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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    The bees ventilate rather well when the snow is three feet deepover the colonies and they are in their ice cave about the size of a 55 gallon drum. I used to winter in 24 hives back to back and the...
  2. Re: honey consumption in winter wondering out loud.

    wcnewby, bees are capable of hoarding a whole lot of honey. When I was keeping bees in North Dakota in the seventies on good pasture some of my hives produced well over 300 pounds of surplus. Of...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    A colony will be clustered at 34 degrees and be down in the brood nest most of the time. Then the boxes can just be picked off the top bee free. I have successfully done this in the past. ...
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    I do not think the new European queen will have any problem laying in the smaller cells. I run small cell foundation and when I introduce a purchased queen I see no problem with the new queen laying...
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    Re: Fall questions...

    The supers need removed before you treat. I would turn the frames sideways and shake them to se if any nectar comes out. If none comes out the honey is probably cured and can be extracted. If...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    I wish I was a human being and smart enough to post pictures! The way I set up I know very well that the top eight or nine inches of the hive are warm because the bees have a loose cluster up there...
  7. Re: All available honeybees report to hyw 41 for cleanup

    The problem was people were driving thru the spilled honey and the tires were throwing the honey up on the body of the vehicle. People parked and went I store and when they came out their vehicle...
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    Re: Unusual Scene in BeeYard

    Sounds like a usurpation swarm where a swarm tries to requeen a colony with theirs.
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    Re: Open the brood nest?

    The empty medium if it is foundation should be taken off. They are not going to draw much wax this late are they? Of course you have alligators there so what do I know. You are way different...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    I just got back from helping a novice who has carnies. She said she had went to do an inspection and saw five bees with mites on them. I decided to go give this first year keeper a hand. I found...
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    Re: Long term pollination for remote areas

    The water barrels are unnecessary. Piling that much bee ware up at once would seem to be poor business in small hive beetle/wax moth country. I wish you well.
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    Re: How to secure tar paper

    If putting on roofing felt you cannot wait til weather turns cold. You need a warmer day and a warm roll of felt. The best way I have found is to staple the wrap up one corner and stretch the...
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    Re: Bees making an entrance

    Bees do things that seem strange to us like propolizing our purpose provided entries and enlarging cracks and knot holes. I think it is why we call ourselves keepers and not controllers! I try to...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    The existence of DCA's has been established a long long time. The same ones have persisted In excess of hundred years and that is well documented. I guess it is unfair in some way to consider that...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    If misunderstanding was profitable, there would be rich people visiting this site.
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    Having put my new 4X7 dadant in service about the time this thread started, I am happier with it every time I use it! I believe mine is the better grade and they sell a cheaper one that I have no...
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    Re: Follower boards to reduce 10 frame hive

    If you have access to Styrofoam you could put a piece on both sides and get some insulation benefit. If you choose that route cover the styrofoam with plastic bags so the bees do not disassemble it...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Sounds like a good thing to do. My dead outs get frozen automatically:<} I haven't lost a colony to nosema in 5 years and that is without treating. I wonder if it is the mostly new comb and...
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    Re: Prices and Plans for spring 2015

    I think Kelley does free shipping on $200 orders after Thanksgiving. Mann Lake ltd is free shipping over $100. Might be a good idea to pre shop some places and have some lists. Congratulations on...
  20. Thread: Huge mite drop

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    Re: Huge mite drop

    Your experience illustrates how mites multiply and become a problem in a short time. I am always worried about mites!
  21. Thread: Sick hive?

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    Re: Sick hive?

    The deformed wings are a real tell tale for large varroa population. Have you tested for them? Bees dying from many causes have their tongues out it seems to me. Vorroa is the answer to many if...
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    Re: Bottom Board 3/4" or 3/8"?

    My bottom boards which I like very much for everything but using an oxalic vaporizer only has a 1/4" opening all the way across. There is no law that says 3/4" is required. I regret there is no...
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    " I also like the large and have the guards on mine.[/QUOTE]" Personally I am comfortable with my beekeeping and don't have over 25 hives in one place and the 4X7 size more than gets the job done...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    I just bought 300 pounds of that possibly GMO sugar from Sams and it was about .36 a pound. Right beside it is possibly GMO cane sugar for .53 a pound. Since that sugar is raising bees or allowing...
  25. What were/are the really bad insecticides?

    I have been following a long thread on neonicitinoids with interest. I am curious if the long term beekeepers here who have lived with DDT and Pencap M Sevin ect ect can give their murderers row...
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