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 on: Today at 01:59:23 PM 
Started by Steel Tiger - Last post by Steel Tiger
 I decided to give the Buckfast hive another medium. I used extra smoke around the hive before I got near it. A few puffs at the entrance and a few under the lid as I was removing the outer cover.The top medium is packed with capped honey. I might be stealing 1/2 of it next week. The second medium wasn't quite as heavy. I didn't pull any frames but I'm sure the queen is laying in it. I'll know for sure in a few days. I put the empty medium between the other mediums and closed them up. They were still a bit pissy, but not nearly as bad as they were last week.
 I checked the Italian hive next. They weren't very happy to see me but they calmed down fast. I checked the top medium, I would say it was a little more than 1/2 full. That was good enough for me so I closed them up.
 After I was done, I went ahead and mowed the field. No cloud of bees coming at me this time. It may have been the smoke or that they were in disarray from having the hive opened up.  From now on, I'll be carrying smoke when I mow around the hives.

 I'll be getting my new queens to replace the Buckfast queen in a few days. I'm still up in the air about giving the Buckfast 4 frames of brood and placing her in the woods. I figure a deep and two mediums should be enough space to get them through the winter, if they build it up as fast as they did the hive they're in now.
 I think I'll do that just to see if they survive.

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 on: Today at 12:39:35 PM 
Started by sawdstmakr - Last post by rookie2531
Oh, I never heard of a screened top board. Is this an inner cover that is screened, or like a screened ventilation box?

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 on: Today at 12:36:45 PM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by rookie2531
Just watched them and it seemed like the ones bringing pollen in was having a hard time finding how to enter so I removed the screen and closed it up to just one bee width. Now it does seem that they are guarding the entrance because a lot are trying to get in and there seems to be some in there stopping the flow in. It is plugging the entrance up that even the ones bringing pollen in are having to try three or four times. Even to the point they are flying off. I reduced the other two hives down as well and even though they are busy there seems to be no stopping and organized flow.

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 on: Today at 12:21:34 PM 
Started by sawdstmakr - Last post by sawdstmakr
SHB, STB, Apiary ?. Im new an dont know the terms


I think,
 stb= super top box
SHB= small hive beetle

Look for Michael bush on here and at the bottom of every post is his website. I think he has terminology there. Also honey bee suite has one. Just Google honey bee websites and read, read, read.

Close Rookie,
SHB Small Hive Beetles.
STB Screen Top Board
Jim

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 on: Today at 12:08:29 PM 
Started by Truck_300 - Last post by Truck_300
I am currently getting everything in order to start beekeeping this coming spring.  So far I have bought and assembled one complete hive and have taken over a couple of abandoned hives from my cousin, which need to be repaired and repainted before any bees call them home.  I look forward to being a member of this forum and am grateful for the shared knowledge to help me be successful for when my bees arrive in a few months!

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 on: Today at 11:44:03 AM 
Started by sawdstmakr - Last post by rookie2531
SHB, STB, Apiary ?. Im new an dont know the terms


I think,
 stb= super top box
SHB= small hive beetle

Look for Michael bush on here and at the bottom of every post is his website. I think he has terminology there. Also honey bee suite has one. Just Google honey bee websites and read, read, read.

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 on: Today at 11:27:32 AM 
Started by sawdstmakr - Last post by Willow
SHB, STB, Apiary ?. Im new an dont know the terms

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 on: Today at 10:12:32 AM 
Started by kalium - Last post by prestonpaul
I would give R & E McDonald in Castelmaine a call, they supply wax (along with other bee keeping products) and have a very nice gas fired dipping unit. I believe they had it made locally to them but I am sure they could put you in touch with the manufacturer. I don't suspect it would be cheap but it is a very well designed setup and in my opinion well worth the money.
It can be seen in action mid way through this video: http://youtu.be/Wah3zfgvmq0

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 on: Today at 10:02:25 AM 
Started by BlueBee - Last post by kingd
I was hoping that last winter was going to put a dent in the mosquito population.
 Nope it didn't. Undecided

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 on: Today at 09:02:12 AM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by rookie2531
If you have a new queen, do not inspect the hive, give her another 2 weeks to get established. The bees will blame the q for the intrusion and if she has not started laying yet and have a bunch of brood they may kill her.
Jim

OK. TY.

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