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    Re: Overwintering a nuc

    See attached link. On page 1 there is a graph showing metabolic rate versus temperature.

    http://capabees.org/content/uploads/2013/02/winteringpdf.pdf
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Here's a link to some further info

    http://capabees.org/content/uploads/2013/02/winteringpdf.pdf

    Just trying to help. Is it thorax temp the problem of wing muscle don't function?

    Indoor...
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    Re: Overwintering indoors

    Wintering indoors means making sure the hive( which is often just a single deep) is full of honey/syrup. Indoor temp is maintained at around 5C. Outside ambient cold air is used to cool the indoor...
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    Re: Do landing boards really help?

    Bees are using the 3 inch front bottom board. A lot of them are anchored down, fanning to ventilate the hive to dry honey. They also tend to land on it just in front of the entrance.

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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    It is detrimental to winter survival if you have supers on that are not required to provide adequate food supply. It is just extra space that results in a colder internal hive temp.

    The interior...
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    Re: What Are You Using for Bait In Wasp Traps

    MB and Flowerplanter, how much apple cider vinegar approx. do you add to ????what volume of sugar syrup?

    Starting to sound like something apple, as in apple juice or apple cider vinegar works very...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Two deeps or equivalent is all that is required for hives in our area.

    Need to make sure they are mostly full(brood area should be open for the cluster) of honey and syrup going into winter.
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    Re: Bees not capping honey

    What is the air humidity? If it is high the uncapped honey will take on moisture from the air. Uncapped honey then just will not dry down to sufficient level for bees to cap.

    As Crofter says,...
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    Re: oxaclic acid question????

    16 ounces(1 lb) = 453.592 grams or a gram =0.035 ounce. Dosage is 0.07 ounce for a two 10 frame deeps but do you have a scale that can measure this??????????

    1/2 tsp is approximately 2.5 grams. ...
  10. Re: Anyone have better, more detailed plans for the Miller Type feeder?

    Here's a couple of pics of Miller. I use a silicon bead under edge 2x4 and corners. Some wax and heat gun can be used to seal inside corners and seal wood. If wood is not sealed there is some...
  11. Thread: Requeening?

    by mgolden
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    Re: Requeening?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311486-Sucsessful-Queen-Introduction-tips
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    Re: Rim on Migratory Covers

    One way to reduce the burr comb that I have seen others do(I have not tried this), is to place a piece of burlap over the frames and then place the migratory lid with rim. Burlap is about the...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Bees forage over an area with a radius of about two miles. There is no way I know of to tell what their preferred nectar supply has been over the past three weeks.

    Suspect canola in your area has...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Canola honey will crystalize in the cell within a few weeks of being capped. Hence, you need to extract periodically over the summer, if your bees have access to canola. You will end up with...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Assuming you can not locate the queen, remove the three top "honey" supers. Get an empty super and run two widths of duct tape around the top inside. Remove frames carefully, one by one from top...
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    Re: Winter prep for new keeper.

    I have a 3 1/2 round hole in the center of the candy board. Place a jar in it when placing the candy.

    Put a 3/8 rim on the up side of the candy board and leave a 1 1/2 notch at the front. Then...
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    Re: Wintering Help Needed

    Rather than drill a hole in the top super, I suggest making a 2 1/2 feed rim and drill a hole in it. With the fed rim you can place sugar, mountain camp style or place sugar blocks in the fall and...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

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    I recently(two days ago) dumped out a 6 over 6 that had recently gone queenless. Queen cell looked like queen successfully emerged but did not locate virgin. They were a gentle hive until the...
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    Re: OA Vaporizer Heat Gun

    Parts are brass garden hose ends and fittings and a piece of 1/2 copper tubing. So from left to right
    1. 1/2 copper flexible tubing
    2. 1/2 to 1/2 copper pipe coupler
    3. 1/2 female brass garden...
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    Re: OA Vaporizer Heat Gun

    Here's one I put together. I drilled a 1/4 hole(after experimenting with smaller) in the screw-on cap. Works well to prevent the OA from crystalizing in the copper pipe and also causes the OA vapor...
  21. Thread: Queen Excluder

    by mgolden
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    Re: Queen Excluder

    Grozzie2, appears you use no mid or upper entrance with the excluder.

    Can you confirm this?

    Do you bottom super and move partially full/full honey supers up?

    Just added my first honey super...
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    Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    Table saw is a much more versatile tool for beekeeping. Can make bottom boards, reducers, inner covers, Miller feeders, and outer covers. I have made some supers as well.

    Buy a good quality...
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    Re: Hints on spotting the queen

    No smoke or minimal smoke.

    Separate supers so they are singles. Queen can move downward along with bees to super below. Supers without queen will get quite "loud". I place the supers on a solid...
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    Re: sticky queen candy

    Candy may have been fine. Someone in the chain may have misted too much water on the queen cage.

    A question - should cage with queen always be stored and installed with candy up?

    Let the bees...
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    Re: Extractor Advice

    I have a 3100P and a good day (8-9 hours)for me is 100lbs. This one person pulling frames(deeps), uncapping with a fork, and packaging into pint jars.

    Others may have different experience.

    I...
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