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    Re: Bees not capping honey

    What is the moisture content of the capped cells on the frame? It may be down around 17% and averaged out with the uncapped portion still give you a harvest well within acceptable limits. I had some...
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    The pictures showing the circles of admiration are apparently not crowded with bees. Does it happen sometimes, sure, but I have seen it stereotyped as the standard view to find around a working queen...
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    Make a pair of tapered shims by cutting a piece of 3/4 x 3/4 wood 20" long, diagonally from end to end. Lift and separate the front of your hive from its bottom board and slip one of the resulting...
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    Re: The myth of Retinue

    I thought it was only me that did not observe this behaviour. Once the combs get fairly populated the bees seem to flow right over the queens and even when marked you are lucky to catch a glimpse of...
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    Re: Beveled end bars

    The difficulty with hook wired foundation and wedge top - grooved bottom bars came up not too long ago on a thread. That combination is advised against in the catalogue I believe. Best used with...
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    Re: Just Another LL Langstroth Post

    Overly successful breeding is eventually harmful to a species and its co dependants. Where honeybees existence is marginal we, in our wisdom, think something less hazardous would be more desirable...
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    Re: Brood chamber maintenance

    You may find that the bees will not clean out the wet empty supers. It sometimes helps to place an inner cover with a very small hole, between them and the frames below. Putting the wet supers on...
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    Re: Beveled end bars

    It is hard to get a good crisp corner in the top bar rebates without putting a bit of tooth on the cutter to sever the end grain. If the corner is radiused it binds on the sidebar notch and...
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    I smoke hard into the bottom entrance, quickly rake out the ladder comb under center two or three frames and push in the vaporizer. The queen bee would likely be the first one to run up the frames if...
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    No, aside from going with one of the wooden construction plans. Ready made stainless containers that size are not too common. My son crunched the figures on fabricating something and decided a new...
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    Re: nucs and packages from Matt Roy

    Hi, my name is Frank and I am a hive ecology troll. Perhaps I could be made whole again though if someone healthy were to annoint me with the various body fluids!

    My bees are healthy though.
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    You probably could get a very small cluster of Carniolan bees to survive till spring but if you are in a cool climate they will not get their numbers up to field many foragers for the early flows....
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    Re: Building my own Honey Extractor

    By the time you get a basket in there and a bit of working clearance between it and the outer shell, the frames will be tight to the shaft. You will have to fight to get them shoehorned in when...
  14. Re: Queen hasn't moved up - should I be concerned?

    Queen does not have to move up. Natural for the bees in the bottom and the honey on top to start winter. I would not put the super between brood boxes; they still have syrup/ nectar to dry down and...
  15. Thread: Capping Punch,

    by crofter
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    Re: Capping Punch,

    I used it on a hot day and hot supers for the first time; beautiful! i thought it wonderful until the next time I tried it with everything a bit cooler and it grabbed cappings, tore cells and plugged...
  16. Re: Treatment Free Successes and Failures in a Cold Climate Zone

    They got by for quite a few years around Thunder Bay Ont. without treating for mites. They are very isolated from other kept bees and zero feral bees. Someone let the genii out of the bottle a few...
  17. Thread: milkweed

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    Re: milkweed

    Those bees might have just been old and looking for something to die on! They work milkwee fairly hard here along with Joe Pye weed.
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    Re: Swarm, rain, swarm, rain, on and on

    I have had a lot of the same cold, damp dark weather. Even with drawn comb they seem to want to build stores in the bottom and some have started cells without the queen being checked by nectar and...
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    Re: Wood species for hive components ?

    A lot of people referring to poplar mean a different tree entirely from anything in the aspen family which Canadians call poplar. Wood from the tulip poplar or magnolia family is a bit more credible...
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    Re: Winter prep for new keeper.

    Not to absorb moisture but to dissipate it to the outside air and at the same time conserving heat that the cluster produces. The underside of the quilt box material stays warm enough that the...
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    Re: Pulled excluder

    Once they start working the frames in the super you may be able to put the excluders back on. You dont have to wait till it all gets drawn. If you can manage excluders it is a lot less aggravation to...
  22. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    The bees do put royal jelly in drone cells on the bottom bars though and it can be difficult to pick out newly started queen cells amid a mass of same aged drone cells on frame bottoms. Everything...
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    Re: forcing nuc to make queen cells ?

    I think Thershey's method is safer than actually starting serious swarm preps. Easier to back away from since they may be hard to reprogram if they commit to swarm. Create situation for emergency...
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    Re: Taranov without capped cells

    I figure the queen is the easiest to shake off and since I want some nurse bees in the newly queenless hive, I dont worry about getting the last one off. A couple of shakes and you can quickly scan...
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    Re: Taranov without capped cells

    I did two hives with Snelgrove divisions and started extra nucs from cells produced. Two of the bottom boxes decided to swarm preps so I swapped lower and upper boxes again and destroyed cells. So...
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