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    Re: Still working on the split

    She needs empty comb to lay in. Add that as opposed to more brood and check that comb in about 4 or 5 days. You'll see larvae.
  2. Re: Suggestions needed. Knife, roller, heated knife?

    I use a cheap electric knife like you can pick up at Walmart for around 10 bucks. Used it the last couple years and it works fine. 23 supers last year.
  3. Re: Small cell foundation less frame design using 2x lumber

    I have made a bunch of frames with thinner end and top bars. They work fine, and I use 9 in my 8-frame brood nests. I am also a cabinetmaker with 30 years experience. Next time I need more frames,...
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    Re: Canvas inner cover

    I use dog food bags. Didn't take long to gather all I could need for years.
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    Re: 2 Shallow supers = 1 Deep hive body?

    That will work fine. They will probably build burr comb on the bottom, but it's easy enough to remove if and when you move the frames to a deep box. Do what you got to do!😀
  6. Re: How much damage (wax moth) can the bees clean/fix up?

    That should be no problem. I've put much worse back on my hives and they've fixed them right up.
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    Re: Hive beetles explosion

    Splitting this time of year is tough. Any queenless period and the beetles just take over. Been there more than once. I hate losing comb to beetles!
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    Sticky: Re: treatment free member listing

    Treatment free since my start in 2010. Raise my own stock. No major losses. Still learning.
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    Re: electric fillet knife for uncapping

    I use a regular electric carving knife. It's cheap and works well. If it gets gummed up I just pull the blades and give them a quick wipe. Easier than a cold knife.
  10. Thread: Honey woes

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    Re: Honey woes

    Do you have foundation over a queen excluder? If so, remove the excluder until they have the foundation drawn and are storing nectar.
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    Re: first swarm in middle TN

    Had one of mine swarm Saturday morning. Now they're in a new box and awaiting a new location.:)
  12. Thread: splits

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    Re: splits

    If you have mated queens you probably will be alright. I've overwintered 4 medium frame nucs at my location just fine, although they did not build up all that well in spring. I now prefer at least an...
  13. Thread: Your opinion

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    Re: Your opinion

    I believe what you are seeing is just normal bearding. No real way to check for swarm prep without opening the hive.
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    Re: Walk away split

    I believe you are being a bit impatient. Usually it's a month from the time of the split until you see eggs. Give them a frame of eggs as insurance. If they need a queen, they will make one.:)
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    Re: what is this tree?

    Chinese chestnut is blooming here. That's what it looks like to me.
  16. Re: splits, do I feed the original hive also?

    Feeding won't hurt, but if you are leaving the queen in the original location and have a flow, it should be unnecessary. The current batch of foragers will keep the hive supplied.
  17. Thread: A few pics.

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    Re: A few pics.

    Looking good!
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    Re: Clean off of burr comb?

    To scrape burr comb off the bottom bar I stand the frame on end with most of the pressure on the ear and use the hive tool to remove the wax. It only takes a minute.
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    Re: Adding honey supers...above or below

    It works either way. But if I'm using a box of foundation (which I often am), I put that directly above the brood nest because I think they draw it faster that way. I may be wrong, but that's what...
  20. Re: When do I have enough boxes on for brood?

    I find 3 8 frame mediums work fine for a brood nest. Anything above that I take as surplus honey. Where I am, 8 frame singles can be overwintered with a little help, but doubles build-up quicker in...
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    Re: Beekeeper from SC

    Welcome to the forum Connie!:)
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    Re: I know you guys are used to it but..

    Congratulations! Looks great!:thumbsup:
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    Re: Laying pattern for newly mated queen

    It can take a week or two for the queen to produce a normal pattern. I wouldn't worry just yet. Give them a couple more weeks.
  24. Thread: Breeder Nuc

    by gunter62
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    Re: Breeder Nuc

    I usually check after 7 days because I tend to work my hives on a weekly schedule. 7 days isn't usually long enough, but 14 seems to be.:)
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    Re: Unsure of how to help cold bees

    The cold will not kill your bees! Relax! Check on them Saturday and enjoy your new hobby.:)
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