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    Re: Frame Spacing

    Yes, I've been referring to an outside dimension (OD) measurement. I think 3/4" board is pretty standard for box construction, so the inside dimension (ID) would be 1 1/2" less than the outside...
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    Re: Frame Spacing

    When you say 1/2" extra space is needed in the box, I assume you mean 1/2" total which is spread between (in my case) eight frames. I was thinking my boxes were 3/4" shy, which is less than 1/10"...
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    Frame Spacing

    When I started this hobby a couple yrs ago I built my own [8-frame] hive boxes. My design was to make the box big enough for eight frames, so that's what I did. Since then I've learned that...
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    Allrighty, here's the game plan.

    I found a queen locally, if weather cooperates (rain in Houston) I will have her tomorrow. When I place the queen in the hive tomorrow, I'll remove a few frames of...
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    I'm east of you, near Cleveland. The original (old) hive is from a split a friend made and has been quite active. No requeening. My friend is gone now and I haven't made any other contacts for local...
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    No. But I didn't pull every frame, just every other frame.

    If you mean there needs to be more brood space, how much is enough? I guess I'm not clear about that. Do you keep adding brood space, or...
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    New hive = caught swarm (one deep brood, one medium super, 8-frame)
    Old hive = probably hive that swarmed (two medium brood, one medium super, 8-frame)

    Opened both hives today. The new hive is...
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    Re: Entrance Reducers

    We call'em swamp coolers, but seems to be a good analogy if bees are "conditioning" the hive interior. I just thought they were trying to get a breeze going through their house. :rolleyes:

    Where...
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    Re: Bees Dancing (not Waggling)

    Ah, OK. I'd never seen it before.

    - djb
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    Bees Dancing (not Waggling)

    These bees are a swarm I caught four weeks ago. I am wondering if they have a queen, planned to open hive today but it stormed earlier.

    Anyway, I saw some of them doing this kind of dance, but...
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    Bee Thieves

    This is interesting.

    - djb
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    Re: Awesome swarm video 5/1 Morrow Ohio

    Dang kewl. :cool:

    - djb
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    Re: How do bees know "their" beekeeper?

    I can relate. :D

    - djb
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    LOL

    Tomorrow will have been one week. I don't want to be opening the hives too often, but I'd like to save the swarm hive with some brood if they don't have a queen.

    I have this partially...
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    I'll try waiting. I must admit, opening these two hives in the last couple weeks is the worse I've experienced (in my brief career lol). Since one of my hives is a new swarm, and the other is...
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    Sticky: Re: Beekeeping Glossary

    Bee lust

    lol

    - djb
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    Re: Entrance Reducers

    Thanks, Michael. :)

    - djb
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    Re: Top board space (Langstroth hive)

    Allrighty. I wondered if one configuration (space or no space) might promote (or reduce) the gluing.

    The top board(s) I've been using has a space, and it's also screened, and the girls have...
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    Top board space (Langstroth hive)

    This may be a silly question but I ain't skeered. :D

    On the top box of a Langstroth hive should there be space for bees to crawl across the top of the frames? Or is using a board flush with the...
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    Re: Entrance Reducers

    Could this be a location specific decision? i.e., would hot climates (like east TX) need a larger opening for ventilation? I understand bees are good at temperature regulation, but it would make...
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    Re: Is this wax moth larvae?

    Legs are near the head of these critters, so apparently beetle larvae.

    These are in the bottom tray of a new swarm hive I caught a few weeks ago. The other hive (I have two hives) has beetle...
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    Re: Is this wax moth larvae?

    That's what I'm afraid of... :s

    - djb
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    Opening hives, I get attacked

    I'm a newbie (2nd yr with bees), and have two hives. One is a new swarm I caught a few weeks ago, the other is what I believe to be the hive that the swarm I caught came from. New hive has one deep...
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    Is this wax moth larvae?

    I've never seen these in the bottom trays before... saw maybe a dozen in the new (swarm) hive this morning. They are small, most are a cm or less long (bee corpse for size reference :/). Pics online...
  25. Re: frequency to re-bait swarm trap (bait hive)

    I like the way you think. :)

    - djb
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