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  1. Splits/Combines
    For those of you successful with using the Snelgrove board for vertical splits, swarm management, or queen rearing, what's your "Go-To" type of queen excluder for your setup and why? Wood vs plastic vs metal....which should I choose for success? Thank you
  2. Bee Forum
    Hi there - I've been on the road a few weeks & finally had a chance to open the hive. My bees have been building burr comb in the feeder (Mann Lake), which I've been doing my best to remove. However, when I opened the hive today, I noticed that not only is there a lot of comb (see photo) but...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Well, it finally happened. I have been reading (for sevewral years now) about how sometimes the bees wont move above a queen excluder. Well, I finally experienced this personally. This Spring I did a split and added a purchased queen (Walter T Kelly) Russian Queen. I usually go with...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beekeeper. I have two hives of Italians that i just started last weekend. I can't believe all the work they've done already! I'm wondering if once they build up the brood should I had another box for more brood or put in my queen excluder and start making honey? I don't need to...
  5. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I plan on using the honey frame excluder method in my TBH, always keeping an empty 1 1/4" bar in front of the honey frame and a 1 1/2" empty bar behind the honey frame. I currently have ten 1 1/4" bars stacked in the front of the hive. How do I know when the bees are transitioning from brood...
  6. Bee Forum
    So, here is the story! I kept a brand new 8 frame hive at a friends house this summer. excellent, fertile area with plenty of food and water for the girls. We pulled about 4 gallons of honey so they did very well for themselves. Because the queen had laid brood in one of the supers I left it...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Okay, so I have 3 hives right now with homemade entrance excluders b/c of problems here with pests such as ants, lizards and Asian hornets. See my earlier posts if you're interested in the story. My question is: what is the absolute minimum entrance size? These hives are basically nucs in...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hi everyone. I bought my first 4 hives a week and a half ago and did my first inspection on Monday. 2 of the hives had the queen trapped above the excluder. I didn't actually find her but I had brood in the honey supers and no brood below the excluder in the brood nest. I completely removed...
  9. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    As I read how many on the forum have had some brood in part of the last comb, I wonder why we couldn't make the partition out of a bee excluder. I'm already wondering how bad I will feel if brood messes up some of my honey. First question: Why not make the partition a bee excluder and leave it...
  10. Bee Forum
    I found larvae (lots) in my homey super. I am very new to this. I have a small garden hive a friend gave me before leaving the country. I recently inspected and found all this larvae about the properly placed queen excluder. The queen must be above the excluder. This was not the case when I...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Been wondering about this for a while and thought I'd throw it out there. Since queens tend to stovepipe up the middle of the hive, occasionally including honey supers, what if I had a smaller version of the traditional excluder. The one I have in mind would only cover the middle frames, like...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    During the past two seasons, we have added a Queen Excluder onto our brood supers. Since we never got any surplus honey (nor drawn comb for that matter), we always assumed that it was due to being too late in the season -- after the peak of the honey-flow. Now -- after reading through the...
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