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    Re: Painting Supers

    You cannot be serious ...
    Before Samuel Ramsey conducted his series of experiments, the opinion of countless numbers of experts world-wide was that the Varroa mite fed from the haemolymph of the...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    Sure, but just show me one single grain of hard evidence to support this idea - no matter how persuasive it may be. I'm indebted to Grozzie who, in another thread, quoted this gem: "One measured...
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    Re: Simplest Way to Build Frames

    There are three other possible ways of dealing with this situation. One is to fit your Deep box with a false floor in the form of a Slatted Rack. The second is to fit dummy frame extenders to your...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    That's right. I just couldn't work out if you were agreeing, disagreeing, or maybe just puzzled. Yeah - I've also experienced that 'double-post' snafu. :)

    When the temperature of a surface drops...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    Swarmhunter - you appear to be making a point (twice) - but for the life of me I can't quite see what it is that you're saying ...
    LJ
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Fwiw - this is the simplest of several 'heater frames' I've made and keep in the shed - "just in case":

    https://images2.imgbox.com/bd/d3/8eCXfPPK_o.jpg

    It's simply an aluminium-clad power...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    Exactly - I'd never use varnish in such an application - that's why I use paint.

    Fwiw - I started painting the insides of bee boxes many years ago to help preserve the poor quality pallet wood I...
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    Re: Building (non-standard) plywood bodies

    I never thought I'd ever be adding to a nine-year-old thread ... :)

    Plywood has it's uses, although I'm not convinced it's ideal for bee-boxes, as it's such a dense material - meaning that's it's...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    Before dismissing this idea, you might want to consider extending your research to include Ed Clark's book on internal hive dynamics (link follows), as condensation (which returns heat to the hive)...
  10. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    Useful article - thanks
    LJ
  11. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    Another suggestion - if you're open to the idea of changing procedures - is to devote some of those colonies to the formation of 'brood-factories'. There's a description of how these work in MP's...
  12. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    Not if you box clever ...

    So - you're going to split each box into 5 (on average) ? Ok - take one box, move it away from the others (if necessary) and just do a 1-into-5 split. Spread those nuc...
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    Re: Laying worker?

    There are quite a few capped cells there which appear to be workers - so I'd suggest you have a queen who's going off the boil very quickly. Whether she's able to keep laying viable eggs until such...
  14. Re: Converting Horizontal Lang Deep to Lanf Medium

    In my opinion - not a good idea. I've been running horizontal framed hives for some years now and have found that increasing the frame depth from 8.5" to 12" has proved to be a wise move. Other...
  15. Re: The interesting way this Russian man builds his bee boxes.

    Yes, there's a rebate (rabbet) there:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/0e/f7/1DB8MTPK_o.jpg

    LJ
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    Re: Painting Supers

    I use whatever I can get cheap on the markets - never paid full retail price yet - oil-based (preferred) or polyurethane floor paint is what I look for.
    Last good score was a couple of gallons of...
  17. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    I first became aware of the tremendous power a publisher wields over a writer when at one time in my life I dated a lady author. This was before the days of personal computers and so unlike today,...
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    Re: North/South vs East/West TBH

    Even though I don't run Top Bar hives anymore - I agree. (It's really a Horizontal Hive issue rather than having anything to do with how the combs are attached ... )

    Whenever possible I provide...
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    Re: Top Bar Bee Hive Plans

    There's a hint of a suggestion in the above that there are some TBH's which perhaps don't work - or which don't work too well ?

    I invite you to look at this picture, which is of a guy building...
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    The original question is slightly flawed, in that it ought to contain a qualifier such as: "which produces the most honey/bees in a given location ?".

    So - if we take the hilly regions of Spain...
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    FWIW - this is how Doolittle came to own Langstroth hives:



    Doolittle expressed his reasons for not continuing to use the two experimental Long Hives which had produced such bumper harvests -...
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    That simply isn't true - he was gifted a number of Langstroth hives which he then continued to use - but his favourite hive, right throughout his life, was what he called his "6-frame hive". This...
  23. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    There are many variables involved in Honey yield, not just the shape of the boxes - location, weather, availability of forage, bee-type, colony strength and timing, beekeeper skill, and so on ...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Hi Frank - well spotted ! That's one of the details I forgot to mention.

    As you say, a central batten would solve that problem. This is an example of someone else having done just that:
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    That's one of the things which appeals to me too. :)

    If 5-frame nuc boxes are already available, then one alternative to modifying a 10-frame brood box would be to build the whole stack using...
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