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    Re: Whey protien for bees?

    I think I'd have to take a pass on whey powder.

    Assuming the solids don't disrupt the digestion of your bees, what is the SOURCE of the whey? Soy proteins? Milk proteins? If soy, your bees may...
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    Re: Newbie question Dec in Michigan

    That's a hard one to answer! It's sort of like saying, "I'm alarmed at the number of cars alongside the road." Are they broke down? Are they in parking lots? Are there drivers in them?

    Going...
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    Re: Moving bees from FL. to MI.

    I'll second Dbest's comment. Michigan doesn't have mandatory apiary inspections.

    I'm not understanding your question regarding rest areas. Michigan HAS THEM, but I don't think that's what...
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    Re: diameter of JZBZ queen cage tube

    Found my queen cages!

    The tube is slightly tapered. At the opening, it's .480 inch in diameter (12.21mm), and at the end of the tube where it meets the cage body it's right at .500 inch in...
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    Re: sugar and honey...temp acceptance

    @Acebird: As for right now (spring)? That really depends on what you're doing and for what reason.

    If you're emergency feeding, trying to save a hive, I say "Why not?" and I'd go for it.

    But,...
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    Re: diameter of JZBZ queen cage tube

    I thought I could help you out with that without any problems, but unfortunately, I can't seem to find my JZBZ queen cages.

    But, what I WAS able to find are my JZBZ queen batteries (orange plastic...
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    Re: cut out dieing

    That's a tough situation, if you can't buy frames of brood or a shake of bees from somewhere.

    How long they'll last depends on the number of bees, and their relative age, along with your foraging...
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    Re: sugar and honey...temp acceptance

    In the fall and early winter, I remove all my feeders.

    The thought behind it is that they're not going to break cluster to feed. And, if they did, the syrup is too cold for them to take down...
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    Re: Torched the inside of my boxes... oops

    I did nearly the same thing, many years ago! I knocked the lid off, however, and fed oxygen to what was essentially a "back-draft" situation, which toppled my now "well involved" stack of boxes when...
  10. Re: How to keep bees from returning after cut-out?

    Please, don't spray a pesticide without asking the homeowner first! If the homeowner is sensitive enough to call you about removing the bees, chances are they don't want them unnecessarily killed or...
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    Re: sugar and honey...temp acceptance

    It's pretty easy, actually. There's two things at play here:

    1) Bees muscles don't work well when cold; and don't work at all below 42 degrees, or so. Cold syrup chills them, and they can't use...
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    Re: going treatment free help?

    Going treatment free when you're a small beekeeper is MUCH easier than when you have hundreds of hives! When I give talks on treatment free, I tell people that they can expect to lose 2/3rds of...
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    Re: Trap Out... HELP!

    Contact your beekeeping club (You DO belong to one, right?) and get in contact with someone who has experience with doing cutouts. Let them do the cutout, helping them for free, and learn everything...
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    Re: Wax Moth defense???

    Paradichlorobenzene (PDB) is the working name for Moth Crystals. It's sold in the bee supplier catalogs as Para Moth. Using moth crystals from, say, Walmart is technically an "off-label" use. Now,...
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    Re: Removing bees- and queen- from a tree

    Honey Robber, Bee-Go or Bee Quick won't have the effect you're looking for. If there is brood, the bees won't leave it. (Just like in a hive.) Likewise, the queen won't evacuate, and you're stuck...
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    Re: Installed 10 nucs today...

    Sounds normal... IF the seller told you that you'd have 2 full frames of brood. Equalize the brood among the hives and you'll be fine.

    When I sell nucs, I specify that they will have 3 full...
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    Re: Sugar Syrup

    Caramelization is a bigger concern with sugar syrup than HMF's. And, the caramelizing process begins at 180 degrees and continues with either time on the heat, or increased heat.

    But, seriously...
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    Re: cut-out questions

    Take a piece of brood, with the youngest larva you can find, and place it ON TOP of the frames with the brood pointed downward. If they're desiring a new queen, they'll make one from this properly...
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    Re: Foul Brood Smell

    I've had people tell me that it smells like different things to them. I hear all the time that they think it smells like goldenrod/aster honey, which, to me, it ABSOLUTELY does not!

    What it...
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    Re: Treating for AFB

    That does bring up another interesting point... Tetra, Terramycin and Tylan are all antibiotics. But, when you administer an antibiotic to your hive, you're not only killing off the bad stuff...
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    Re: How much do I need to sell my queens for?

    What's your queen's pedigree? Is she survivor stock, or just whatever was received in somebody's bought package last year? Does she make brood, honey, propolis, pollen, or what? Is she gentle? ...
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    Re: Entrance direction

    For the hobbyist, it's more important to take other factors into consideration. Although lore says to "point them to the south", or whatever direction, if there's a sidewalk to the south, it's not...
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    Re: Treating for AFB

    Agreed. Burn it.

    Tetra, Tylan and Terramycin all "mask" the symptoms of American Foulbrood. As I believe that ALL hives have foulbrood spores (some control it better than others), why would you...
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    Re: Bees and Styrofoam

    Last year, I went the extra step and covered my regular white styrofoam in aluminum foil before placing them inside the hive. They chewed through THAT!

    This year, for my experiment, I'm going to...
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    Re: Inherited Hives, Adding bodies

    There are several ways to add boxes, but here's my take on it!

    I'm a big fan of "middle supering". What this is is to take a box (or super) with 10 frames of undrawn foundation, and place it...
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