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    Re: Moved bees into hive, can't find entrance?

    Also, it isn't really the smell of the queen that is at play here. If there were 2 layers of screen with a 3/8" (I'm guessing...bees tongues are longer than you think) space between them, they could...
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    Re: Moved bees into hive, can't find entrance?

    It's easier to do this before they start building comb under there.
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Jim, thanks for the background/insights. Kirk websters setup is in a mobile trailer, but is kept at a central location (not moved to bee yards) and is run as a stationary facility.

    A hypothetical...
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    Re: Moved bees into hive, can't find entrance?

    I'm betting you have a screened bottom board...and the screen is only 1 layer.

    Block off the screen (even if you have to tape a piece of cardboard over it). Because the bees can feed each other...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    I've always been intrigued by the concept of a mobile extracting setup. I remember seeing photos of Olde tyme operations where extractors were on horse drawn flatbeds.

    My understanding is that...
  6. Thread: Queen Cage

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    Re: Queen Cage

    No, the benefit is that (when put over emerging brood) the emerging brood (which won't be aggressive towards any queen) are in close contact with the new queen. By the time you remove the cage, it...
  7. Thread: burnt honey

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    Re: burnt honey

    Strictly speaking you are correct. In this case however, both the hygroscopic property of honey is caused by its low moisture content...which is the same thing that produces negative osmotic...
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    Re: burnt honey

    ...and from the conclusion of that paper:
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    Re: burnt honey

    I had to spenda few minutes to figure this out, so I thought I'd try to help others understand the part of the study quoted above.

    The above numbers boil down to this....Water activity (the amount...
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    Re: burnt honey

    I'm not sure what you are wagging your finger at.

    Honey is hygroscopic (a property).

    Because it is hygroscopic, it pulls moisture through the cell membraines of microbes (or a wound on a human...
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    Re: burnt honey

    The dessication of microbes in honey is exactly because it is hygroscopic.
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    Re: burnt honey

    Graham, read a bit more carefully (which is difficult with this paper...lots of typos and lots of unrelated info pooled together).

    In the passage you quote above, the key is that they are talking...
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    Re: Two nucs cannibalizing brood.

    I don't agree. Chewed down pupae are commonly recognized as being due to bees uncapping and removing mites.

    http://beeinformed.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSC05923PMS.jpg
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    Re: Two nucs cannibalizing brood.

    I'm not clear on what the literature says, but i can't really see any advantage to chewing open capped brood for protein...all they need is to be kept warm and they are the future of the colony. ...
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    Re: Two nucs cannibalizing brood.

    Once the brood is capped there is no more feeding...so they are not uncapping brood because of a sudden lack of pollen.

    If they are uncapping brood, it is likely a mite issue, or perhaps some...
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    Re: Beekeeping and autism

    Some years ago I loaned a digital point and shoot camera to a young boy (10-12) who was somewhere on the spectrum.

    The photos he took were revealing (I hope someone has done this in the context of...
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    Re: Screwed up with my Hiving - Need Advice

    If you don't want to mess with it, turn the entire box upside down and put a box full of comb or foundation on top. The bees will tend to want to move towards the top, and the will tend to not want...
  18. Thread: Uncapping Tool?

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    Re: Uncapping Tool?

    I picked up a spiked roller from mann lake last fall, and used it for the first time a few days ago. I thought it did a pretty good job.
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    If you can hoist or somehow get a couple frames of open brood (side by side so there is an interior between the frames) up and in c9ntact with the cluster, they will likely cluster on/in the open...
  20. Re: If bee space is 3/8" , why is the bottom board space 3/4" ??

    The 3/4 side is supposed to be for winter. Dead bees on the bottom board are less likely to trap bees with the bigger space.
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    Re: How long to forget hive location

    There is also some interesting work WRT short term (using the sun) and long term (overcast) location memories.
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    Re: Follower board to make divided nucs?

    I know one guy who stapled strips of Masonite inside the box to form the "groove" for the follower board. You a can always pry them out.
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    Re: How to stop bees from drinking pool water

    Bring them to the beach. :lookout:
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    People make emotional connections to anything....or nothing.

    http://junkee.com/reddits-diabolical-social-experiment-the-button-is-setting-the-internet-on-fire/55078
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    Re: GDD and the fall flow

    It could certainly be argues that having some kind of "data" that moves you to do _something_ can be helpful, even if the data isn't accurate and your actions don't really help anything....it makes...
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