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Forum topic by BigJon posted 01-01-2013 07:41 PM 569 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BigJon

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01-01-2013 07:41 PM

So who else here is a bee keeper? I currently have 3 hardy hives. My parents kept bees for a few years and I took them over a couple years ago. Really enjoy doing it. Hopeing to expand to about 10 or so hives this spring.

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 10:56 PM

I have been keeping bees a few years now.
I went into winter with about 25 hives.
Not sure how many I will have in the spring though.
Here are some hive bodies that I have made.

Do you make your own equipment?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 11:48 PM

Yea i make all my own equipment except for frames. Good looking stuff ya got there

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 12:43 AM

Same with me on the frames.
I mostly use PF-105 s from Mann Lake.
I have made frames in the past but prefer to buy them.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 07:37 PM

Im on the fence on “plastic” frames and foundation. How do your bees like them? Notice a difference? What was your reasoning for going with those? .. Now that my christmas list of projects is over, its time to start building more traps and various other wooden ware. Iv been a beek for 4 years and still get pumped every spring!

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 11:14 PM

They do not accept them as quickly as wax.
But it is not bad enough to for me to not use them.
I use them because I see them as a “forever frame”. Mice can’t damage them. If the wax is too old you just scrape it off , or render it on the frame and pop it back in. No need for new foundation. I also like that I can extract them faster without fear of a blow out. Plus them come assembled.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 03:33 AM

I’m heading into my 3rd year. Just upgraded my tabletop saw to a Bosch 4100. Getting ready to turn out a bunch of 6 frame NUC hives for spring splits. Also plan to make a bunch of swarm traps. I caught 2 last year. Nice to see some other beeks here.

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 03:55 AM

I have two hives, they are doing fine. I have frame feeders in each and yesterday topped them up. The outside temperature low last night was 24 degrees They are great survivors, and look forward to harvesting honey early summer.
Here is one of my projects, Save the bees.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 05:05 AM

yup

fun bugs

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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