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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Let the feeder go empty and smoke the bees down out of the feeder. Take it off and see what you have for dead bees. I have never seen any accumulation when I pull them off.

    I do usually only add...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Wax crystals and other matter collects on screens and then the spaces between these particles become the functional filtering medium rather than the mesh of the screen. To get true sizing and...
  3. Thread: Swarm cells

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    Re: Swarm cells

    It is possible to that that cell is capped but empty. Have seen that too. Have seen some that had the side torn out and a passable repair job done on it. If you had the equipment you might consider...
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    Where are the drowned bees? I have had to silicone the edges of the screens to the plastic tubs to keep bees from coming from inside and getting stranded in the syrup tubs.
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    They typically do not, or else supercedure process would not work.

    Sometimes the workers do tear down capped queen cells. Bees with russian genetics are reported to do it just for fun sometimes....
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    Don't worry about too much success! You can cross that bridge when you come to it. As mentioned you can give some excess bees away and there are methods to control queens production so you don't have...
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    I had a similar situation about this time last year. The colony had swarmed and I rehived and it was building up fast. The queen was the original current year and marked but the workers decided she...
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    Re: Extractor measurement

    I think mathesonequipment is correct. Just a minor point; on a larger diameter basket with radial positioning, there will be less g force differential between the inner side (bottom) and the outer...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    I doubt that resistant genetics is immediately altered by a few rounds of treatment; but by the same token, not treating will not instantly make the bees mite tolerant.
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    I am using similar feeders. At first I was worried about the same issues but have not observed any accumulation of dead bees inside the screen so I just dump it in. There is only a narrow space...
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    Re: What size hardware cloth to keep mice out?

    I drive an upright row of thin nails in the entrance reducer slot. Space about 5/16" apart.
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Mathesonequip

    I can tell that you have been there, done that, and have the Tee shirt! My sister was a special ed teacher and has the problem herself. It made her good at understanding the problem...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Methinks it is the ones who can't spell worth a crap that claim it isn't of any significance. Kind of brings question to their objectivity, lol! I have some relatives with professionally diagnosed...
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    Re: useing blank foundation?

    They really dont thank you for the wax in starter strips and make a better attachment if they build directly from the frame. Some kind of ridge may help them center the comb in the frame.
  15. Thread: Hive Weights

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    Re: Hive Weights

    At 75 lbs. hive A would have next to nothing in stores. More bees this time of year might not be any asset at all to either of the other hives. I would look hard at squarepeg's recommendation.
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I heard that Thunder Bay Ont. recently discovered some infestations of mites. Have they managed to re establish their mite free status? Does anyone know how successful the Saskatraz line of bees are...
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    Re: Combining 2 hives

    Missed original post.
  18. Thread: Hive collaspe

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    Re: Hive collaspe

    What are your thoughts about possible cause? Have you been doing any form of mite count? Did that hive get robbed? Do you have a queen? How heavy are your other hives? Just thinking whether it is...
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    Most of my hives are still bearding a bit and there is virtually no forage. I don't see how they would be at all enhanced by an incursion of laying worker produced drones and old foragers. Just more...
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    Yep, they'd be nice but stainless price. I was giving you the redneck version!
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    That is a problem trying to get heat into a semi solid or thick liquid, and especially so in a meltable container. If you had a shallow tank with water bath a foot deep or so to set the pails into,...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    What Michael describes is a boiled down version of the Snelgrove division board method of swarm control and requeening or nuc creation. Link below. I ran one hive this way last summer just for fun....
  23. Re: My bees are bearding , only 50 degrees outside

    Not much forage and hanging around twiddling thumbs.
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    Look at the age of those bees; percentage drones? 50%. Foraging must be nearly finished. New young bees are about the only thing that would be an asset. I think the original poster has made the right...
  25. Thread: Varroa Bomb?

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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    Advice to be complacent about mite levels seems to be generally dangerous for hive survival. I know that the Canadian agriculture advice has recently lowered their thresholds for treatment and it...
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