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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    I wonder, if you look with a magnifying glass, are the anarchic workers wearing Guy Fawkes masks?

    On the news lately, I can spot some anarchists quite easily.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Pretty on trees. Ugly on your wings when you're flying.

    You describe it forming about like I guessed.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I've not seen the spelling of horr frost, but hoar frost is a term used by pilots. And not fondly. Its usually not as bad as rime ice. There's a wikipedia article, on it, but I'd say an easy...
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    Noob here, too, with one year of beekeeping.

    We have just a few all plastic frames, a couple of those green plastic drone frames. They're easy to spot, and if you are cold-hearted enough to use...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Not having this setup on which to judge, it would seem likely that the cold air coming in, while dry, is still cold, and it is hitting humid air in the shed. Any time you get the two together ....
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    Re: Freeman Small Hive Beetle trap

    I like them, but one of mine may have some kind of tray fit problem because we've been getting dozens of dead bees in it. I've heard this complaint from other people.

    I have not found where they...
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    Re: Hello! Ask This Old House brought me here!

    What Bear Creek Steve said! Our club is ... I guess the best word is "evangelical". They are very supportive of new beekeepers, run a beekeeping school (highly recommended that you find one), and...
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    Re: mites?

    Raid the pantry for some powdered sugar and grab a measuring cup and a mason jar. Testing for mites is cheap and easy. Don't guess, know.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I've got a shed built from a standard kit, but I modified it considerably, particularly the doors. Normally those are as you describe, just T-111 plywood panels on hinges. But I wanted the shed to...
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    Re: Drones still coming and going

    Both of our hives, one strong, one failing, kept some drones around at least until two weeks ago. I was delighted because we had a virgin queen in a little nuc we'd put together, and it seemed that...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    People with degrees in electronics use E (electromotive force), not V, it equations such as Ohm's law. So I'd call you out on your claim to have a degree in electronics, except that your answer...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Now THATS a useful warning for us noobs. If we go into the winter with insufficient stores, our bees are screwed!

    We are warned!

    Not that this is not always true, but outdoors we can slip in...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I'm not qualified to comment on how good the setup is for overwintering ... I have questions but not answers. This approach interests me as well.

    I do have some test setup and consumer product...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    Yup. I want an unswitched outlet and some means of switching power to the fence charger. The automated hive scale and temperature system I intend to install wants some juice, too. I bet a lot of...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    You keep doing it. Evidently you don't know the difference between a thermocouple, thermopile, and thermophile, so you just dug yourself deeper.

    Thermocouple: A pair of junctions of dissimilar...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    I must have looked up a different table, probably without GFCI. Originally I was looking for 18" depth because that's the deepest I could go with the biggest trencher Sunbelt rented that would fit...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    It is buried 1 1/4 pvc conduit but I'd have to check the code on depths. I chose a depth where underground cable alone would be too shallow, but cable in PVC is considered safe. I didn't look up...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    Daniel, you're just getting desperate now, with your ridiculous semantic arguments, but since you insist, the devices we're referring to are not single thermocouples but thermopiles, Moreover, they...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    My wife wants to be able to turn it off from inside the house or from the bee yard. Straighforward, but I think it will need an indicator lamp visible from the house if we do that. And I want one...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    What does YOUR fence look like? NOBODY around here does anything beyond a couple of runs of electric fence wire, and most don't do that. I know of three small commercial bee yards the next valley...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    I have grounded the remesh panels to the electric fence ground system, for the very reason that a bear trying to get past the fence tape will get an extremely effective jolt from due to the grounded...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    Well, I do have the .30-06 with soft tips. And the 3 joule charger is strong enough to get a bear's attention, when smaller models won't.

    The fence design is derived from a local zoo that use...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    I've proposed to the think-tank of wild-eyed science fiction authors that let me hang around, that, for a number of reasons, which seem to involve graphene, carbon nanotubes, and buckyballs as the...
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    Re: Fort Bee

    I try to avoid it. Noobees getting carried away before we got our bees.

    Ah, the fence itself, probably $200-300. Fence charger and electric fence supplies, about another $300. Renting the post...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    I'm telling ya, Graham, you gotta look at those Peltier coolers. MPJA is out right now because of that sale price, but they may cut the price of a TEG.

    Better yet, there's been some work on tin...
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