Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?
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    Default Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    Hi Guys,

    I am kicking around the idea of using escape boards, but without a loader to lift the honey back onto the hive 7-8 or 9 high, I am wondering if anyone has expermented with placing the honey on an escape board on the ground and then placing a lid ontop. Would the bees go queenless and leave in the same timeframe as they do on the hive? Would it be more effective to place the escape board ontop of a stack of honey to allow light into the stack?

    And thoughts?

    Luke

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    I sometimes stack supers full of honey on a weak hive next to it over an escape board to strengthen the weak one at the end of the flow. Works fine and I don't have to restack them. I use escapes whenever I can and the double stacking is a bit of a cost of doing business. An advantage is you break up the burr comb between supers and the bees clean up that mess and you don't have to deal with so much while handling before extracting. If I am pulling honey during the flow, I tend to stand the supers I am pulling on end and give the bees a couple hours and they abandon them and leave you with bee free supers.

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    Default Re: Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    Vance- thank-you- For those of us with escapes and no lift truck and for pulling honey throughout the season that is very informative- especially about strenghthening weaker hives.

    Jerry

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    Default Re: Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swarmhunter View Post
    Vance- thank-you- For those of us with escapes and no lift truck and for pulling honey throughout the season that is very informative- especially about strenghthening weaker hives.

    Jerry
    Justremember you are weakening the best honey producers too. I just do it at the end of the flow when I don't think its going to matter.

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    Default Re: Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    What kind of escape board do you use? Is there a good, better ,best and where do you get them.Getting tired of bee go.

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    Default Re: Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    I do not use escape boards currently. I will build some to test. I am thinking that I will build them to be installed like a lid on a stack of supers with some screen to allow light into the stack. My thoughts are the bees will go queenless and move to the light and leave the stack through the escapes.

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    Default Re: Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer Jim View Post
    What kind of escape board do you use? Is there a good, better ,best and where do you get them.Getting tired of bee go.
    I have more than 20 years experience working with bee escapes. I build my own different construction and now finally I have a very successful bee escape, you can see a photo of it at the bottom.
    For the people who don't have an easy loader, I also have developed a very good heavy lifter, it can lift 5-6 boxes of honey easy. Its not necessary to spend $25000 for an easy loader, you guys can also see a video of how it works in the field.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8H...SZWxUQTRJ/view

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8H...xM0ZVREVJ/view

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/13FD...RVLsfp6fL/view

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    Default Re: Escape boards. Do they work off of the hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    I sometimes stack supers full of honey on a weak hive next to it over an escape board to strengthen the weak one at the end of the flow. Works fine and I don't have to restack them. I use escapes whenever I can and the double stacking is a bit of a cost of doing business. An advantage is you break up the burr comb between supers and the bees clean up that mess and you don't have to deal with so much while handling before extracting. If I am pulling honey during the flow, I tend to stand the supers I am pulling on end and give the bees a couple hours and they abandon them and leave you with bee free supers.
    Hi Vance,

    What I am looking for is the equivalent of tipping off boxes and waiting for them to leave, without needing to restack. I load my honey, stacks 5 high, with a motorized cart.

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