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?
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I was wondering if you had any suggestions of things I can do right now to prepare for when I get packages in the spring. I just inherited three hives that all had pretty much failed by mid November (packages from the spring, all empty hives now). I want to do a better job than my...
Just wondering if anyone has "painted" their deep plastic frames with wax.
I did today to some black plastic frames. Hopefully when it is time to make splits and I need some frames the bees will take to these a little better.
All I did was put some of last years wax in a slow cooker, added...
I recently purchased a starter apiary from a local keeper / dealer.
It consists of:
A bottom board
2 Deep Bodies
20 wooden frames
20 wax foundations
I purchased this last fall and when i picked it up the local guy was out in the fields, so I was given little...
I inspected a hive yesterday and was looking at the new Deep I added on the top a month ago. I wish I had taken pictures but I made an image to explain what I saw.
The deep had 10 frames, wood with plastic foundation. The bees built the comb at a 90 degree angle to the foundation...
I was speaking with another beekeeper and he told me that his bees wouldn't build wax correctly (or at all on some).
Do any of you use yellow plastic frames from Mann lake? If so, do they build wax correctly on them?
We use primarily plastic frames or foundation. I am always in a discussion with people on the pro and cons on plastic foundation or frames. Even though we use the plastic frames on some of the hives, my first choice is wood frames and plastic foundation. The reason is that if a plastic frame...
I planning on starting five hives in the next few weeks from 3lb packages.
I have accumulated several different types of frames and I'm looking for the Pros & Cons of mixing them within a brood box
I have about 30 drawn frames from a local commercial beek, They are in good shape and a few have...