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    Re: why do my bees become ever more gentle?

    A month ago we had a very early season heat. It was hot and nothing had started blooming yet. Bees were bumping even at 100 feet, even around the corner of the house. Yesterday I could have...
  2. Re: Setting out deep frames of honey so bees put it in medium supers?

    I'm assuming the reason you want it in the supers is because you'd like to extract it at some point anyways. All of that sounds like more work, more hassle, and more being sticky than just...
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    Re: Shellac and bees

    That is a beautiful location for an apiary. I am jealous.
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    Re: I think I really screwed up.

    About wing clipping. Paul Kelly at UoG has a lot of resources. If they accidentally clip a virgin they can super easily correct the problem. For the small beekeeper I suggest you do a split...
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    Re: Swarm returns

    When a swarm aborts then most likely the queen wasn't quite ready to fly and wasn't able to take off. They'll run her around and try again in a couple of days. I had an aborted swarm earlier this...
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    Re: Shellac and bees

    We can talk about whether a particular clear finish is indoor or outdoor and debate that until the bees come in for night, but that doesn't change the fact that any clear film finish, even ones that...
  7. Re: Why is a Langstroth # body the width that it is?

    The extra space aids you in removing frames without rolling (and killing) bees and more especially queens since they are taller.

    We can get all hug up about details like why are railroad tracks 4...
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    The plastic foundation has no wax on it.

    The plastic foundation has no wax on it.
  9. Just use pocket screws to attach a 1/2” divider...

    Just use pocket screws to attach a 1/2” divider and attach a 3/4” wide top strip to fill the frame rest and give a wide enough surface to support the second story mics. A groove cuts through the...
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    Re: Varroa shaker

    I stumbled across this one that is cheap and easy to make. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY8kwNEuBY4
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    If you want to return the frame to a medium box then it has to go.
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    Re: Does dong a bunch of walk away Nuc splits count as queen rearing?

    Absinte, don't just rely on the bait hives. Get your name out there for swarm removal. Get on https://beeremovalsource.com/ and on http://beelist.org and on any local lists you can find and on...
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    Re: Hive Location (Backs to metal shed)

    You can work a hive from the side (I prefer to) and so I think its fine. You do need enough space on all sides that you can safely lift, pivot, and set down a box without wrenching any muscles. ...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    They actually don't have to be glued into the groove. I dip one side of the stick in the wax pot to coat it and set it aside to let it harden while I dip one side of all the other sticks. Then I go...
  15. Re: Can you run an 8 frame hive with a single brood box?

    I have huge respect for Paul and love his videos, but Paul's climate is a lot colder than mine. The warmer climate means bees are more active here in the winter yet its way too cold for forage,...
  16. Re: Got viciously attacked today when observering hive

    So are mice, skunks, and grizzly bears.
  17. Re: Could you use screen to seperate nucs in a single box?

    Wood has an r value of less than 1 per inch. A solid divider is not going to stop any significant heat transfer, they'll share the heat just fine across it just as well as a screen without the risk...
  18. Re: Does dong a bunch of walk away Nuc splits count as queen rearing?

    Given how big of a difference it made the time I made my first packed cell starter verses my only sort of packed starters before that, I'm skeptical that a two frame split is capable of raising an...
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    Re: Caught Swarm - Nuc or Full box?

    That's a really good point. Do both. Put together a second story nuc box by tomorrow then do that, because you'll always need another nuc box anyways, its not wasted effort. If you had one now you...
  20. Re: Neighbor contesting our beekeeping permit - advice for the upcoming hearing?

    :lpf:

    OT, I have proudly regaled the tale many times over the years about being responsible for loads of carp swimming in the sumps of the High School swamp coolers on multiple occasions, but this...
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    Re: Caught Swarm - Nuc or Full box?

    I just had a look at your 10 day weather forecast. I think I'd be moving them to a single deep by the end of the weekend. It will be warm enough that the big box will be fine by Monday. Put the...
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    Re: amount of brood in a deep nuc

    I think that is a puny nuc. IMO a nuc should have a minimum three frames with brood in varying stages and a solid frame of honey/pollen for food. I've read enough of these stories that beekeepers...
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    Re: Strange spherical cells on new hive

    It looks like only drone brood. Are you seeing normal brood on any other frames? You need to answer the important question: "Is the hive queenless?" Hunt and hunt and hunt until either you find a...
  24. Thread: Acorn Frames

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    Re: Acorn Frames

    I ordered Mann Lake Ritecell unwaxed foundation and it shipped immediately. I ordered unwaxed since I'm going to be adding wax to it anyways. If you're desperate (like I was, I was completely out...
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    Re: Beekeeping logistics in a limited area

    Bees will use forty to sixty feet to make a flyway to climb up to and descend from altitude, or the take off and landing approach to the hives. But if there is an obstacle they will spiral up to...
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