Well, I was going to restrict myself to about 20 or so hives (famous last words ...) - and that's assuming that this Mk.I proves itself - and for that amount I was thinking of just crushing and straining - but, d'ya know - I think I just might make one, if only for the hell of it. But then I'd have to make one of their rotary extractors too, to justify making the uncapping m/c ... but then to justify having all that extraction equipment, I might as well increase the number of hives ...I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. Are you going to make one of their excellent uncapping machines as well?
Oh c'mon - it's a Mk.I - experimental, and all that.itma: I'm not exactly certain that galvanised fencing wire is considered "food safe"... !
Okay, a couple of dumb questions coming up!I'm not exactly certain that galvanised fencing wire is considered "food safe"... !
Likewise zinc Queen Excluders - plenty of those still in service, methinks ...Isn't the cheaper one [wire] likely to be galvanised? If not, what's it made of?
Does the wire come into direct contact with food?
Good question - I was thinking along the lines of 'as and when', but overnight I've been haunted by my own earlier comment re: "bee-food for the next year or three" ... hang about - I'm fast running out of life ...Cool. Interesting stuff. I'll be following with interest
Will you be putting them into action this season?
Hehe you're welcome. My ex could speak a little russian but she's a nutter and long gone now. She's now my ex best mates problem hehe. It'd be good to see some videos of inspections if you are able to record themGood question - I was thinking along the lines of 'as and when', but overnight I've been haunted by my own earlier comment re: "bee-food for the next year or three" ... hang about - I'm fast running out of life ...
So the answer to that question now is a definitive YES. (and thanks for asking it !)
I've made 12 boxes (which equates to 6 Warre boxes) which is the maximum I think any reasonable person would ever stack them - but while the colonies are building-up to strength, why not run these as 2 x 6 box hives during the first year ? So that's what I'll probably do. Starting-off as 1 box mating NUCs, and building-up to six, of course.
Still need to find a bi-lingual (Russian-English) beekeeper translator - to tidy-up the bits of text that Google couldn't quite manage - if anybody knows one ??
Hello KittaLJ, what do you think is the advantage of the shallow Alpine boxes as opposed to Warré's deeper ones?
Sorry about the delay - I hope to be populating the hive in the next couple of days, so I've been doing a David Bailey this afternoon.Excellent!
Can we expect some pictures of the FRAMES soon?
Wouldn't that be nice ... ? Watching Morimoto doing this is a real treat.Very interesting. You have obviously put in a lot of time and effort into it. If you use spales in the Japanese nest of boxes style, are you going to 'drum them down' when taking the honey?