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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    I believe Acebird had a good number of shb... Hundreds isn't a problem?

    In any case, there doesn't appear to be a lot of bees for the volume of boxes.
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    I wouldn't think so.

    I would think that top entrances and/or notch-down inner covers would be helpful.



    That's what I'm talking about!
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    Re: Pre-Winter Feeding

    I would not disturb the bees to look for honey. Give the hive a lift; you will recognize heavy (or light).

    If you need to extend your feed period put a black trash bag over your feeder and box...
  4. Re: Raising queens/ is it practical for a hobbyist?

    Some five-frame nuc equipment adds a lot to the hobby and if you eventually increase your hive numbers a "Queen Castle" is handy.

    A 5-frame nuc could be divided and built into a double 2-frame...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Instead of "bumping" the conversation on another thread I thought it was best to bring the discussion to this one, where Acebird had posted the photo...





    Since you put out an invitation...
  6. Re: Frame top bars popping off, seeking opinions from the group

    Yes.

    Your recent photo shows frames that look pristine to me.

    http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv333/acebird1/2014%20Fall%20Hive/DSCF7204_zps927a98e4.jpg

    Is this an example of your...
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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    Here's the meat of the article:

    Dos

    maintain healthy, strong colonies to promote high beetocomb ratio

    monitor colonies for beetle infestation levels

    trap beetles using one or more of the...
  8. Re: Frame top bars popping off, seeking opinions from the group

    I would definitely wait until spring.

    Maybe buy some additional frames and have them ready to use...
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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    We've had SHB'S for three years in my part of Connecticut. And they survived the deep cold of last winter.

    We used to joke about hive beetles... Not any more.
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Good grief!
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    I have a few purchased slatted racks and several that I made. My home-built "slatted racks" also have a Screened Bottom included in the design.

    Some of my combination slatted rack / sbb's have...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Really? :scratch:
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Where would the bees get the "energy" for first Spring flights? From the hive...

    Dewey Caron is retired now but you might contact him to discuss the chart. The chart is from the book...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    So.... The bees heat the cluster, and the Canadian warehouse, but no heat is lost to the interior of the hive?:scratch:

    Do you believe in magic?
  15. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    You were pushing your Mad Hatter Non-intervention beekeeping bs.

    Do you really feel qualified to offer advice to someone who is discussing a hive that they have maintained treatment free for five...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    :thumbsup:

    I agree with the explanation above.

    And here is a chart that some might find interesting.

    http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj305/js06807/Misc2/img001-1.jpg
  17. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    Exactly.

    Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

    WE HAVE A WINNER!

    If a single observation is all that's needed to prove your theory, then I would say that you are practicing Nonsensical Beekeeping.
  18. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    My conclusion would be that the bees made it to spring.

    There really isn't much more that can be said...
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    The crocus bloom about a week (or so) later. I'm not certain that the bees get much from the Snow Drops.

    I've never considered planting more SnowDrops...
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    Snow Drops
  21. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    "you can't possibly learn if non-intervention works if you are going to mess with the hive."

    So, if the deep is left in place and the bees live, this will prove that "Non-intervention" is...
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    Re: Is it really worth it

    :thumbsup:

    I have several hundred crocus planted in the yard so I can watch the bees going nuts over the early pollen source. For me, the entertainment value far outweighs the cost of bulbs... :)
  23. Re: Idea for Winterizing Hives - Feedback Appreciated

    I winced when I saw that you used the "I" word.

    "Non-intervention beekeeping" soothes the Boxkeeper's soul.

    Last winter I pushed my hives together with a length of foam pipe insulation looped...
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    Re: Adding a new queen.

    To be certain that there is a queen....
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    Re: Top insulation?

    I don't know of anyone who suggests having "cross ventilation" in a beehive.
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