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    Re: Common mistakes or other topics for a class.

    Dsegrest,
    A fellow beekeeper had a box slide off the front of the hive when he was checking for queen cells. A comment I have remembered.
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    Re: Common mistakes or other topics for a class.

    When checking for queen cells by tilting a box up and looking at the bottom of the box for queen cells, be careful not to let the box slide off the front of the hive and on to the ground.
  3. Thread: hive bein robbed

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    Re: hive bein robbed

    The robber bees are following the scent of the stores they are after, the vicks will mask the smell. ITs the same way a robber screen works they bang their heads against the screen following the...
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    Re: hive bein robbed

    Cn also try vicks vapo rub on the outside near the entrance. I have had some success with it.
  5. Re: How to get bees in the hive so I can move the hive...

    Yes smoke helps. I also have a moving net which is a nylon bag that I put over the hive after strapping it together. I cover most of the hive during the day then at night I cover the entrance after...
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    Re: Extraction equipment question

    You may also want to consider a 5 gallon paint filter bag from Lowes home improvement. IT does a great job of getting all the bee parts and wax bits out.
    If you do get one just rinse with water no...
  7. Thread: Robbing Problem

    by Ski
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    Re: Robbing Problem

    The robbers smell the stores that they are getting, I have used Vicks vapor rub to mask the smell. It may not work in this case since they have been at it for a long time but it may be worth a try.
  8. Thread: VARROA treatment

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    Re: VARROA treatment

    Glock,
    MAQS have temp requirements. Daytime time highs should be between 50F and 85F. Does this happen 7 days in a row in Snow Shoe Pa in Dec? Just seems late to be treating. But maybe you are on...
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    Re: Couldn't get frames all pushed together.

    Steven,
    From the video it appeared that you have undrawn frames so with packages on undrawn frames its feed feed feed. Top feeder,frame feeder all good I would just avoid the entrance feeder after...
  10. Thread: Nuc and Queen sell

    by Ski
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    Re: Nuc and Queen sell

    Don't destroy queen cells! Let he bees do their thing.
    You may consider taking the queen and a frame of bees and a frame of honey and pollen and start another nuc, leaving the queen cell to hatch...
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    Re: help identifing comb

    The bees will raise as many drones as they think they need. I would open a few drone cells just to look for mites on the pupae but not necessary. When they build drone cells on the bottom of...
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    Re: Couldn't get frames all pushed together.

    Steven,
    You should get the frames pushed all the way back together and then split the space evenly between the two outside frames. You had the right idea about using smoke that will move them but...
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    Re: Addition Of Sugar To Mountain Camped Hive

    I have used a piece of newspaper and lightly drug it over the bees also have used some long grass and tickeedl them until they moved, it doesn't take much.
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    Re: How to remove a hive

    Here is a web site that covers trapouts it was authored by Wally from Asheboro, he has been keeping bees for 30 + years and also knows a lot about cutouts.
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    Re: Candy boards/fondant

    Here is an interesting You Tube video for simple candy boards - no cooking.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_WLCc21-Hk
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    Re: Need a second set of eyes please

    The smell may be Golden Rod ifs it kind of locker room gym socks type of smell.
  17. Thread: Mass Robbing Spree

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    Re: Mass Robbing Spree

    Apply some vicks vapo rub around the entrances.
  18. Re: styrofoam chunks used as floats in bucket feeder

    mhorowit,
    No idea if it affects the bees or not. But you could put a piece of burlap over the styrofoam chunks. THe burlap will wick up the syrup and the bees can walk on it easly.
  19. Re: Not treating or no Queen for winter, better route??

    When I had two hives stop laying after treatment with Apiguard it took approx two weeks before she started laying again. Now considering your location and time of year she may not lay 1000 eggs a...
  20. Thread: robbing

    by Ski
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    Re: robbing

    What is robbing?
    Robbing is a term used to describe honey bees that are invading another hive and stealing the stored honey. The robbing bees rip open capped cells, fill their honey stomachs, and...
  21. Re: Not treating or no Queen for winter, better route??

    I have had the queen shut down laying during and for a while after treatment with Apiguard.
    I would suggest you complete the treatment, the queen should start laying again before winter.
  22. Thread: Refractometer help

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    Re: Refractometer help

    Ben,
    Ancansco most likely has a good one and they sound like a reputable company.
    One other item, some refractometers use oil for calibration, if it does make sure they also sell the oil...
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    Re: How to transport my bee hives

    EmiKami,
    A pickup truck would be great but I have a ford expedition and have moved hives several times. I wait until dusk so all or most of the forragers will be in the hive then put a moving net...
  24. Thread: Refractometer help

    by Ski
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    Re: Refractometer help

    I know everyone has their favorite and you did not ask but...
    I recently went through purchasing a refractometer and after returning one I gam going to keep the one from Blue Sky. It has only one...
  25. Thread: good refractometer

    by Ski
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    Re: good refractometer

    Sounds a lot like the one I got from Blue Sky Beekeeping.

    I now have one from Blue Sky Beekeeping Approx $80. It has Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC). It has one scale with 10 divisions...
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