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    Re: African genetics

    I started with a BeeWeaver queen 5 years ago. BeeWeaver queens are open mated and I have heard stories about feisty queens from BeeWeaver. I continued rearing my own queens from the original...
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    Re: How to inspect with less protective gear

    Can't be done with my bees where I am at!
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    My Acorn foundation just snaps if bent over a hard edge. Works for me.
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    Re: Oav for nucs made up with queen cells

    I would do OAV on a nuc as soon as all the old brood is hatched and before new one is sealed.
  5. Re: Foundationless Brood boxes - Positives and Negatives

    There was no foundation at all in the extra-deep frames which was a failed experiment. For medium, I simplu break the plastic foundation in half and use each half (with normal orientation) in the...
  6. Re: Foundationless Brood boxes - Positives and Negatives

    I have lot of foundationless frames. I will tell you what worked and what hasn't so far.

    I experimented with double-medium aka super-deep foundationless frames (with horizontal skewers as guides)...
  7. Thread: A Small Victory

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    Re: A Small Victory

    There are options for mite control if you are all natural. Read this.. But you are going to loose hive some day (and affect several neighboring colonies) if you don't control mites.
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Winter was mild here In North Texas. Still lost 4 weak hives this winter. Rest of them are doing very well building up nicely as I write this. Starting this year with 21 hives.

    PS: Made lots of...
  9. Thread: Winter in Texas

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    Re: Winter in Texas

    You should "reduce" the honey from deeps. Extract half of the deep frames and return the combs. Arrange alternate empty combs and honey frames over the broodnest. If supers are not capped then you...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I have two words for you: Don't waste your time!

    I made all kinds of weird hives out of repurposed materials. They all starting to fall apart 2-3 years down the road. I make all new hives using...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    I am in North Texas. Just finished my first inspection and every colony has several frames for brood. Way too early for our region. I would expect to see half as much brood at this time of the year....
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    I have never had a hive stacked beyond 7 mediums but I still would not harvest even if I reach 10 medium tall hive. Simply because I am lazy and I want to harvest just once and be done with it. In...
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    Re: Help. Need my Bees to move on

    I am not sure anyone mentioned but the fact that swarm landed on your house on the first place tells me that their chosen future home is somewhere near or inside your home. You can move them around...
  14. Re: Podcast Samuel Ramsey - varroa more destructive then when it first arrived

    Good podcast. I learned a thing or two. Thanks.
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    I don't close the entrances at all for OAV. In fact, I treat from the entrance. One less thing to do. I do have the entrance reducers in place before OAV.
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    Re: Motorizing an extractor

    I used mortar mixer on vertical shaft!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQLOa6P5_4Q&t=10s
  17. Re: looking for a well tested procedure to dry honey in the comb

    Fan alone may not do the job if the relative humidity is higher. The dehumidifier keeps the humidity low but it heats up the room in the process. So basement would be my choice.

    I let the fan blow...
  18. Re: I robbed some of my bees today. I have a few questions.

    It's not clear what you are saying. Are you saying the supers you took off had uncapped nectar ? If yes then I would simply put them back on the hives so they can ripe it. If you have some left over...
  19. Re: Not building on plastic frames, what to do?

    You can rearrange the frames but be careful not to squish the queen in the process. Or just wait. It takes a while for the queen to acclimated. They will draw combs when they need them. Try different...
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    Re: Bottling question

    I bought following valve and walked over to the plumbing isle and found a PVC male-to-male coupling that would fit the thread in the brass valve. I cut off one side of male thread and kept the hex...
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    Re: Bottling question

    I use a lead-free brass ball valve from Lowe's on a 5 gallon bucket. Much better than honey gate. Zero spill this year with this setup vs honey gate that caused a lot of mess last year.

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    I keep top of the broodnest open until early...

    I keep top of the broodnest open until early reproductive swarm season is over. Until hardwood green up. After that I just make sure they have enough room and infrequent checking of broodnest.
  23. Thread: Want More Honey

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    Re: Want More Honey

    I didn't see if anyone mentioned but stronger/bigger hive produce more honey. Each colony needs a certain number of bees to upkeep the hive and it's occupants. So every extra bee over and above this...
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    When brood is separated from queen then they...

    When brood is separated from queen then they typically raise new queen. Totally normal. Lack of queen pheromone is the reason. Make use of the cells and start a new nuc.
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    Re: Powering a ProVap 110 in the Field

    Yes, it's a trade off.
    Inverter: Easy to power with vehicle battery but limited life.
    Generator: Unreliable but long running time.

    You pick based on your needs. I have been stranded on the yard...
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