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    Re: Checkboarding

    I use 3 medium supers for my brood boxes
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    Re: Checkboarding

    In defense of Checkerboarding: I've been keeping bees for about 12 years now. Prior to checkerboarding I would always have swarms. I keep anywhere between 3 and 12 colonies. I used to reverse boxes...
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    Re: Winter Entrance Reducer

    Why are you using entrance reducers? You want good air flow in your hive. Throw them away and just use hardware cloth to keep out the mice.
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    Re: Mothballs

    Take a few frames of brood and a few of honey and put them in the top box with the rest of the frames that were stored with the moth balls. The bees will move up to tend to the brood. Three days...
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    Re: Robbing...What To Do?

    Hopefully, you'll get some "lessons learned" from this little mis-adventure. For starters, when you moved your colony 200 yards you made things worse. Bees have a 2 mile foraging distance (roughly)....
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    Re: Comb Disinfection of Nosema Spores

    Troy, Not sure about the bleach solution but an effective method to kill Nosema spores is to fumigate with 60-80% Acetic acid. You can buy the pure stuff off the internet but they usually tack on a...
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    Re: 3 year old bottle of Certan / BT 401

    I just used some that was AT LEAST 3 years old on my friend's hives that had been converted from a bee hive to a wax moth factory! It worked fine. Randy B
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    Re: Cedar Glen Bees

    Well, Add me to the list of people taken by the con artists at Cedar Glenn. I ordered a queen about a month ago, never heard back from them, they never answer their phone, nor respond to emails. I'm...
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    Has anyone seen the Glory Bee Foods Catalogue?...

    Has anyone seen the Glory Bee Foods Catalogue? They are selling bee suits that sure look like a Golden Bee suit. I ordered a Golden Bee suit several years ago but haven't received it yet, well...
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    I don't know where you guys are getting your...

    I don't know where you guys are getting your information about rustoleum, but that's all I use for wood and metal. Latex sucks!. I got tired of having to re paint my hives after a few years because...
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    The problem with cyprus is this: The anti-rot...

    The problem with cyprus is this: The anti-rot feature that cyprus is noted for is only for the heartwood. I would bet my paycheck that the stuff being sold is not heartwood.
    It will rot just like...
  12. I also just placed an order with the Hamilton, IL...

    I also just placed an order with the Hamilton, IL store. The guy knew right away what I wanted, which was the 4.9 SC medium foundation!!!!
    Thanks for the help, especially the order# F353503sc
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  13. I didn't get their names but I called the...

    I didn't get their names but I called the Virginia office, the New York office the the main office in Sioux City, IA. All three said they only carried the "medium" which is 8 1/2 tall.

    If anyone...
  14. I talked to 2 Dadant Branches and their main...

    I talked to 2 Dadant Branches and their main office. They do not sell the small cell wire crimped foundation in Medium size!! I think the confusion comes from the fact that they call "DEEP"...
  15. Ok.. The printer thing makes sense, I'll give 'em...

    Ok.. The printer thing makes sense, I'll give 'em a call and order some! Thanks!
  16. I finally received their latest catalogue and no...

    I finally received their latest catalogue and no where in there do they have SMALL CELL CRIMPED WIRE FOUNDATION FOR MEDIUMS (6 1/2"). I called them a few weeks ago and was asured that they did indeed...
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    I tried it years ago but since I don't pop the...

    I tried it years ago but since I don't pop the heads of my bees and check their trachea I don't know if it works. I know Menthol, when used correctly is very effective. I don't treat anymore and get...
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    Throw those things away. The only thing they...

    Throw those things away. The only thing they really do is to inhibit airflow, thus causing condensation to build up which is what will kill your bees! Cold weather does not kill bees, the exception...
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    I've had 3 colonies in medium boxes for about 5...

    I've had 3 colonies in medium boxes for about 5 years now.

    Pros: They definately build up brood quicker in the spring, but come summer time they are not much different from wood boxes. They are...
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    Thanks........ I think I will burn 'em this...

    Thanks........ I think I will burn 'em this weekend!
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    I have a colony that had A. Foulbrood this past...

    I have a colony that had A. Foulbrood this past spring. I shook the entie colony onto new equipment ( foundation too), burned the old styrofoam stuff. They still have foulbrood but they are thriving....
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    I guess the question that needs to be asked is:...

    I guess the question that needs to be asked is: How are you looking???? The best way would be to put on a screened bottom board with an insert.
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    I use rat wire (1/2inch). It keeps mice out....

    I use rat wire (1/2inch). It keeps mice out. Wasps and Yellowjackets are pretty common. They're always trying to get in, the bees are always trying to evict them. If you have a real serious problem...
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    Why are you using a reducer? A hundred years ago...

    Why are you using a reducer? A hundred years ago it was thought to be a good thing. Now we know better, you want VENTILATION during the winter. A reducer will greatly inhibit it!
  25. If you have a hive scale, you could look through...

    If you have a hive scale, you could look through your records and compare. For instance, last year this time my hive scale read 125 pounds. This year it weighs 105 pounds. The other thing I do is...
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