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    Re: Front Range Cell Builder a "do all box"

    A lot of thought has gone into that.:thumbsup: Have you physically run it through all the possibilities? I am wondering if the bees can find a way to thwart you! They do me; I think it is a...
  2. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Where I have observed tops splaying out it is always been associated with wrong grain orientation. Dont put the heart side of the boards to the inside. "Dont Put Your Heart in a Box of Pine!"
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    Re: Strange spherical cells on new hive

    It is a long shot but if a particular batch of foundation just wont get accepted no way, no how, I would consider it. Can you find a link to that Amazon purchase. Is it name brand or other Someone...
  4. Re: Setting out deep frames of honey so bees put it in medium supers?

    I have one colony that already has a fair bit of sugar syrup in the supers. I was planning to extract everything from that for my own cooking use so just threw another super on it and the uncapped...
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    Re: Strange spherical cells on new hive

    I remember something from four years or so ago about some offshore foundation that had a high adulteration with other than genuine bees wax.
  6. Re: Setting out deep frames of honey so bees put it in medium supers?

    Most of the frames I pulled as excess stores are too crystallized to extract. I set up a hive this afternoon on Vance G's style. I have had the frames out for open feed for a few days but they have...
  7. Re: Why is a Langstroth # body the width that it is?

    1 3/8" was not always standard width. In use 1 3/8" frames accumulate enough wax and propolis on the shoulders that they functionally need more space to be worked efficiently unless you are anal...
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Only a few bees went into the caged frame with unwired wax foundation.

    I found a frame on wax foundation that has eggs/young larvae and did some notching a la On the Spot Queen Rearing and set up...
  9. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    Highly unlikely to be cape bee connection. Has is been ruled out that it may have been drone larvae in those cells? Apparently there are always the odd laying worker even in a healthy colony but the...
  10. Re: Preponderance capped brood necessarily leading to swarm?

    Yes, you do not slam them off from waist height. You can rattle them off into a box with a few frames removed so there will be bees in the bottom. You only have to shake hard to get the non flying...
  11. Re: This is giving me a splitting headache....pardon the pun....photo

    I would expect the possibility of emergency cells but it is surprising to see them on the bottom of the frame. Workers can attempt queen making on larvae up to ~5 days from the egg if they have...
  12. Re: Preponderance capped brood necessarily leading to swarm?

    Yes for certain if you want to use the cells. Shake only if you are looking to destroy!
  13. Re: Preponderance capped brood necessarily leading to swarm?

    Yes, you only have to shake the frames that will go above the excluder and only hard enough to jar the queen loose and most of the flying bees. It leaves the frames much easier to examine for queen...
  14. Re: Mixing sugar syrup - 20 gallons at a time -video

    Sorry Dan; dont know how I missed seeing that long handled dandy of a spoon! I find the 2 to 1 takes a fair bit of stirring. Your system sure beats working on the kitchen range.
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    What do you stir with Dan?
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    I put a foundationless frame with a worker size starter strip; they drew it down about three cells and switched the blueprint to drone size. That was in upper box; might have got drawn worker if I...
  17. Re: Preponderance capped brood necessarily leading to swarm?

    That would be a rather formidable hive to tackle.

    If you do find they have started swarm cells, google up some of Enjambres posts on doing the method 2 where you pull the queen and all the capped...
  18. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    Well I would say that it can be very, very important not to combine unless you are quite sure you identify the reason for a colony being weak. Colonies slow to develop deserve closer scrutiny than...
  19. Re: Preponderance capped brood necessarily leading to swarm?

    Yes that is basically what you do. Move most of the open and capped brood into another box (or 2 depending on whether you start with one or two deep colony. Replace those combs in the bottom box with...
  20. Re: Preponderance capped brood necessarily leading to swarm?

    Each frame of capped brood will become 3 or so frames of bees when they emerge. Thats when the push comes on. Imagine the job of trying to go thru such a hive and scrupulously remove every queen cell...
  21. Re: Could you use screen to seperate nucs in a single box?

    trouble with thin stock has been mentioned; hard to keep from taking a bow and leaking bees. I have used it with a slotted receiver on the bottom board and a stiffner on top. The advantage is you may...
  22. Re: Does dong a bunch of walk away Nuc splits count as queen rearing?

    I did not realize how complex was the culling process on the cells initiated. If conditions are poor and few cells started, their culling options are limited. Also surprised to see that the average...
  23. Re: Does dong a bunch of walk away Nuc splits count as queen rearing?

    Queen cells were initiated between the 1st and 9th days after dequeening (Fig. 5A). In two of the colonies the first queen cells were observed the day after dequeening, and in the other two colonies...
  24. Re: Does dong a bunch of walk away Nuc splits count as queen rearing?

    msl;

    I have seen some cells torn down but never documented as to their time of capping to see if they did indeed tear down some apparently started on older larvae. Snelgrove felt that older bees...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames

    If I hunted it up, I could show a pic where the queen layed an egg right on a wire. The first time laid up though they often pass up on such holes but the next time around after the bees polish up...
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