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    Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    So I've got a ton of plastic frame feeders my brother gave me. Robber bees are now hovering about my hives, and putting feed inside nucs and splits makes sense to me. But drowning bees in the syrup...
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    Re: Installing my first nuc. Oh my god!

    Congratulations, you made it! :-) Next time, inspect a nuc before you purchase and bring it home. Takes the worry out of it. (And if the seller discourages or doesn't allow inspections, go somewhere...
  3. Re: What breed of queen would a red queen bee?

    Communist
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Nice, Ray. THANKS! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Thanks, Saltybee!
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I am very interested in this (love the term!). How many shallow supers should separate the bottom queen with excluder on and the top brood chamber with open brood/eggs/larvae (is 1 enough, or are 2...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I'm currently enjoying the heck out of my first read of "The ABC's and XYZ of Bee Culture" (1950 edition, thank you public library). I'm collecting as much data as possible and reviewing/updating it...
  8. Re: Mystery item - what can I make with this?

    Great ideas, everybody, thanks! I'm swinging between a big water source for the bees or metal for hive roofs. :-) I am all about "free" as I go along (would rather spend it on bees if I need to)....
  9. Mystery item - what can I make with this?

    Our chimney master dropped this off when I wasn't at home, said it was a gift and he thought I may be able to use it somehow in the apiary. Any ideas? This metal rectangle is 26 x 53 x 5". A super...
  10. Re: Expansion and Contraction: Your tales of making increase and losing big

    You give me hope, Michael! :-) Thanks.
  11. Re: Expansion and Contraction: Your tales of making increase and losing big

    I went from 2 over-wintered nucs and 4 hives to 8 colonies and 5 add'l starts and then, eventually, to 0 by the end of last year. :( Lessons learned the hard way (splitting weak colonies, not...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Well said (and no, I do not ... Russian bees have plenty of varroa, they just deal very well with them).
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I wish I'd thought about it when I started 4 years ago. But last year I lost all of my hives due to extremely poor judgment, bad weather and too many small hive beetles. So this year I'm starting...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Wonderful. I most certainly will. I'm lucky and have two local queen producers, one a half hour away another a couple hours away. One breeds Russians, which I keep (my preference due to Varroa). I...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Will do, Dr. I am quite fascinated with the technique of elevating brood in order to get queens raised. Listening to Michael I understand that you do not deplete the resources you have but maximize...
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    Sustainability in a small yard

    I am fascinated at Michael Palmer's talk on the sustainable apiary, and my eyes have been opened to sustainability. It just makes sense. I have only two hives that are starting (well) from packages...
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    Re: Varroa & swarms

    That's what I'm thinkin' as of this year, but it's only suspicion at this point.
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    Varroa & swarms

    Will bees swarm/abscond due to Varroa infestation in their hive?
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    I'm going to try a metal brush I have and see if that gets me anywhere.
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    Just applied crawling SHB onto the Wal-Mart Mainstays vinyl tablecloth and it does not work. It slows them down a little, but not much. I think the polyester has to be very hairy-like. I'm headed to...
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    My two remaining hives thank you (been a tough beetle year)!!!
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    Thank you for posting this! I've been squashing them in the sun, vacuuming them and trapping them in those precarious top bar oil traps (which do work if you use enough of 'em). I so can't wait to...
  23. Re: Queen is in the hive but has stopped laying?

    Mine had slowed to a crawl, but I started feeding 1:1 syrup to get their numbers up and they've started laying at a medium-low pace. Should pick up one the goldenrod and asters start flowing well.
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    Re: Best option to combat SHB

    I've been wiped out by these suckers this year. Finally did something that works, for both my smaller hives (one's a small nuc) that are left:

    * Leave all the propolis in the hive so they can jail...
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    Re: Rendering Brood Comb

    I spent the weekend rendering out tons of brood comb (and some honey comb) from deadouts and absconds. I got a ton of wax from 40 frames of brood comb and about 20 frames of honey comb. I haven't...
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