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    Swarm Trapping Presentation

    I do a swarm trapping presentation for my local clubs, its about an hour long. Its based on the 3 pillars - Scent, Accommodation, and Location. Not a professional video, but you get the idea. ...
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    Re: What to do with old, dark brood comb

    Old black comb should be cycled out of your hive over time. Some give it 2 years in the brood chamber, some give it 5 years. Whichever, old black comb should be replaced over time. The built up...
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    Re: What to do with old, dark brood comb

    Indeed, trying to extract any wax from it difficult. The old cocoons absorb too much wax. Best used in a swarm traps, or compost.
    Phil
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    One question I did have though, is when using frames from a Deadout. Sometime there is a handful of larvae that didn't quite hatch out, but the rest of the frame is nice drawn comb. Does anyone...
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    While it is certainly true that black comb is very useful in helping improve the scent in the hive to give it that lived in smell. However, I have seen that swarms will actually adopt the yellow...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I set up about 10 boxes around town, and got 15 swarms last year. Oddly, I got two swarms without queens last year. Swarms were normal in all other respects, but after 2 weeks of leaving them...
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    Yeah, I had heard of that. Seems to work just fine in a yard with adequate bee population. Thanks for jogging my memory. I'll add it to my presentation, right along with the Russian Scion (slum...
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    Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    I'll be doing a presentation for our club on Swarm Traps in the next month, as I do almost every year around this time. I've been pretty successful in catching swarms in the past years (about...
  9. Thread: Slatted rack

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    Re: Slatted rack

    I am not aware of a study that supports, or refutes their use. I use them on all my hives. I believe the added air space below the colony lets the bees do a better job of controlling the heat and...
  10. Re: anyone selling foundation less Kelly made frames?

    Hmm, indeed, the Kelly F frame is no longer on the website. Glad I bought some this spring. Certainly my favorite frame.

    Phil
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Just a summary of the history of slatted racks from what I can suss out on this topic trolling the internet, and reading books.

    V.1 - C.C. Miller made the first ones, or at least documented them...
  12. Thread: Swarm Traps

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    Re: Swarm Traps

    I use my oldest odd 10 frame boxes I have. Older wood is better, and old lived in beehives are best. You want that scent of an old hive. Certainly, my old boxes that are caked with propolis are...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    Thanks for all the inputs, and insights. I think, to keep things simple and not try to re-invent the hive, I'll just move all of my entrances to the corner. That way the bees are seeing the comb at...
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    Hive Entrance Side?

    How was it determined that a hive should have the entrance on the short side of the hive, exposed the ends of the frames?
    Seems that in nature, they build across the entrance, or at acute angles to...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    I too am a fan of slatted boards. Although there may be little scientific basis for it, I do see the benefits.
    1. It gives the bees a space to cluster in the evening and hang out with the queen,...
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    Re: Who invented the Merrill Box?

    HillBilly2. Thanks so much for solving the mystery, and giving credit where it is most certainly due.
    Pray tell, what part of the country do you keep bees with Lowell? I'd like to send Lowell...
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    Who invented the Merrill Box?

    Seems the Merrill box has been around a long time, and almost everyone makes a version of it, and they aren't all that much different..
    So who is (was) Mr. Merrill and what other things has he...
  18. Re: replacing inner cover with a fabric or plastic

    Burlap works great. It also offers a some hive ventilation (not too much). Indeed the original idea was that you could peel back one side and not disturb the entire colony.
    One benefit, is...
  19. Thread: Top Venting

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    Top Venting

    Bees need venting in the hive, all year long. The current hive design does not offer much, if any. The inner cover has a nice hole in the middle, but there isn't any air gap between the inner...
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    Re: Swarm came and then left my trap ??

    The first thing I would say is that you need more drawn comb in the box, but you have that now. Box size seems to be right. Can't explain why they left. Sometimes they just do that. As with all...
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    Rousting a cluster in a tree?

    Anyone had any luck in getting a cluster in tree to lift off in hopes it finds the swarm traps set below, or just a lower branch?
    Some swarms settle in trees way too high to attempt to try and...
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    Re: Split Reference Guide?

    That's exactly what I'm looking for. Brilliant. just what the club (doctor) ordered.
    Tip of the hat to Ken Reid, and I owe him dinner when I come to his town next.

    Thanks, Phil in Fremont.
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    Re: Timing for after the split?

    Indeed, waiting another couple of weeks makes all the difference. Capped brood is quite obvious, and the queen is much easier to find, and catch. Recombined the failed splits and they are all off...
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    Re: Timing for after the split?

    Thanks Michael,
    Indeed, they were pretty fast, and ran a lot. We had pretty good success at making queens, and will let them be for another few weeks to see eggs and larvae. No eggs yet.
    I...
  25. Thread: Moldy Comb

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    Re: Moldy Comb

    I spray down old moldy comb with a sprayer on the garden hose to wash out as much old stuff as possible, then throw it into an old 2 frame spinner to get all the water and debris out. A little time...
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