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  1. Equipment/Hardware
    I'm hoping for some explicit guidance on how I might be able to get a few hives converted to small cell foundation. I have been happy with my overwinter survival rates since I started using oxalic acid vaporization and northern-adapted queen bees (9 for 9 this past winter in New Haven, CT). My...
  2. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    I have two hives from nucs that I got about three weeks ago. I have two brood boxes each, the top boxes have about three frames drawn out. I want to go to small cell foundation but don't know how to go about it. Do I switch the undrawn first, or the really old dark frames in the bottom that I...
  3. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Hello Finally we are coming out of our winter here in the Brunswick Maine coastal area. My bees seem to have survived. I have been regressing and headed toward Michael Bush's program of natural beekeeping. I did suffer one hive loss late last year due to mites and may have to FMGO the other...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    I'm trying to move my bees to small-cell comb and added some into the brood nest this weekend. A few hours after, I noticed considerably more bees than usual doing orientation flights. Does rearranging their comb cause them to reorient?
  5. Beekeeping 101
    It's just about time for me to add my second deep brood box this coming weekend. Right now I have standard foundation (not sure the exact size) in my first brood box. I did some reading about the potential benefits of small-cell and would like to give it a try. So my question is this: Can I...
  6. Equipment/Hardware
    I am using all medium 8 frame boxes with small cell (wired) foundation from Dadant. I plan to do cut comb. My question is about cut comb foundation. I do not see a cell size specified on any I find anywhere so I assume none of it is 4.9 mm. Would I be shooting myself in the foot using the...
  7. Bee Forum
    Is it advised to take a new hive split from large cell to small cell cold turkey? I am a new beek amping up for my first hives in March-April where a local beek has agreed to split a hive for me. I have read numerous things on the use of small cell and introducing hives to small cell and would...
  8. Bee Forum
    I started adding small cell foundation (SCF) into a couple of hives this year as an experiment to see what would happen. I'm going to call our normal foundation large cell for this post. I did an inspection today and this is what I saw: 1.The queen has chosen to stop laying brood in all the...
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