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  1. For Sale
    4 frame nucs available April 20. Frames in good condition no broken ears. Located in northern California. Contact me for more information about freight shipping or pick up arrangements. 1-50 $150 50+ $130 [email protected] (530)-923-0942 Noel Tinoco Butte Valley Apiaries
  2. Bee Forum
    Hello everybody, i had a question. I have 3 deep boxes of Russian bees so far. I was wondering if i should add a queen excluder before my next box then add my supers on top of that. And also, if i have a queen excluder do i need to maintain hive capacity for the other 3 boxes underneath by...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hello I have a bit of a problem with frame sizes. I bought 2 hives and copied the frames so I had commonality. I then bought 10 boxes from China hoping they would be the STD frame size - they were not! I then bought 6 hives from a local bee keeper full of bees, brude and honey but again these...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello everyone: I just purchased frames from Mann Lake for the first time, and noticed the beveling at the top and bottom of the end bars, which creates 8 triangular pockets on the assembled frame. Does anyone know the purpose of these? I have not seen them on other frames that I have...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    We all know that when constructing comb, the bees 'cant' the comb slightly upward on both sides (I'll guess ~10 degrees?), making the two sides of comb form a slight 'V.' When doing an extraction from inside a wall, we all know the comb runs up and down inside the wall forming vertical...
  6. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I love my Tanzanian Top Bar Hive...except the comb attachments. I faithfully cut the comb from the sides at each inspection, but it just makes the bees angry. I thought a solution might be to convert the top bars to simple frames using 3/8 or 1/2 dowels on the sides. A narrower frame bottom...
  7. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I going to attempt rearing some queens in a month or so (yeah, tough time of the year! :o ) and will be using 8-frame mediums. I'm intending to use an 8-frame medium as mating box and nuc...a follower board to reduce the space down to from three to five frames to begin with and moving the...
  8. Bee Forum
    A friend who has been beekeeping for 30 plus years suggested that replacing the brood frames in a laying worker hive was necessary due to the size of the cells caused by drone brood. Curious as to what others feel about this. If you have a laying worker hive and you have requeened, is it a...
  9. Equipment/Hardware
    So I made some frames today, was really hoping I'd be able to make them cheaper than I could buy them. Not sure if any one has tried this, (if you have, I'd love to hear the outcome) but I wanted to post for feedback. I've been having trouble getting my TBH's to move horizontal (first year...
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    First year beekeeper here-- I've seen contradicting advice on how to install plasticell foundation (no wires) with wedge top bar frames. It's too late for me to switch to groove bar, so I'm wondering if I should either a) remove the wedge, assemble frame, nail wedge back to top bar b) not...
  11. Bee Forum
    I have standard Langstroth hives. Today I inspected one and found brood between the 4 center frames of the first (full) and second (medium) hive bodies. There is ample room in both hive bodies and a third medium in addition. This was the only hive with this condition. I estimate better than a...
  12. Bee Forum
    I recently got another hundred frames and I'm thinking about cutting down the end bars to 1 1/4" ...But I'm still "on the fence". I'm thinking about the frames that are already in use and the trouble it would be to deal with them. And what about the pf120 frames? How do they like...
  13. Bee Forum
    This is just a quick survey to find out what percent of beekeepers super with 10, 9, 8 or 7 frames in a standard hive box or with 8, 7, 6 in an 8-frame hive
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