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Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Omie, Feb 15, 2013.
Omie, great video of your hives. I had 65 degrees here today, and my bees were out flying like your were enjoying the nice heat and bring in pollan from some where.
wow omie, thanks for the video, wonderful to see the bees flying in early spring like that! what is the 'stuff' near the top entrances of 2 of your hives?
:yahoo::yahoo::yahoo: Been waiting on this thread.
What Iddee said.:grin:
Me too! :thumbsup:
yes, thanks omie! i was thinking it was 'wads of steel wool'....:lol: wasn't sure. it does work well for plugging material....bees don't chew it and neither do mice!
She grows a little garden in the backyard, by the fence
She consuming what she's growing, nowadays in selfdefence
She gets out there in the twilight zone, sometimes,
when it just don't make no sense :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sorry that tune has been going thru my head ever since this thread started.
I have no idea, how this post got on this thread! It was supposed to be on the one about beekeeping as a religion!:roll:
Sorry about that
Do you reverse hive chambers in the spring?
This is a good topic Rail.
The last few yrs. I've been checker boarding aka the Walt Wright articles and I think I gave them too much space.They eventually catch up but we don't have shb yet.I've recently read about ladders on the bottom rails of the frames that I didn't know about, so I learned something new.I just wish I had learned about it _before_ I scraped all my dead outs.I'm going to try reversing this yr.My plan is to use a three ft. Christmas tree trimming knife to cut between the boxes so the ladders stay intact.
Good to see your thread back Omie:thumbsup:, Something is out of order here, you have 45 F weather in NY. and i woke up to 27 F and 2" of snow:shock:.How can that be? i'm way south of you.:roll: Jack
Thx. Omie I like your wire technique better.I also like the cat.Mine just lay around and catch spiders.
I'm not so sure about using a knife or anything to cut and seperate hive boxes where you can't see what your doing.Could lose a good queen. Just MHO. Jack
I 'm planning on doing it in the a.m. when the cluster is up high.In the past when I lift and twist it seems to turn into a disruptive mess.The little plasterers have every thing glued down tight.If you have a trick for separating the boxes I'm all ears.There should be a smiley face for all ears.:smile:
Two hive tools. Use one to separate one end of the boxes 1/2 inch. Use the other to pry each frame down to separate it. Then remove the box.
Thx Iddee.That's a good excuse to get a new hive tool.:thumbsup:
Just what is it those cats are supposed to be doing? I find it almost disturbing. :???:
If the bee space is correct the bees will build very little bur comb or propolise the frames together. To large of bee space and they build bur comb, to small and the propolise the top bar to the bottom bar. I have ran boxes and cut them at 9 1/8" and glued and staple 1/2" sticks on the bottom to correct the bad bee space. at times you have frames that have puled apart and the frame hings down to low so the bees will propolize them.
I plan to make a tool to reach down and hook under the bottom bar and pull the frame up rather than prying up on top bar and risk pulling either it or the bottom bar off the endbars. I have a piece of piano wire 3/16 dia almost spring temper that you can do a cold bend 90 deg. about an inch long. Shove it down in, give a quarter turn and lift. It will have a handle like a starter pull cord. I have gotten by with twisting the upper hive body and rather dont like the idea of sawing bees up if you actually have to cut or pull a wire through between them. I think ApisBees is right about the bee space issue.
I cut 2 boxes apart the other day. Jack's comment, could lose a good queen, is a worth while comment. But I used my italian hive tool and actually kind of lifted up the glued frame when I cut it loose, and did it one frame at a time. So hopefully I didn't lose my busiest queen.