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Offline mtman1849

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Worked my bees today
« on: September 20, 2008, 02:22:15 PM »
Today I worked my bees installed new IPM screened bottom boards and top feeders I also have screen inner covers that I did not put on because of the top feeders didn't see any need for them until I take the top feeder off.  I also leaned not to put any of those spacers in that allow a entrance in the middle of the hive they violate bee space and guess what I had a mess of bur comb and cross comb.  The two smaller hive will have to be fed now until they want take anymore they are a little low on stores.   The only thing I have left to do today is mix feed with fumigilan-b but I will wait until they settle a little before I do that.  Here are some pictures my wife took while I was working, I really feel bad because one of the girls got in her hair and she got stung while I was trying to find her and get her out.

   I hate have staples they are a pain I think I am going to start using straps.






  Finally got to the bottom





  putting the feeder on first hive



  Working on second hive



  working on third hive

  all back together

shot down the flight line

I also learned that these stands that I built for three hive will work a lot better if I only put two hives on them that way I can use the space in between for putting hive parts of the hive I am working on.

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Re: Worked my bees today
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2008, 03:38:29 PM »
you probably don't need staples or straps unless you are moving the hives.  bricks on top will do for wind.  straps are good for keeping critters from getting in the top.
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Re: Worked my bees today
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2008, 09:41:22 PM »
I've thought of using straps so I don't have to lift bricks, but I doubt they would be worthwhile.  They are too much trouble to get on and off.  I have stapled bottoms on from time to time when moving them, but pull them off the next time I need to get to the bottom.  I don't recommend having the bottom stapled to the box as you can't get to the bottom to clean it.
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Re: Worked my bees today
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2008, 09:45:34 PM »
Nice pics-where did you get that cool hive stand- :) :lol: 8-) RDY-B

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Re: Worked my bees today
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2008, 10:38:19 PM »
I built it can send you the dimension if you want

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Re: Worked my bees today
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2008, 10:20:52 AM »
I built a stand for putting stuff on when I go into my hive. This spring I will do a split so I'll have two hive's :-D
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Re: Worked my bees today
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2008, 12:11:10 PM »
you probably don't need staples or straps unless you are moving the hives.  bricks on top will do for wind.  straps are good for keeping critters from getting in the top.

I love the big staples on my bottom boards, makes life easy when moving hives. Looks like you got it going on mtmn, keep up the good work!


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