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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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    Re: What to use to get the natural wood look

    I use a Decking oil mixed with some exterior grade varnish.

    Rather than painting, get a large shallow plastic container large enough to put a Deep on its side.
    Fill it up while the Deep is in the...
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    Re: How to keep within your (newbee) limit

    No harm in trying OSBN first and splitting as a last resort.

    It really depends on how heavy the flow is in Swarm Season.
    At least with OSBN you get a head start when you don't have spare drawn...
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    Re: How to keep within your (newbee) limit

    I mentioned that more to focus on the point that the method helped prevent this large hive from swarming.

    This is a second year hive. It was a swarm the previous year that grew to 3 Deeps. I...
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    Re: How to keep within your (newbee) limit

    G'day Grace,

    That's one of the reasons why I developed a method called Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN)

    When you live in a residential area there are restrictions to the number of...
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    Re: Hive swarmed

    Hi TheFuzz,

    I've had a Hive Abscond due to Hive Beetle, but not Wax Moth.
    Unlikely it was Wax Moth unless it was very weak.

    There are no Varroa Mites in Australia.

    Another cause for this...
  17. Re: Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with egg to raise Queens?

    Thanks MSL, both those comments were what I was referring to in the OP. So was thinking the Royal Jelly might help with acceptance.

    I don't have an observation hive to test this with. If I had...
  18. Re: Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with egg to raise Queens?

    Thanks for the replies.

    I have seen a study where eggs were transferred to Petri dishes and studied while they hatched. A special tool was used, probably under magnification. The majority were...
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    Re: How to keep honeybees alive and thriving.

    G'day Kamon,

    I have also been enjoying watching your videos on YouTube and finding them informative and entertaining. Thank you, both you and Laurel for taking the time to produce them.

    If you...
  20. Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with egg to raise Queens?

    Just a thought, but haven't seen or heard anyone talk about it.

    Has anyone put Royal Jelly in with an egg in order to raise Queens?

    I've heard that when others have tried using eggs to raise...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Prayers have been answered.

    We have had a decent amount of rain in south eastern Australia and many of the bushfire affected areas.
    Some places have even had flooding. Others have had hailstones...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Horizontal hives are fairly cheap and easy to make. You can make them as long as you want and have multiple colonies in them using division or follower boards.

    If you haven't got equipment to cut...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Vance, that is misinformation.
    The figure is for all of 2019, with just over half being from Queensland, which include breaches of Total Fire Bans.
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

    A slow and steady rain is what is needed and the drought to end. We have had a little bit of rain last day or so, but much more is needed.

    Yes, the amount...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    These fires are huge. Totaling over several million acres!

    We live over 2 hours drive away from the main fire in Victoria and we have had thick smoke for the last few days. People finding it...
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