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    Re: all in one queen cells cast in wax

    For those of us new to casting, can you post instructions?

    Regards,
    Janet
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Sorry Daniel, I meant Ultra Bee...both that and Bee Pro are protein powder mixes you can yourself make into protein patties, as Lauri posted above.
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Lauri, I see Mann Lake is having a sale on Bee Pro. But I noticed they also sell Mega Bee, which is substantially more expensive than the Bee Pro. Any thoughts on whether it is worth the premium?
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  4. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    Here on the coast in western Canada, and the US Pacific Northwest, we practically don't have a winter...around or just below freezing, lots of rain, but with often a sunny day a week for the bees to...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Happy to! Sorry the spacing does not work out nicely once posted...I used Lauri's ingredients, and adapted a recipe from somewhere online...
  6. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    I like the look of this bee wrap from info@royalbee.ca :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9fXuoh3N_4

    Looks like it would allow for passive solar gain from the thin black plastic layer, and has...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I too tried the sugar blocks method...using my stand mixer to ensure the vinegar was well mixed into the sugar. If your blocks are not drying well, then there was too much liquid to start with. My...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    1455614556I am thinking this may be an alternative to the smaller packets of electrolytes and vitamins??

    Rooster Booster
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I would not drill holes in the spacer, and I would consider the use of a quilt box above the spacer.

    I make my quilt boxes out of empty supers, mediums are fine. I staple a burlap or screen floor...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    laketrout, the other thing I would consider putting in the recipe is some electrolyte/vitamin granules (you find them in the horse supply section in small foil envelopes). In reading around on the...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    FWIW, I like the screened inner covers for three reasons!

    1. holds the floor of the quilt box off the supers so the bees cannot propolize the floor (which in my case is burlap) or the quilt box...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I too was swayed by the very vocal treatment free elements in a local bee club. They were very convincing. Until this spring, when I opened up two hives to find parasitic mite syndrome in full swing....
  13. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    We still debate this question in my Pacific Northwest area...where bees have been kept for well over 100 years.

    We all agree the bees can take cold, a lot of it, but not dampness. So I put a...
  14. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    It can make a difference in your Varroa load, at the least. And I was blessed with two untreated apiaries nearby. One treated in midsummer but by then the damage had been done. Varroa infestation is...
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    Hello from Canada, where we debate whether there are ANY truly feral colonies any longer, particularly in cold weather areas. Although the thinking there is that Varroa more than any other single...
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    I think it is well established that using antibiotics as prevention drives the development of antibiotic resistant AFB.

    But I have sympathy for preventive use after having AFB show up in...
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    There is a deep well, an understandably deep well, of suspicion and anger at companies like Monsanto. And I frequently hear the mantra "they will come up with a Varroa solution but only one that...
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    Squarepeg, one of the beekeepers less than a mile away is doing just that (running a survivor bee apiary)...and I take serious issue with his acting as a lone agent, with complete disregard for all...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    I appreciate this thread, having just completed my third season. Each season has brought different mistakes, hope I have learned from them all!

    As a new-bee, I read what I can, seek and get lots...
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    Re: Theft

    I have some hives in a community garden that is open to visitors...a local man who also beekeeps has been hanging around there a lot, watching our bees. I know tampering with hives by other...
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    Re: Label Design and Printing

    Vistaprint does not offer transparent labels, and the round one comes only in a size too small, with the other size too big!
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    Perhaps some university bioengineering program will devise a Varroa-ending drench. It would be great to rid North America of this pestilential pest!!

    And if I were Monsanto, or some other mega...
  23. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    The question of opening up the USA Canada border to allow importation of USA bees into Canada was examined last winter. The border remains closed, out of fear of importing resistant strains of AFB,...
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    Mike, just to clarify...we used to have feral honeybees in abundance in Canada. The cold was not the issue there, and it is no bar to "kept" honey bees either. They tolerate extremely deep cold very...
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    Nicely put Mike, but one thing troubles me....what if the bees cannot adapt quickly enough to an imported/new stressor ie. Varroa??

    Here in Canada, bee scientists have told me there are no feral...
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