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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    See this 2012 thread where Charlie B challenged to out baithive me:
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    I had two side by side 5 frame traps. On 5/22 one had caught a queen and ten workers. On 5/30 both traps had about three frames of bees. So I wonder if half of the 2nd swarm into the empty trap...
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    Re: Stupid bee math, and size of a bait hive

    I just set out some of what I've got and many get filled, no regards to Seeley. I posted these videos earlier this year. First box filled, the smallest. Last two filled this week - five framers. The...
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    But will they stick to a variety of stains,...

    But will they stick to a variety of stains, paint, rough wood and cinder blocks?
    Numbering stands reduces need to constantly re-lable boxes.
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    Re: Hive Identification (People and Bees)

    I number my stands with paint. No confusion for me or the bees. White paint pen. Those yellow animal tags don't last in the sun. Plus you have to buy them and have the right numbers on hand. Also my...
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    Re: mixing different foundation cell sizes

    >My 3 new hives are using small cell wax foundation to help combat verroa mites.

    Good luck with that.
  7. Thread: Best Bee Vac?

    by odfrank
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    Re: Best Bee Vac?

    50 weeks a year X 5 working days = 250 days. 1000 cutouts / 250 days is 4 a day. I can do that and not even break a sweat. With 90% success rate I would have time to care for the 900 new colonies a...
  8. Re: Considering moving from 8 frame to 10 frame

    After using 10 and 12 frame hives for 40 years I made a bunch of 8 frame. The 12 frames with Jumbo depth brood frames are a clear winner once again this year in reduced swarming leading to big crops....
  9. Thread: Best Bee Vac?

    by odfrank
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    Re: Best Bee Vac?

    Bushkill

    https://www.beevac.com/product/10-frame-bee-vac/
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    Re: Bees not expanding to new frames

    Honey normally does not drip down from combs except when you break some. How old is the colony? Are you feeding? Is there a flow on? Did you add extra wax to plastic foundations if you are using that?
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    Re: Bearding On Swarm Trap

    Using both LGO and SCL together will cause the same problem. I had three hanging out the year I tried that.

    https://i.postimg.cc/c12LbdZ2/2016-04-04-12-51-36.jpg
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    Re: Tool bucket replacement ideas

    Plastic grocery store totes and a Mann Lake bucket boss that I won at the bee club raffle.
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    Re: Plastic frames in a trap?

    Yes, if they have black comb on them. I have plastic frame combs I have adopted and have caught several swarms on them. That is the only reason I have a few hives with plastic frames. The bees...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    I did not track how many I put out. Plus we clean up and bait dead hives. I love the the thrill of coming to an apiary and finding a full trap I forgot I set out. I would think the catch success rate...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    I have caught over 22, this does not includes a few already confirmed fails. And at least one of the 22 had no brood at inspection. I set out a fraction of what I set out in the past because three...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    The log on top led to your success.
  17. Thread: HONEY SUPERS

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    Re: HONEY SUPERS

    We usually shake them or bang on the ground to reduce the count.
  18. Re: Watched a swarm move INTO a queenless nuc!

    I have twice seen a swarm move into a weak hive managed by a poor queen.
  19. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I would think the upset due to lack of smoke more of a problem than temperature loss.
  20. Thread: cut out honey

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    Re: cut out honey

    Looking at the picture of that old black comb....when it is so easy to produce honey from clean extracting combs I would not use any honey out of that for human consumption. I would solar melt all of...
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    I have told beginners for years...."have your...

    I have told beginners for years...."have your hive needs painted and ready to go by 3/1, in my area. So here we are, in the middle of a pandemic, limiting their warehouse staffing, in the middle of...
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    >Queen excluders for 12 fr. Dadant is a bigger...

    >Queen excluders for 12 fr. Dadant is a bigger issue....

    I got those from Swienty in Denmark but had to make a wood frame. Very good quality.
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    Re: Dadant depth frames

    Thorne in England. A friend went to Apimondia and brought me a packet.

    https://www.thorne.co.uk/frames-and-foundations/frames/dadant-frames

    Good luck on freight fees.
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    Re: New Nuc swarming our of hive

    >hive died/starved/froze in a hive full of honey, but we should have insulated it.

    Bees in Lake County, CA do not die of freezing in a hive filled with honey. They do not have to be insulated....
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    Charlie sold off all his bee equipment before...

    Charlie sold off all his bee equipment before moving and I was able to swindle him out of stuff cheap. One bait swarm I caught even cleaned up some of his SHB slimed combs. I caught two on his old...
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