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    Re: Question about telescoping cover

    I prefer to use aluminium sheeting (ex scrapped caravan/trailer) whenever I can source it, cutting it with ordinary garden secateurs and folding into shape by hand. The stuff which has slight...
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    Re: Bamboo skewers as a frame

    I'm not sure about being 'inventive' - as it's a technique which is already being employed for mini-mating nucs.

    FWIW, I was attempting to address the wider issue of using "Bamboo skewers as a...
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    Re: White milky substance

    Yes - strange isn't it ? Sometimes there's just a smear around the newly hatched larva, and sometimes they really dump the stuff in. Curious.
    LJ
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    Re: Bamboo skewers as a frame

    Depends what is being meant by a 'frame' ? My understanding of the word (in the context of beekeeping) is that it defines the outer boundaries of a comb, which skewers will not - bees simply draw...
  5. Re: Persistent supersedure attempt against a great queen.

    If this queen really is as good as you say - shouldn't she be in a nuc box already - in order to reduce her laying rate and thus extend her life expectancy ? You could then use her old colony as a...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    A colony which is desperate for drones will build drone comb wherever it can. The 'fault' lies - not with the equipment - but with beekeeping practice, by not allowing an adequate amount of drone...
  7. Re: something odd I noticed about my bees being aggressive - question

    The only explanation I can offer is that the 'one bee' scenario could result from the dilution of prior undesirable genetics.

    If there's ever been a colony in the area which has produced serious...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I don't know if it would help or hinder - but it could be useful to look at honeybee behaviour in two distinctly separate ways: hard and soft.

    What I would call 'hard' behaviours are examples like...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    Seems there's a lot to be said for square hives. As mentioned earlier, British 'National' hives are square, and all mine are run 'warm way'. Hadn't really thought too much about this before now, as...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    I use both positions and find that in practice it doesn't appear to make any difference. With 5-frame nuc boxes I prefer the entrance on the sides (being holes drilled into the box side itself) as...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    I make all my boxes from reclaimed wood (ex pallets) using simple 'glue and screw' butt joints, with the boxes being assembled on a sheet of thick glass (ex glass-top table) to eliminate twist....
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Are you sure about this ? If you raise colonies headed by queens originating from swarm cells, then the drones from those colonies - which will be carrying that particular queen's genetics of course...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Hi Frank

    Your's absolutely right - the bottom line (dollars and cents) is indeed the prime motivator for genetic 'tinkering'. But - such genetic selection can only be transitory at best, for the...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    To grozzie2
    If you disagree with what I've written above - then this forum is the right place to express your criticism, rather than sending me a hostile Personal Message, as each member of...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I don't know just saying what the bee research center says [...] We always use queen cells that we have reared from breeder colonies so we can maintain and improve our genetics. [...] if you use...
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    I use a shake-out hopper to add (or remove) bees:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/9c/30/774P7Cou_o.jpg

    https://images2.imgbox.com/67/8f/zL36eLdg_o.jpg

    I've also got a Marburg Box, but using the...
  17. Re: putting topbars in langroth colony then splitting into an empty top bar hive

    What I did - many years ago - when transferring colonies from British National beehives (17" top bar length) to Warre hives (12.5" top bar length), was to simply tie-wrap the Warre bars underneath...
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    Re: Moving Hives

    A 20ft move is pretty typical of what I tend to do fairly often. My preference is to move the hive a couple of feet every 2 or 3 flying days (i.e. rainy days don't count) - this enables the foragers...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    It's not true. Today is the 9th June - on the 1st I had a swarm arrive here from a neighbouring apiary. The guy pushes for an OSR (Canola) honey crop and sometimes overdoes things. As they're...
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    What you've written was - overall - a really good assessment. So many points with which I agree wholeheartedly, but I'd just like to expand upon a couple of them:

    You say that "The queen is...
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    Exactly. They'll only draw drone comb if they want drones - nucs or small colonies don't want drones, so they won't draw it.

    Also - if there's a fair amount of drone comb already present (even...
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    Just to say "Welcome Aboard", and that what you've posted is an interesting and useful observation. I also purchased a Chinese kit (have 3 Laying Cages now - 2 genuine, and one Chinese) and I also...
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    Wish I could fathom out why they do this ...

    I had planned on posting an update yesterday - but I spent the day 'spitting feathers' as I was so annoyed. By painting wax on the face-plate I've now...
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    Re: the "eco floor"

    I was going to ask exactly the same question - what is it that's causing suspicion ? But I've just found out ...

    Have a look over in the Commercial sub-forum. Bernhard has posted there about...
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    Re: Beeswax from China

    According to: https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/safety/docs/food-fraud_succ-coop_beeswax.pdf although China is implicated, it's 'beeswax' coming from the Ukraine which is the most seriously...
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