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  1. Thread: Better Genetics

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    Re: Better Genetics

    Genetic diversity is important. But, to improve stocks you need to select from your best. Since all four hives will be producing drones I would choose from your two best queens to raise queens...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    If you think lighting wood pellets is hard corn is even harder. We have a corn stove and use wood pellets to light our corn stove. Corn burns at 1100 degrees, I'm not sure how a smoker would handle...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Whose general rule?

    How do you know if swarms are using old or new comb?

    Note I used the word poorly. That doesn't mean they cannot survive on new comb just that they do better on old comb.
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    Re: 8 Frame equipment

    I have 8-frame boxes. I use deeps and mediums. If I were starting over knowing what I know now I would probably go with 10-frame deeps and mediums.

    I also successfully overwinter 5-frame nucs.
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    I have read where a retired commercial beekeeper in Canada states bees overwinter poorly on new comb. This might add another variable to the over-wintering success of packages.

    I think the two...
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    Re: Dead hive, I will never understand

    You mention this was your strongest hive, that instantly made me think of mites. Hopefully your post-mortem will give you some answers.

    At least all that snow will help moderate the cold temps...
  7. Re: burning fertalizer insmoker to stunn agressive bees ?

    Ammonium nitrate is a little harder to buy in quantities since the OK City bombing.

    I also understand it burns pretty hot. Maybe you could put some bees to sleep and clean the creosote out of...
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    Dan,

    Just put some insulation over the inner cover and your problem will be fixed!

    Tom
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    Re: 2015 betterbee catalog

    I have only ordered once from Betterbee but was very happy with the order, prices, shipping cost. Delivery time was surprisingly fast. I will do business with Betterbee again!

    Tom
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    Re: Cane or Beet Sugar

    I have used a lot of the Bakers Corner sugar over the past few years without any problems.

    Tom
  11. Thread: Top entrance

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    Re: Top entrance

    It all depends.

    I have periodic skunk problems. I switched to all upper entrances no more skunk problems.

    So, yes they are better!

    Tom
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    I have some screen bottom boards and use upper entrances. The only times the screens would get 'clogged' with debris is with a dead hive.

    I typically try to clean them out once a year. I put a...
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    Re: Farm Field and Round Up

    2,4-D can volatilize and drift several miles under certain conditions. It won't impact the bees. But, I have seen it drift over one mile and damage a commercial tomato field.

    Tom
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    Re: Definition of "Best Honey"

    I like linden/sweet clover but my fall goldenrod/aster is probably my favorite.

    Tom
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I use migratory covers and the Honey Run style ventilated inner covers.

    The inner cover allows plenty of room for pollen sub or fondant. I have incorporated an upper entrance in them.

    I...
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    There is a commercial beekeeper on Beesource as The Honey Householder who uses a small hand-pump sprayer to fill combs with syrup. He fills combs to use when installing early packages.

    Tom
  17. Thread: Spider ID?

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    Re: Spider ID?

    Funny story. I was out bow hunting with a friend in Florida. We had gone separate ways and after it got dark I was walking along a fence line back to the truck. Long before head lamps were popular...
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    Re: Feeding Bees - Could they give up foraging?

    There is usually a post or two every year from a new beekeeper who gets concerned when their new hive stop using their feeder.

    You can feed too much in the sense that you will end up with sugar...
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    I'm sure Tim at Honey Run will not have any queens until next spring sometime.

    Tom
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    I have gotten queens from Honey Run and been very happy with the queens and the service.

    Tom
  21. Thread: OA Dribble

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    Re: OA Dribble

    I have done OA dribbles with temps in the 50's with great survival success. I usually try to have the OA syrup warm.

    Tom
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    Re: Water jacketed bottling tank maintenance

    Vance,

    I wouldn't be so sure about that, just look at the revival of rain barrels.

    You could also use water from a dehumidifier.

    Tom
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    Re: Good bee book for teenagers? Douglas Whynott's Following the Bloom

    I will second First Lesson's in Beekeeping. It gives you all the basics you need.

    Starting out you can read too much, spend too much time reading Beesource, etc. Learn the basics, get some bees,...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    That is a pretty jaded view of the world. And, a gross assumption that a ban on neonics is somehow good.

    Looking for 'the government' to solve problems is an even bigger problem. There are...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Is winter survival % the correct metric to follow? A switch to foliar application of insecticides will be less likely to impact winter survival. Colonies will be damaged immediately more so than...
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