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  1. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Anyone hearing of any correlation between using OA dribble and reduced nosema problems?

    OA dribble is supposed to be hard on gut of the bee and one should only apply OA by dribble once. However,...
  2. Re: Install your replacement packages on a box of honey to avoid supersedure?

    What is the guard bee reaction to nurse bees from another hive entering their hive?
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    Sticky: Re: Bulk honey prices and market outlook

    Was in a Bulk Barn yesterday and checked the price of their liquid honey by the pound. Price is now $6.49/lb which is up a $1 from 6 months ago.

    Hard to rationalize against a falling price to...
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    Re: mid winter OAV in the south.....numbers

    Would seem to me that bees likely end up ingesting some of the OAV crystals, as they clean the hive???????? How much easier on the bees is vapor over dribble?

    And if some OA is ingested, is...
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    Sticky: Re: Checked an outyard today :)

    If you are concerned about the frost and moisture, try a 3/4 round hole in the feed rim.

    Were the bees about to starve, or have they moved the sugar down as syrup in the cells?????? Think some of...
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    Re: Checking on Bees in winter. How often?

    I can see this in warm temps when propolis is sticky and pliable. At warm temps bees also can re-seal stop any drafts.

    The propolis gets rock hard when the temp is well below freezing. Suspect...
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    Re: Checking on Bees in winter. How often?

    If my memory is working, a typical hive consumes about .35 lbs per day. So 8 lbs is good for around 3 weeks. Bigger population hives would obviously consume more. If the hive has much brood being...
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    Re: True definition of "overwintered nuc"

    Think Michael starts out at two 4 frame NUCs in a deep super and then places two 4 frame NUC boxes on, one over each half of deep. So he winters a 4 over 4. Is this still a NUC? I think a 4 over...
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    Re: Roofing felt wrapped vs. unwrapped.

    Thanks

    Very nice and neat job of installing the insulated wraps.

    I increased the ventilation above my quilts by adding a rim to the quilt box and putting a single 3/4 round hole at the front. ...
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    Re: Roofing felt wrapped vs. unwrapped.

    I wouldn't call those insulating wraps. Aren't they just salvaged lumber wraps? My definition of insulated wrap is also having a layer of insulating material that is part of the wrap.

    I also...
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    Re: In WAY over my head!

    You can get away doing this with a package or a NUC with young bees. Trust they told you to put some gear on when you open a big hive late in the season. The guard bees are not quite as...
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    Re: OAV with a heat gun

    Here's my version.

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    Made from 1/2 coppper tubing and some brass garden hose ends. Most of the hot air bypasses the hive. There is a 1/4 inch hole in the end of the cap and lets in enough...
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    Re: Honey extractor

    Yup, they must have exceptionally quick hands!
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    Re: Honey extractor

    Suspect a two frame extractor is tangential extraction. With a good grillage, it is really hard to blow frames or foundation because of the cross supports.

    When extracting in tangential mode, all...
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    Re: Honey extractor

    How many pounds of honey do you harvest per year?

    I'd suggest you buy something like Maxant 3500P. Start with manual crank for a while if you wish as per budget, volume of honey and how long you...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    I see it suggested that bee nutrition is part of the cause of bee problems. Yet there are all the secrets out there about pollen patties and sugar blocks.

    As my post earlier, I have been using...
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    Can't agree more and just shake my head when I hear all the talk in the fall that wrapping in cooler/cold climates is enough. Also I suggest minimal ventilation. Just need fresh oxygen and remove...
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    Re: Protein Patty recipe

    Does a pre mix such as BeePro meet nutrition requirements???????? for pollen patties?

    Think it was approx. $75 for a 50lb bag.

    I added sugar, some water, some lemon juice to better the taste,...
  19. Thread: Trivia Night

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    Re: Trivia Night

    Approximately, 1/3 of Canadian Honey production comes from Alberta, 1/3 from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and 1/3 from the rest of Canada. From Canadian Honey Council.

    Alberta, Saskatchewan and...
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    Re: Flipping the bottom board for winter?

    As Enjambres points out, you need a good 1/2 inch height to insert the varorizing wand.

    I don't see any advantage to 3/8 height.

    I also see no disadvantages with 3/4 inch height.

    With...
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    Re: Drone Foundation in Honey Supers

    Heard the same thing and tried ten drone frames in honey supers. Think it was BeeWorks out of Ontario who were promoting drone comb for honey supers.

    My experience has been that given a choice of...
  22. Thread: Trivia Night

    by mgolden
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    Re: Trivia Night

    What percentage of the food we eat requires pollination by insects with honey bees being a big part of this?

    a) 10%

    b) 20%

    c) 30%

    d) 40%
  23. Thread: Trivia Night

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    Re: Trivia Night

    I am also amazed at the payload of a honey bee.

    What percentage of their body weight can a honey bee carry?

    a) 25%

    b) 50%

    c) 100%
  24. Thread: Trivia Night

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    Re: Trivia Night

    One of my favorites is

    How many times per second does a honey bee flap its wings?

    a) 60 times

    b) 120 times

    c) 180 times
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    Re: Flipping the bottom board for winter?

    I don't think two sided bottom boards and inverting them for winter is very common anymore.

    My understanding of converting to the 3/4 depth side for winter allows inverting of the entrance reducer...
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