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  1. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    How about "Excluder and Supered Split"?
    Or an ES Split.
  2. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Hi Deepster,

    Only one Partial Foundation is needed per Brood Box. It is used to trigger Wax Making.
    The frame on the other side of the Brood Nest can be a Full Sheet of Foundation.
    So a total of...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    So how are things going now?
  4. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    With cutting Plastic Foundation, some suggest scoring the plastic with a knife or hive tool and then putting the foundation on a straight edge where you want it break off and then snapping it off.
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  5. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    1. There is likely at least one other virgin queen or even new queen cells if the swarm queen had started laying.

    2. Not a problem.

    3. Yes it is likely, multiple queen cells would have been...
  6. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    1. No other methods are used. The only thing I haven't mentioned is that I winter in a single Deep. 2 Deeps are kept for Brood Boxes for the warmer half of the year.

    2. This method is for...
  7. Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    When using a frame of Partial Foundation to trigger wax making, I suggest making the Foundation into a wedge shape like this, this keeps a large area in the middle for worker size comb. The gaps on...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Cool, thanks for the update.

    I've had couple of people suggest scoring the plastic foundation with a hive tool or knife and then placing it on a hard straight edge and simply snapping of the...
  9. OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Starting to see reports of swarms in the southern states of the US, so if you live there consider OSBN.

    Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest is a great Swarm Prevention method for Beekeepers who...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    With those hives I would remove all Swarm Cups and all Burr comb from the bottom of the frames in the next day or so.

    Then put at least 2 frames of Partial Foundation and 2 frames of Foundation on...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    @AMK
    Womdering how are things progressing? Have you got waxing making happening in most or all hives?
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Starting to see reports of swarms in the southern states of the US, so if you live there it's time to start OSBN.

    I have updated the website with the following Main Points to provide a quick...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Thanks for sharing. For the first half of the video I was wondering where you actually did OSBN because you did a small split and then forgot to put a frame in the bottom box

    Only made sense when...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Good to hear it went well. I would love to see photos of the first couple of frames getting drawn. I missed my chance to get photos this season. Wanting to see if the initial comb is typically reused...
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    @AMK Wondering how did you go on the weekend?...

    @AMK
    Wondering how did you go on the weekend? Any signs of Swarm Prep?
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    Re: How to keep within your (newbee) limit

    Yes the Demaree method can be used, but it requires finding the queen, finding all the queen cells and shaking bees off frames. Then coming back and checking for emergency queen cells. Also need two...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    I use Tin snips to cut plastic foundation.

    Make sure the plastic foundation is well coated with wax. It makes a big difference in getting comb to be drawn out on it. Especially early in the season.
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Really it doesn't matter where the hole is on the sheet of Partial Foundation. The issue is that it is usually filled with Drone Comb, so that it why I try to keep the middle of the Foundation as...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    It would also be worth marking the frames of Partial Foundation so that you can easily identify them later.

    If you don't want these frames with some amount of drone comb left in the Brood Box you...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Wow that's more hives than I thought. Even with the rain they will still be growing in population as the capped brood emerges. Sounds like you will have a busy weekend ahead. Have fun!

    With frames...
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    Sticky: Main points for OSBN, during Swarm Season: ...

    Main points for OSBN, during Swarm Season:


    Maintain at least 2 undrawn frames in every box.
    Place undrawn frames on the outer edges of the Brood Nest.
    Move honey frames up and out of the...
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    Re: Hive Configuration

    Ideally use all the same size frames for both brood boxes and supers. It makes it a lot easier to manage hives in the long run.
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Thanks for your kind words.
    As a backyard beekeeper I've tried various methods since I started beekeeping round 30 years ago. But since having developed OSBN over the last several years have found...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Ian Steppler (Canadian Beekeepers Blog) let's them expand into 2 Deeps during Swarm Season and then before the Main Flow shakes the bees from the Top Deep into the bottom one and then puts on an...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    G'day Amk,

    Sounds like Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN) would work for you. But like other swarm prevention methods, in Swarm Season you need to check the hives at least every 2 weeks.
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