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2010/01/12

Hive Prep

Here is what I am working on for the hives currently:
-Order and build a total of 5 medium supers. That way, I can have 2 supers on a hive at at time and have one in spare for when I am extracting honey from one. Maybe I should make this 6 supers so I can extract 2 supers at a time.
-Order and build 2 drone frames (one for each hive). I am going to use a deep frame with 1/3 plasticell and a 2nd bottom bar so the bees can make their own drown frame. This way, I can control vorroa mites and maybe collect a little but extra wax every so often to make candles with.
-Order or build some type of swarm trap in-case the MH hive swarms again. I am looking for places to put future hives. I'd like to get 5 hives going. This should give me a good supply of honey/wax to sell.

Curerently I use plasticell/ritecell for my frames. I wonder how this compares to real wax foundation?
I'd like to build a TBH and see how that compares, just need the place to put it and a swarm.

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