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    Storing Supers Outside

    Would it be ok to stack supers of drawn comb outside for the fall and winter? I would tape all seams with painters tape and have a solid top and bottom to hopefully keep pests out. Moth crystals...
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    Re: OAV on splits and swarms?

    Thanks!
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    OAV on splits and swarms?

    Just wondering if anyone treats their splits and swarms with OAV. If so when do you do it? I have a spilt in a Nuc and a swarm in a 10 frame deep. The split was 3 weeks ago and the swarm I caught...
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    Re: What to do with my swarmy hive?

    Yes! I have started watching Mel's videos, and I really like his strategies. I should have tried this on this hive. It would have been a perfect candidate. I read last night that switching the hives...
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    What to do with my swarmy hive?

    Two weeks ago I inspected one of my hives and found capped queen cells. So I split them by taking the queen, two frames of brood, and a honey/pollen frame and moved them to a nuc. They seem to be...
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    Re: OAV Treatment after a Split

    Yes Enjambres. I have definitely thought about how that OAV will effect the new queen. I would hate for her to fly back and find the entrance stuffed with a towel!
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    OAV Treatment after a Split

    I had to split one of my hives and would like to use the brood break to OAV this hive. I have read that at day 24 there will be no more capped brood and all Mites will be phoretic. So on day 25 I...
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    Re: How many frames in my bait hive

    Man I wish I had some old comb. Is there any disadvantage to having them full with frames? Other than taking up the equipment?
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    Re: How many frames in my bait hive

    Yeah I agree with the 5 over 5 being too heavy. My whole goal was to make boxes that were dual purpose. I can hang them as bait hives, hopefully take them home with bees, and set them on a Nuc bottom...
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    How many frames in my bait hive

    I built a bait hive that is a 5 frame Nuc over 5 frame Nuc. Do I fill it up with 10 frames? I don't have any drawn comb yet, just foundation and lemongrass oil.
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    Re: Splitting from medium equipment to deeps?

    Great. Thanks for the ideas. Looks like there are a few good ways to do it.
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    Re: Splitting from medium equipment to deeps?

    Thanks. I guess what Incould do is split the medium frames into a deep like you say, then what I could do is cut off the bottom, split them again next year back into a medium Nuc and try to sell that.
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    Splitting from medium equipment to deeps?

    Is there a way to split an all medium hive into one with deeps for brood? I started my first year in all mediums, but want to go to deeps for brood. I know its backwards of what most are doing, but...
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    Re: 10 Frame Deep With Rabbet Joint Plans

    $28 for a 1x12 in my area. I think it's gonna be hard to beat finding a sale on precut boxes. Thanks for all the info!
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    Re: Insurance for Cutouts?

    Thank you. Is that general contractor liability insurance, meaning you have to be a licensed contractor? Or will they insure you without a contractors license?
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    Insurance for Cutouts?

    For those who do cutouts and charge for their services, do you carry liability insurance, and how much does a policy usually run?
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    Re: 10 Frame Deep With Rabbet Joint Plans

    Lots of great info. Thank you for all the replies!
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    10 Frame Deep With Rabbet Joint Plans

    Anyone have a link for plans to build a 10 frame Deep with rabbet joints? This would be with 3/4" 1x12's
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    Re: Spilled Beetle Blast Oil!!!

    Yes! I am in Alabama as well, and it is a CONSTANT struggle. I just ordered 4 bottom boards with a trap. Can't wait to get them on my hives.

    On another note, if you do Facebook, please consider...
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    Re: Spilled Beetle Blast Oil!!!

    Yup. I ordered 4 bottom boards with a tray last night. I may try hydrolated lime in the beetle traps in the hive.
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    Spilled Beetle Blast Oil!!!

    Has anyone ever spilled oil into the hive. I just killed a bunch of bees during a bonehead move. Thank god it was on the outside frames. Found the queen and she is ok, for now. Anyone experience...
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    Beekeeping in Alabama Facebook Page

    Here is the link to a new Facebook page for Beekeepers in Alabama

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/181333279020564/
  23. Attention 2017 New Beekeepers: Learn from my mistakes!

    In an attempt to help new beekeepers I want to list the problems I have dealt with in my 2 hives and what i have learned from them.

    1. Ants all over the hives and in the top feeders.
    2. Laying...
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    Re: Can I OAV in winter?

    Update: still crawling bees this morning. I picked up and inspected about 30, and found 3 to have K wings. I know this can be cause by 3 things, Nosema, Tracheal Mites, and viruses vectored by...
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    Re: Can I OAV in winter?

    I went out later and some were still crawling, but some would crawl a bit and then fly back up and in. Almost like they were tired. There is a lot of activity at the entrance. Almost traffic...
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