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    Re: Oxalic acid vapor vs Thymol

    With 1 vaporizer I go through my yard at plus minus 4 minutes a hive, doing 28 hives in less than 2 hours. As I am retired I have plenty of time to0 spend in my bee yards so with 1 vaporizer and...
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    Re: Benefits of Queen Wing Clipping?

    I have not seen a swarm settle on the ground with the queen, normally they fly around searching for the queen then gradually return to their hive, a hand full of bees might find her on the ground and...
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    Re: Benefits of Queen Wing Clipping?

    This will depend on your style of beekeeping, if you intend to rarely spend time in your apiary then there might be no point in clipping wings, on the other hand if you will spend a great deal of...
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    Re: Benefits of Queen Wing Clipping?

    Hey snl go to Borodino NY, you can dig up old Gilbert and ask him that question,LOL. But realistically I have crimson and ladino clover in my home yard so I would seldom find the queens, I have...
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    Re: Benefits of Queen Wing Clipping?

    If you can read Doolittles scientific queen rearing you will find that was how he kept most of his queens, both wings heavily clipped. He claimed there was no ill effect as far as the queens were...
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    Re: outer cover plastic plug and bucket feeder

    Take a look at the Mann Lake catalogue, Plugs for cardboard nuc boxes they look similar
    Johno
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Gary, the other thing that might help with inspections is adding some limestone ammonium nitrate to your smoker, some guys on this forum have used it when introducing virgin queens to hives. The...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Gary, if I had to work bees like yours I would keep trying the sugar syrup spray mybe with a little lemongrass oil added. At one of our Virginia State Beekeepers Association meetings some old...
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    Re: Move the hives to the bean fields?

    My home yard in VA is sometimes within 100 yards of flowering soybeans and at that time we are in a nectar dearth, I have walked through the soy bean fields and not seen any insects at all and no...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    I guess so as I still do not get the point, to some no matter what the value is if it is not native eradicate it. With the 3 crop rotational system right up to the road verges there is not much for...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Nope Barry, its all over the country the Master gardeners are all over invasive species like white on rice. Just looked at those prairie weeds, I wish you guys could send some down to VA. I have been...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Gary have you tried spraying the bees with sugar water when you open the hives, they might learn to stay around and clean themselves. I would try that every time you inspect and they might associate...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Lazy shooter, if roundup is sprayed onto the weeds in the prairie it would also kill the prairie grasses. A lot of the weeds came with the seeds of the early settlers from the old world, also where...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Don't know about those prairie grasses, but bees forage on the flowers of those imported weeds so I would give that one a miss. Perhaps that does not matter as bees were imported anyway.
    Johno
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Surely Ian you must have heard by now that roundup is poisoning the world, just check the Sierra club and others of that ilk
    Johno
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Monsanto must be using a new business model according to many. This model says that you grow your company by poisoning all your customers. And no I am not paid a penny by Monsanto.
    Johno
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    Re: wax mold?

    It looks like the fan is cooling the top mold platten so that side releases first, as you can see he uses his air there first.
    Johno
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Ja Potti I see your bees really like you and your buddy.
    Johno
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    I do not make bakers fondant I make bee fondant, the recipe is quite simple
    5lbs of sugar
    16 oz of light corn syrup
    3 Tble spoons of cider vinegar then add water to a volume of 1 1/3 cups.
    pour...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    14412 You can make my recipe into a soft fondant if you wish but that just makes work for yourself. I heat it a little more to 245* rapidly cool it while stirring and pour into a mold, the stuff...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    14405I make fondant with sugar corn syrup cider vinegar and water heated to 245* cooled then poured into molds then broken into slabs when cold. My bees ignore sugar bricks in favor of the fondant.
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    How about inverted sugar using cider vinegar, any research on that.
    Johno
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Winter in the northern part of Virginia is too close to the Arctic circle for poor sub tropical Africans like me, so that is the time for cooking baking and other activities to help warm the home....
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Bee curios if you are buying bakers fondant I cannot see it being much of a pain! Making it is a pain that is well worth it in my estimation as my bees prefer it to sugar bricks now I cannot speak...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Fondant may be a pain but if I put some sugar brick and some fondant on top of the frames the bees are straight on to the fondant. I suspect it is because the heating of the sugar and corn syrup...
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