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    Poll: Re: Winter moisture remedy?

    I put peaked roofs on my telescoping covers. This means that when the condensation hits the cold tin roof, it condenses, but then runs down the inside of the roof pannel to the outside edge and...
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    resources for starting new packages

    My 2 hives didnt make it through the winter.

    I have just a smidge of pollen left in one deep frame and about 10 frames of capped honey between the 2 hives left (med frames). And well... several...
  3. Thread: Winter losses

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    Re: Winter losses

    we had sunny and 60 on monday (another 2 inches of wet snow this morning) I had not seen any flyers with the warm weather so I assumed the worse.

    I was correct. Both my hives didn't make it. ...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    Mechanical engineer here. at my last property, the local beek down the road that help me get started was also an engineer.
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    Re: How do YOU mix 50 gallons of syrup?

    FYI for those wondering how to get mass quanities of hot water out of your domstic hot water heater. The normal hookup for your washing machine is garden hose threads.

    take 50' hose into the...
  6. Poll: Re: Should there be a forum for horizontal hives?

    IMHO the issues that you have with Topbar hives are non-issues for horizontal langs.

    TB hives have no frames... long hives do.
    TB hives cant be spun extracted only crush and strain, not an...
  7. Re: Treatment free success or failure: what makes the difference?

    I think this is a point that is going understated.

    Feral bees that have managed to survive without monthly/weekly manipulations by a human beekeeper would seem to be at a much greater advantage...
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    Re: Define "Nuc" please.

    As a central IL beek myself i cant imagine winter loss rate of 1/4 of nucs you made in the fall. I would think for the avg beek trying to overwinter nucs in the midwest would result in 50% or more...
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    Re: How much honey can I take

    I usually like to overwinter with one med super of honey. It seems to work well for me. I would say your safe in takeing one super of it. Plus you still have fall flow to consider down there. ...
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    Re: reusing hive after wax moths

    how old is the dark brood comb? if its 3 years or more many people (myself included) recommend replacing that comb due to build up of pesticides etc.

    if none of it is more than 2 years old, it...
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    Re: Skep for display only

    build one?

    http://modernfarmer.com/2013/05/how-to-build-a-bee-skep/
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    Re: Define "Nuc" please.

    My def of a nuc is 4-5 frames in a box sized to fit that.

    As to the point of one.

    the amount of space in a hive can have an impact on how well the bees do. They must maintain a proper temp...
  13. Thread: color of wax

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    Re: color of wax

    they will often chew up old wax and mix it with new wax when drawing frames.
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    Re: drawn foundation'

    dont know that ive ever heard that, I used to have some plastic foundation but not full drawn comb. Its my understanding that bees will use it regardless. If they need space and the queen is...
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    Re: drawn foundation'

    you can do a search for it on the forums, its been discussed before.

    Sharing/selling comb/brood etc. is another good reason to join the local bee club or get to know the local beeks in your...
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    Re: drawn foundation'

    fully drawn plastic foundation

    http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/publishImages/Index~~element78.jpg
  17. Re: Recommendation on swapping top and bottom deeps?

    I would leave them the way they are.

    the bees should be brining in fall pollen. if they are takeing the syrup they will store it were they can. if thats top or bottom so be it.
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    Re: moving 12 double deep colonies

    i didnt have enough ratchet straps but i had plenty of scrap 1x4 and drywall screws. i pulled the tescopeing covers off, and screwed the 1x4 to the sides (make shure you screw the bottom also). i...
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    Re: I had to destroy a hive today...

    I have 50 chickens and they have free range of the yard including in and around the hives. no issues ever in my 4 years of bees and chickens.

    as for SHB. it was my understanding that you could...
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    Re: Operation Hive Equalization has begun!

    a full super of bees that you are CERTAIN has no queen in it, must be combined with newspaper or shake out.

    that is certianly a way to move a LOT of bees around but i would think you still have...
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    Re: How to Clean Wax off Wife's Pot?

    this or some other method of heating it. if its glass you can microwave it.

    ive used a heat gun to melt wax that was dripped on surfaces and wipped with papertowel. it certianly isnt a...
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    Re: Bottom box full of honey

    this can happen if you dont add honey supers at the right time. you may have added space in the spring but it was to early and the queen moved up and layed it. then everything in the bottom hatched...
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    golden rod bloom

    am i missing the golden rod reports?

    peoria IL and the rod is blooming. this is earlyer than normal due to our long hot dry aug. in the past 3 years its been at least another 2-3 weeks.
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    Re: How to Gradually Eliminate a Brood Frame

    is that 8 or 10 frames.

    on a 10 frame box the outside frame will rarely get layed. just move it there and give it some time. alternitvily you can wait till it mostly hatches and then freeze it,...
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    Re: For those who use a hot knife...

    i use an electric hot knife to uncap.

    for "fat" frames (usually out of 9 frame supers) i mostly freehand. others i use the top bar as a guide.
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