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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    We today supered this one we caught in a ten frame trap. Pretty over crowded. It will move to a nearby apiary swhere we had some losses.


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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    I bait one time with LGO or SCL and caught over 30 this year. Occasionally I will 2nd dose an unsuccessful trap.



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    Re: Anyone use Masonite internally in hive?

    Used as the board on an inner cover it often pop up warps excessively in the center making for beespace problems.
  4. Re: Why is my honey settling at the bottom of the jar?

    Did you heat it in any way?
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    they clearly showed the preferences of 4 feet...

    they clearly showed the preferences of 4 feet (over 1 foot and over 8 foot levels).

    One setup is not a very thorough experiment. There might have been one very attractive comb in that one box. Set...
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    Re: Mann Lake Alert

    Join the 21st century...order online.
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    Re: Ventilation on Nuc hive?

    If they don't like them they will propolize them shut.
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    Re: Swarm trap height.

    >Although important to someone (odfrank) who may be in a swarm trapping competition

    No competition going this year. Charlie got so depressed only beating me once that he moved to Maryland. I...
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    > "One frame with drawn comb (no more)" Why do...

    > "One frame with drawn comb (no more)"

    Why do you suggest one drawn comb only?
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    > (I intend to catch one more to best Ollie, of...

    > (I intend to catch one more to best Ollie, of course.)

    Several of mine failed so you might have beat me already. One queen laid eggs and a month later the box was empty. When I complete my...
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    That is a client's Flow hive. We sold the super,...

    That is a client's Flow hive. We sold the super, we do not have time to drain honey at the apiary when we have a dozen extracting supers that need extraction also. The clients never take time to...
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    Re: Swarm trap height.

    I have caught 32 this year all placed with both my feet on the ground, most are painted dark colors and many in full sun. So figure that out. This one is in the sun, fairly dark colored, and placed...
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    Re: Best cleaner for bee poop on solar panels

    I have been trying for 50 years, but I can take my truck to the car wash. No so my solar panels. I know wetting it helps.
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    Best cleaner for bee poop on solar panels

    I have had as many as 11 hives on and around my house. I now have installed a new roof, skylights and solar panels and would like to build back up to that number of hives. The new skylights were...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    I am again surprised how many baited swarms fail, 10 -15%. We had another one that had eggs a month ago, and failed upon last inspection.
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    Re: Steaming old combs

    I made a steam generator out of a beer keg propane heated, and steam box out of a stainless box a friend found. Steam enters top and bottom. It can fit about two boxes of frames. It gets a lot more...
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    Re: 5 Frame Nuc Box from Reclaimed Lumber

    Being in my fiftieth year of beekeeping, I learned long ago to make hives with the best of materials as durable as you know how. I made about 50 migratory covers out of pallet lumber that bent and...
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    Yes those old black combs are tough. But new...

    Yes those old black combs are tough. But new combs can go quickly. Stacking the boxes staggered slightly achieves the same scent wafting and offers more sheltered nesting attraction. But you lose...
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    Be careful not to let hot sun shine directly...

    Be careful not to let hot sun shine directly between the combs. They will melt.
  20. Thread: Swarm Traps

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    Re: Swarm Traps

    > Has anyone else trapped swarms on the ground versus elevated in a tree.

    I place all my traps while standing on the ground. Hive stands work great. I have never put one in a tree.
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    We checked four sites today and found a two frame catch on top of this center hive. That is a ten frame trap on top of the inner cover. I am primarily trapping in my apiaries to minimize picking up...
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    Re: Dadant two piece heated bottling tank

    I have assembled the tank but not leak tested it yet. Does any one have a picture of the original hardware used to hold down the cover? Does anyone know what all the extra holes on the cover are for?...
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    Re: Dadant depth frames

    I use 1 3/8" brood frames originally from Western and later from Rossman. I have a package of 12 someone brought me from Apimondia, Sweinty I think. Not assembled yet, I have to measure them. I use...
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    Re: Is Mann Lake operational right now?

    I ordered 75 cases of Jars last weekend and will get delivery on Monday. No complaints.
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    Re: Dadant depth frames

    > Talked to Dadant and they have the foundation in stock.

    Do they sell in small quantities, or 25lb box only? I use smaller supers on them frequently but prefer the full sized ones.
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