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    Re: Xmas Swarm ?

    Ordered some Apivar instead. More effective and don't have to move them but every two weeks. Mann Lake having their $100 free shipping offer is nice. Did the 50 pack and bought a new suit.

    I'm...
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    Re: Xmas Swarm ?

    The instructions on Api Life Var state twice a year, 2 packets per hive. Wonder if it's one packet in Spring and one after honey harvest....

    So is it too late to treat them since they're in...
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    Re: Xmas Swarm ?

    Am going to look into some Api Life Var strips to treat remaining hives........
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    Re: Xmas Swarm ?

    Just opened the hive for observation.

    Lots of mites on bottom plastic insert. The bottoms are screened during summer. Looked at every remaining bee and all where perfectly clean. No mites or...
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    Re: Xmas Swarm ?

    Checked about 2 months ago when harvesting. The bees looked clean. Minn. Hygenics. Screened bottom boards. Sealed in winter. No mice or ant problems no more.
    Just a small dead cluster around...
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    Xmas Swarm ?

    Unfortunately, one of my hives didn't make it. There's no activity and was last week. Took apart and plenty of honey, yet only a couple hundred bees together dead. None others found other than...
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    Re: Winter feeding

    Got the ovens installed today with great success. Sugar blocks turned out nice too. ��
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    Re: Winter feeding

    Good post, FlowerPlanter.

    I'll have to throw my bricks away and start over. The oven was on about 170 for 3 hours with little results. Turned to 250 and started to smoke. At that point, must...
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    Re: Winter feeding

    Just adding some pictures for my new BeeFeeder Oven I made. This is really neat since You'll only have to set it up in Fall between the brood box and honey supers. Easy open Oven-like door to check...
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    Re: Winter feeding

    Not sure if they have enough honey, unfortunately. Two hives, I'm comfortable with. The other 3 not so comfortable. Started feeding after honey harvest on 3 in question. The other two an inspector...
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    Re: Insulated top box

    Right above the last honey super or do I need an empty box between all this ?
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    Re: Winter feeding

    How would one make sugar bricks and where to apply inside hive if not Mtn Camp ??
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    Re: Insulated top box

    Yes, decided not to do it. Wind is a BIG issue here. Imagined them being lifted like an umbrella into oblivion.

    Will stick to the insulated top boxes with pine chip bedding/powdered sugar and a...
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    Winter feeding

    With the Mountain Camp Method feeding, will the bees take powdered sugar and a bit of pollen with them back into the hive on their way out/in for a cleansing flight ?
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    Re: Bee Hive Strapping

    Some straps are longer and need a spacer to work right. In this case, the block itself...hehehe

    And the 50 mph winds are back................ :(
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    Bee Hive Strapping

    A few days ago, had an emergency with one hive falling over. Due to our 60-70 mph winds and a bad hive base, got the project to clean up the mess.

    Luckily they where all there. They where...
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    Re: Ant Platforms

    Adding a picture.....

    Looks a bit crooked, yet might have cut the inner tube pillar at slight angle. Still very effective.
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    Re: Top box insulation/feeder

    Should be OK. I've got the hives pitched towards the front entrance at a few degrees. Any moisture drip should travel to the front and down the wall away from them in theory. Thinking that the...
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    Re: Top box insulation/feeder

    No holes other than the 1" plastic tube going up. There's an inch or two space between top inner lid and actual cover. Those have holes to outside like normal.

    I've got a friend that does the...
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    Top box insulation/feeder

    Made a few insulated boxes out of honey supers. Took the frames out and put one inner lid on bottom (fixtured) and one on top (vented to outside).

    Inbetween there's 4" of pine chip and a plastic...
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    Re: Feeding your Bees

    Yes, sort of.

    Feed them too much and they'll multiply wildly and swarm in summer time. Seen this many times.

    Pollen I'd lay off of during winter to not promote the queen to lay eggs. Just my...
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    Re: Ant Platforms

    Door and Window. Nothing fancy. Just to keep the pillar in place.
    Or could try some RVT Blue.

    Once the weight is on the hive platforms, you might want to be careful taking off any top boxes so...
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    Re: Ant Platforms

    Actually don't have pictures.

    Cut a 2" piece of 2" tubing.
    Stand that deburred piece perpendicular to 3" bottom PVC cap. Caulk it down. Wait 24hrs. Fill with oil, then place 4" cap on top faced...
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    Re: Insulated top box

    Have a friend that does this, yet he uses an exit inner lid. Hard to describe w/o picture.

    Was also considering bee teepees. Canvas covered wooden 2x2 tri pod.
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    Re: Ant Platforms

    Thanks.

    Will the water freeze in winter?
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