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  1. Re: time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    Seems kind of early yet to be opening a brood nest in southern Ohio, this is just my opinion but I would think that sometime in early March would be soon enough if checkerboarding is your aim. I live...
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    Re: Question about marking a bee.

    HA, that's so cool, I figure a bee with a blade of grass trailing behind it would be really easy to follow.
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    Re: feeding sugar blocks - too much at one time?

    Extra bricks won't hurt a thing, I often add two and if there is any left over when the first nectar flows I will take the left over pieces place them in a gallon zip lock bag and refrigerate them...
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    Re: Roofing felt wrapped vs. unwrapped.

    mgolden,
    Thanks for the positive kudos, I also use a shim on top filled with wood shavings however I use a 7/8" hole in the front, I found this hole size dissipated just enough moisture without...
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    Re: Roofing felt wrapped vs. unwrapped.

    From the view angle you cannot see the insulation, there is four layers of sheet Styrofoam on the other side.

    A small amount of condensation still forms on the inner cover of these hives while...
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    Re: Roofing felt wrapped vs. unwrapped.

    Only one time I have had large numbers of bees leave the hives and not make it back, I discovered that the problem originated from the sun reflecting off of the snow, I came up with a fix for this...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention Management

    Janne,
    My yearly management is as follows.

    April - Bring empty frames up into the top box, this can often be done quickly by bringing the 1st deep up to the top position, this readies the hives...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention Management

    I attempted checkerboarding a number of years ago but ran into difficulties because of the cold sometimes freezing late February/early March tempertures, my frames were glued together with rock hard...
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    Re: Swarm Prevention Management

    When running two deep hives I fought swarming to the point of frustration, when May would arrive I always ended up with more bees in the trees than in the hives and my honey production would always...
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    Re: treatments are a dead end

    This article appears to be a Blog containing someones opinions, the statement about Oxalic acid not affecting mites because of climate change along with the statement that OA is usually used in...
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    Re: Split Bottom Frames: What's the Point?

    I only have a few solid bottoms and the rest are split bottoms which I prefer.
  12. Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    Doesn't matter either one will work fine, some people like the loose sugar because it absorbs some of the hive moisture.
  13. Re: How's everyones bees doing over this crazy winter?

    I still have all the hives I went into winter with and I am monitoring the weights more closely now, we still have the coldest months ahead of us and I am already looking forward to spring.
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    Re: wire vs fishing line

    x2 on Franks response, I tried using fishing line a number of years ago and made the mistake of using something around 15 or 20 lb test if I remember correctly and the bees cut everything they could...
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    Re: Possible 100 watt bulb for warmth

    Sounds like a nice a set-up, with a temperature controller those 15 watt bulbs should give a fast response to temperature changes, when running the low wattage bulbs without controllers my nuc...
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    Re: Possible 100 watt bulb for warmth

    Heating a hive can be justified from the goals one has in mind for doing so if the goals are sound, adding heat to an otherwise normal hive throughout the winter would be a bad idea here where I...
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    Re: Possible 100 watt bulb for warmth

    I tinkered around with this some years ago when I had a nuc cluster that was too small to keep itself warm.

    You can do this successfully without a thermostat by using smaller wattage bulbs which...
  18. Thread: Hive box gaps

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    Re: Hive box gaps

    Small gaps under 1/8" aren't really a problem, the bees will seal them with propolis, however I do like the seams to be a lot closer than that, especially on brood boxes, a little trick that I use to...
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    Re: Torpor: Knocking on Hives Video

    The fellow who made the video linked in cyan's opening post has made a second video where he is contradicting the first one, apparently a friend of his did some testing which showed very little to no...
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    Re: How often do you requeen?

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: How often do you requeen?

    Michael,
    I do understand your reasoning and wholeheartedly agree about the whole package, however in my situation I need a starting point, a point of reference if you will, right now I don't know...
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    Re: How often do you requeen?

    There is always a chance for ending up with a substandard queen at any time, spring of summer, however I will be feeding my hives throughout the summer so I don't see any out of the ordinary risk...
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    Re: How often do you requeen?

    I have been an advocate for letting the bees re-queen as they see fit however my honey production does suffer as a result of this type of hands off management. Over the years I could see certain...
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    Re: Possible Negative Points of Three Deep Hives

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Possible Negative Points of Three Deep Hives

    Ian,
    I must say that the way you and Roland run your hives is very different and interesting to me, more of a hands on approach if you will, if I am comprehending this correctly you both operate a...
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