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    Re: Questions re: dwindling hive

    Shrinking hive populations at this time of year is normal, to a certain extent. I have many hives that were in one deep and five medium boxes high just a couple months ago that are now occupying just...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Dave, the bees going into the cells headfirst is how they normally winter, the cluster condenses into a tight area between the combs and in them. Dead headfirst is surely a sign of starvation, but...
  3. Re: Help with yellow jackets - don't understand making hive entrance smaller

    The best defense against yellow jackets is to reduce the entrance to about 1 1/2" wide and 3/8" high on weaker colonies, the strong colonies you can probably go with a little larger entrance if you...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Technically yes, but MB always points out that he doesn't use excluders, and whatever the bees and queen happen to use a box for, is what he looks at it as. If the queen lays in it, its a brood box,...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Thanks for adding this David, I forgot to mention this myself but it is absolutely true about upper entrances.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Ace, I think you have fallen victim to the MB way of viewing frames (no harm intended Michael), which is, if the queen lays in it, it is called a brood frame, and if the bees store honey in it, it is...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Thanks Rader for the picture, although I don't know if that's going to be enough pollen for Ace. ;)
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Sorry Ace, I can't show you a picture, you'll just have to take my word for it for now, and trust in my almost 40 years experience that it can and does happen when you use frames that had brood in...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Excluder or not, you'll get lots of pollen in your extracted honey anyway.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    I'm not, as long as I use excluders. Actually, you can get a very tiny amount of pollen in a honey super now and then even if you do use excluders, once in a while a few bees will go above the...
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    Re: 9 frames or 10 frames

    Extra space at the walls in the broodnest doesn't usually stay that way, the bees normally store honey in the two outside combs, if not both sides, then the outermost side for sure, and they will...
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    Re: shea and cocoa butter question

    We make lotion bars also, we get our shea and cocoa butter from Wholesale Supplies Plus, we are happy with the quality, never bought it from Amazon so can't comment on that.
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Honey supers are one thing, and brood boxes are another, and I like to keep it that way. Doesn't matter if the boxes are all the same size or not. Everyone has their own way of doing things, if you...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    There are plenty of places in this country that if you pull honey in August, you can pull honey in October. In my area, the main flow from the clovers and thistles ends in late July. So you can pull...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Many things to consider here. You're going to have a tough time getting the honey off the hive with the cold weather currently and more to come, especially when the supers are still full of bees and...
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    Re: MAQS entrance question

    I think you'll be fine with that, the maqs seem to be much easier on the bees when the temperatures are at the lower end of the suggested range. Reducing down the entrance in cooler weather won't...
  17. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    I did just that (putting in a thermometer) last year when we had a similar discussion about bees warming the hive. My thermometer was inserted about a couple inches above the cluster in a hole in my...
  18. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    You would get no condensation on the underside of the cover if there wasn't a fair amount of temperature differential between the inside of the hive and the outside air. I don't exactly know what...
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    temps for shb laying eggs

    What is the lowest temperature the shb's are still actively laying eggs? I just went out into my garage today where I have a stack of honey supers with varying amounts of uncapped honey in them, took...
  20. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Yes that's right, just in case they need it. Last winter with it being so nastly and cold, many wouldn't have made it without the sugar blocks. The cluster moved straight up on the middle 5-6 frames...
  21. Thread: Top insulation?

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    Re: Top insulation?

    Just to clarify my earlier post, I put the foamboard on top of the outer cover, not under it. I have been wintering in a single deep up here in my climate, yes that's right, a single deep. That is...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    True the bees don't heat the hive, but the unintentional effect of the cluster producing heat is that some of the residual heat does rise to the top of the hive and that is where top insulation comes...
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    Re: terramycin

    AR Beekeeper, I wasn't implying that a state inspection program will keep you from getting afb, and I do know how to recognize it, now that I have had it. And I never expected to have afb either, but...
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    Re: Extracting Honey at French Hill Apiaries

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Extracting Honey at French Hill Apiaries

    I do the same as Jim said, keep a few buckets of warm water with a squirt of dish soap in each, in different areas of the extracting process, the water gets changed out very frequently too. I have a...
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