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  1. Hey Caveman 😁 you’re good at only 250. ...

    Hey Caveman 😁 you’re good at only 250. That’s not hot enough to start breaking the polymer chains in the glue. It’s hot enough to soften the polymers and if you were to stress a low...
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    Re: Treated lumber for hive stand

    I'm also 58, Are you sure? I certainly do not feel older or in worse shape. Are you sure it is not because gravity has gotten noticeably stronger the last few years?
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    For me that would mean making a new bottom board. The cloake board method will be new to me so for now I'll just spin the bottom until I decide whether it works better for me than a starter nuc...
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    Well that is kind of what I thought, but several of the set ups I looked at had them. I assumed that it was because a cloake board cell stater/finisher is a hive that has been pressed to near the...
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    Drones and Cloake Boards

    Answering another thread prompted me with a question I have.

    I use a cell starter and cell finisher. I'm thinking of with trying a cloake board as a lower resource way for small scale queen...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    The upper entrance is a must if you have a queen excluder in place. Drones cannot get through an excluder but they must be able to leave the hive.

    In the winter I don't have an upper entrance or...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    I start early spring with the queen confined in a single deep and a second deep above a queen excluder. I'll arrange the brood nest so that the bottom box is about half full with the queen in the...
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    If I use Advantech I can build a box for about six bucks each. I can get 5 deeps and one medium from a sheet, or I can get 8 mediums. Since Advantech stays flat even over long periods of time I cut...
  9. Re: Honey with a heavy pollen taste for mead?

    Whelp, now whatever the bees were getting into is apparent now that fermenting is done. Mint mead anyone? It needs to age before deciding if it is paint stripper or mead.
  10. Thread: Mead?

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    Re: Mead?

    This one isn't expensive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD4MMuy7c64
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    Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    Some classic freebies that are in the public domain:

    Dadant System of Beekeeping, C.P. Dadant, 1920.

    The Hive and the Honeybee, Rev. Langstroht, 1853.

    Beekeeping for All, Emile Warre
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    Re: What to use to get the natural wood look

    I haven't tried this on a hive body, only on hive stands. I apply four coats of boiled linseed oil over about ten days. BLO polymerizes very slowly and it takes a long time to fully cure, you'll...
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    Re: Treated lumber for hive stand

    The levelers are just 6" bolts, 1/2" diameter, that run through the nut embedded in the cross member. That stand in the photo is sitting on granite posts but anything else works fine. The steel...
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    Re: Apivar and Small Hive Beetle

    Small hive beetles are insects. Since bees are also insects you don't want to use any mite treatment that works as an insecticide. Varroa are mites. They are not insects. Apivar is a miticide.
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    Re: Treated lumber for hive stand

    Both. The stand platform is not in contact with the ground so use regular lumber. Use treated lumber for legs that are in contact with the ground.

    Here is something to think about instead....
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    Re: Long Langstroth Hive - New bee keeper

    Take a look at this design.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlkBGeAwvhk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpO7sqyRx-g

    Here it is bees in it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30pHIZ8pR_8

    The...
  17. Re: Is it common for bees to get into your home?

    An established hive isn't going to just abandon its hive and move to your attic because it is better digs. But a homeless swarm looking for a home might think your attic is a great place to put...
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    Re: Making sugar syrup

    I mix syrup by the sugar bag, and by far the easiest way to get the ratio right without doing any math and without having to remember a recipe is to look at the weight of the bag in kilograms. A...
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    Re: Too early to split?

    Don't split until you have mature drones. I'm in zone 6B so it is colder here, 27 right now. I usually don't see drones until April, although last year's spring took so long to start that I...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    GWW

    My Warre is empty right now. Unless it catches a swarm it is going to stay that way. It was a curiosity to play with, but my wand won't fit the entrance, the frames don't interchange, and I...
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    Re: How to save a queen?

    Could you use two queen excluders, plastic ones if you have them and offset them slightly? Then they can share heat but can't get at each other.
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Was? Don't you mean Is?

    It was 57 yesterday. Snow started about 2:00AM, wind woke me up. It's 21 right now and 6" of snow. We had about 1" of snow a week ago Tuesday, but Friday before...
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    I have seen some Scandinavian beekeepers using clear rigid plastic perspex (or plexiglass) under a hyper-insulated cover with no upper vents on YouTube so I decided to try that experiment this winter...
  24. Re: We had it figured out until we didn't have it figured out

    One thing that I have found that really helps is to use cleat handles instead of the recessed handles. Recessed handles force you to grip a box with your hands and arms out away from your body. ...
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    This is definitely an option. For some Youtube video examples look for the channel for The honey bee research center at the University of Guelph in Ontario. They use #8 duck canvas, and you can see...
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