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    Hi Tecumseh, Yes, both have temperature...

    Hi Tecumseh,

    Yes, both have temperature ranges. I use Apiguard in the summer here in New England because it works well in the upper ranges. I use formic acid in the fall because it has an upper...
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    I use Apiguard when mite counts are critical and...

    I use Apiguard when mite counts are critical and indicate the colony will perish if not treated. Apiguard is made from oil of thyme, i.e., thymol. It sounds like you are not following the...
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    Even just one empty comb is a huge advantage.

    Even just one empty comb is a huge advantage.
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    MASS BEE, a beekeepers' association in...

    MASS BEE, a beekeepers' association in Massachusetts, just ran an irradiation program. The fee to beekeepers in the area's associations was something like $17.00 per cardboard box full of equipment....
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    A coil nailer with 2" (or longer) ring nails...

    A coil nailer with 2" (or longer) ring nails makes quick work of nailing box joints. They do take much longer to make using a jig and dado.
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    Urethane glues require moisture to cure. ...

    Urethane glues require moisture to cure. Air-dried woods may have enough moisture where kiln dried woods will not have enough moisture. Check out the label. It should tell you to wet the joint.
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    Too early. Average daytime temp needs to be warm...

    Too early. Average daytime temp needs to be warm enough to fly otherwise you run the risk of dysentery.
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    Queen, drone, worker pictures

    Does anyone have pictures of queen, drone and worker that I can use in a presentation to a Bee School class? All three in one photo would be nice, but I can also show one photo of each.

    Also, I...
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    Packages on small cell foundation = no problem. ...

    Packages on small cell foundation = no problem.

    Maybe your packages can make comb for your Nucs? Just an idea.

    Mixing in same yard? I've read this too, but it is not my experience. I have...
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    I had to crowd the brood box and feed light syrup...

    I had to crowd the brood box and feed light syrup because the honey flow had passed. As they started to run out of room they were cooperative enough!
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    I don't have any problems with small cell...

    I don't have any problems with small cell foundation so long as I don't try to mix small cell foundation in with comb drawn on large cell. I bought a Nuc once with a Carniolan queen to try...
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    As an alternative, I buy my fondant from a bakery...

    As an alternative, I buy my fondant from a bakery supplier. Check the yellow pages for a wholesaler in your area. At $0.60 per lb it is hard for me to justify making it myself.
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    I buy mine from a local bakery wholesaler that I...

    I buy mine from a local bakery wholesaler that I found in the web version of the yellow pages. It comes in 50 lb blocks for about 60 cents per pound. The ingredient list is: sugar, corn syrup and...
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    We are further south than you are, but our New...

    We are further south than you are, but our New England weather is unpredictable at best. April and May are the traditional months for us. I've installed them with fresh snow on the ground! I like...
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    This response is a little off the target, but I...

    This response is a little off the target, but I thought it might add insight. And as always, your responses teach me and allow me better insight. Admittedly, this is an unabashed plug for the local...
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    I haven't heard of something like this, but I...

    I haven't heard of something like this, but I like the idea. Maybe you could put in some flowering plants for the public to see? It's hard to predict what the bees will do with them, if anything,...
  17. Hi Ben, Now that its a season later, how did it...

    Hi Ben, Now that its a season later, how did it work? What did you learn about it and what changes (if any) would you make?
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    Check out Grant's eBook, "Beekeeping with...

    Check out Grant's eBook, "Beekeeping with Twenty-Five Hives." Read the chapter on goals and also the chapter on marketing. Running a business of any type is all about three things. Two of the...
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    All of my hives are on small cell. A good...

    All of my hives are on small cell. A good majority of them are on Dadant crimp wired small cell. At least a dozen were started with packages with no problems at all.

    In my practice, I would not...
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    I just started an MS Access database. Very...

    I just started an MS Access database. Very preliminary right now. I would welcome input on what should be in the database and any features it should have. The big challenge to any database is the...
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    Clear the bottom entrance so air can circulate...

    Clear the bottom entrance so air can circulate (inflow), it won't hurt to drill a 3/4" or 1" hole just above one of the front handholds (you can plug it later), add an empty super of any size, and...
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    I have several hives that are All Americans from...

    I have several hives that are All Americans from Texas. They are gentle enough. They arrived in terrible condition due to shipping distance. One package was immediately and cheerfully replaced....
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    I don't know what the proponents of SC are...

    I don't know what the proponents of SC are saying, but I can tell readers from my own experience that I too am 100% using SC. So far, I have not had to treat for mite levels above the economic...
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    If you want to do this again you can wire a line...

    If you want to do this again you can wire a line thermostat inline with the lightbulb to regulate the heat. Ask your electrical supply for an attic fan thermostat as they will allow you to regulate...
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    MA feeding

    It was a very dry fall here in southeastern MA. Beekeepers in the area are reporting that their bees used much of their spring/early summer stores just to get to the fall. For my bees, the fall was...
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