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  1. Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    Kevinf, I found a small glass vial at the Hobby Lobby for artists that mix their own paints. It's small, about 2 fl. oz (60ml). It will keep up to six queens. Any small jar around that size will...
  2. Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    One more thing about baiting in addition to lemon grass oil. Don't pinch and discard old queens. Get yourself a small vial and put alcohol in it. Queens to be dispatched should be put in the...
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    Re: Simplest Way to Build Frames

    Surely there is something else you need or want to reach the free shipping threshold :scratch:

    I've made frames and quite frankly it is not worth the hassle, even if you count paying shipping.
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  4. Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    This is a free download on swarm bait hive design by Dr. Tom Seeley from Cornell University. https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/2653


    Here is a photo of my swarm bait hives and the plans. ...
  5. The interesting way this Russian man builds his bee boxes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbHySo253Nw
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    Re: Medium Boxes Installing Packaged Bees

    I don't think anyone is saying to start in a double medium. The extra boxes, sans frames, are for when hiving the package and go away afterwards. Start in the single. But they'll outgrow the...
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    Re: Medium Boxes Installing Packaged Bees

    Oh yea, I also forgot forum member MSL is also in the area. I completely forgot about him. :D :D :rolleyes:
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    Re: Medium Boxes Installing Packaged Bees

    I suggest three. Everything else the same as grozzie said, but fill the bottom box with frames and the feeder, and set the package container on top of the frames with two empty medium hive boxes...
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    Re: Medium Boxes Installing Packaged Bees

    A medium frame is 64% the size of a deep frame, making two medium boxes equal to 128% of one deep. I prefer to think of my frames in frame units, with a deep being 1 frame unit, or FU, and the...
  10. Re: Formic Pro Treatment while raising a queen

    Got it. I thought you were going to use it in the hive that was raising a new queen. I second what Coal Reaper suggested, treat before hand. Last year we had a late spring and didn't see drones...
  11. Thread: Flow Hives

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    Re: Flow Hives

    I saw this somewhere: A flow hive is a very well engineered product that superbly does exactly what it was engineered to do — separate the new unsuspecting beekeeper from his money.
  12. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    This was one of the key things that took some time to sink in. My first couple of starters were nucs that had no more bees than a typical nuc. But when I made a starter nuc that had five pounds of...
  13. Re: Formic Pro Treatment while raising a queen

    I wouldn't. Formic acid can damage brood. Also queen rearing is warm weather activity, and formic pro has a temperature range limitation (54-84F). You know how our springs are here, we alternate...
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    Re: Lesson learned the hard way

    You can freeze it and then give it back to the hive. The girls will clean it up. It seems like a lousy chore but they don't seem to be complaining.
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    They sealed the perspex down at the edges with propolis and there is some wax on it, but its still easy to see through it. The perspex is just six months old, we'll have to see how it goes into the...
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    Re: Lesson learned the hard way

    Wait?! What??? :eek: There's an easy way? :scratch:
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    Re: Warre' Brood Break

    If you use a modified Warre hive that has movable frames then you should be able to do OTS in a Warre system. Almost all states in the USA require the use movable frames anyways. With a Warre you...
  18. Hey Caveman 😁 you’re good at only 250. ...

    Hey Caveman 😁 you’re good at only 250. That’s not hot enough to start breaking the polymer chains in the glue. It’s hot enough to soften the polymers and if you were to stress a low...
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    Re: Treated lumber for hive stand

    I'm also 58, Are you sure? I certainly do not feel older or in worse shape. Are you sure it is not because gravity has gotten noticeably stronger the last few years?
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    For me that would mean making a new bottom board. The cloake board method will be new to me so for now I'll just spin the bottom until I decide whether it works better for me than a starter nuc...
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    Well that is kind of what I thought, but several of the set ups I looked at had them. I assumed that it was because a cloake board cell stater/finisher is a hive that has been pressed to near the...
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    Drones and Cloake Boards

    Answering another thread prompted me with a question I have.

    I use a cell starter and cell finisher. I'm thinking of with trying a cloake board as a lower resource way for small scale queen...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    The upper entrance is a must if you have a queen excluder in place. Drones cannot get through an excluder but they must be able to leave the hive.

    In the winter I don't have an upper entrance or...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    I start early spring with the queen confined in a single deep and a second deep above a queen excluder. I'll arrange the brood nest so that the bottom box is about half full with the queen in the...
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    If I use Advantech I can build a box for about six bucks each. I can get 5 deeps and one medium from a sheet, or I can get 8 mediums. Since Advantech stays flat even over long periods of time I cut...
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