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The area that the bees use most frequently would have signs of wear where as the slots never used would not.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Burnt tasting honey
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 09, 2016, 03:30:28 PM »
My first mistake in this direction was when I wanted to drive them out of the super with smoke.  When it doesn't work, you use more smoke.  Not very productive and smokey honey...
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Making Splilts
« Last post by Rurification on February 09, 2016, 03:14:48 PM »
Thanks for the refresher, Michael.   I've read through your site top to bottom, and have your big book, too, but every year I re-read and new things pop out at me.    Here's hoping I can do a split this year.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: G'day - another aussie memeber
« Last post by Rurification on February 09, 2016, 03:07:45 PM »
Welcome to the forum.   It's looking like you're going to have a great time here.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Hello from northern Colorado
« Last post by Rurification on February 09, 2016, 03:00:58 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  Lots of great people here!
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Cabin Fever and the Coffee House
« Last post by iddee on February 09, 2016, 03:00:15 PM »
WOW, Ken. I thought that was aimed at me. Now, it looks like everybody thought it was aimed at them, from the lack of posts. It looks like we all need to get out and get some sunshine.   :grin:
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Swarm Catching Business Cards
« Last post by Rurification on February 09, 2016, 02:57:47 PM »
Yvonne -  Great card!!

I did my first cutout from the ceiling of a finished basement bedroom.   The bees were coming in under the cedar siding and the rim joist, following a groove along the foundation and into the area between the basement ceiling and 1st story flooring, where they built between the joists.   Exciting.

If you're going to do cut-outs you NEED a bee vac.   Don't try one without. 

Hope you get lots of calls!
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am I just lucky or doing something right...who knows...but its working for me   :-)

The ones you have are just on vacation.  :)

I have a custom bottom built around AL 1/2 sheet pans.  They are just the right size for 8 frame.  I run mineral oil during the summer and switched to DE for the winter.  I may screen the DE and run it into the spring as it is much less mess.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bottom Board Beetle Trap - Designs?
« Last post by KeyLargoBees on February 09, 2016, 01:56:14 PM »
I'm in the Florida Keys....so semi tropical....I have seen it debated about hives in full sun vs shade and general consensus is the more full sun the less beetle issue but then again most people dont have to worry about beetles being active all year like I do.

I try and get all my hives situated so they get at a minimum 4-5 hours of sun with late afternoon shade so they dont roast in August and September in the heat and humidity.....seems to be working for me. I see beetles in all my hives but its one and two at a time...even in some of my weaker hives that I have had to collapse down into nucs the beetles have never been an issue....am I just lucky or doing something right...who knows...but its working for me   :-)
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