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    Re: Getting them to work

    Checkerboarding results in drawn comb filled with brood. I guess I'd like to know how to get them to draw without the brood.

    I thought about spraying the foundation with syrup or sugar water, but...
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    Getting them to work

    How do you encourage bees to draw out and work undrawn super comb? My bees don't want to move upward unless I bait them up with frames of brood.
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    Re: Drone comb as a honey producing stimulant

    For me, its a mystery at this point. My friend who made the comment has 40 years of BK under his belt, and is highly informed. I take his comments quite seriously.

    I am really curious as to the...
  8. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    Your hive must have had very few drone cells to begin with. That's why they made so many. Your existing "same size" foundation caused that. You were repressing their natural desires. I suppose you...
  9. Thread: Getting swarms

    by Hooday
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    Getting swarms

    I called all around to various agencies - Police dept, Fire dept, Ag Extension, local exterminators - putting my name on the swarm list.

    I got zero calls.

    I've made up half page flyers for...
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    Drone comb as a honey producing stimulant

    A speaker at our club last Thursday made a very interesting comment regarding drone comb in honey supers.

    He says it is irresistible to the bees for storing honey, and they work extra hard to fill...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    Is propolis water repellent the way wax is? I've never known?

    Mike Bush coats his hives in beeswax and gum rosin. Supposed to last a long time.

    I'm wanting to simply use rough sawn exterior to...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    I've seen horizontal clapboard siding - I don't know how many years old ... perhaps at least 50 - holding up well enough, even after so many years. Vertical siding as well. (Poplar seems to be a very...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    Thanks for the input, Michael.

    Any differences between rabetted and box joints?

    Cedar is supposed to last much longer than pine. Is that your experience?

    What is the overall longevity for...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    Good comment on the joints. I plan on using rabetted joints, which expose less end grain than box joints. Running a little Titebond on them ought to be a lot easier and cheaper than putting two good...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    Your comment about well ventilated is exactly the point.

    Bee hives have lots of moisture, due to evaporation and expiration. Solid bottom boards and top covers exaserbate this situation, leading...
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    Rough Sawn Hives

    Apparently, painting hive boxes traps moisture in the hive, contributing to hive box rot - (especially with box-joint corners.) Whereas an unpainted body surely is more breathable; a better thing for...
  17. Re: Any experiences with the foundationless frames from Kelley..?

    Your bees will drawn their own comb in any available opening. Foundationless frames from Kelly are not necessary, as you can turn any frame into foundationless by removing the wood strip, turning it...
  18. Re: Can you introduce a virgin queen to a queenless hive?

    A friend of mine suggests the following:

    Take a good swab of honey from an existing frame and daub it all over the new queen. Make sure she's really covered with it, (not the head.) As the bees...
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    Re: Motor replacment

    Interesting. Do you know of any online diagrams or photos that illustrate this? I hate to be such a noob with this, but I just don't have any background with this, and any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Sounds good. I know nothing about this. Where...

    Sounds good. I know nothing about this. Where would I go to get a replacement engine, and how would I know if it would fit?
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    Hey, I want to update this thread with my own...

    Hey, I want to update this thread with my own story.

    I've got an 8 hp Snapper that's likely 30+ years old. Its a real hoss when it runs, but that's the problem. The engine doesn't suck enough gas...
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    Will you use foundationless frames, to at least...

    Will you use foundationless frames, to at least get the natural cell advantages?
  23. Thread: Ventilation

    by Hooday
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    Now this is really interesting. I've been...

    Now this is really interesting.

    I've been following your reasoning for top entrances very closely, per your website information. Its logical, reasonable, and practical.

    However, I just got done...
  24. Thread: Ventilation

    by Hooday
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    Okay, my primary concern is enough ventilation in...

    Okay, my primary concern is enough ventilation in the summer, but not have too much in the winter. Couple of questions:


    Langstroth users report a screened bottom board helps greatly with colony...
  25. Thread: Kudos!

    by Hooday
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    Kudos!

    This is just a shout out to both Michael Bush and Dennis Murrell of BushFarms.com and bwranger.com for all their excellent work on top bar bee keeping and presenting their findings on their websites....
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