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Yard Report – May 2012

Five 3 lb bee packages were installed in single, conventional, 10 frame Langstroth hives. These were filled with plastic small cell frames and a division board feeder. This is the first step in establishing 3 story deep body hives with each box approximating a natural broodnest’s structure. Along the way I’ll compare this new small […]

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Bee Unto Others

Interested in beneficial bacteria in bees? How about bee probiotics? Checkout Laurie Ramona Herboldsheimer’s Micro Refs. Dean and Laurie are active in the small cell/treatment free beekeeping scene. They’ve recorded much original video/content that would make a great addition to BeeUntoOthers. I hope they can find the time and energy to build a portal for […]

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End In Sight

It’s been nine years since I embarked on my small cell experience. And I have a little more to share. In 2007, I moved from Wyoming to Florida. It wasn’t practical to take my hives there. So, in 2006, I started reconfiguring them as two deep hives. It’s the conventional configuration here. Then, I ran […]

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A.I. Root’s Cell Size

A.I. Root was a pioneer commercial foundation manufacturer. He: measured natural worker cell size tested various cell sized foundation for bee acceptance produced foundation for over 100 years and his company monitored natural comb and bee size during that time A.I. Root says much about cell size. These measurements are interesting! They show that neither […]

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Variable Cell

Is it possible to trick bees into building a natural broodnest structure, consisting of a variety of cell sizes, on a single frame? would they draw out a variable cell size foundation as easily and rapidly as they do natural comb? would they detect and remove mite-infected brood? If it’s possible, then all the advantages […]

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