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    Re: Candy plug tube

    What is the outside diameter. Man lake stocks pre charged ones for the California Mini Queen Cages but for sure it would be cheaper if you had a roll of it. It likely is not a special size. Try NAPPA...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    A person may have been objective to the best of his ability and sufficiently so to satisfy observers had they been there, however in the absence of wide scrutiny, the observation will still carry the...
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    Re: Dry sugar feeding approach.

    My bees ate very little of the dry sugar; perhaps a pound, and are now carrying it out and dumping it. I notice some falls down and gets into cells. Perhaps that is what is putting them off, as they...
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    Re: A little frustrated with Dadant

    I have had the problem and needed to trim wired wax foundation. Aviation snips work well. The ones you have already assembled I think I would try to alter a pair of small diagonal cutters (side...
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    Re: Crooked Foundation

    I trim it down so there is a bit of slack; otherwise, as you observed it will bow out. Dont depend on the cross wiring to hold it in line if foundation is too tall. Aviation snips. Some foundation is...
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    Re: Hemlock

    It has a bit of a tendency to split if you use screws without pilot and countersink holes. It can be a bit splintery; you would never find it used for handrailing or floors! It weathers well.
  7. Re: How much loss is from varroa and how much from improper nutrient management?

    I dont think you can separate their affects. Either condition will worsen the effects of the other. Either condition in the extreme will kill the hive whether the other is present or not. In the...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    Have had bees flying out of 8 of 8 hives in my back yard. A few days ago war the first general poop flights since November. Hives are still heavy enough and little of the dry sugar on top has been...
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    Re: Fine mess I've made!

    Dont be shy with the smoke; I had a bunch of wild drone comb to cut off and was smoking it when Queenie came running out of the maze. Pry up around the edges and smoke as you keep working your way...
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    Re: Newly assembled hive body not square.

    I think the posters problem is out of square diagonally. Twist, and not sitting level is another problem. Of course they could be in combination I suppose. PVA glues will creep slowly with load and...
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    Re: Cloake board - metal or plastic?

    Really not too hard to make if you dont go fancy. Use a separate metal excluder under it. Just need a saw kerf in the wood for the metal sheet to slide in. If you want to make something temporary...
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    Re: Where's the pollen coming from?

    Pussy willows are about the first pollen here. Maples also but often too cold to get nectar from them. They work Tag alder and birch too. Still have over 2 feet of snow on the ground.
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    Re: Ethanol problems

    It is not your imagination! The new blended fuels cause a lot more formation of gum and corrosion. It also attacks some of the older equipment hoses, gaskets and even their plastic fuel tanks. Hotter...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    That could be an interesting thread on its own! For certain the design would take some fair dollars to define the conditions and support the necessary controls. It would take a team including...
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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    I think bees that have a high percentage Carni and a touch of Russian are a lot more inclined to limit hive population in the fall than typical Italians. On average they will get through winter on...
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    Re: Question on foundation??

    Do you have wedge top bars or grooved?
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    Re: Spring treatment - does it worth?

    I have used plasticized fiberglass window screen around formic acid. You could probably use 8 mil polyethylene film over thin plywood to make the top of the shelf to test the procedure. Not as neat...
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    Re: Do I wire mediaum frames?

    I agree; If the frames are pre drilled and you want to use one wire only, you have to choose top or bottom or else drill a new hole either side midway. You still need the same number of anchors for...
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    Re: Do I wire mediaum frames?

    With foundationless it is dead easy to prewire and the bees do the embedding as they build the comb. With the vertical embbed wired wax foundation it all depends on the particular batch of...
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    Re: Getting Dead Bees out of Cells

    Would a vacuum cleaner work? I have blown uncapped live drone brood out with both water and air; either works but you do have to be careful or the stream will damage the comb.

    Frank
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    Re: top, middle, or bottom entrances

    I made up some tapered shims that create an instant entrance wherever you want it without making holes in hive bodies. I didn't find any problem of burr comb between boxes.




    Frank
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    Re: Over Emphasis on Feeding

    In my climate and flow conditions it is often hard to get a split up to wintering weight without feeding. Many of the keepers that have main flows of Canola source also find that the bees dont winter...
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    Re: Drawbacks to using small cell

    Here is what Mann Lake says in the description of their small cell foundation.

    "Small Cell Foundation

    Some believe that the 4.9 mm cell impedes the Varroa Mite's ability to reproduce and that...
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    Re: Drawbacks to using small cell

    I used some of the Mann Lake PF 100 series last season and they drew it out reluctantly with a few sqiggly ridges but still acceptatble. That is plastic foundation though; with all 4.9 mm wax...
  25. Re: Lowes has 15mm(5/8")x 7.5" picket fence boards - Western red cedar

    They will be thin at the hive wall where the frame rest gets cut, but no problem, just glue on an extra piece about 2" wide across the end of the box that will also make the handhold.

    Edit; If...
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