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  1. Thread: Fall feeders

    by OlofL
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    Re: Fall feeders

    I'm mostly using plastic bags. They are put in a ordinary box with a board for the bees to get up behind. Straw or similar is needed for the bees not to drown. A short film of it...
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    Re: White mark on some of my bees?

    It is the result of bees visiting this plant
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impatiens_glandulifera
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    Re: Treatment Free - How long does it take?

    This might be of interest on this topic:
    http://www.saunalahti.fi/lunden/varroakertomus.htm
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    Re: How do YOU mix 50 gallons of syrup?

    I mix in a plastic barrel with a heavy duty submersible pump running for an hour or two. About 150 kg sugar in each batch. I'm using the pump to pump it out into pails. It is about 10-20 minutes work...
  5. Re: Making money as a beekeeper

    That sums up to 8 hours/hive and year and that is about the same as my figures. The main problem for me is that most of these hours need to be done during April-September.
  6. Re: GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    In the forth picture (dark frame) there is a lot of white stuff on the cell walls. This is usually mite feces that is quickly cleaned out be the bees. Seeing this much indicates they had a very...
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    Re: Time to grow.. but where?

    Follow the creeks on google maps, there are usually some wasteland around them that does a good job at supporting the bees year around. Make sure they are on safe ground regarding flooding. Vehicle...
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    Re: Frame feeders -cap and ladder

    Any pictures of the screens?
  9. Thread: Bee sting

    by OlofL
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    Re: Bee sting

    If you can get hold of a scythe it is much better around hives than a weed eater since it doesn't alarm the bees.
  10. Re: Hive removal call. Are these bees or yellow jackets ?

    The color of the legs is yellow in the pic. Bees have black legs, yellow jackets yellow legs.
    The antenna of the lower insect in the upper pic are too thick for honey bee and indicates yellow...
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    Re: Varroa survival in turned frames

    My question was what happens to varroa in already capped brood is the frame is turned up- side down. Varroa and its nymphs feeds from one specific point on the pupae and they stay at a specific place...
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    Varroa survival in turned frames

    Does frame orientation have an influence on Varroa survival or reproduction? In the capped cell Varroa feeds in the pupae on a specific point. What happens if the frame is turned up- side down? I...
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    Re: Cells emerge early

    I have noted 36 hours difference in the same batch. Is there any difference in quality of queens that develop fast or slow?
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    Re: Averaging honey yeild opinions.

    I only count my hives once a year and that is when mixing winter feed. In the spring I count my losses and count the number of hives I sell. Wintered minus Losses minus Sold will give me number of...
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    Re: Is Canola honey worth dealing with?

    One thing to beware of is the intensity of the flow. 10 lbs/day is common in good weather so you must have enough supers ready.
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    Re: Can You Store Bees for Winter

    The aging of bees is more about usage days rather than calendar days. Bees that don't feed larvae and don't forage age very slowly and they can live to much more than 4 months.
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    Re: Is Canola honey worth dealing with?

    Schedule extraction 4-5 weeks after it starts flowering. Don't let the frames get cold (off the hives) for more than a days or two. Strain it within 48 hours (preferrably within 24 hours) of...
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    Re: How to Clean Wax off Wife's Pot?

    Wash it in hot water (almost boiling) with washing soda. The hot water melts the wax off, the washing soda makes the wax soluble in water (not really soluble but that is the effect).
  19. Thread: VSH and Hygenic?

    by OlofL
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    Re: VSH and Hygenic?

    VSH is a specific trait for cleaning out cells with reproducing Varroa in (or making them reproduce less). This helps keep Varroa-numbers down.

    Hygienic is a more generic trait for cleaning out...
  20. Re: Can I safely combine a laying worker hive with a queen right hive?

    The bees in a LW-hive are usually very old and ask yourself what use they will be to another hive? They will not feed any brood and they will not survive the winter but will eat their stores.
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    Re: Push in intro cages

    I spray some water on the queen so she cannot fly, then it is safe to handle her anywere, not only in the car with windows up. I prefer the plastic cages with a door, very easy to handle.
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    Re: setting up a mini hive

    If I start a mini mating hive without brood I prefer to add an already hatched queen rather than a queen cell. If I add a queen cell, I need to let the bees dry up for a while first (a couple of...
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    Re: setting up a mini hive

    It is a good idea to schedule another batch of queens to emerge about 3-4 weeks from the first. Just remove the now mated queens and this time add a queen cell instead and perhaps som more food. You...
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    Re: setting up a mini hive

    They will not be very eager to to anything unless they have a queen. Add some bees, the virgin queen and some feed at the same time and confine them for 2 days. After that a lot of the frames will be...
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    Re: Varroa and oxalid acid

    Removing those 1-2 frames of capped brood will reduce the number of mites considerably. You might want to measure your mite load to decide if you can postpone the treatment and perhaps repeat the...
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