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General Beekeeping / Re: coating plastic foundation
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Today at 03:16:41 pm »
I melted wax, I think in a crock pot.  I used a small sponge paint roller and went across the length of the foundation a couple of times.  It goes very fast that way.  Those sponge rollers are 4 to 5 inches from end to end.  They are inexpensive too
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Swarms, Cut Outs, Trap Outs and Bee Trees / Re: Swarm Trap Activity
« Last post by Mikey N.C. on Today at 02:29:14 pm »
Les,
I set up 1- 5 frame nuc. last year. Had bees going in an out like that for a week. Was out of town working (wifey) said they stopped coming for 4 days.  Then bingo,  she sent me this pic. on Friday.  Couldn't get home fast enough.


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General Beekeeping / queen cells
« Last post by mohawkny on Today at 02:26:41 pm »
Hello all long time since i've been on,  All is well with the bees.

Question:

Made 4 splits, one of the splits had 3 queen cells 2 very close together and off by itself.  I cut the one off by itself out and put in another split that did not seem to make a queen.  The 2 queen cells that are left are right next to one another.  Today I check them and one was torn down and the other is still there.   How fast do the take down a queen cell after the queen is born.  The earliest the queen could have been born was Yesterday.  Do I have a queen running around  or did that queen die..  one getting ready to be born or is the one in the cell dead.  Would like to take the queen cell and give it to a poor hive I have.  I know it is hard to say.  what do you all think.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: Must of Missed This One!
« Last post by 40 Acre Bees on Today at 02:12:33 pm »
Going to keep a close eye on this one and have also set up a make shift swarm trap not far from there.  I don't understand how we didn't see this last year as it is on a path we frequent.   
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Swarms, Cut Outs, Trap Outs and Bee Trees / Re: Swarm Trap Activity
« Last post by Les on Today at 12:19:29 pm »
So much activity today  (and it’s kind of dreary and damp) I thought maybe I missed something but none of them are bringing in pollen as my other hives are......patience.  Fingers, toes and eyes crossed!
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General Beekeeping / Re: coating plastic foundation
« Last post by rober on Today at 11:06:09 am »
if you've read any of my threads you'll see that anything I do in regards to wax or making syrup is done outside. I guess i'll invest in an inexpensive bristle brush. I tried one of the wood handled throw away brushes & the bristles melted. I tried pouring wax on & spreading it with a heat gun & even on low heat it warped the foundation.
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General Beekeeping / Re: coating plastic foundation
« Last post by brooksbeefarm on Today at 10:34:40 am »
I use a plumer's Torch on mine. :laugh: :laugh:
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General Beekeeping / Re: coating plastic foundation
« Last post by Some Day on Today at 10:08:05 am »
I melt wax in an old crock pot that I bought at Goodwill.  The crock pot is designated for wax only.  I then use an old paint brush and paint the plastic with the melted wax.  You want to do this out side, not in the kitchen.
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Any and Every Thing / Re: Must of Missed This One!
« Last post by Riverrat on Today at 08:50:02 am »
How does that happen?  They couldn't find a place to go?
Great pictures 40  Acre Bees!  I would keep an eye on that spot for future swarms to move in.  The appeal of old comb could be a lure.

I have seen this happen here a few times.  After about 3 days of being homeless they will start building comb where they are.  I knew of one swarm in a guys yard lived like that for 3 years a few years back.  We had few years of drought and el nino winters and bees was able to survive
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General Beekeeping / coating plastic foundation
« Last post by rober on Today at 07:33:12 am »
what techniques have y'all used to recoat plastic foundation with wax?
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