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    Vinegar in Bee Syrup

    Anyone know about putting vinegar in bee syrup? Some references say to use it during the winter to keep the syrup from crystalizing, but others are using it year round, in high quantities in their...
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    Update: The VA Apiarist came to check the...

    Update: The VA Apiarist came to check the hives... Said he'd seen it before and it wasn't unusual. She's layingand doing well.
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    I marked my queens on the 18th and today (22nd) I...

    I marked my queens on the 18th and today (22nd) I found one of them had her wings gone. She's laying, but only a bit, and had been a very good brooding queen. The hive is a split I made in mid...
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    The curled toes can be from raising the chicks on...

    The curled toes can be from raising the chicks on a hard surface.

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    Susi Wilson
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    I use 'Mud gloves', a type of gardening gloves. ...

    I use 'Mud gloves', a type of gardening gloves. The are a cotton glove covered with textured rubber. They have a non-rubberized patch on the back of the glove I cover with duct tape (if needed). I...
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    They had been bringing in nectar and pollen, from...

    They had been bringing in nectar and pollen, from the elms, most likely, since that had just started and the pollen color was just right. The head into the comb doesn't worry me since this is the...
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    Thanks for your reply: The hardware cloth mesh...

    Thanks for your reply: The hardware cloth mesh is folded in half and the raw edge is inserted into the opening leaving 1/2 to 1/4" space for exit/entry on either side. This helps defend against...
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    I forgot to say that all my hives have blocks on...

    I forgot to say that all my hives have blocks on top and entrances closed down to 1/2-1/4 " by 8 mesh screening at the entries. Thanks for your ideas!
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    Temps were in the mid 30's to 40F day & 23-35 @...

    Temps were in the mid 30's to 40F day & 23-35 @ night.. The tops were both Styrofoam (I have 5 Styro & 7 Wood tops), Bees were flying when the sun hit the hives on most afternoons. We had very...
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    Could be. It was one of my Russian Hybrid...

    Could be. It was one of my Russian Hybrid queens, from Jester, who gets breeders from Glenn. Most of the bees were dark. It had to have been that the whole cluster died in the last few days, since...
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    Farmville, Middle of VA , 52 F. 12 Hives, all on...

    Farmville, Middle of VA , 52 F. 12 Hives, all on screens, all treated (menthol, grease patties, apistan, fumadil, heavy syrup, clean and inspected last spring). Opened to put in pollen patties, and...
  12. Dr Mangum at Mary Washington College,...

    Dr Mangum at Mary Washington College, Fredricksburg, Virginia, USA has vast experience in Top Bar Hives in Africa. Write him and he will help you any way her can. I'll give you his e-mail address...
  13. Thread: Cheap Sugar

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    Bought sugar in 50 pound sacks from a restaurant...

    Bought sugar in 50 pound sacks from a restaurant supplier for 13.33333 cents per pound. A bunch of us went in together and bought 1500 pounds. We piggybacked a restaurant friends order and got a...
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