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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    Sugar syrup is going to have sucrose, fructose, glucose and some enzymes. It will lack minerals, essential oils, dozens of different organic acids, and quite a few other sugars (maltose etc.)
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    >If you open feed well away from the hives will that decrease robbing?

    Open feeding is often the cause of robbing. I would not expect it to decrease the robbing. Feeding the strong hives often...
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    Re: quiet box not quiet

    The portion of the hive that does not have the queen makes a roar. It's not anger, it's nosanoving...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    >Chemically just what is the difference in the product they manufacture from collecting plant nectars versus sugar syrup?

    Since your body can break down the sugars anyway, and at that point it...
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    Re: need help choosing an extractor

    I held out for 26 years until I could afford an 18 frame radial motorized extractor. I never regretted it. If money is tight, I would keep an eye out for used extractors or bargains on dented ones...
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    Re: Fourth day with robbers on 4 hives

    http://bushfarms.com/beesrobbing.htm

    The most important thing is to stop the robbing immediately. If you don't they are likely to kill the queen and rob them out. Things will not get better...
  7. Re: Varroa sugar dusting - What if you don't have a screened bottom board?

    A powdered sugar shake for the purpose of quantifying Varroa mite infestation:
    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/htm-files/powder-sugar.html

    Powdered sugar treatment with the intent of controlling...
  8. Re: hottest weather temp you safely inspect TB in?

    No, they are not happy early in the morning, but the comb is sound and not nearly as likely to collapse...
  9. Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    I considered it at one time. I could probably keep the extractors running more as I could fill one while the other was running, but it's not too far into the process that I need to take a break and...
  10. Re: Varroa sugar dusting - What if you don't have a screened bottom board?

    Before you start trying to treat, why not measure the problem? It is much easier to come up with a plan for a problem you have quantified, than a plan for a nebulous idea of a problem. Sugar...
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    Re: Would like to feedback

    >From the perspective of "testing" for varroa, is there some kind of sticky paper that one can put on the bottom of the hive that's strong enough to catch the mites but not so strong that the bees...
  12. Re: Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    >I have more of a problem keeping two queens for more than 3 to 4 weeks after the 2nd starts laying than returning to the wrong hive.

    That was my point about it being one hive. As one hive the...
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    Re: Crazy comb

    Push the combs into the frames straight. If you have to cut them loose and rubber band them back in. I'm expecting someone to look at the pictures and not catch that you were using foundation and...
  14. Re: Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    They would not be separate hives, they would be a multi queen hive. Yes, this can work sometimes, but sometimes the returning virgin flies into the wrong one and you lose them.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    > 1) Would just start to feed early this year.

    In my opinion this is often a contributing factor in they raising brood to early, getting stuck on brood and starving.

    > 2) Insure that if you...
  16. Re: Setting up foundation-less frames questions - Wedge Style Frames

    The only issue with "glue only" is if they get left out in the rain (sooner or later it seems they do) and the glue gives out...
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    Joseph,
    How do the drones get out?
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    Re: How Fast & How Long

    Always start slow and work your way up as the weight of the combs decreases. At the end you can go as fast as you like. Temperature affects everything. Warmer temps make the wax soft and they make...
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    Re: Sugar dusting

    >"I'm treatment-free and I don't have Varroa...

    Seriously?
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    Re: montana beekeepers (legislation)

    People are always trying to solve problems they don't have... when was the last incident where people were harmed by badly processed honey? All such regulations just help the big producers get...
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    Re: New from Ct.

    >a little confused by organization of this site.

    Well, you can post any bee question in the general forum, but you may want to put really fundamental beginner type questions in the "beekeeping...
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    Re: What are drone escapes?

    On a Sundance pollen trap there are a row of screen cones:
    http://www.bee-outside.com/images/products/detail/Picturesundancepollentrap.png
    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/gif/escape/screencone.gif...
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    Re: Want to keep bees BUT for scheduling

    I once left mine alone for three years while I was out of the country... they feed themselves...
  24. Re: Varroa sugar dusting - What if you don't have a screened bottom board?

    I think you'll find most of us with top bar hives are not treating for Varroa at all.
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    Re: Question about comb building

    The bees are most prone to build comb when conditions and the time of year is right. It takes heat to do it efficiently. It takes excess nectar to trigger it. It takes young bees to do it...
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