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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Prayers have been answered.

    We have had a decent amount of rain in south eastern Australia and many of the bushfire affected areas.
    Some places have even had flooding. Others have had hailstones...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Horizontal hives are fairly cheap and easy to make. You can make them as long as you want and have multiple colonies in them using division or follower boards.

    If you haven't got equipment to cut...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Vance, that is misinformation.
    The figure is for all of 2019, with just over half being from Queensland, which include breaches of Total Fire Bans.
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

    A slow and steady rain is what is needed and the drought to end. We have had a little bit of rain last day or so, but much more is needed.

    Yes, the amount...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    These fires are huge. Totaling over several million acres!

    We live over 2 hours drive away from the main fire in Victoria and we have had thick smoke for the last few days. People finding it...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Similar to Gray Gooses suggestion:

    Set up a new box with frames of foundation beside the old hive.
    Place a new Queen in a cage in the new box.
    Move the super (with the bees) from the old hive to...
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    Here you go:
    Swarm combines with caged Queen artifical swarm
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qwbV2D-1W6Q
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    Maybe slightly off topic, but David from the Barnyard Bees channel on YouTube creates artificial swarms by hanging a queen in a cage from a wire in a tree. The queen attracts bees flying past and by...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    In terms of unusually defensive behavior, I find that if comb gets ripped or broken (usually burr comb) and an amount of honey is released, then the hive can be much more defensive.

    Another cause...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Has the hive been hot other times it's been opened or just this time? Maybe it is currently queenless.

    To find the Queen, he could move half the Brood frames to another box and see which box shows...
  11. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Agreed Spice_snow.

    I use Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN) based on the same principles.

    My biggest hive this season has drawn, filled and capped 40 deep frames! and the flow is still...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Have a look at the climate Data for my Area:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=52815&stc=1

    3 weeks before Swarm Season here is mid-September. The Average Minimum for...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Well it has been another successful season using OSBN.

    We are now well into the Main Flow and none of my hives have swarmed.

    The largest hive was overwintered in 1 Deep Box. It is now 5 Deeps...
  14. Have a look at Opening the Sides of the Brood...

    Have a look at Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN).

    I haven't had any swarms when using this method.

    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/openingthesides
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    It is on the bottom right of videos on the Desktop version of YouTube.

    On the Mobile/Tablet version it is under the three vertical dots (settings) icon at the top right.

    This is good timing. I...
  16. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    On the Youtube Video, click on the "CC" icon to turn on Close Captions (Subtitles). Then on the "Settings" icon go to: Subtitles -> Auto Translate -> English
  17. Here is the link to the OSBN method (Opening the...

    Here is the link to the OSBN method (Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest):
    http://daveybees.wikidot.com/openingthesides

    Essentually it's about maintaining Wax Making during Swarm Season from 3...
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    Re: 4 week old hive - No change in last week

    With Foundationless Frames you would be better off placing a Medium Frame in the Deep.
    Just replace the #8 frame as it is the least draw and likely doesn't have brood or eggs in it.

    You may need...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks again Missy.

    Hopefully the Flow picks up for the remainder of your season.
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Jason, to reduce Drone Comb I've made a few minor changes to the Method since starting this Thread.

    Here is the latest version of the OSBN Method and Notes. Also, go to the Website Page to view it...
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    Sticky: Yes, that's the idea, to prevent after swarms. ...

    Yes, that's the idea, to prevent after swarms.

    They are then usually treated more like Supercedure
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Hi Sickdog,

    Yes is likely they will Swarm if there are multiple Queen Cells. Called After Swarms which have Virgin Queens.
    If there are no eggs or sign of the Queen, they may have already swarmed...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks Jason for your feedback, I appreciate it.
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    To stop Emergency Queen Cells (caused by being Queenless for over 8-24 hours).

    Splitting a Broodnest by placing an empty box in-between may be enough distance for there to be an Emergency Reponse....
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    Sticky: I was asking if there was any Brood and eggs in...

    I was asking if there was any Brood and eggs in the Super? (Not taking about the queen cups).

    It's too late if there was anyway. So I would just wait until you check on Tuesday.

    If the bees...
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