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  1. Re: Winter Lang Hive - size reduction idea(!?)

    I should think that it is inadvisable to lick paint. :D

  2. Re: Winter Lang Hive - size reduction idea(!?)

    Last winter I used XPS foam inside the hive to convert an 8 frame double deep to a 5 over 5 for a small colony. They came through and exploded in the spring, becoming my largest hive.
  3. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    A hive will produce a surprising amount of moisture. Right now they are probably still curing and dehydrating the honey. When bees eat honey that honey is converted to water and carbon dioxide in...
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    Re: Any beekeepers in northern Utah?

    Well this afternoon was beautiful, huge change from the 23 we had just a couple of days ago. Bees are bringing in tons of pollen but I'm not so sure about nectar after that cold snap. So today I...
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    Re: 8 frame equipment

    I build my 8 frame boxes at 13-3/4. However the Mann-Lake queen excluders are 14. That means the queen excluder overhangs by 1/8" on each side. This hasn't been a huge problem, mostly an...
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    Re: Grafting from a friends hive

    If you were meaning that you take her a frame of brood and bees, and then bring home a frame of brood, eggs, and bees, then the brood is tended the whole time and it remains safely in comb during...
  7. Re: Retrieved a queen that was being balled, what are her chances?

    Glad that worked out well for you. I had been in that hive just the evening before and had marked that queen. (See here, it is the queen pictured being released from the one handed queen catcher.) ...
  8. Interesting statistics about # of beekeeper types and # of colonies.

    This information comes from Jamie Ellis, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida and The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory. Prof Ellis did a Q&A on Reddit yesterday and he...
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    Re: Feeding With Honey Supers All Capped

    Double deeps or one deep and a super?

    I run 8 frames hives as well — because geezer back. I like to run double 8 deeps on the bottom two boxes. I arrange for winter with the brood nest in the...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    Keep watching right here: It is fall, and if they do what they've done for the last couple of years that two frame extractor is going...
  11. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    You don't need a pressure washer, just a stack of quarters and a car wash.
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    Re: Warre novice in need of help!

    I ran a Warre for two seasons just to play with a different style of hive. I am south of you in SLC. You are in climate zone 6, same as we are. I suggest that you leave all three boxes on the...
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    Re: pumping 2-1 syrup

    I have an old water bed pump (I haven't had a waterbed for years, but still have the pump) that I've tried pumping 2:1 with. It works, but it struggles and the motor gets hot. If you were pumping...
  14. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    I think you are confusing readers by calling the bee escape an excluder. Most of us think of a queen excluder when you talk about an excluder.

    I have those triangular escape boards. They take...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    I went to put my fall Apivar on everybody today and they were all very pissy, I had to double glove my normal nitrile gloves. Except for my hive with Queen Callie and the two hives with her...
  16. Re: Retrieved a queen that was being balled, what are her chances?

    She didn't make it. I thought there for a while that she would. :(

    She is now floating in the alcohol vial with other dead queens for swarm lure.

    I guess the upside is that her sister queen...
  17. Re: ?? about Palmer 4x4 winter nucs, I have a resource problem with two brand new que

    That's an idea I had not considered Clayton. I've never tried wintering on a single 8, but I have wintered before in 5x5. I've never tried Palmer's 4x4, but so many people have had good results I...
  18. Re: Retrieved a queen that was being balled, what are her chances?

    Andy, so am I. She is doing much better now.

    Her mating nuc is dead. The robbers killed it. I moved her brood to her sister's nuc and the nurses jumped right on it. In fact it was that frame...
  19. Retrieved a queen that was being balled, what are her chances?

    One of my mating nucs was robbed just now. I got in there and found the queen in a ball. I managed to get her out and she is in a JZ BZ queen cage sitting beside me right now. She isn't moving but...
  20. Re: ?? about Palmer 4x4 winter nucs, I have a resource problem with two brand new que

    I do have another option here now that I've had a chance to mull it over. I have three unused 8 frame deeps. Including the donor box that gives me four. If I filled them with XPS insulation boards...
  21. ?? about Palmer 4x4 winter nucs, I have a resource problem with two brand new queens.

    So I did a late August graft and I've got two more queens that are now laying. See this post for more details if necessary. But I have a problem with enough resources to winter them.

    One queen...
  22. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Update - On the 28th I moved the three cells into queen-less mating nucs. On Sep 1 I checked to make sure they had emerged. All three queen cells were empty so I removed the grafting cups. I left...
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    Re: Super with brood

    Don't harvest from a frame while there is brood in the frame. Find the queen and get her moved down. Then put on a queen excluder. In 21 days the brood in the top will emerge. The super can be...
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    Re: inner cover questions

    The inner cover keeps the telescoping cover from being propolized down. You might not have noticed it yet because a new hive still has lots of places for bees to to stick propolis. If your inner...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    As I understood the article that I saw it takes a while for the toxin to take effect. Its not instant. It may explain why the queen stops taking mating flights.
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