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  1. Re: Any alternatives to Kelley F style foundationless frames?

    i purchase wedge top and solid bottom board frames from western bees in montanta? i then rip the top bars down the table saw on one side (opposite of wedge) at an angle so that there is maybe a 35...
  2. Re: finding efficiency with nuc sales; specifically transportation/boxes?

    Frank,
    thank you for the feedback! i have not tried ratchet straps yet i was just forecasting a potential issue. happy to know it can be implemented correctly. i was thinking using two in a cross...
  3. finding efficiency with nuc sales; specifically transportation/boxes?

    hello good sirs and misses,
    in an effort to reduce overhead i am considering ways to get bees from one yard to another, safely. ideally, it would be nice if we could ratchet strap the costumers...
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    Re: Old bee keeper

    did you investigate if moisture is a valid threat to the bees? what makes you think it is? under what specific conditions does moisture become a threat?

    if your goal it to help generate...
  5. Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    becoming engaged in the scientific method will help maintain and improves ones enthusiasm. there are endless questions to ask and pursue if your mind is up to it. i enjoy chasing efficiency and...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    this turns into a rant quickly but maybe the choose of words used to describe something resonates well with some of you and encourages an internal investigation. i understand the irony with this...
  7. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    that is a great solution and one i may still employ as i have an abundant of off white hives currently. the tops to my hive bodies are xps foam so i could stick in some mini flags, thank you for...
  8. Re: what happens to bees which lose their home?

    pleasant update:
    i noticed the closest colony who was recently mated from the same queen as the homeless foragers was bearding; 100f+heat wave. i opened the box to see it full of bees and assume...
  9. Re: what happens to bees which lose their home?

    this possibility is comforting and will help me sleep at night, thank you!!
  10. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    small sample size, but for each deep box which had 4 (2 frame) splits, each entrance alternated, i only got one queen mated per side. i think there is a good chance at least one queen may have...
  11. Re: what happens to bees which lose their home?

    we had some thunderstorms move in earlier and i just got back from checking on them. i am kinda happy to not see them around as i can start to worry less about their possible demise; out of sight,...
  12. what happens to bees which lose their home?

    there are various circumstance which can bring about these conditions, some natural and others we are ashamed to admit. will they try to drift into other colonies especially if they are all from...
  13. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    an update
    6 out of the 11 splits worked; one of the 11 splits queen never hatched.

    i will be doing this again in a couple weeks and will address the following 3 criteria; the mating hives will be...
  14. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    thank you for the replies!

    i had not considered the paint as i did not have the resources available to me at this time. upon second thought, i think this is the most logical solution. i will...
  15. temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    hello good sirs and misses,
    i am looking for ideas to help the bees (mostly returning queens) find their home in a sea of homes. the idea i tried so far was to staple some colored felt to the...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2012

    06234, zone 6a
    30mar19
    probably skunk cabbage
    i suspect skunk cabbage based on the following observations. last week i found a plant while on a vacation a couple zones warmer (7a). what stood...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    good sir Joerg,
    if you have problems with the 3/16" copper tube holding its shape or breaking, you can not only reduce the mass but also try to move it closer. you have a better idea than i do...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    good idea, it would have resulted in a tighter bond than i have.
    as for the thermal paste. i was going to use copper dust and some brake and caliper grease to make a paste as initial research...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    i agree with you good sir, the tension i got with twisting the stainless steel wire did not approach that the the clamp would provide. this may very well be a large part of my inefficiency. at some...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    you will need to experiment with it to know better how efficient your system is.

    oxalic acid sublimation occurs around 157c/315f. a goal should be to keep the temperature above this temperature...
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    Re: follower board substitute

    what is the purpose of a follower board and what are your concerns about using what you have as one? what makes one follower board better than another? once you understand the goal of the device you...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    thank you Johno and the others that graciously shared their knowledge so i could complete this project. without your help and showing it was possible i may have never ventured down this path, thank...
  23. Re: Is winter-hardiness, a genetic trait?

    does this person have any added holes in the upper part of the hive or top entrance? if they do, it will be part of the explanation for the increased consumption of stores.
  24. Re: Upper vs Lower Ventilation (again).

    Crofter,
    at this time, i only manage two colonies. there are two successful commercial beekeepers i am using for my business model. there are several areas of inefficiency within their operations...
  25. Re: Upper vs Lower Ventilation (again).

    understood, and thank you!
    this is healthy skepticism everyone should display but if this was the case this thread would not be required. although there will be exceptions, i believe a majority...
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