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  1. Thread: Wisconsin

    by GregV
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    Re: Wisconsin

    White/Pink/Red clovers.

    There are lot of forage options (locust and raspberry are still going strong).
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    Well, yeah.
    As the business owner, you get to eat that expense line (dead body removal and such).
    But it all folds into "the capital expenses and the personnel fringe benefits" (see above).
    Taking...
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    True!
    The hardest workers live so little they don't even make it to the first pay cycle.
    Who gets to keep the $$$$?
    The laziest workers live longer but do you really pay them off season?
    They...
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    Factor in the capital expenses and the personnel fringe benefits too.
    Add those to the wages.
    Add the nominal compensation you (optionally) provide to the bees while off-season to carry them...
  5. Re: Interested in new design for entrance reducer

    Well you can buy certain bees.
    You should research into them and find them and buy them (if buying your way forward).
    Clearly this is where you should be focusing your research IF to keep the bees...
  6. Re: Interested in new design for entrance reducer

    There is some merit in looking into the hive designs.
    However, that comes secondary to the bees themselves I believe.

    I am yet to see how/where/what bees were acquired by OP every time prior to...
  7. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    The bottom rig on this video is over-engineered IMO.
    Otherwise, I love this particular design through and through.
    No specialized equipment is needed; no jigs.
    Solidness of the construction is...
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    Re: Question about old hives

    Long drive for me.
    Else, I'd take the # and be on my way!
  9. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    I like the box joints for everything, but the construction of them.
    I will be changing over to military shipping crate construction with everything new I do going forward.
    Sort of like these -...
  10. Re: Too much bottom bee space - how much of a problem?

    I routinely have 2-3 inch and don't sweat it.
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    Re: Caught my first swarm! When to move it?

    I happened to have a less than ideal case myself immediately now.

    Caught a swarm on my back-porch yesterday - great.
    T-Storm last night prevented me from moving the trap to a farm few miles away...
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    Re: Caught my first swarm! When to move it?

    This last example is why you want to move a trapped swarm ASAP.

    Basic idea is - you want them moved BEFORE they start foraging.
    Say, the rain kept them from foraging for 2-3 days - you can still...
  13. Thread: Wisconsin

    by GregV
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    Re: Wisconsin

    Drove across the city yesterday (unsuccessful swarm call).
    Black locust is blooming all over.
    Yellow sweet clover is blooming along the roads.
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    Re: Question about old hives

    I take used equipment and don't sweat about it.
    A good idea to torch the insides if want using propane torch or even a heat gun.

    For sure, makes good swarm traps.
    Which you can test then - if...
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    Re: Add a Bar or Two?

    Just do it.
    They will build very quickly during the flow.
    Maybe you want to "checker-board" with 2-3 empty bars all along the hive (for both brood and honey).
    Now is the time to build yourself...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    So I got this empty 16-frame long hive standing; smells delicious, has old frames inside but it is big.
    Gets some so-so interest only.
    One on the left.
    Maybe it is too big indeed.
    56387

    Have...
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    Re: Defensive Behavior Question (Guard Bees)

    Most bees will not bother you, as long as you don't interfere with their normal flying.
    But this really depends on the bee you got.

    Some bees will consider you as interfering even 100 feet away...
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    Re: Frames with **no** sidebar relief

    Of course they are touching on the video.
    Look again.
    One of the features of this compact vertical hive (on the video) is the false "double-wall" created by the touching side-bars.
    Side bars as...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    2/8 it is.
    Same old spot on the same old porch (different bait unit today from the unit used on May 30th).
    Today is hot and humid, and right away in the morning I knew something was developing -...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Well, almost 2/8.
    Almost, because the swarm not done entering the trap just yet.
    By about 15:30 CST should be 2/8.
    The backyard was hit again.
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    Re: Frames with **no** sidebar relief

    Again, if you look at the standard Lang medium frames (the plastic type), you will see they are already touching at about ~80%.
    OK, look here -...
  22. Thread: Absconded

    by GregV
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    Re: Absconded

    You did not specify - is the remaining live nuc is looking unusually and quickly - stronger?
    It very well may be.

    This side-by-side positioning is not the best idea, especially when you disturb...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Which, btw, may have some synergy with the hive designs where the bees have to expand less time/energy into maintaining the basic, macro-level vital conditions (i.e. temp and humidity). Looking at...
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    Re: Frames with **no** sidebar relief

    Exactly.
    Small taper off at the bottom corners - to assist with frame insertions.
    That is sufficient.
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    Re: Frames with **no** sidebar relief

    If one is to run small, shallow frames (Lang mediums and such), what is the need for such complication as the relief?
    The relief is simply not needed.
    I say ignore the conventions as unnecessary...
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