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    Re: Last Year's Honey Frames

    I do not harvest until July, but things may be different for you. If you harvest this spring, will your bees have enough to get through periods of no flow? If so, then I suppose you might want to...
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    Re: solar or steam wax melter

    If you need to melt the wax quickly, I suppose the steam method would be the best choice. Solar is more user friendly. No fire to tend, no fuel to obtain. Solar works for me, and I am further...
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    Re: Size of bellows nuts for Dadant smoker

    I would like to believe this, but since "Internet credibility is an oxymoron" and I got this from the internet, I don't know if I can! :)
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    Re: Nucs pick up Saturday

    When I have gotten nucs in cardboard boxes, they have been wax impregnated boxes with ventilation screen made to house bees. If that is your case, over crowding will be your only concern. The...
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    Re: NUCS and deep supers

    I recommend placing a (strong) nuc into a standard size hive as soon as possible. I would keep the frames in the same order as they come from the nuc.
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    Re: Having hives in my orchard.

    It is likely that your bees would not survive without attention. Honestly, it is likely that you would lose some bees even if you did tend to them. You could do what you propose, but would need to...
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    Re: How Soon to Super?????

    If the hives are getting crowded, and you have a flow, I would add supers.
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    Re: Butt joint

    Agreed. That is basically what was just said.
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    Re: Butt joint

    Yes. Then your only issue will be a longer box will not fit standard equipment. If it is not the top box, you do not have to worry about the covers fitting. You will have a small ( 3/8" ) area...
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    Re: Butt joint

    If the box is 3/4" longer, that would give you 3/8" on each end. A strip of 3/8" plywood on each end will give you a frame rest, but below the frame rest you will have a large gap between the end of...
  11. Re: Looking to start my own hive in the Pacific Northwest

    I suggest that you see if you can find other beekeepers in the area, or a similar area. One was mentioned in a post above. I'm betting that it can be done in your area.
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    Re: Have you ever counted the cells?

    Right, and she would need enough workers to keep up with tending them.
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    Re: no brood pattern, intermittent

    I agree, it is too early to start worrying. Give them some more time.
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    Re: Extractor out of alignment

    So how did you make out? Get it fixed?
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    Re: Sugar syrup

    I would not agonize too much about the ratio. Just get some feed on them when they need it. Thinner in the spring to represent a nectar flow, thicker in the fall to get weight on them quicker...
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    Re: Epoxy

    This is what I would do. Paint suppliers often have paint returned that can be bought very inexpensively.
  17. Re: To many from comes and go in my one week hive

    I would not worry too much about the drones. Every hive has some and they are obviously needed for mating with queens. Other than killing drone brood (which some do to control mites) I'm not sure...
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    Re: Queen Flew away

    Thank you! Very good tip!
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    Re: Trying to decide about hives

    These hives have shown up at several building supply and farm supply stores in my area. This is the first year that I have seen them, and it seems that they are all over the place up here.

    Not...
  20. Re: Did Mann Lake remove 7 5/8 hives from there inventory?

    Probably in most cases, but I once had some one ask for medium boxes, and when she got here, I found out that by medium she meant 8 frame. You have to be very careful when dealing with people that...
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    Re: 8 frame hives

    Kinda defeats the purpose of going to 8 frame boxes, doesn't it?
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    Re: Mann Lake disappointment

    I think this is it in a nutshell. But I will not be surprised if we have this same conversation next year.

    Every year, I have people calling me looking for equipment TODAY, because they have bees...
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    Re: what flowers that blooms in March?

    Around here, the ground is typically still covered by snow, so no flowers are blooming in March.

    In Kuwait, I do not know.
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    Re: Advice please.

    Are they crawling out and dying or dragging dead bees out? Can't tell real well, but it looks like some of the bees may be dragging a dead bee.
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    Re: Finger Joint Size?

    I assume you are adjusting dimensions to assure that you are keeping the correct bee space.
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