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  1. Re: what temp can I slip a new sugar block to them.

    Excellent idea! I'll see if space permits. I'm using a shim which isn't too tall, quilt box above the shim.

    Probably a taller feeder spacer would work better. Next winter.

    Maybe I could even...
  2. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Just be glad it's rain and not snow (if it is rain there).

    Hey. They even keep bees in Canada. This isn't quite that bad.
  3. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    That's right. Not really terribly warm here, altho we're seeing huge winds and rain tonight. Yesterday I finally slapped all the insulation board around the hives, just. in. time. Mid to high 30s is...
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    Re: Weather change. Dead bees

    Gee. And here I was feeling so good about not seeing a pile of dead bees in front of the hives this winter.

    Here comes another nervous breakdown.
  5. Re: what temp can I slip a new sugar block to them.

    My bees are on the top bars. I want to get a sugar brick in there soon too. If I just try to put it on top of the bees, I'll crush them. I'm going to have to smoke them first to get them out of the...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    My way is a little simpler. 5 lbs. sugar to 3/4 cup ACV (I usually make a 15 lb. sugar batch at a time), mix in large bowl with wooden spoon, put your hands in to finish mixing, lick your fingers...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Beekeeping should be part of marriage licenses, with both parties understanding that it is not only a major investment of money, but of space. Who among us has not turned a spare bedroom into a...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    No wonder. Have you tasted the sugar/vinegar combo? YUM! (I only licked my fingers - I promise)
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Anyone working on their next batch yet?

    I'm doing another 15 lbs. sugar/1.5 cups ACV today. Have to time it when fewest people are visiting the house so I don't fume them out.

    I put cakes in...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Great info and link! Thanks!
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    Re: robbing screen...dead bees

    Hmm. You'd think if they couldn't figure out how to get out, they wouldn't have been able to figure out how to get in.

    Was the robber screen flush against the hive with no gaps? What kind was it?
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    Re: robbing screen...dead bees

    I'll bet it was drone removal time. Either that, or they just couldn't lug those bees out of the robber screen.
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    It would be nice to hear stories from people who say their hives were overflowing with honey this summer. Otherwise I'm starting to get worried....
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    Lauri, do you take those photos with an iPhone? You have the clearest photos I've seen.

    I started using foundationless frames this past summer. In one hive they made 2 full frames of drone brood....
  15. Re: Best way to use a double screen board to overwinter nuc on another hive

    Okay. Now yer just askin for it.
  16. Re: Best way to use a double screen board to overwinter nuc on another hive

    Well, I'm not going to undo them, so we'll just have to see what happens. I'll check them when it's practical for moisture issues. The good thing about having only a few hives is you can keep a good...
  17. Re: Best way to use a double screen board to overwinter nuc on another hive

    I remember your saying that earlier. But a local friend said she's done hers that way and it's worked, so I'm going to try it this year. I did put a quilt box on the very top, and it has a screened...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Ooh! A little bee in the cell! :)
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    These reports make me nervous. Sure hope it's not an environmental change of some sort. Or some new virus.
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    My bees are all Russians, but there were a few splits they requeened themselves, so their offspring could be part something else. I put robber screens on in early August and haven't taken them off...
  21. Re: Best way to use a double screen board to overwinter nuc on another hive

    Hmm. Okay, I need an upper entrance for that bottom hive because of snow buildup issues on the bottom entrance, even tho I clean it off, but I can't remember all the time.

    And experimenting with...
  22. Re: Best way to use a double screen board to overwinter nuc on another hive

    Thank you, jfmcree! That makes sense. I didn't think about allowing air to pass through the quilt box, last year I just filled the box with shavings, but they tended to fall through into the hive, so...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I made 15 lbs. of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of organic apple cider vinegar as per someone's reduction in the recipe above and it turned out great. I heated the oven to 150F (turned it to 170F and let it cool...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    When I finally had a good day to open the hives already brooding drones had been born , and with them the burden of mites."

    Ouch. Yes, that is a down side.
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    Well, lots of beekeepers put drone frames in their hives to collect drone brood and then take it out of the hive and dispose of it as a way of controlling varroa mites, which live on drone brood. So...
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