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    Re: Split ten frame nucs and entrances

    Plenty of folks have wintered four and five frame nucs in vermont. I did two last year, but in seperate boxes.
    But the plan is to build these up into four over four. Bottom divided ten frame, with...
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    Split ten frame nucs and entrances

    I will be setting up some split ten frame boxes for nucs this weekend.
    When we got started some years ago we got some nucs from Kirk Webster, they came with bottom boards set up in the way I believe...
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    Re: battery fencer & solar charger

    Many 12v solar units run 7-10 watt panels, on 14 amp hour batteries
    I think much less than that and you will not maintain full charge.
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    Re: Creosote around the hives

    No issues with SHB here thankfully,
    The hives would not be on the poles. But sheltered on two side by piled poles 6-8' high.
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    Creosote around the hives

    I have been offered space for an outyard nearby. The site is great, with lots of forage, plenty of water, and good sun all year.
    One of the specific locations being considered is tucked into a...
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    Creosote around the hives

    Moved to general forum
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    How cold hardy are red maple blooms

    With 80 and sun last Monday about 1/3 of the Maple buds finally split open. It was great to see the bees hauling pollen and nectar, and timing wise I think they really need it.

    This morning it was...
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    Changing entrance location

    I need to change the entrance location on one of the hives I keep off the back porch.

    Halfway through winter, a piece of duck tape that covered a hole in the hive fell off. That hole face directly...
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    Re: Multi-Laying Queens

    i saw it this winter in our observation hive. seemed like the queen started laying again before the hive wanted to raise any brood. lots of eggs, many multiplies, no larva in a small confined area...
  10. Re: How do queens kill other queens still in the cell?

    I wouldn't say I am "correct" I was just reporting what I have observed. My sample size is only two cycles of the hive raising a queen. And neither time did I get to see the queen destroy all of the...
  11. Re: How do queens kill other queens still in the cell?

    Other things worth noting
    I have not sen the queen chew on the cells at all
    Sometimes the queen only stings the cell once. In the two cases I saw this, the workers began the tear down at the...
  12. Re: How do queens kill other queens still in the cell?

    I have observed this twice now in our observation hive.

    8-10 queen cells made when hive was stocked but queen less.
    First to emerge spends some time just resting and possibly hardening off?
    Then...
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    Re: waa offered free bee equipment....

    Yes radar, quite right thanks for the correction...typing too fast

    Sqkcrk, oven dry is the term used for what I outlined.
    It is not a commercially available form like kiln dried or air dried. It...
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    Re: waa offered free bee equipment....

    The term "oven dry" is used for wood that has had all of the free water as well as all of the bound water removed from it. Oven dry is used because it is nearly impossible to reach this state...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    HDPE high density polyethylene, is the most common food safe plastic.
    Polyethylene has a pretty good track record for chemical stability, durability, and and minimal leaching.
    But it does readily...
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    Re: Electric fence components

    Thanks for the thoughts folks.

    Although it's nice to save a bit of money, the main interest in parting it out was two fold

    1)I thought it would be a lot easier to hide the system.
    Everything...
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    Electric fence components

    This spring I plan to establish a small outyard. It will require an electric fence powered by solar and or battery.

    I have seen numerous recommendations for the parmac mag 12 solar.

    I can...
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    Re: Hard Sugar

    Aww Michael you shouldn't have given up the morels so easy.....not all of us live far and away.....I spend a lot of time along the winoski......I love morels.....and the best spot I knew has been...
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    Pushing bees down to add emergency feed?

    When one finds that what they thought were adequate stores may we'll not be, and decides to add a feeder rim newspaper and dry sugar......how do you deal with the bees at the top?

    Will the cluster...
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    Re: Gluing Frames?

    You can greatly extend the shelf life of poly glues by squeezing all the air from a bottle before capping. Even better is to then stick it in a freezer.
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    Re: Gluing Frames?

    It is a common misconception that poly glues are gap filling.

    Yes they foam up as they cure, but that foam is completely non structural. Poly glues require a extremely tight fit and clamping...
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    Re: Winter Cluster location?

    When your starting off you read constant reference to how the bees start at the bottom and work their way up, and so everyone gets jumpy when they see the bees at the top. But in at least half of my...
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    Re: queen laying again

    There is definitely no capped or open brood.
    Yesterday I got a good look. Just eggs. Some cells with multiple eggs, and I saw one with quite a "pile" on the bottom.
    Not sure what to make of that....
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    Re: queen laying again

    I think that is what is happening here. Today again I saw fresh eggs through that patch, a slightly larger area than before. But still no larva.

    I don't think it is a population issue And while...
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    Re: queen laying again

    Again yesterday I saw her laying in the same area. It's only a 2" patch on both sides of the comb. I see eggs but nothing further yet which has me wondering if the workers are removing or destroying...
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