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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    This isn't a brag or a how to....it's just how I did it while attempting to solve my plastic foundation dilemma with cutting out queen cells. It was an experiment (which I like to do) which worked. It's an option.
  2. Beekeeping 101
    This will be my first years starting two brand new hives. A friend gave me a shopping list of equipment, which I ordered, not realizing he used starter strips for the wedge top frames he recommended. I plan to use Rite-Cell plastic foundation. I understand I'll probably get a different opionion...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    I was thinking today as I lost another hive.... When the bees form a ball to keep warm... with the plastic foundation it seems that it would be harder to transfer heat between them.. Has anyone done a study or what are the thoughts on this subject>>>>>:scratch:
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Hi there experienced beekeepers. Total newb here. I hived two, 3 pound packages, one Italian and one Carnolian on 4/18. I took a class in February, and my instructor recommended we try one of each to see the differences between the two breeds. It was a warm spring day and the Carnolians were...
  5. Bee Forum
    So today I did the first thorough check on my new hive (8-frame deep with plastic foundation) that I installed a three pound package into on 3/21/2015 and thought I would share some picture with you folks. The brood section was on both sides of one frame and one side of another. It looked like...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hello all! I installed my first hive (a 2lb Carniolan package) on April 11th, and I opened it up on the 17th to make sure the queen had been released, which she had been. All the bees were accumulating on the front half of three frames, and while I saw a lot of bees with full pollen baskets, I...
  7. Bee Forum
    Good Morning. I did my first hive inspection 12 days after installing a package. I installed a 3lb package in a 10 frame box. (Wood frames with plastic foundation). After 12 days, bees had drawn out about 2.5 to 3 full frames. There was about 2 half frames with eggs and larva and 3+ half frames...
  8. Everything Honey
    First timer here. When it comes time to extract honey- Is the only way to extract honey from a plastic based foundation by way of a spinning extractor? I really don't want to try and cut all the comb of both sides of the plastic foundation so it can be crushed. I did watch the guy flinging the...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Do those of you who use plastic foundation have an easy method for cleaning your plastic before redeploying it? Is it good enough to get it like the one pictured and then just put a coating of fresh wax on it? Thanks in advance for the helpful advice!
  10. Equipment/Hardware
    New is not always better. Why in the world would one think that changing from the tried and true to the new up-to-date plastic foundations/frames would improve the quality of a beehive? I have recently converted to plastic foundation/frames and much to my dismay, have had a complete failure. I...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, As you've guessed I'm a newcomer to bee keeping and have hit a bit of a hurdle with a smaller hive that I started from a swarm. They seem to be building in size OK at this point, plenty of brood in the comb that has been drawn and some honey, pollen etc.. My problem though is that they...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I've had two first-year beekeepers call and complain how plastic foundation caused their nucs to swarm. In both situations, the nucs were hived with five more frames of plastic foundation in a single brood box. At first I was ready to disagree, but then I decided it wasn't so much the plastic...
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