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    Re: Beekeeping Jacket Sale

    Looks interesting. Is there info on dimensions for S-M Lge etc? Can't see this on the web site. Also does the veil zip on/off?

    Thanks,

    Rob
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    Lauri,

    Very nice woodwork and photos. A couple of q's:
    -bottom entrances only? How many? Looks like two in one photo but can't quite be sure.
    -the 'common' bees are in the central box, second...
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    Re: Tyvek fabric for quilt boxes

    I have used Tyvek on quilt boxes (on the bottom to hold the shavings in) and it seemed to work OK. However, I found a nice local source of proper #8 hardware cloth recently and put that on all my...
  4. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    Hi OA folks.

    I see 1 g or 1/4 tsp of OA as a guideline per deep box treated.

    I have a nuc in two 8 frame mediums that I want to treat. Has anyone determined a guideline for this size of box? ...
  5. Re: Is my new hive large enough to treat for mites?

    I am in a similar position to the original poster, I have a smaller colony, about 6.5 frames filled in an 8 frame medium box, with a second box over it more or less full of honey. There are mites in...
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    Re: MAQS or Apiguard

    For sure this is what is claimed, and I was hoping this was what I was seeing. I will keep monitoring. If this mite drop post-treatment was all in-cell mites then it is pretty impressive.

    Rob
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    Re: MAQS or Apiguard

    I have used MAQS a few times as per directions and they seem good.

    One question for those using them: I treated one hive recently, treatment ended a week ago. Yesterday when checking the sticky...
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    Re: Mite Away Quick Strips and robbing?

    Hi, my solution to this concern when using MAQS is to put a strip of #8 mesh across the entrance slot with a hole cut in the middle of it a couple of inches wide, where the bees can get in.

    Rob
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    Helping a colony through chalk brood

    I have a first year colony started from a nuc that was building slowly. Checking it out further, it has chalk brood. Quite unmistakeable. There is a reasonable population of bees, and they...
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    Re: Hello from the hills, Perth West Aus

    Hey Skeggley
    Good luck, I have a sister in Roleystone and have spent some years in that part of WA...great place to keep bees with things blooming all year long. I remember seeing wild colonies in...
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    Re: Buckwheat

    I plant buckwheat as a green manure/smother crop on my garlic beds in rotation, and a couple of years ago planted a big area of it in my adjoining field, it was 'common' buckwheat from the local Coop...
  12. Re: what size swarm trap have you had success with

    I have been trying two 8 fr mediums held together with a ratchet strap, based on Seeley's recommendations for volume, but despite old brood comb, LGO and so on have caught nothing so far.

    I...
  13. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    A lot of people seem to assume using a sbb means air whistling up from below, but if you use a design with a drawer slide below, this is not the case, as some have noted. I make my own sbb and they...
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    I have been growing asters (both common and New England type) for the past few years to boost the numbers in the field near my hives. They are useful, as they flower at a time (here, anyway) when...
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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    Thanks for the additional info, I am cautious to do anything yet for the reasons given by Joseph. I re-checked the hive and found one possible queen cell on a warped bit of comb that looked ripped...
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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    Thanks zbee, useful ideas. My hive is similar, large population currently. No shortage of drones. We also have strong fall flow and honeybound brood areas.

    I am waiting a bit to re-monitor,...
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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    Thanks to all for the replies. I am checking the colony closely for a while to be sure what is going on. My other hives are very honey bound right now with only small brood patches, however I think...
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    queenless -enough time to requeen?

    Hi all.

    Checking my hives today, one that had been strong looked like the entrance traffic had dropped. Checked the brood box and sure enough, no uncapped brood or eggs,a bit of capped brood...
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    Re: Using deep frames cut down to medium

    I cut down a bunch of deeps to mediums and found that using a dremel with one of those thin cut-off discs works well to zip through the wire reinforcements. The intervening foundation/comb can be...
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    Re: Hello from New Brunswick, Canada

    Welcome, Moon Lit.

    Yes the forum is good, I learn something new almost every time I log on.

    Are you ordering from Country Fields? Are they sold out already? If you want more nucs you could try...
  21. Re: Hi from the Ice and Snow of New Brunswick

    Welcome! Amazing, another beesource beekeeper just down the road. I am only in year 3, so very new to this as well. Ice and snow for sure. More snow here than we need! I must try the Lincoln...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I think the method of sticking in a couple of bamboo kebab sticks has got to be the best/easiest way to stabilise foundationless comb? Installed parallel to the ends of the frame, spaced equally from...
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    Re: Ukraine and thoughts of honey

    Several suppliers in the US have it, Douglass King Seeds http://www.dkseeds.com/ seem to have a good price. Find it under wildlife> clovers. Unfortunately it's to hard to import here so I have stuck...
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    Varroa survival in dead-outs

    Many sources of information on the varroa life cycle are surprisingly vague about this, but it seems that varroa do not perist in egg form outside a living colony. In other words, for them to carry...
  25. Re: Growing degree days calculations for silver maple.

    Here in NB the silver maples are pretty much confined to the river valley bottoms, whereas the red is all over. Interestingly, red maple is one species predicted to do better under the warming...
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