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    Re: SHB & Plastic Frames

    I rarely use traps, but keep in mind that other areas may be very different. Most big colonies can manage a decent number of SHB, but the issue comes when starting smaller colonies or mating nucs....
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    Re: SHB & Plastic Frames

    I had these frames in my yards for more than 10 years and have yet to find the groves on one fully propolized - just doesn't happen in my experience. In my experience the result is exactly as the OP...
  3. Thread: Virgin queens

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    Re: Virgin queens

    Very low percentages for me as well. This seems to be one of the mysteries of beekeeping how some can have great success, while others (even very experienced beekeepers) struggle. I'll admit I...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    David,

    Its been my experience (at least locally), that the early season GR doesn't produce much (if any) honey, but it does provide some pollen. The later variety typically does produce honey, and...
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    Finally, we have a winner.

    Don't kill the bees. Follow the guidance above. I'd add, if you have smaller colonies nearby, then reduce their entrances prior to the shake out. Place the hive...
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    I like the idea of the insulated box. I use an old deep chest freezer. I believe that you MUST use a temperature controller. One lost pail due to overheating will pay for several controllers - simply...
  7. Thread: Fall feeders

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    Re: Fall feeders

    How many colonies do you have in the location of the open feeder?
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    Re: Starter vs Finisher differences questions

    Angel,

    The system you adopt depends heavily upon how many cells you're planning to produce in a given cycle and how many times you plan to repeat. If you're looking for 15 very nice cells per...
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    Re: All the talk about goldenrod....

    Now that would be a huge list. Tops on my list:

    first maple bloom of the season
    phone call about a beach ball-sized swarm at eye-level
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    Yeah, your theory seems reasonable. I've used MAQS a few times and on occasion I will see SHB hiding out under the strip. They seem unaffected by it. This may create a situation to give them a window...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    Seems like the solution posted by Tomek in post #3 is the way to go. The Ranco temp controller that BMAC is a very useful tool to have around. Lots of place to buy it, but I got mine here:...
  12. Thread: Strange honey

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    Re: Strange honey

    It is generally accepted to NOT feed honey from outside sources back to your bees. Eat it, make mead, or discard, but avoid giving it to your bees.
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    Re: ULTRABREEZE JACKET - PULLOVER?

    As someone who has had problems with UB hood zippers, the approach to use as a pullover would certainly eliminate the problem of zipper failure. However, I have several yards separated by a few...
  14. Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    Seems to me that moving moisture across wax boundaries is going to be a very slow process. The approach I mentioned above works great when there is a good amount of uncapped honey. Our summer crop,...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    You guys are well ahead of me. Our early season goldenrod is blooming, the late season is still a couple of weeks (or more) off. Its very dry here lately.
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    Re: To Mark a Queen or Not to Mark

    Most don't mark virgins. Some do. I mark virgins when its critical that I can trace the genetics from cell to mated queen. For me, routine production queens get marked after they are mated. I don't...
  17. Thread: Queen cells

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    Re: Queen cells

    Were there more cells than those in the picture? Appears as though they may have swarmed. Is your resident queen still there? One of these has obviously emerged, so the others are no doubt close...
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    Re: Fischers honey be gone or bee be gone or somesuch

    I used BQ again yesterday. I pulled 9 boxes using the same product that I bought earlier in the season. It worked perfectly. This time I'd say about 1 minute and the bees were out. It was close to...
  19. Re: Removing Moisture From Honey Before Extracting

    I don't criss-cross stack. I stack normally (want a good seal between boxes) and place box fans on the top. I seal off the top with slats of wood to make it such that the air must go through the...
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    Re: Selling Queen Cells - Questions

    IF you have lots of experience making cells, evaluating the performance of the resulting queens, AND you have really excellent stock, then maybe $10/cell would be reasonable. When I say excellent...
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    Re: Double Deep Hive Body?

    Think he means each deep has a removable divider board, which of course are also stackable, hence double deep.

    I ran several of these last winter. I had one die out. First one side, then later...
  22. Thread: Strange honey

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    Re: Strange honey

    Seems like a form of crystallization. The sugars have come out of solution and dropped to the bottom. The upper layer likely has a high moisture content and may actually ferment.
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    Re: Digital Refractometers?

    Well, I don't know how simple I can make this, and I certainly don't claim any special expertise in this area, but perhaps this document will help. I suspect that the table on page 12 is all that is...
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    Re: Fischers honey be gone or bee be gone or somesuch

    ...and none of post 17 is relevant to the focus of this thread. Sounds more like dirty laundry to me.
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    Re: Digital Refractometers?

    I received a Milwaukee MA871 today. The unit does take a standard 9 volt battery. First impressions are that it is a well made unit. The only issue I found is that the battery compartment is a tight...
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