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by Grappling Coach
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: When to add 2nd box

I opened them up today and they both looked good. The queens seems to be laying well. There is still room for them to fill in the bottom of the frames, if they will. There is a lot of brood, both capped and uncapped. I have a lot of sumac around me, which should be blooming soon. It has lots of buds...
by Grappling Coach
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: When to add 2nd box

Yes, a 10 frame deep.
by Grappling Coach
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 102

Re: When to add 2nd box

Can the bees overwinter in one box?
by Grappling Coach
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 102

When to add 2nd box

I caught two small swarms this spring and had no resources to help them along. As a result, they are just now filling up the first brood box. Should I wait to add a second box because the spring flow is coming to an end and we will be heading into a dearth?
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Re: Moving frames

What is washboarding?
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Possible supersedure
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Possible supersedure

I have six hives. All of them first year hives. Two of them are doing really well. Three others are doing OK. But one of them has really dwindled down. When I looked inside several days ago, there were not a lot of bees and I could not find the queen. there was also only a very little amount of midd...
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Re: Moving frames

When the nectar flow does slow down, will there be less activity at the hive entrance? Right now they are very active.
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Re: Moving frames

Thanks for all the answers and discussion. I do not have a top entrance, only a bottom one. I did move one frame that was almost solid honey up and just shifted everything in, putting an empty frame on the outside. Since they do not seem to be building lots of comb, I figured that I would not leave ...
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Re: Moving frames

Is it time for robber screens on my weaker hives???
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Re: Moving frames

The queen is laying heavy in the second brood box, but the bottom box has very little worker brood. Mostly drones and honey.
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Re: Moving frames

No excluder
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 758

Moving frames

I added a super to the top of my existing 2 brood boxes on a couple hives that are doing really well. However, I am noticing that they are filling the brood boxes with honey as soon as the bees emerge, instead of building new comb in the super. When I put the supers on, I moved a couple of frames of...
by Grappling Coach
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:34 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1079

Re: Ventilation

What about in the winter to eliminate condensation?
by Grappling Coach
Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1079

Ventilation

It has been pretty mild here so far this year, but with summer coming on, it's going to get hot. Temperatures are reaching the low 80 now. Should I start ventilating my hives, and if so, how do you ventilate yours? A friend of mine bought some pieces with screen that covers the top box and strips of...
by Grappling Coach
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: 1 1/4 frames

I put a stop at the end of the table saw, so that I could run them through quickly and safely. It made it easy to trim down the sides. I will do a couple things different next time, like making the bottom bar narrower so that the side bars are thicker at the bottom to hold in the bottom bar.
by Grappling Coach
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: 1 1/4 frames

I made enough parts for over 50 frames and put several of them together tonight. I will put a paint stick in the top for a guide, as they will be foundationless.

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by Grappling Coach
Mon May 29, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queen cups
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Queen cups

I opened up one of my hives to add a second brood box today. When I moved a couple of frames up, I saw two queen cups on one frame. This hive is from a Russian nuc I bought from a local beekeeper this spring. The cups were not very big yet, but bees were sticking their heads into them. I did not loo...
by Grappling Coach
Sun May 21, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Thank you. I had the original, but the new one will help
by Grappling Coach
Sun May 21, 2017 4:30 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Thank you. I had the original, but the new one will help
by Grappling Coach
Sat May 20, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: 1 1/4 frames

swflcpl wrote:I have a pdf at home with all the dimensions altered from the original dadant frame sizes to account for all the beespace issues. I will try to remember to upload it when i get home.


That would be great. I am going to get started on them asap


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by Grappling Coach
Fri May 19, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

Hey coach, You have probably mentioned this, so apologies in advance, but out of curiosity, where did you get your bees? I cut out from a pop up camper 3 swarms. 2 of these were in town, so they may be from someone else's hive 2 nucs of Russian bees purchased from local beekeeper. He is not treatme...
by Grappling Coach
Thu May 18, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

Everything that I am putting in right now is foundationless.
by Grappling Coach
Thu May 18, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

It looks to me that they are both around 5.3 or 5.4. I listened to the small cell podcast the other day, and it was stated that bees will often try to copy the size of the foundation that the frame is next to. Therefore, plitting two 5.4 frames with a foundationless one may just result in more 5.4 f...
by Grappling Coach
Thu May 18, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

All right. I pulled out the new comb and laid a ruler on it. The first pic is from a cut out earlier this year. The other ones are from a Russian nuc on standard plastic foundation where I inserted a frame in the middle. The ruler is not perfectly laid on the cells edges, so a little guestimating ma...
by Grappling Coach
Wed May 17, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

I am borrowing a set of calipers from a friend to do so. They are in inches instead of mm, so I will have to convert
by Grappling Coach
Wed May 17, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

Re: 1 1/4 frames

If I cut the side bars at 1 1/4 wide, then they should neck down to 7/8 on the lower portions to allow 3/16 on each side. 2 frames together would leave 3/8 for bee space. I will also cut the top bars down to give more wood on the side for support and nailing. Once everything is set up, it is pretty ...
by Grappling Coach
Wed May 17, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 447

1 1/4 frames

I am getting ready to make a bunch of frames. I know its a lot of work, when I can get frames for $1.50 each, but I am going through a lot of frames right now. Besides, I like to tinker and take great satisfaction in using things I make instead of buy. I already build all of the other hive component...
by Grappling Coach
Tue May 16, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

I added an empty foundationless frame to the middle of the brood boxes in my hives to get them started regressing. 5 days later, I checked and have beautiful drawn combs, so I pushed everything outwards and put in another frame.All of my swarms have frames full of capped brood, so I expect a populat...
by Grappling Coach
Mon May 15, 2017 3:18 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Adding new boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Adding new boxes

I learned something new this evening by reading old posts. I added a new box of foundationless frames to two of my hives a while back, but they have not drawn any comb out. In an old post, it was recommended that new foundationless boxes be added on bottom instead of top. In this way, they don't hav...
by Grappling Coach
Fri May 12, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

I put an empty foundationless frame in the middle of the brood boxes of my larger hives to see if they will drop down another cell size. 2 of the the swarms I caught are in nucs. One of them is building comb and numbers of bees pretty good and may get put in a full size hive. The other is building u...
by Grappling Coach
Tue May 09, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

You mean feed honey? If so, I have none.
by Grappling Coach
Tue May 09, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

I have no clue what the cell size is, especially the swarms. I want to regress them to small cell, especially the 2 nucs that I bought, which I know are large cell, but am just starting to research how to do it.
by Grappling Coach
Tue May 09, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Re: Honey supers

Iso is i do, when it is late and I am typing on my phone. I would like to extract, so that I have empty comb to use at a later date. Can empty honey comb be used in the brood chamber if needed?
by Grappling Coach
Tue May 09, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 444

Honey supers

I am running foundationless deeps in my brood chambers with paint stir sticks for guides. The bees seem to be doing well building comb. When I get ready to add honey supers, what should ISO as far as frames and foundation? I have read that foundationless comb, especially deeps, can collapse under it...
by Grappling Coach
Wed May 03, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from SW Missouri
Replies: 7
Views: 156

Hello from SW Missouri

I am a 2nd time first year beekeeper near Springfield, MO. I had a couple hives last year that were decimated by pesticides (I believe). After moving from perfectly manicured lawns in a subdivision to a small hobby farm in the country, I am starting over. I have caught 3 swarms and did a cut out. I ...
by Grappling Coach
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm survival
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Swarm survival

I put the feed bag on them yesterday evening to hopefully give them some help. We have had a lot of heavy rain lately, so I put a jar of sugar syrup on top of the frames and put another nuc body on top. It is supposed to be sunny today, so I hope they will get out and start foraging. I have heard th...
by Grappling Coach
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm survival
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Swarm survival

I have collected 3 swarms so far this year, and hope to get more. one of them was huge and the other two were small. I hear a lot of people say that swarm survival rates are small. I do not know if this is true, but I would like to at least put the odds in my favor as much as possible. I am a new be...

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