Putting new freshly painted boxes outside.

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by crazy8days, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. crazy8days

    crazy8days New Member

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    Boxes have had 1 week to cure out in the garage. When would be the best time to get them outside ready to go? Wondering if they need some weather on them to air out" more or will leaving them in the garage till time to use be ok. Now, I do a lot of metal work in the garage so wondering about fumes. Are covered right now. Or, could but out in the shed.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Set them outside on your hive stands. Set them up as you are going to use them. If you have not installed wax foundation, wait until just before getting bees to do so. If you have, tape all entrances tightly to keep pests out.
     

  3. crazy8days

    crazy8days New Member

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    I have the plastic pierco frames with wax coating. Why should I but the frames in now?
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    What happens if a stray swarm moves in before your bees get there?
     
  5. crazy8days

    crazy8days New Member

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    Ahh! good point! A newbie would not have seen that! :thumbsup:
     
  6. kebee

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    Hey that would be great, you will have another hive of bees, just get another hive for the new bees.

    Kebee
     
  7. PerryBee

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    Now that's some smart thinkin right there! :thumbsup: :mrgreen:
     
  8. jim314

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    Yes it is ;) I've got two sitting out with "For Rent" signs and two in reserve.
     
  9. Hobie

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    I should have such luck...!
     
  10. kebee

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    I painted my hives yesterday and made the mistake of painted the wrong side on the bottom board, should I try to remove the paint it is only one coat or dose it really matter, oh yes it is a screen bottom board.

    Kebee
     
  11. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    ""made the mistake of painted the wrong side""

    Which side is the wrong side? I paint both sides of a bottom board.
     
  12. kebee

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    Hey than I am ok on it, I though that you were not to paint the side that the bees were to use, thank you Iddee, not going to worry about it now.

    Kebee
     
  13. labeekeeper

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    If all entrances are taped, How do the swarms get in ??
     
  14. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I don't think he's talking about swarm traps.
     
  15. Intheswamp

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    Iddee, do you use mostly solid bottoms or screened bottoms?

    Ed
     
  16. Iddee

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    Since I found hives with grass growing through screen bottoms and to the top of the second deep, I have went back to solid bottoms, with no regrets.
     
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    Sorry to sidetrack the thread, but one more question. No heat or mite problems? Ok, so maybe that's two. ;)

    Ed
     
  18. Iddee

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    No heat problems.

    No mite problems, but I have Wayne's bees.
     
  19. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    How do you have grass up against
    A hive and not have ants?