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  1. Thread: paint on a wing

    by Greeny
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    Re: paint on a wing

    I always struggle to find the queen. It's good to know I can go wild with paint and she'll still be ok.
    This thread still needs pics.
  2. Thread: SHB Larva?

    by Greeny
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    Re: SHB Larva?

    All my SHB larvae are small and thin.
    Wax moth larvae are big and fat in comparison.

    SHB Info:
    https://www.clemson.edu/extension/beekeepers/fact-sheets-publications/small-hive-beetle.html
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    Re: Free beehives for Virginians

    VA has had a couple programs to promote beekeeping. For a couple years, you could submit for reimbursement after purchasing hives or bees. Recently, they've had a program to fund replacement of...
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    Re: Probably over thinking this.

    I would look into carpet. You can find rolls of old carpet for free. Roll it out upside down, makes a great weed barrier for several years.
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    Re: squaring box corners

    A jig like Eric mentions is easy, and if you're stapling the parts together you won't have the problem of beating the first joints apart while nailing the later ones together. I use a cheap welding...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    Scott Hendriks is a Canadian beekeeper and posts videos on youtube. He rotates his hives, with the entrance on the long side. The bees don't seem to care, and it makes working the hive easy and...
  7. Thread: Want More Honey

    by Greeny
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    Re: Want More Honey

    Like Fivej recommends, I 'seed' supers with a frame or two of nectar/honey. Even if I have to move a frame up with some brood in it, just pick an outside frame with a small patch of brood. ...
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    Re: Laying worker in a queenright nuc?

    I'm still going with too few bees in the box. There's hardly any bees around your queen in the latest pic, and there's barely any bees on the brood in your first pic.
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    Re: 4 week old hive - No change in last week

    The jar with holes thing isn't a bad thing at all. I've had struggles with in-hive feeders, and external open feeders. I've had hives "overfeed", and generate late swarms. I've now gone to jars...
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    Re: Laying worker in a queenright nuc?

    I've had that happen with a queen in a split where I didn't have enough bees. She seemed to be laying only in the area of two facing frame sides covered by just a handful of bees. She was laying 4...
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    Re: padres kill bees

    Too big?
    Too small?
    Looks ok to me.
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    Re: Swarm Cells - Should I be concerned

    If I had 7 or most of 6 frames built out, and if the frames are covered in bees, and if the danger of cold spells were past, I would pull a couple of frames of brood up into the new box. I would...
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    Re: bee water feeder

    Can you tell me more about that contraption? Looks interesting.
  14. Re: Robbing from new split before new queen emerges

    Why not make your screen into a robber screen? You can make up a functional robber screen by simply bending the screen into a shape that allows access well to the side of the hive entrance.
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    Re: Girls won't draw comb

    Also replace that brood frame you moved up with one of your undrawn frames. I'm having success getting frames drawn quickly by inserting them into the brood nest.
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    Re: swarm in trap lost to hive beetles. ???

    I had a similar nightmare last year with several hives. You probably already had beetle larvae in the combs, burrowing through and ruining brood and honey.

    I had some success with a pan of...
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    Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    I am glad to see an update from you.
    Life sometimes gets in the way of our plans, but it sounds like you're still moving forward.
    Keep at it, and keep posting updates!
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    Re: Over winter in 8 frame medium

    I use 10 frame equipment, but accidentally acquired 5 or so 8 frame boxes when I was getting started 3 yrs ago. All medium. I use the 8 frame boxes for nucs, and overwintered one last year using a...
  19. Thread: Easy Vap

    by Greeny
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    Re: Easy Vap

    I've run mine on an inverter clipped to my truck battery and plugged into an 80' extension cord. I have one of those HF generators too, but the inverter is much simpler for me. I only have two...
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    Re: Installation mistake

    Do you mean your bottom board is upside down?
    Do you mean your bottom board is backwards? Opening to the opposite direction you intended? Maybe upside down and backwards?

    Either way, just move...
  21. Re: Suppliers sell "filler" boards to reduce hive bodies into temporary nucs?

    The pink or blue wallboard insulation works well too, it's much easier to cut than wood.
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    Re: Installation mistake

    I'm not understanding either. I don't know what slot or shelf and screen you have.
    But, if you make the adjustments, the bees will figure it out.
    I've repositioned a hive by rotating it 90...
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    Re: splitting hive myth

    I have minimal experience, but I have less space to work with. My funnest hive is on my deck, and I've made several splits from it, setting up the split just a few feet away also on the deck. No...
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    Re: efficiently feed 100 nuc colonies

    I would look into very simple wooden covers, ala migratory covers, with the feeder hole cut in the center. If you don't need to feed, use your nice poly covers.
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    Re: Bee Flight Path - Time Lapse

    Very cool picture! Thanks for posting!
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