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  1. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Thread: Top Venting

    by hankstump
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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...
  14. 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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    Timing for after the split?

    Looking for some collective knowledge here as this is my first foray into doing splits.
    So, the story so far. I'm doing some OTS splits.

    On the 10th of March I removed the queen and made new...
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    Re: Split Reference Guide?

    So, we did 3 hives in the past few weeks. And another club member tried it out also.
    We did 2 with a slight variation. 2 weeks before we removed the queen, we opened up the brood chamber by...
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    Re: Can Our Friendship Survive This Competiton?

    I'd check the kits of those two when they go visiting the hives and see if there is any Bee Quick in the kit bag. All is fair in friends and bees.

    I haven't resorted to the member list yet, but...
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    Re: Can Our Friendship Survive This Competiton?

    What was the tally last year between you two? Am I even close to you guys with 18 last year?

    Phil in Fremont.
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I have one, and 3 friends each have one in the past week. Season is on in the Bay Area (SF) I was lucky enough to be home when the one came into my box. It never gets old when they come in. ...
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    Re: Split Reference Guide?

    Thanks all.
    I'm going with the OTS method described by Mel. Looks to be one of the simplest, and most solid, gives the highest chance for lots of new colonies. Since most of my frames are...
  21. Thread: Offal Mat

    by hankstump
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    Offal Mat

    Offal - The remnants of food processing that are generally unusable, undesirable, or sometimes considered waste. Its all that stuff that left over after you processed the food stuff for the good...
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    Split Reference Guide?

    Is there a good reference guide for splits?
    There are so many different types, and methods that I'm kinda lost. We have an initiative in our club to raise more local bees, and splits will be our...
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    Slum Gum Oil?

    I use a solar wax melter and pile up my scrapings up on burlap. The burlap does a fine job of filtering the wax, and gives me sheet of burlap that has all of the right scents to put into swarm...
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    Re: Anise as a swarm lure?

    So, if I use some Anise scent near the swarm trap would it get the bees in the area, and hopefully more bees find the box, where the scent of the box and Swarm Commander will take over for them to...
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    Anise as a swarm lure?

    Has anyone heard of using Anise oil or extract as part of their swarm lure?
    A friend just mentioned it, and I hadn't heard of this before.
    Fact or fiction?

    Phil
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