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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm Catching
« Last post by Terri Yaki on March 02, 2024, 11:22:04 am »
Just be sure whichever way you face them that you position them so you can easily get behind the hives.  You are going to want to inspect them from the back or at least the side, so just think about that if you are planning on butting them up against a wall.
Thanks, I will make sure I have four sided access. If things get heavy, my neighbor and I and can tag team them. And I haven't forgotten about that hive tool. I recently realized that I have a piece of 'kept' equipment that has what I think is thick enough steel on it to make some. Either way, I have that thin one that I cut out to lift the frames and can use something heavier to pry them apart.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm Catching
« Last post by BeeMaster2 on March 02, 2024, 11:21:22 am »
I would definitely want to use the cement as their dumping ground. It lets you see what is coming out of the hive. Grass usually hides small amounts of dead bees and drones. It also hides yellow jackets and other small predators.
Jim Altmiller
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm Catching
« Last post by The15thMember on March 02, 2024, 11:18:07 am »
Just be sure whichever way you face them that you position them so you can easily get behind the hives.  You are going to want to inspect them from the back or at least the side, so just think about that if you are planning on butting them up against a wall. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm Catching
« Last post by Terri Yaki on March 02, 2024, 11:13:46 am »
People usually say face them east for the AM sun. I have had them faced every way and I think whatever works for you will be fine.
Thanks. I hear that a lot and it makes me wonder...The hives aren't big enough for which way they face to matter. They get cooked the same no matter which way they point. I'm thinking that it's more important to get morning sun as early as possible. They'll be dumping all their trash on a big concrete pad if I face them west. I don't know if I like that idea or not. I've heard that it would interesting to see what happens out front of the hive with them facing the concrete. Maybe face one each direction for a science project.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm Catching
« Last post by Kathyp on March 02, 2024, 11:07:18 am »
People usually say face them east for the AM sun. I have had them faced every way and I think whatever works for you will be fine.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Swarm Catching
« Last post by Terri Yaki on March 02, 2024, 08:43:29 am »
My section 8 housing is up and properly baited, now I must pray to the swarm gods. I'm seriously thinking about placing a bucket trap like the one I posted and see if I can snag one that way too. It should look good hanging out in my front yard like that, right next to my ham radio antenna. :cool: Seeing as it's 35 and raining right now I don't think there's any rush on that though.

I also might have a good place to park my hives. I think that the place I had in mind is too close to my burn pile and I really don't have another place to put my burn pile. Out by the garage there's a concrete knee wall that I can use. I can drill and place anchors to strap them down. If I place them facing west, they'll overlook the concrete pad and to the east, it's grass. Which sounds best? Actually, I could place them facing any direction I wanted.
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TOP BAR HIVES - WARRE HIVES - LONG HIVES / Re: Converting to Layens hives
« Last post by The15thMember on March 02, 2024, 12:44:09 am »
Cool, that makes sense.   
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TOP BAR HIVES - WARRE HIVES - LONG HIVES / Re: Converting to Layens hives
« Last post by Bob Wilson on March 01, 2024, 11:34:57 pm »
15 Member.
The smaller 14 frames Layens hive was a gift from a friend. With a Layens, the broodnest is on about 6 or 7 frames. That only left about 7 frames for honey.
With my 30 deep frame long langstroth hives, the broodnest stretched through 15-18 frames frames, which only left 10-12 frames for honey.
So, now I will see what the larger 29 frames Layens will do.
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My breezy jacket/veil came in today and thus far, I give it a good review. It seems heavy and sturdy, the zippers are better than the zippers on my ski jackets and the veil gives good visibility. It seals up nice and should protect me well. I didn't think much of the way they sized me at a 2XL but the sizing is right. They must be made in Asia. :cool:
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WEB VIDEOS / More From Jerry Clower
« Last post by Ben Framed on March 01, 2024, 11:05:45 am »
I listened to this, this morning and want to share it with you all.

https://youtu.be/e4cA-EPzmvo?si=i1koB71lV5QVfGp4
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