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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    The bowing problems were with the Pierco one piece plastic frame c/w plastic foundation. Will not be buying any more any time soon. All recent purchases are wood frames and plastic foundation.
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    :thumbsup: I totally agree. I use black foundation in the brood boxes to make seeing eggs easier and white foundation in honey supers.

    I find the foundation in some of the plastic frames tends...
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    Re: Extractor frames: radial or tangential?

    Is it safe to say that hot room is almost a necessity when running a radial extractor? If not, it is desireable to warm unextracted frames to 100F(37.8C) plus by some method. If you don't, honey...
  4. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    I'd be surprised if semi's are used after the bees are dropped off in a staging yard near the almond groves. My guess is that 1- 1/2 ton to 5 plus ton falt deck trucks are used to distribute the...
  5. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    Out of curiousity, how wide is the bottom entrance for Commercials on a two deep brood and pail feeding, when hives are located in staging yards?
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    Re: outer cover plastic plug and bucket feeder

    1.5 inches is a very commonly used size. Pretty sure the ones in the video are 1.5 inch.

    Our bee supply store sell 1.25, 1.5 and 2 inch. Have you tried the bee supply stores?
  7. Thread: honey jelly

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    Re: honey jelly

    Also discard any jars with a chips on the rim.

    If you do leave the rim somewhat loose, heat the jar in a water bath to remove the air and then remove the heated jars and tighten, the success ratio...
  8. Thread: honey jelly

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    Re: honey jelly

    Here's a kick at it. Anybody feel free to add. PM me, if you wish, if you want further clarification

    1. Sterlize jars by inverting them in a pan and boil slow for 10 mins. Remove them and let...
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    Re: Hive insulation wrap

    Be cautious- Don't get the interior so warm with insulation on three sides and a dark front on a sunny, yet cold day, that the bees go on cleansing flights. They will perish!

    I now add a 1/2...
  10. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    ???? How about "A bad beekeeper won't make honey in a good location and a good beekeeper will make honey in a bad location"
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    Re: Hive insulation wrap

    Unless the sleeves fit quite tight to the hive, there is a some flow of cold air between the hive and the insulation. Think this is going to negate the advantages of insulation. I am trying a piece...
  12. Re: Michigan is going CRAZY! Possible 2015 law change about keeping bees

    Or a 6 ft gence around the apiary
  13. Thread: Candy Board

    by mgolden
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    Re: Candy Board

    Suspect you are correct that the origin of Candy Board is made by boiling and pouring "candy" into a wooden framed mold. However, it is far easier to use a sugar/ water mix to press into the mold. ...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    <I have no room to put these under my inner cover so I made a "spacer" to put on top of the top super to hold the sugar. I drilled a few 7/16" holes in the sides to allow ventilation. Can someone...
  15. Thread: Moving them in

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    Re: Moving them in

    Think you are on to something. If your mite count is low now (think your test showed this) there is no need to treat now. It may be wise to wait until Marchish, before any/much brood build up.
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    Re: Hive wraps and condensation question

    Vance, here's a pic of frost this AM.

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    One knows all is well in side when frosting in the vents. 7F ambient and 34F on top of the inner cover. We all know bees only heat the cluster and...
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    Re: Hive Top Insulation Question

    On top of the inner cover is my preferred location. Note if it is styrofoam and exposed to the bees they will chew away at it. Cover inner cover hole with a screen or if you want to run notch up...
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Is the bottom entrance totally closed off? Looks to be. See plugs in the round holes in bottom NUC.
  19. Thread: Mating Nucs

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    Was a the local bee meeting last night and the presenter uses a six deep frame NUC with a divider in the middle. An entrance each direction. Two sides help to heat each other. An option to...
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    Re: Top insulation and vent

    IMHO, close off any screened bottom board, reduce bottom entrances, and open top entrances, and use quilt boxes..

    I close by bottom entrance down to to two 1/2 to 5/8( have some of both sized)...
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    Re: Top insulation and vent

    Yes. Have a 2 1/2 feed rim immediately above the the frames with a 3/4 round hole in it.

    You could cut a 3/8 by 1 1/2 notch in the 3/4 feed lip on your quilt box to create a upper entrance.
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Think he is using a candy thermometer and boiling the water/sugar mixture and taking the temperature up to 245F and then removing it from the heat.

    It won't be a fondant but rather sets to be a...
  23. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    Think it was how you installed the black paper or a ventilation deficiency that caused moisture build up.

    If the black wrap is installed as a sleeve over the insulation and top and bottom is not...
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    xx
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I would think there was frost on the outside of the insulation. As the ambient temp warmed, the heat from the bees melted the frost.

    There is no moistue on front and rear of hives as they were...
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