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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    Do you have an old ice chest? Try using it instead of the box you are using. An ice chest is insulated. The insulation will keep the heat in.

    Flat black is black that is not glossy. It absorbs...
  2. Re: Need help on brood above queen excluder

    The most likely explanation is that somehow you got the queen into the box above the excluder. You could have done this during an inspection by setting the box she was in on top of another box or by...
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    Free Mann-Lake smoker fuel

    Ok maybe the title is a little bit click bait like but here is a tip. Mann-Lake packs their boxes with lots of long craft paper padding. Fold in a strip 2” wide across the long side and keep...
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    Re: Moisture Board

    Mine are also 4" high. I have a screened 1-1/2" by 10" vent slot on each end 1" down from the top edge. The telescoping cover hangs down to cover part of it, I center the telescoping cover. I used...
  5. Re: Workers Moving Eggs in Queenless Divided Hive?

    When your left colony queen returned from mating is it possible that she returned to the middle chamber? Are you sure it is impossible for a queen to move between right and middle chambers? Can she...
  6. Re: Michael Palmer sold me a yellow marked queen?

    My 2017 yellow girl is still doing the same. For some reason her daughters built a couple of supersedure cells. I put her in a nuc and I think she thinks she swarmed, because she doubled down. The...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Agreed. I moved an older queen from a hive that had supersedure cells to a nuc with an empty frame, a frame of brood, a frame of foundation, and a frame feeder. That must have activated a swarm...
  8. Re: Taking off supers. Were do all those bees go?

    You've got winter honey stores for them in the super you were going to leave right? So it doesn't matter. You are doing it to give them space and something to do. You've got a strong worker...
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    Re: I needed another hive stand fastů

    All my stands, well all except the post and cinder block one, follow my ant-proof hive stand pattern. I do plan to make another stand so I can get the nucs on it. One of the reasons I went ahead...
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    I needed another hive stand fastů

    I had both my 3 hive stands full. I had both my single hive stands full. I had nuc hives on my cinder block and post stand. And I didn’t have time to make another one.

    I got the harbor freight...
  11. Re: Taking off supers. Were do all those bees go?

    Pull the supers, put on another brood box with undrawn frames, let them get to work drawing comb. Even if you aren't planning on it for winter, use the bee force you have now to increase your...
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    Re: Transferring a Deep Frame Nuc into Medium Supers

    This is not the only time you are going to run into this problem. Get a deep box. If you don't want to have extra deep frames then fill the space with a frame feeder or 2" XPS foam. When the queen...
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    Re: August Splits

    If you've got a very large hive you can make a queenless split off of it with only capped brood and no eggs and give it one of the frames with capped queen cells.
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    Re: Making a Bee Hive

    Very nice work Paul, always enjoy your videos. I see your hive with the arch top is still looking fantastic. Like you I've also found that it is just easier to cut the frame rests with a router...
  15. Re: You guys that raise Autumn queens: When do you graft?

    Primarily I suck at grafting so #1) more practice and #2) some nucs to winter. I'm almost tempted to graft two full bars (30) just to see what I get, but I can only provide mating nucs for six, so...
  16. You guys that raise Autumn queens: When do you graft?

    Title asks it, but board says I gotta type something here.
  17. Re: Persistent supersedure attempt against a great queen.

    Update - It took longer than I expected but the supersedure queen appears to be doing fantastic. I moved Callie to the nuc on June 21 and left two supersedure cells in the hive. After using it as...
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    Re: Bees staying home

    Bees can see farther into the ultraviolet range than we can. They have UV receptors on their head that let them see where the sun is even on a cloudy day for navigation. It also gives them the...
  19. Re: Tried-and-true tactics for helping a tiny hived swarm survive?

    In addition to giving it a brood bomb another thing you can do once you are sure the queen is mated (esp if it might be a virgin swarm) is to trade places with another hive during the mid afternoon. ...
  20. Re: After Extracting, what to do with the frames?

    I understand now. Yes, you can put them back on the hives as is. You'll be surprised how fast they will repair the uncapping and extraction damage. They will have most of the damage repaired by...
  21. Re: New HowTo Video Posted to our youtube channel: screened inner covers

    Now you're starting to get there. That cross section is the only one that matters. But your first claim was patently inaccurate, the cross section of the hive body is not your ventilation area, no...
  22. Re: New HowTo Video Posted to our youtube channel: screened inner covers

    There is a problem with your thinking which led to a problem with your math. You didn't get the penny shim ventilation cross section right and you grossly overstated the actual ventilation cross...
  23. Re: After Extracting, what to do with the frames?

    See this post on storing frames. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?345627-Storing-Frames&p=1633441#post1633441 I've had good results with these Home Depot tubs and they are...
  24. Re: New HowTo Video Posted to our youtube channel: screened inner covers

    What exactly does this do over just putting thin shims under the cover? Shims furnish the same ventilation cross section and the area is small enough that most insects can't get through. I put...
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    Re: Storing Drawn Comb & Supers in Summer

    See this post on storing frames. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?345627-Storing-Frames&p=1633441#post1633441 I've had good results with these Home Depot tubs and they are...
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