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  1. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    This model was also recommended by Michael bush - And looks promising.

    Unfortunately, I've already bought a comparably priced one locally, and would have a hard time justifying paying twice.
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  2. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    Thanks for everyone's replies. Beesource is knee deep in tinkerers and creative thinkers, and this thread didn't disappoint.

    The suggestions of going to a garage sale and buying an older...
  3. Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    My neighbor's old-school 12V car-battery charger worked like a charm to power my Oxalic Vaporizer.

    So I went out and bought one. But it didn't work as expected.

    Turns out that the one I...
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    Re: Counterfeit money

    A few years ago, there was someone in Canada counterfeiting 50 cent pieces.

    Apparently they were quite good, but cost him upwards of 40 cents each to make.

    :scratch:
  5. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    Perhaps.

    Until such time arrives, it falls to the beekeeper to head off such understandings through proper management and neighbor relations.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of...
  6. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Be cautious of attributing success to the syrup - More likely, it was that she was an already-laying queen, unlike shipped queens which have temporarily stopped laying. Laying queens have a high...
  7. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    Really, the stinging could just as easily have been from a wasp.... But without that initial foundation of trust and communication with neighbors, one is at the mercy of their perceptions....
  8. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    I'm afraid I can't offer any guidance on the move, but I am very curious how the situation came about.

    Was there any warning about neighborly dissatisfaction?

    Were there any incidents...
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    Re: Quilt boxes

    After trying a few materials, I've found that leaves work the best for me. Plus they are readily and freely available in the fall.
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    A bee ladder is a very tiny ladder, typically made from matchsticks, used to assist bees in getting up into the supers in Langstroth hives. It is not necessary to use these in Top bar hives.
  11. Bee swarm in middle of national park?

    A park ranger recently contacted me about a honeybee infestation in a cabin in a national park.

    I've verified it by picture. There were only a few bees near the entrance, but they were...
  12. Re: deep with two supers as brood chamber...

    Jay, this describes the system I use.

    I found all-deeps to be heavier than I wanted to lift, and all-mediums to leave me with compatibility issues.

    The system you propose offers the best of...
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    Re: Feeling let down after hive inspection

    Everyone seems have have their own little rules about how often inspections should take place.

    Really depends what you're after. If someone has a specific recommendation, ask them "Why", and...
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    Re: Question about beekeeper etiquette

    Personally, I wouldn't even touch this.

    It sounds like either her ethics, or comprehension is weak - Or perhaps both. Fertile ground for a headache in either case.

    If she had concerns...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    I agree context is the key..... and in a North American environment where better alternatives exist, it would be odd to choose a KTBH for the sake of honey production. Sam Comfort has stated that...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    The context of the claim should have been self evident, Michael. Such pedantry is unbecoming of you.

    Post corrected nonetheless.
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    Re: swarm entering established hive.

    A valid point. Dunno. Yes, AHB brings their own monarch.
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Because then it would be a Lang, used by evil industrial bee exploiters, and lack the cachet of owning a top bar.

    In my neck of the woods, the sole reasons folks use a TBH are for non-beekeeping...
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    I only used insulation for part of the winter, and ultimately found it unnecessary. Bees surived 30 days of -30C (-20F) without a problem. I just partitioned off the north end, which created...
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    Re: swarm entering established hive.

    Given your location, sounds like Usurpation by AHB.
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    That is a beautiful piece of workmanship. Conceptually, it sounds very similar to the "Calgary Top Bar Hive": Top Bars for Brood, Frames for honey, and Quilts on top.

    See: ...
  22. Re: Announcing: The Calgary Top Bar Hive - A Top Bar Hive for Northern Climates

    As well as any of my other hives - of which I have multiple types.

    I generally try not to count until April 1, though.

    Anything can happen.
  23. Announcing: The Calgary Top Bar Hive - A Top Bar Hive for Northern Climates

    http://members.shaw.ca/metropropolis/The%20Calgary%20Top%20Bar%20Hive.pdf
  24. Re: Yet another imbalance caused by feeding sugar - - robbing of hives with honey?

    I've heard that it's a shortage of smug, sanctimonious new beekeepers that is contributing to bee decline.

    Keep up the good work. Only *you* can save the bees.
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    Re: Why I don't consider using treatments.

    Michael,

    Thank you.

    Do you have a sense of how many beekeepers there are near you, say within a 2 mile radius?

    Known to be many? Virtually none? Possibly a few?

    What is your...
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