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    Re: Slovenian type Bee Houses

    I know that you can buy adaptors for lang frames...this may mean they fit in your conventional extractor??

    You can get the info from:
    http://www.slovenianbeekeeping.com/index-one.html
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    You know, I think all the fixes to the fondant recipe just create heartache. The bees can invert the sugar on their own, they do it all the time. Just make them fudgy blocks out of white sugar and...
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    Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Catmint is also my favourite bee plant. I recommend it to everyone and donate it around. Easily started from purchased seed, easy to divide, is not invasive, flowers all season, bees love it.
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    Re: birdsfoot trefoil for bees?

    Dave, can you give us an update on your bee pasture species recommendations?

    Regards,
    Janet
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    Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    Yes, that is true, they only hold about 1.5 Litres/quarts. Mine are nearby so not a problem, but they are a bit too small for a big apiary. The Ruhl feeder is much larger, over a gallon:...
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    Re: what is the best Hive top feeder

    I have used that Rapid Feeder (Ruhl Bee Supply in Oregon makes something similar) and love them. You can fill the feeder without cracking the inner cover, and you can peek down into the hive easily...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I hear you Shinbone, and I know I fuss over my bees, which are really pets. But. I have found my overwintering stats have improved since I started leaving these emergency rations. IMHO the colonies...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Hey Kathy, this time of year the bees raise a crop of winter bees, bees who have a slightly different, winter appropriate physiology that makes them long lived and effective little heater units. From...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    KathyK, you still have time to feed the guns out of your top bar if it is light. They should also be raising winter bees, so giving them a pollen patty or few over the next month is also a good...
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    Re: Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    Can anyone comment on the practice of putting protein supplement (powdered) into the syrup feed?
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    Re: How do you make a swarm bob??

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?303234-The-Russian-Scion&highlight=russian+scion

    thankyou!
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    How do you make a swarm bob??

    I cannot remember where I read about making a swarm bob...a ball of wax etc. you tie into a convenient spot such that any swarms erupting from the apiary are likely to light on the bob...sending out...
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    Re: package concerns

    What size are the colonies now?

    When you go in and see no eggs, you do think...are they getting ready to swarm? Particularly if the brood nest is being backfilled with nectar. You could be seeing...
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    Re: How many queen cells to have.

    Just to complicate things...

    1. there is a thought that the first queen cells made are from eggs that were not designated to be queens right from day 1...and missing that extra day or two of extra...
  15. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    FWIW I had a generous mentor in my first two years: I am happy to pay that forward. I mentor a lot now and always with the idea that after a few co-beekeeps they can fly on their own. Email is a...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Beepro, I messed up a fondant recipe on the stove by monkeying with the vinegar and water proportions. Dampened sugar dried in the furnace room is fail proof just slow and the sugar cakes are a bit...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I think if you turn the oven to 200 and then turn it off as the sugar goes in...that may be safer.

    After two batches of failed fondant...got thick goo instead...I am willing to put trays of...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Michael that irony is not lost on me. In my experience, "treatment free" is anything but! Which adds to my compassion for newbees; how are they to know that as it is generally used, "treatment free"...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    In defense of newbies, when I began beekeeping and followed the general advice to join my local club, I found the treatment free advocates were very vocal, very persuasive ("I have been treatment...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I just attended a seminar yesterday in which a very experienced commercial beekeeper mentioned that colonies refusing the fall syrup feed always have a big problem and will be dead by spring, so if...
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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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  24. 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...
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