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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Cheaper to buy RTA hives in Australia?
« Last post by SB-Russ on May 23, 2015, 09:10:31 PM »
If you have any spares Dave, I'd certainly be interested in some. I'm still undecided on what size I want to go with.
« Last post by Runswithbees on May 23, 2015, 09:08:29 PM »
I encourage them to take up residence below my hives. Lizards really like the wiggly small hive beetle worms! They don't like bees because they sting!
I have had them extend the capped frames, drawing new comb right over the existing cappings. It seems to be both colony, and season dependent. Earlier in the year, capped honey frames with an empty between will result in a straight new comb. Later in the season, I've found that the capped frames will more likely be extended into the open space. The center of the brood nest gets me the straightest comb.
« Last post by Candiebears on May 23, 2015, 09:03:51 PM »
I'm furious. The brand new box I added last weekend is coming completely apart. I stained it because the weather's been wet and dry.. and did as instructed.

The first box I received.. the front was coming off. So the replacement instead waited until I loaded it on to the hive to fall apart.

I'm not a happy little bee right now. Thankfully I had purchased non-assembled boxes that I kept stored in the basement. So I'm putting one together and am waiting until Monday when it's 90 degrees to change the box out!

Has anyone else had issues like this?

I would like to say I'm glad to have found this forum. I am new to beekeeping and I'm getting my children involved so they can learn about the importance of bees and all that they do for us. We don't currently have any bees but the kids and I are getting ready to build our first top bar beehive out of a 55 gallon plastic drum similar to the one in the attachment. We have been researching and this one seems to be a good start for us. However, we would appreciate any help/suggestions for our task ahead. We hope to learn a lot from everyone and cant wait to get started.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Is jasmine any good for bees?
« Last post by sc-bee on May 23, 2015, 08:44:41 PM »
Yea I remember the lady dying from drinking too much water trying to win a gaming station on a radio station...
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Problems with new package bees
« Last post by GSF on May 23, 2015, 08:17:39 PM »
Heck no. You paid good money for a good product. Your product is defective at their fault. I'd ask for my money back. Obviously there's a problem there, be it bees or people and you may end up right back where you are now. The packages I've bought normally only had just a few bees dead. If they don't want to work with you be sure to mention some type of social media to warn your friends. Most online businesses are scared of social media. Who did you get them from?
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Is jasmine any good for bees?
« Last post by Dallasbeek on May 23, 2015, 08:15:12 PM »
I wonder how much honey it would take to be lethal.  Just about anything, ingested to excess, can be lethal, including water.  Although I'll concede it must take a lot less contaminated honey to do the job if it's in the literature to this extent.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: sold my first nuc today!
« Last post by GSF on May 23, 2015, 08:08:48 PM »
Old Mech - I'm a rookie. This is my 3rd summer with bees. I want to thump myself on the chest and think I had a lot to do with it, but bees are livestock. Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. I am very pleased with the outcome. It's been pretty encouraging seeing money flowing back to me.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Cheaper to buy RTA hives in Australia?
« Last post by Dave86 on May 23, 2015, 08:02:40 PM »

I have a mate that has a shed full of wood working machines. We are looking at cypress pine to make boxes from. We can get truck loads from Cecil plains 1hr west of Toowoomba and make boxes for about $8 each timber cost. Deepest box we can make without joining is a WSP so we are looking at using them and halfs or ideals for supers, depending on the supply widths from the mill.
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