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  1. Re: Trials and tribulations of Queen-Rearing 2020

    Checked the J-C hive yesterday - one puzzle solved: it had somehow become queenright - and that lady is laying like a train ... But - another question's raised: how on earth did that happen ? Must...
  2. Re: "The warm way" is there also a "cold way"

    Have you never considered using Google for some of these questions ?
    Google "warm way beekeeping" - which returns plenty of examples/ discussions which are already in existence ...
    LJ
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    Re: Caging a Queen

    Therefore THAT queen is already mated.
    LJ
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    Re: Caging a Queen

    But would you want to ? Right up until the Middle Ages (and beyond that, in some places) honeybee colonies were killed wholesale in order to harvest their honey. I wouldn't want to be part of that....
  5. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    Not necessarily.

    Or - having created nucs late in the season, which haven't had the chance to built-up.


    "Majority of the time" ?

    A few sweeping statements there - I rather think each...
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    I'm going to suggest not getting caught-up in the numbers game - in the sense of having a fixed objective - but rather to enjoy working with the bees, and multiplying colonies as and when...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    With respect, I've been keeping foundationless hives probably longer than anyone else on this forum. :) (there may of course be one or two others I'm not aware of)

    I was specifically referring to...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    Sure - eliminating the bottom bar completely will do that. Even better is to move away from the use of shallow boxes and frames.
    LJ
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    My omission - I should have made it clear I was talking about brood frames - where bottom bars are completely unnecessary from the bees' point of view.

    Yes - I too use wooden bottom bars, both to...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    Wire as a bottom bar - why ? What's it supposed to do ? If you don''t like a wooden bottom-bar, then just don't include one - the bees will then draw comb down to within a bee-space of whatever's...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    I'll second the use of a Cloake Board ...

    It's early days this season, but so far I've had zero take on a Steve Rose hive - although it wasn't a very fair trial. (poor specimens and lousy...
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    Re: Help! Bad at seeing eggs

    People will keep saying that dark comb/dark foundation helps - well, not in my opinion ... I find it's then like looking down into a dark tunnel - hopeless.

    Give me new white comb any day -...
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    Re: Question on Turning a Hive

    You can choose either way - the bees will figure it out. With only one hive right now, you could even move the hive (say) four or five feet with the entrance in any direction you choose - and...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    That reminds me - if you should ever put a short frame into a bigger box and the little darlings draw wild comb below it - if it's worker comb, then after cutting it off, take a couple of battens...
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    Re: Hive Location (Backs to metal shed)

    LOL
    While this virus persists we need little bits of humour to brighten our days :)
    LJ
  16. Re: Could you use screen to seperate nucs in a single box?

    people run 2 queen hives all the time and they don't fight[/QUOTE]
    They will if they can get close enough.

    The omission of a double screen was the cause of Doolittle screwing-up prior to...
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    Re: Top Bar Newspaper Combine Question

    You could always filter the bees through a QX - if you think it's worth the hassle at this stage.

    A mated queen which turns drone-layer will be identical. A virgin which never gets mated will have...
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    Re: Hive Location (Backs to metal shed)

    The reason I like 3 feet behind a hive and not 2, is that - although I can slide into a 2ft space without any difficulty - being a big lad, a problem arises should I ever need to bend down. Because...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    I was once asked to make-up a Top Bar nucleus colony, and remembered that there were several lengths of triangular hardwood section in the shed which I could easily and quickly glue onto plain top...
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    Re: Queen excluder material

    The beauty of plywood is that a) you can make them for free (assuming you have the plywood, of course), and any size and shape you want, and b) there isn't the same issue with propolis build-up found...
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    Re: Hive Location (Backs to metal shed)

    It's difficult to make out from your photograph how close to the shed they are, but ideally you need around 3 feet or so space at the back of hives, so that you can inspect them from that position. ...
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    Re: Queen excluder material

    Yes - it's called plywood ...
    LJ
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    Re: Top Bar Newspaper Combine Question

    I agree with Greg that I certainly wouldn't recommend that particular course of action.

    What I have done in the past is to shake out a suspect colony directly in front of a strong queenright hive,...
  24. Re: Trials and tribulations of Queen-Rearing 2020

    Hi Trish - so your story's the same as mine then - natural comb ok, but plastic cell-cups rejected ? Two things spring to mind - maybe some colonies just prefer making the decision themselves to...
  25. Re: Using a queenless hive for a cell builder?

    Sure, why not ? That's a good idea. Or even - to save grafting - pull a frame of open brood from another hive and insert it as a 'test frame'. You'll only be borrowing it for a couple of days, and...
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