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General Beekeeping / Re: Plastic Queen Excluders
« Last post by Grandma Bear on Yesterday at 06:02:35 pm »
I spent a summer working for a commercial beek. They swore the plastic excluders were the devil. The reasons they gave me are that they become saggy (as wandering man said), but they also said that the plastic edges tear at the bees wings and legs. I did see several bees missing a leg, or with shaggy wings in the colonies that did have the plastic excluders on them. The metal ones do have smoother edges, so I guess each may have it's purpose.

I had not heard about the edges being a problem.  Thanks.

No problem, I just thought I would share what I've seen and was shown. Personally I don't use excluders, so it was very interesting to use them in the commercial bee yards I worked.
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Raising Queens / Re: Did I miss a supercedure cell?
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 09:52:10 am »
I have learned to wear a  sweat band under my hood.  It helps.  Nothing worse than perspiration in your eyes which then gets all over your glasses!
Earlier this week I had two colonies in an apiary that I broke down completely looking for queens that weren't there.  Temps in the 90's and high humidity will drain you.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: It's getting hot, hot, hot!
« Last post by RAST on Yesterday at 08:01:10 am »
Thanks, but I am finally getting some of my own, freight free.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: It's getting hot, hot, hot!
« Last post by Zweefer on Yesterday at 07:03:58 am »
 :goodone:
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Raising Queens / Re: Did I miss a supercedure cell?
« Last post by Zweefer on Yesterday at 07:02:46 am »
Where is your sense of adventure?
I had a friend who had to move some hives (was at a pick yourself berry farm) and so transferred 4 hives in the heat yesterday.  Fun times!
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: It's getting hot, hot, hot!
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 12:27:21 am »
Under normal circumstances, we use a poultry drinker from Tractor Supply.
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/harris-farms-ez-fill-drinker-5-gal?cm_vc=-10005




Of course now, we just hope our bees don't drown on their way to forage.

If anyone wants water, just mail me as many buckets as you want filled.  I'll fill them up and send them back.  This will be good, brackish Texas water, the kind your bees love.  Frog and mosquito larvae are thrown in for free!

Be sure to include return postage.
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Raising Queens / Re: Did I miss a supercedure cell?
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 12:18:05 am »
I think that is my next move.  But not when it's 9000 degrees out there!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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General Beekeeping / Re: Plastic Queen Excluders
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 12:16:47 am »
I spent a summer working for a commercial beek. They swore the plastic excluders were the devil. The reasons they gave me are that they become saggy (as wandering man said), but they also said that the plastic edges tear at the bees wings and legs. I did see several bees missing a leg, or with shaggy wings in the colonies that did have the plastic excluders on them. The metal ones do have smoother edges, so I guess each may have it's purpose.

I had not heard about the edges being a problem.  Thanks.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Plastic Queen Excluders
« Last post by Grandma Bear on June 16, 2021, 12:46:16 pm »
I spent a summer working for a commercial beek. They swore the plastic excluders were the devil. The reasons they gave me are that they become saggy (as wandering man said), but they also said that the plastic edges tear at the bees wings and legs. I did see several bees missing a leg, or with shaggy wings in the colonies that did have the plastic excluders on them. The metal ones do have smoother edges, so I guess each may have it's purpose.
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Raising Queens / Re: Did I miss a supercedure cell?
« Last post by Bakersdozen on June 16, 2021, 11:52:02 am »
I mentioned this situation to a life long beekeeper.  His first reaction was to look for a bad spot (gap) in the queen excluder.  He also said I my supers would have been ok if I would have removed the queen excluder and brushed all the bees off into the brood boxes. Then put the queen excluder back on.  She will be below and the nurse bees can come up and tend the brood.  One round of brood in the super wouldn't impact the honey.  I think that is my next move.  But not when it's 9000 degrees out there!
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