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    Re: BT from Amazon, bad?

    Well I spoke with the seller on amazon. They told me they get new stock weekly and they have problems keeping it in stock so it is about as fresh as could possibly be. Who knows, I may try it again...
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    Re: Clipping queens?

    bkwoodsbees: That is exactly the advantage. Sure you lost your queen (you would either way), but all the workers that you would have lost returned to the hive. Now you have the option of splitting...
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    Re: Clipping queens?

    I clip most of my queens. As people will tell you it will not stop them from swarming but will buy you some time to intervene. You will have several extra days from when the hive tries (but fails) to...
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    Re: BT from Amazon, bad?

    No doubt BT works really well, but it certainly does have a shelf life. I wish the packages had expiry dates on them. Who knows where or for how long the BT from amazon was stored. I'll guess I...
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    BT from Amazon, bad?

    Anyone find BT from amazon is not effective?

    I got a package recently from Amazon as my old stock from "sundance" on this forum was no longer effective. I sprayed probably 40 frames in a storage...
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    Re: When to pull traps

    Kevin:

    If you get a swarm in a spot move the bait hive and immediately replace it with a new one. I got five swarms out of my deer stand this year doing just that.

    It is past the prime...
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    Re: Plans for a waxing tank...

    I have painted probably a hundred boxes, many nucs, swarm traps, and bottom boards for free over the last four years. If you have a recycling center that deals with chemicals they often get gallons...
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    Re: Mann Lake Refractometer

    I got one off of ebay for $30. Looks identical to the one pictured, and I bet it is. Also came with calibration fluid. Seems to work great.
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    Re: BT on wet supers?

    Restack on hives. I have left them out for the bees to clean and don't like some of the comb damage that can happen to new comb. Plus it can induce robbing.
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    Re: BT on wet supers?

    I might try and spray my wet supers with BT this year. I will mix the BT solution very strong so very little needs to be applied and I can just mist the frames. We will see how it works out. I...
  11. Thread: Ontario

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    Re: Ontario

    May 26th
    Centre Wellington County (north of Guelph), ON
    1 - Had a swarm trap up for one week, found them yesterday bringing in pollen.
    2 - Another trap put up only 24 hours earlier had a swarm...
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    Re: Under supering or over?

    In the same situation I let the bees work up into the drawn comb first, then bottom super with the foundation. I think once the bees work the drawn supers and you bottom super with foundation they...
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    Re: How to store wet supers?

    Pete: that may be o.k. for you if you only have a few hives. If you have 100+ supers of drawn comb it becomes a lot of work. I have stored wet supers and never had any pest (besides wax moth) or mold...
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    Re: How to store wet supers?

    Vance: Do you have issues with the honey fermenting with the added moisture of the BT spray? That was my concern. I would spray them but worried the added water would dilute the honey and they...
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    Re: How to store wet supers?

    I haven't done it this way, but I was planning to store supers wet this year and use either glacial acetic acid or formic acid to keep the wax moths at bay. I have all my supers in a trailer and...
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    Re: Ice Cube Trays For Wax Molds

    Do yourself a favor and buy some silicone baking molds. They work great. Silicone is flexible and easy to remove the cooled wax.
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    Re: Clipping a queens wings?

    I did it to all my queens last year. Buys you a little extra time to stop them from swarming. The old queen can't swarm but they will swarm with a newly mated virgin.
    As far as the bees rejecting...
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    Old mite-away 2

    I bought some mite-away 2 today (not mite away quick strips). They look basically like a piece of homasote covered in a perforated piece of plastic. There is no expiration date on the unopened tub....
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    Re: Heating crystalized Honey...

    I think one of the keys to liquefying honey quickly in a hot box quickly is to have constant air movement. I have a chest freezer that uses incandescent bulbs on a thermostat for heat. It also has...
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    Re: Reduce propolis on tight nucs?

    I had some boxes that I had the same problem with. Solution - I just used them as swarm traps. Not worth the effort of messing with frames or modifying the nucs.
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    Weird blue streak on worker

    Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Weird blue mark on one of my workers today. Looks like she had a run in with a can of spray paint.
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    Re: Overwintering medium nucs

    I have been pretty successful overwintering med nucs, some 2 story 5 frames, and some 3 story 5 frames. I find that having the bees in a more vertical configuration rather than a single 10 frame...
  23. Re: Mountain Spin-Off Method ? Has anyone tried this ?

    That does work, and I have filled an extra frame or two with sugar moistened with apple cider vinegar. Usually there is no need to because the mountain camp method works so well. If you fill frames...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    JWChesnut:
    Now that I read his article more carefully I see what you are saying. He states that the results are means +/- the SD. What doesn't make sense is why he states a P value of 0.0001 after...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    After looking over the Seeley article (https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/file/index/docid/891902/filename/hal-00891902.pdf), I find his conclusions pretty convincing. Others stated that the range he...
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