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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Going in the other direction ...
« Last post by Culley on May 28, 2016, 01:50:16 AM »
I started out with a whole lot of 10 frame deep equipment so that is what I am using, with a handful of 8 frame and 5 frame boxes. I am pretty happy with it. To change my apiary into mediums would mean more boxes, more frames, more nails...
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ALL natural cell hives with "supposed" resistant queens from multiple sources had a MUCH higher number of mites to the hives I had 18 miles from them. Believing that they MIGHT be able to kick in resistance, I left those hives alone. The wax moth sure appreciated that.   I have tried three times.. 7 hives, 12 hives and 9 hives...   The fourth test is underway with different bees. Only four hives as I am beginning to lose hope. As of last week, the mite levels are 6.6 times as high as the level of the mites in my home and other yards that get treated.. I keep hoping that small cell natural cell thing will work when combined with resistant bees, and I keep losing hives..  I WILL keep trying as long as I can find different strains of "resistant" bees to try, but the hope is beginning to fade.

   The commercial OA Vaporizor pictured is being used in several large apiaries that i know of, and one package production apiary that i know of..   Walk up, blow the vapor in, move to the next hive.   The price of it is still a bit high for my liking.. I built a cart, with a gas motor, a one wire GM Alternator and a deep cycle battery, and run two vaporizors..   Works out at just about the right amount of time so that i can roll along pretty smoothly..   My palleted hives were built with the correct sized opening JUST to fit the vaporizor..   At this point, the cost of OA and ease of use is a blessing..   Having bees that would survive would be a bigger blessing...  Takes a long day to treat all the hives this way.

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: moisture and mold!!!
« Last post by orin on May 28, 2016, 12:22:11 AM »
ok thanks guys for the help much appreciated
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My first swarm trap
« Last post by CBEE on May 27, 2016, 10:43:29 PM »

Dont like the garb much either but I'll tell ya its like insurance. better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I've seen nice calm hives turn ugly on a dime and lite you up good.  :shocked: Thats right .. running for the hills screaming for your mommy
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Angry Bees in the Fall
« Last post by Barhopper on May 27, 2016, 10:07:43 PM »
As flows slow down and stop bees will get crankier. When they're busy hauling nectar they're in a lot better mood.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Emerging Brood
« Last post by Barhopper on May 27, 2016, 10:06:06 PM »
Looks good. Queens generally lay from the middle in a spiral pattern. That's what you see when the hatch. From the middle out.
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Is there anything that would keep them out of the box? Did you treat them? Mouse take up residence on the bottom board and it still smells bad?
   Strange that they are storing nectar but not building comb. The queen is there and laying?

Clean equipment, bottom board was basically new.

They actually got in there for the most part this afternoon with the cool spell we had.  Still bearding up but you can actually see wood in there somewhere. ;)

I'm pretty sure it was a virgin queen (I caged her and released her over a week ago)... so she MAY be laying... I haven't broken down the hive to see how she's doing yet though.  Giving her time to get settled.

Gilligan
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Emerging Brood
« Last post by PhilK on May 27, 2016, 09:28:16 PM »
I love those pale brood cappings - I miss when my hive was all nice new yellowish colours!
Looking good bill - try and take some time to look with your eyes instead of camera and computer as well! It's fascinating watching them emerge and interact
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Going in the other direction ...
« Last post by yes2matt on May 27, 2016, 09:26:21 PM »
I had once ten "medium" frames in a medium box over top of eight "deep" frames in a deep box, and two frames worth of gap in the deep box. Of course the bees built there first, so I had a couple frames with about fifteen inches of comb. Loaded with brood , it was a beautiful sight (and thankfully they drew it straight!

It was so heavy when full that I couldn't hold it to take a picture. 

Which is only to say, use your good glue and nail it tight, lots of weight on those joins.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Emerging Brood
« Last post by yes2matt on May 27, 2016, 08:58:44 PM »
Looks good. Like the queen made a first pass on the frame, the patch that's hatched out, then came back some days later to fill it wall to wall. I see some li'l fuzzy young ones in the mix too.

Aren't they pretty? I could look at bees all day. :)
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