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    Re: double screen board

    When I treat for mites I see hundreds running around on SBB. If they are dead how are they running around?
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    Re: southern south america. honey bee

    It has been reported that European honey bees were brought in 1658 to western hemisphere. So what you find in south America are same as the bees in north America.
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    Re: Overwintering Nucs in Mediums

    I started in July after the main flow. What MP says is that we need to make nucs when bees are in build-up mode. Overwintering is only one use for his nucs. Other uses are selling, using to boost...
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    Re: Overwintering Nucs in Mediums

    I listened to Michael Palmer at the LongIslandBeekeepers club sponsored meeting at St. John's University last Sunday. He successfully overwinters 5 over 5 nucs in Vermont under severe winter...
  5. Thread: Cold in NC

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    Re: Cold in NC

    You are feeding sugar syrup. They are going out looking for pollen without regard to weather. Start feeding pollen.
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    Re: What happened to my bees!?!?!?!?!?

    This year I treated 4 strong hives with Apiguard starting August 15th. I closed the SBB on all hives and also reduced entrances on 2 hives. The reason for reduced entrance was that I saw more mites...
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    Re: What happened to my bees!?!?!?!?!?

    Did you have any entrance reducers on?
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    Re: Drones, expelled or killed

    When a hive decide that they no longer need drones (it happens around this time of the year when no more flow and the hive is queen-right) they will let the drones know that they are not welcome in...
  9. Thread: Mouse guard

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    Re: Mouse guard

    I guess you can install the mouse guards but can leave at least 5 holes open to allow them to fly freely without having to compete to get in to hive.
  10. Thread: Mouse guard

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    Re: Mouse guard

    You're welcome.

    I use inner cover with notch down for upper entrance and ventilation. You can also put a penny on both sides of the inner cover to raise it a bit that will also enhance escape...
  11. Thread: Mouse guard

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    Re: Mouse guard

    From an article found right here on Beesource:

    "Beekeepers are notoriously slow in accepting new ideas, they still live in the horse and buggy days as far as their bee equipment goes, yet for...
  12. Thread: Mouse guard

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    Re: Mouse guard

    I buy them from Mann Lake as they come assembled. Brushy has them for $4 less but unassembled. And if you are buying a bunch, Mann Lake gives you free shipping so price will be the same.

    In his...
  13. Thread: Mouse guard

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    Re: Mouse guard

    SunnyR, If you have highs in 70's no need to put mouse guards in. Bees are still flying, they will take care of any mouse that sneaks at night. I won't put mouse guards until daytime temps are...
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    Re: Mouse guard

    I like the ones from Mann Lake
    They extend through the whole entrance, so you can decide how many holes to be exposed and cover the rest. Larger hives get more holes open. Smaller ones a few....
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    Re: guide for how much sugar to buy

    I just cut a piece 5 cm x 20 cm of drawn comb I had. It weighed 18 grams. A deep frame is 20 cm x 33 cm. So the wax in the frame would be about 120 g. So if you need the package to draw out 10 deep...
  16. Re: Do foragers returning with full pollen cups indicate the presence of a queen?

    Bad advice
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    Re: Robbing and Absconding

    I think your hive was queenless and weakened. Varroa could also be a factor. Then the robbing started and life became real tough for them in that hive. So they took the best course of action -...
  18. Re: New Queen in the Fall - feeding question please.

    Sorry I misunderstood. You have to go in and look for queen or eggs. If you don't find any your hive is queenless. At this point your only option is to combine the two and feed 2:1 sugar syrup so...
  19. Re: New Queen in the Fall - feeding question please.

    So Italian hive is queenless and the queen in the other hive was accidentally squished. So both hives are queenless. Why do you want to feed queenless hives?
  20. Thread: Plant zones

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    Re: Plant zones

    Sorry, I should have checked the map first.
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    Re: Plant zones

    How is Canada in Zone 8b?
  22. Re: Very weak hive w/ queen...how can I save her?

    It is always a good idea to keep an extra queen on hand. If any of other hives become queenless, it may be hard to find a queen at this time of the year. I would keep this hive going providing them...
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    Re: Storing super frames until extraction

    Try not to damage the cappings and store them upright (just the way they are in the super) Keep them in a warm place away from bees, ants etc.
  24. Re: Recommendation on swapping top and bottom deeps?

    Bees always seem to prefer the top deep. It could be that the bottom deep is prone to drafts and they feel safer in the top deep. It is best to leave it that way as that is the way they have decided...
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    Re: Honeybee Healthy& grease patties

    Mite treatment has to be done before winter. Most treatments work when the temperatures are above a minimum depending on the treatment. HBH and grease patties are not mite treatments.
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