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    Re: Traps using rotting wood.

    I was working on the computer when the sky turned dark and I became aware of 'something happening just outside the window'. So I went outside, saw this - took a quick photograph - and went back...
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    Re: Traps using rotting wood.

    Move to here ? Good idea Greg ...

    For the benefit of anyone who's not been following the plot thus far, GregV has suggested that I transfer a recent reply I made (where I was trying to...
  3. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    If I'm reading you right, then this is your first contact with bees ? If so, then I think you've done exceptionally well thus far.

    It might be a good idea to inspect those combs in a couple of...
  4. Re: Beginner Mistake and moldy wood: can it be salvaged?

    That's a convenient 'hook' onto which I can hang this report ...

    A couple of weeks ago a swarm arrived and set up home in a 12" deep 6-frame nuc box which I'd condemned and which was waiting to be...
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    Re: Wax Moths and wood ash

    I remember reading a post and watching a related video from a beekeeper in Eastern Europe - Romania, Ukraine - somewhere in that neck of the woods. (My memory isn't what it once was ... )

    She...
  6. Re: Does the queen run from sunlight, wind etc when you open top of hive?

    Some queens just carry on, oblivious to the hive being opened, whereas some immediately stop whatever they're doing and dive around to the other side of the comb, away from the light.

    But then,...
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    Re: Probably over thinking this.

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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    What a pleasure to read a post containing positive suggestions, rather than this on-going group effort to give this guy's idea a good kicking.
    LJ
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    Excellent news - well done. :) (very envious)

    Rather than continuing to play with the Nicot L/Cage I needed to actually generate a bunch of queens for nucs, and so have reverted to grafting for...
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    Re: Probably over thinking this.

    Plywood would work - as would weed barrier/landscape woven matting, or any form of mulching material - whatever you've got handy. If you do decide to use plywood, suggest one sheet under the hive...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    What a lot of folks seem to overlook is that bees don't operate on the face of a comb by choice - although they certainly appear to, whenever we pull frames out. This can most visibly be seen when...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    I agree. There's a fair amount of repetition in subsequent videos, but well worth watching nevertheless. BUT - anyone who thinks that they can emulate his success simply by copying that method...
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    Re: Question about telescoping cover

    I prefer to use aluminium sheeting (ex scrapped caravan/trailer) whenever I can source it, cutting it with ordinary garden secateurs and folding into shape by hand. The stuff which has slight...
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    Re: Bamboo skewers as a frame

    I'm not sure about being 'inventive' - as it's a technique which is already being employed for mini-mating nucs.

    FWIW, I was attempting to address the wider issue of using "Bamboo skewers as a...
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    Re: White milky substance

    Yes - strange isn't it ? Sometimes there's just a smear around the newly hatched larva, and sometimes they really dump the stuff in. Curious.
    LJ
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    Re: Bamboo skewers as a frame

    Depends what is being meant by a 'frame' ? My understanding of the word (in the context of beekeeping) is that it defines the outer boundaries of a comb, which skewers will not - bees simply draw...
  17. Re: Persistent supersedure attempt against a great queen.

    If this queen really is as good as you say - shouldn't she be in a nuc box already - in order to reduce her laying rate and thus extend her life expectancy ? You could then use her old colony as a...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    A colony which is desperate for drones will build drone comb wherever it can. The 'fault' lies - not with the equipment - but with beekeeping practice, by not allowing an adequate amount of drone...
  19. Re: something odd I noticed about my bees being aggressive - question

    The only explanation I can offer is that the 'one bee' scenario could result from the dilution of prior undesirable genetics.

    If there's ever been a colony in the area which has produced serious...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I don't know if it would help or hinder - but it could be useful to look at honeybee behaviour in two distinctly separate ways: hard and soft.

    What I would call 'hard' behaviours are examples like...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    Seems there's a lot to be said for square hives. As mentioned earlier, British 'National' hives are square, and all mine are run 'warm way'. Hadn't really thought too much about this before now, as...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Side?

    I use both positions and find that in practice it doesn't appear to make any difference. With 5-frame nuc boxes I prefer the entrance on the sides (being holes drilled into the box side itself) as...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    I make all my boxes from reclaimed wood (ex pallets) using simple 'glue and screw' butt joints, with the boxes being assembled on a sheet of thick glass (ex glass-top table) to eliminate twist....
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Are you sure about this ? If you raise colonies headed by queens originating from swarm cells, then the drones from those colonies - which will be carrying that particular queen's genetics of course...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Hi Frank

    Your's absolutely right - the bottom line (dollars and cents) is indeed the prime motivator for genetic 'tinkering'. But - such genetic selection can only be transitory at best, for the...
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