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  1. Re: Reduce hive size for winter for late season swarms?

    Or if you don't want to bother buying a nuc-sized set-up, just reduce the size of your regular boxes, laterally, by adding follower boards and foam insulation panels outboard of that. I wintered a...
  2. Thread: Hive Weights

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    Re: Hive Weights

    You said:

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    I understand that you may not be "an expert", but it doesn't take an "expert" to do a mite sticky board count, or even a sugar roll. Doing either of these will give you an...
  3. Re: Pulled Queen off of hive. What to do now?

    I recently discovered a queen outside on the platform around my hives during the general scrum when I was fitting them out with robbing screens - always a chaotic process.

    I only had one of my...
  4. Re: Two questions: Verroa mites and wet-capped honey

    Your bees do not need to "get" mites, they probably came with mites.

    Have you checked, via sticky board or sugar roll, to see what levels they developed over the first summer?

    Not too much time...
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    Re: List of Beekeeping Rules

    You all are far more knowledgeable about bees than I am, but not so much on the subject of laundry and fabric wear.



    Assuming we're not talking about one of the encapsulated rubber mesh,...
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    Re: List of Beekeeping Rules

    I beg to differ about not washing your suit. I wash my jacket about weekly (in my washing machine with very hot water at least 155 F, and by itself or with my husband's jacket so as to not transfer...
  7. Re: Dead pupae and dead newly emerged bees at and near entrance

    The one thing about practicing with empty, undrawn frames: while theoretically good idea, it is not at all like the real thing. Aside from "real" frames having bees all over them, and the...
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    This variation of response with MAQS puzzles (and worries) me.

    I treated my hives on Aug 1. with a standard, two-strip, full-treatment dose. My temps never went above 82F. I run with solid BB and...
  9. Re: Dead pupae and dead newly emerged bees at and near entrance

    Bees aren't being "dropped to their deaths". What might look like that is mortuary bees hauling dead ones out of the hive, which is the normal response to dead bees in the hive. (Normally there are...
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    Re: A good season for the mites

    I treated w/ MAQS on Aug. 1. On two out of three the numbers are back up again. The third is bumping at the threshold. I will re-treat all today. On the two that clearly need it, they are very...
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    Re: Moving hive in winter?

    Moving hive issues were the central theme of my first year at beekeeping.

    I moved the hives out of my barn walls into boxes suspended on ropes near where their wall-cavity-openings were.

    Then I...
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    Re: slatted rack on top of solid bottom?

    I keep a 1.5" shim (with no holes) under my bottom box, year round. I run with a SBB (for varroa montoring) on top of a solid BB. I find that the shim allows the bees to literally "hang out" below...
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    Re: Top feeders and dehydrating syrup

    Put a vent-holed 1.5" shim between the top feeder and the upper box. Beforehand, seal the hole with bee-proof screening on both the inside and the outside. Put the vent hole on the opposite end of...
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    Re: Medium foundation in a deep frame?

    I took some surplus shallow depth plastic foundation (shorter that mediums) and cut it in to @1" wide horizontal strips. I stuck a piece in the groove at the top of deep wooden frames. Nailed...
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    Re: Robbing while treating for Varroa

    I have recent reports of a bear in my neighborhood, too. Hope the MAQS I put in tomorrow convinces him to move on!

    When cutting the #8 I try to cut so I have little prongs of the wire mesh...
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    Re: Feeding honey in frames in the Fall?

    I move frames of honey around as I balance the hives for winter. I move them within the hives (I winter in hives that have seven or eight frame configurations in 10-frame equipment.) and also among...
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    Re: Robbing while treating for Varroa

    Leave the entrances open but tightly screen them with #8 bee-proof hardware cloth except for a one or two bee-width entrance. The screening shouldn't block the air too significantly. I take care to...
  18. Re: Help me Save my queenless, broodless hive. new mated queens on the way.

    Karen,

    I'm so sorry you have lost your queen.

    Why do you want to divide the remaining foragers into two colonies? Why not just re-queen it in one unit? I realize you now have two mated...
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    Re: ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    I don't have an Ultrabreeze, but I remember being annoyed (with myself) because I always seemed to over-zip the hood zippers backwards when removing it for a few minutes. I have really long hair and...
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    Re: Studying frames

    Just wanted to say that I'm impressed that you have recognized how important this is. I'm a new beekeeper and I have to confess it took me a year to get to that point.

    At first I was so freaked...
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    Re: Treatment free???

    If someone reported that they only occasionally (in regular, at least once per week 72-hour sticky-boarding) see one or two mites, but mostly see zero, I would believe that they have a very low...
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    Re: 40 mites/day revisited

    I'm pretty sure that you have to sift the sugar over the top of each box, particularly the brood chamber where the most-parasitized adult bees will be found. It won't work if you just dust the top...
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    Re: Wintering an August swarm

    I didn't make them - I had a very skilled woodworking friend with a complete shop make them for me.

    The boards are the exact, full depth of the box, with no allowance for beespace between the top...
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    Re: Minding my own beeswax:)

    I concur about having your first bees as close to home as possible. Because there is so much to learn and it's hard to take it all in at first, repeated visits are what will allow you to really see...
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    Re: Wintering an August swarm

    Or you could move them to a regular box stack (better stability than a nuc stack) with wood follower boards and foam insulation panels outside of the nuc-sized center frame cluster. That way the...
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