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  1. Thread: musty/moldy

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    Re: musty/moldy

    Put them on a strong hive and the bees will clean them up.
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    Re: virgin queen or not?

    Help the op out by reading the whole post before replying. There IS no virgin queen. There probably WAS a virgin queen when the mated queen was introduced. There IS a mated queen now. it sounds...
  3. Re: Heritability of traits for improvements in apiary?

    I found this book worthwhile:

    Elemental Genetics and Breeding for the Honey Bee

    http://www.ontariobee.com/outreach/manuals-books-dvds
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    2 weeks ago we had a 2-3 days or rainy weather in a row right as the flow is about to start and it sent about 20% of our colonies into swarm prep. Most had a lots of room in the supers and some below.
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    Re: terrible swarming issues in midwest??

    I find that the swarmy hives aren't really producing white wax. Large population and no white wax is a good sign that they are in swarm prep.
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    Re: 1st Grafting Experience

    I 2nd what Ray said. 20 out of 30 is good. I found that the limiting factor for me was the strength of the starter not my grafting ability. They have to have a high density to start a lot of cells.
  7. Re: Ordered my Extractor, Now What Else Should I Get?

    A few thoughts:

    You will want to uncap an extractor load while it is running, where will you put the dripping frames?

    How will you drain the cappings?

    How will you render the cappings?
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    Re: are these queen cells?

    As David said - Cups, not cells
  9. Thread: Bee Blower

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    Re: Bee Blower

    The Stihl blower exhaust out the back. One of the reasons I bought the BR600 is that it is quieter than a lot of them at 75dB, but still moves a lot of air. It moves enough air that I don't...
  10. Re: My first frame with foundation. My evolution as a beekeeper. I feel kind of dir

    I started out knowing it all and bucking the local trend - all mediums, foundationless frames, treatment free. As time has passed I learned(often the hard way) why deep brood boxes, foundation and...
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    Re: Leaking top feeder

    If its waxed, you could use more wax. Another beekeeper in this area uses caulk (silicone I think) to seal/repair all his feeders.
  12. Thread: Bee Blower

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    Re: Bee Blower

    I use a Stihl BR600 Magnum. No complaints, works great.
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    Re: Very small emergency cells this year?...

    I haven't noticed a significant difference in cell size, but have noticed a difference in the success rates of walk away splits vs cells. I am running about 90% with cells and 50-60% with walk away...
  14. Re: Whats happened to my bees? - Bees in mini nuc black and hairless after 4 days

    They should be fine, it's when bees are closed in that you tend to have problems.
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    Re: Mite monitoring questions

    No treatment is benign - you are killing a little bug on a big bug. An alcohol wash kills 300 bees, this has very little impact on the hive. I wouldn't be surprised if dusting with powered sugar...
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    Re: Mite monitoring questions

    to the OP, why not just do an alcohol wash? Its quick, accurate and you have immediate results.

    If you are going to use a drop method, choose either natural drop or powdered sugar drop and stick...
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    Re: Mite monitoring questions

    ah yes, I see now after re-reading
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    Re: Mite monitoring questions

    I would say the opposite. The idea is to get an average drop per 24 hour period. 3 days will give you a better a average.
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    Re: Would you treat? How?

    I think your okay, but monitor once per month.

    Treatment thresholds for my area: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/bees/2014-treatment.htm#mvarroa
  20. Re: Dadant Ranger Hand-Crank, out of balance right out of the box

    My first thought as well, but I am more familiar with Maxant. I wasn't sure if Dadant also used the single ball bearing design.

    IMO, a brand new extractor should spin wobble free when it's not...
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    Re: Grafting without buying anything?

    I just lay the tip of the tongue in the cell, closing any gap between the tongue and the plunger and then push the plunger down to push the larva off the tongue.
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    Re: Grafting without buying anything?

    The chinese grafting tools definitely work better on older comb. The harder comb and rounded cell bottoms make a big difference.
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    6/7/15
    trefoil, white dutch clover and viper's bugloss all starting

    Black locust full bloom
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    Re: Why are these two hives not building?

    :applause:

    My first thought. Slow build up. Spotty brood pattern could be due to hygienic removal of infested brood.

    Jury is still out on Nosema Ceranae. Conventional wisdom regarding...
  25. Re: Hive swarmed 2 weeks ago today, when should I see new eggs

    They typically swarm about the time they are capping the first queen cells. That puts the earliest queen at about 9 days old at the time of swarming. She should be laying at ~28 days old.

    9+14(2...
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