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    Re: Can anyone identify what this is?

    Wax moth webbing
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Congrats on a great year.....so far SP. Any plans for doing any sort of mite counts on your production hives later this summer or fall?
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    One of the primary potential complications in a system like this is if there is a heavy honey flow the bees really need to spread the nectar out over a large area to efficiently dry it. I have seen...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    This kind of setup was used years ago in situations with a continuous honey flow and primarily in very remote locations. Cowen even custom made such a setup a number of years ago but the market is...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    [QUOTE=trinity;1295914]How long did it take to get the frames from the hives, get the bees off, take the cappings, off, etc., and how long will it take to get those frames back to the hive?


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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Oddly enough the time it takes to view their video (around 9 minutes) is about the same as the time it takes to run one load in a 120 frame horizontal load extracting system which will usually net a...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Yes Barry, alas.

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  8. Re: What do you (commercial beekeepers) do about SHB?

    That's all we do.
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    Re: Do bees know their beekeeper?

    I would agree, OT. There is another component to this and that is the proximity to neighboring hives. I would say the "memory" of a secluded hive is 48 to 72 hours but if you are disturbing a...
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    Re: weight of honey

    I think you are confusing fluid ounces which is a measure of volume with ounces which is a measure of weight. 16 ounces of anything=1 pound.
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Roland's post equating cyanogas to the infamous zyclon B got me thinking. Cyanogas is actually calcium cyanide while zyclon B is hydrogen cyanide. Not sure what differences those agents have but I...
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    That's some pretty intensive management Aaron. A couple thoughts. Firstly are you using some Carni stock? They do have a tendency to get swarmy at times. Secondly, the late thymol dose might be...
  13. Re: How hard is it on a hive to make the migration to California from the east coast?

    2 loads out of 20 were killed? Think I'll stick with flat beds. They aren't idiot proof (and I've trusted a few idiots to haul them) but at least there is more margin for error and they are a heck...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Cyanogas
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    Re: New extracting line

    I think 20% may be a bit low. With a Cowen uncapper I've always estimated around 1/3 but that might well be different with a flail system.
    I don't think you would regret an infloor sump and the...
  16. Thread: wax rotation

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    Re: wax rotation

    I agree with Brian, glue does make beekeepers happy.
    The origin of the foundation on 60+ year old frames? Good question. They are virtually all crimp wired. Someone with someone historical...
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    Re: wax rotation

    Let me understand this, if you used to use Fluvalinate or Coumaphous say 20 plus years ago but continue to produce strong healthy hives on those same combs then I'm supposed to rotate out all those...
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    Re: Queen cell dying

    Doubt that its nosema related. Cells either mature or die. I'd use them if they have a healthy whitish appearance and peak in on them in a few days to see if they hatched.
  19. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Thanks Bernhard. I found the starkly different pollen gathered by hives in the same yard (I presume) to be quite interesting. Did these hives share similarities in lineage, size and honey gathering...
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    Re: Queen cell dying

    What stage were these "white" cells in? They should have been mostly developed pupae. If they were still larvae then clearly there are health issues.
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    Re: GDD and the fall flow

    Yes, seasons have a way up catching up quickly, two hot days and everything changes. I have a saying when it comes to seasonal variations. THE CALENDAR WAITS FOR NO ONE! I've started grafting...
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    Re: wax rotation

    I throw out plenty of combs each year but only if they have structural issues or more than about 10% drone comb. Also anything with signs of AFB but, thankfully its been a good number of years since...
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    Re: wax rotation

    You would do that by rotating out old frames and replacing them with new foundation. If you don't do this on a regular basis you run the risk your frames could start looking old. Don't let this...
  24. Thread: Soybeans

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    Re: Soybeans

    Hmmmm. Methinks we have been around the block on this question a few times but I have a problem grasping the concept that a crop 'barely attractive" to bees can actually see a yield increase from...
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    Re: Grafted queens - overrated?

    This may well be true but given your "druthers" wouldnt you rather graft from an exceptional hive or at least one that exhibits some exceptional traits?
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