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I pop most of the corners on mine but I?ve never ran into any QCs there. But I could see why they would. Interesting. Thanks for bringing that up.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Frame assembly
« Last post by Garigal on July 03, 2020, 09:25:38 am »
They look well made.

I have just found Lockwood Beekeeping out near Bathurst, their stuff looks great and they also distribute Mann Lake products in NSW.

I don't think I can be bothered assembling and painting boxes any more so I'm going to go ready made next time. Might even go back to assembled/wired frames and just do the waxing lol.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: A Potential Change in Strategy
« Last post by Robo on July 03, 2020, 09:09:11 am »
Robo:  you typed MINUS 40.  Did you mean minus?  My bee cluster at 40F.  I can?t be sure if this is for heat retention or stress to other factors.
Yes, minus 40.   Here is a chart from Derek's Facebook page.  For those that aren't aware, -40C and -40F are the same (crossover point of the conversion formula).  Even with polystyrene we are a long way from the insulation value of a tree with 6" walls.   Believe it or not,  todays poly hives have about the same MCR and the old dung covered skeps.  So the Langstroth hive was a huge step backwards.

One last question: is that a pink bee hive in the pic, really PINK?  Who painted the color on the hive?

Come on, everyone knows girls like pink!

They are start with an oops! shade of red barn paint.   Some have a pinkish hue ones they start to fade.
« Last post by Bob Wilson on July 03, 2020, 09:03:02 am »
The right hand migratory top sure looks warped.
Did you enjoyed your vacation, Absinthe? We were at St. Simon's Island a few weeks ago.
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Any gamblers here?
« Last post by salvo on July 03, 2020, 09:01:52 am »
Hi Folks,

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: A Potential Change in Strategy
« Last post by Acebird on July 03, 2020, 08:46:03 am »
it is evident we are doing the bees no favor by keeping them in 3/4 pine boxes.
That is why I built brood boxes out of 5/4 stock.  For supers it doesn't matter.  And down here in FL it doesn't matter.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: A Potential Change in Strategy
« Last post by Oldbeavo on July 03, 2020, 08:12:02 am »
Mr Van
Our latitude is the same as the following cities in the US
Nashville, Durham,Tulsa, Las Vegas and Oaklahoma city.
We have cold days in winter, 12-16 C, nights -2 to 6C. Summer warm nites and a dry climate,days 35-42C with extremes to 45C. We had a 46C this summer.
Bees spend summer in shade by 11:00 for the rest of the day where possible.
Thanks HP! As a followup, do you leave the popouts at the top of the plastic foundation just so they don't have to go over the wood? .... to keep swarm cells out of the bottom corners? .... or ???

I noticed the queen likes to use these openings to get to the shady side when I'm inspecting a frame.

I have at least one hive I'll split per your instructions later this morning, maybe two. Hope they had plans to leave tomorrow and not today. Also hope all you guys and gals (particularly US) enjoy the 4th tomorrow!  :grin:
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Frame assembly
« Last post by Sydney guy on July 03, 2020, 07:34:53 am »
I buy my boxes and frames from David Angilley, they are in Forbes NSW. His boxes are really well made and it's all made on his family's farm.

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