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 on: Today at 04:47:41 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by AllenF
Send them back to school. 

 on: Today at 04:26:46 PM 
Started by Tom K-B - Last post by Tom K-B
I'm relieved! Temps are back up in the mid 50's and the girls are flying all ov er the place once again!  grin

 on: Today at 04:16:27 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by 10framer
CaugHt one of my own today.

 on: Today at 04:15:17 PM 
Started by 10framer - Last post by 10framer
Two rainy days and sure enough there was one hanging in the bushes today.  What kills me is that i went through all my hives saturday and there are only a few that i haven't split in the last couple of weeks and they didn't have queen cells.  I'm guessing one of my most recent splits decided to show me that i'm not their master.

 on: Today at 03:23:23 PM 
Started by labradorfarms - Last post by kathyp
Won't that take care of the condensation?

nope.  condensation is a byproduct of life.  they breath, bring in water, dry honey, etc.  most of it does not come from the outside.  it comes from the inside. 

how does the top entrance get rid of condensation?  it will if it vents some of  the warm, moist, air....warm being the key.

top or bottom, doesn't matter much, but don't have both.

 on: Today at 02:54:52 PM 
Started by labradorfarms - Last post by RHBee
I want my hives level so I'm reducing the size of my bottom entrance,

no you don't.   Wink

condensation in the hive will run down or drip down.  you want it to run down the front or back of the hive, thus the tip toward the front or back.  i prefer front since i work from the back and want it tipped a bit away from me.

lab, there will be moisture in the hive.  there must be.  excess (see above) will go down and sometimes into your oil tray.  most oil trays tell you to put water in them and oil on top.  saves oil.  at any rate, the water won't hurt anything and you just need to worry if it's more than a bit.  if you find your tray full of water you didn't put in there, you have a problem.

I forgot to mention that I'm adding a full width top entrance. Won't that take care of the condensation?

 on: Today at 02:06:51 PM 
Started by Old Blue - Last post by mdbee
I had 30 0n and now replacing them with solids, if you use them and have the inserts make sure you keep them clean or take them out when it warms up, the wax moths will make a mess in no time.

 on: Today at 12:56:40 PM 
Started by Old Blue - Last post by kathyp
i keep some.  they are great for swarm catching or moving hives.  you can close the hive and not worry about ventilation.

i get mine from Mann Lake.  make sure that the boards you get come with the inserts for winter.  not all places sell those.  i like the metal inserts because they don't warp, but the wood inserts are fine too.  just paint them.  you can also make replacements if you are at all handy. 

 on: Today at 12:48:08 PM 
Started by danno - Last post by greenbtree
Hey Vance, did you have the peaches in at the start of fermentation, or did you add them in towards the end?


 on: Today at 12:09:01 PM 
Started by vemergy - Last post by Spear
My hives tend to look like this after an inspection:

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