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    Re: SBB and pollen loss

    Will; I can tell I stepped on a sore toe and for that I apologize, please understand that I know that your bees are your bees and that you will manage them as you see fit.

    It is true that...
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    Re: new packages and shb control

    In many of the studies done bottom boards with screening are called "Open Mesh Bottom Boards." If everyone uses the same names it certainly cuts down on confusion.

    You will find that different...
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    Re: SBB and pollen loss

    Will, you need to remember that in wild bee trees only 20% of swarms survive their 1st year. Forget thinking "natural" and make your decisions on legitimate management concerns. Solid bottom boards...
  4. Re: switching to natural/ 4.9 cell size input?

    I read a study a month or so ago that said the act of drawing out the foundation will reduce the amount of chemical in the wax by half. Has anyone seen any figures on the amount of chemical...
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    Go with 10 frame deeps for the brood chamber and use mediums or shallows for the surplus honey supers. Which surplus super you select will depend on the type of nectar flows you have in your area. ...
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    Re: Do cell cleaners clean mite scat?

    From what I have read it is a mixture of wax and propolis.
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    Re: Flat, smooth foundation?

    When Mehring first made foundation in 1857 it was a flat, dipped sheet with indentions of the cell bottoms, and no cell walls as we have on foundation today. Being dipped it was thick at the bottom...
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    Re: Do cell cleaners clean mite scat?

    When the pupa emerge from the cell it is cleaned before it is used by the queen for laying her eggs. The pheromones left by the cleaning crew tells the queen the cell is ready for her to lay. If...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    I used the drilled hole in the upper box technique for the first 2 years I kept bees, but after I started trying things out for myself as opposed to what I read in all the beekeeping books, I use no...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    You probably don't need an upper entrance in your area, do you notice a problem with condensation on the inner cover? If you use an open mesh bottom board the air movement in, up, down and around...
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    Re: Minnesota Hygienic Queens

    They do well here in north Arkansas. Summer heat appears to not be a problem, and they gather surplus as well or better as any other Italian based strain of bee. They winter well, but my area is...
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    Re: Problems with Carniolan Queen

    I think a Carniolan queen's egg laying depends on the amount of incoming nectar and pollen, not on the amount of food stored in the colony.
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    Re: Queen excluder?

    It did not work for me when I tried it. The queen will search for cells to lay in, and if there is a way up she will usually find it. If you want an entrance above the excluder put on two surplus...
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    Re: Problems with Carniolan Queen

    If your weather is like mine they slow/stop egg laying in August and early September. The result is that they go into winter with very small populations of adult bees. This population dwindles and...
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    Re: What lubricant in extractor tub

    Crisco shortening does a good job.
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    Re: win tergreen in hbh mix

    I tried wintergreen 15-20 years ago and killed a lot of brood when I added too much to the syrup. You may want to add more untreated sugar syrup to dilute the mixture.
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    Do you have a good drone population this early? It takes about 2 weeks after a drone emerges for him to be mature enough to mate.

    When I start to graft I keep my breeder queen in a box that is...
  18. Re: alternative covering for telescoping outer cover.

    I bought treated plywood, the type used to make concrete forms with, and used those for the top of the cover. They are 18 years old now, and they are still as sound and functional as they were the...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    I start with a fist full or two of pine needles to get things going and then add three or four hands full of pellets. Put more pine needles on top of the pellets so they don't fall out of the smoker...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    The usual reason for early emergence is grafting larva that is older than the larvae you put into the other cell cups. What method do you use to know the age of the larvae you graft?
  21. Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    I am happy to make my expenses each year. I sell no honey and only enough nucs to cover my sugar bill. The health benefits and the pleasure of keeping bees is payment enough.
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    Re: Drone colonies per queen

    Brother Adam used not less than 4 colonies for drone at his mating station, according to his book "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abby." They were headed by sister queens.

    Giles Fert, the French queen...
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    Re: Burning Sumac Berries

    The U. of Arkansas did a study a few years ago on the effect of burning sumac in a smoker, they determined it had no effect on varroa populations.
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    Re: Old, Unused Wax Foundation

    No, you can melt and use it. I have some foundations left from the early 80s that I melt and use to make queen cups for raising a few queens. You can melt and make wax cakes using the 8 ounce foam...
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    Re: Essential Oils

    Do you happen to remember any of the studies Dr. Eischen quoted? Everything I have seen says that feeding plain sugar syrup does as much good as syrup and HBH.
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