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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    There is another way for those in the north. If your beekeeping is predicated on keeping a colony in a box perpetually, as most systems are, then you are likely to suffer mite related crashes within...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Keith, that is a serious investment. Can you share how many pounds of sub you produce a year?
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    I spent 15 years at an adhesive factory that made mastics and sealants using stainless steel mixing equipment. If every a person wants to mix sub on an industrial scale I recommend a 500 KG...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    Re post #207. Another way not to let moisture in is not to disturb them too much. Once I am done feeding them up I leave them sealed. I wait until a warm day in late February/March to check stores...
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    Re: Fall feeders

    I have been experimenting with making hive top or bottom feeders for 5 frame nucs. I had some spacers I made up in a hurry last spring (for feeding sugar slush) out of 1 by 4 lumber .

    By making...
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    Re: Adding room to NUCs

    Mark, I have been weighing my 5 over 5 frame nucs. I get about 30-35 pounds in the top box, and I aim for an overwintering weight of about 50 pounds of stores total.
    What has been confusing me is...
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    Re: Adding room to NUCs

    What you don't want is for the top box to be undrawn or empty when the weather closes down their ability to take stores in. If the frames are fully drawn I would put the box on top, if the frames...
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    Re: Nuc feeding question

    Pat, if the syrup is not going down check the holes. I have had them propolize the holes in the lids on plastic buckets.
  9. Re: Mann Lake 18/9 vs Maxant 20/10 Extractor

    I bought my Maxant 20 frame a few years ago and have it bolted to plywood and mounted to casters. When I am done extracting I push it outside and wash it down. Read the first post by Fuzzy in this...
  10. Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    Andrew, there is a nugget that is on Mel Disselkoen's website. I am paraphrasing, it is something to the effect of "You don't need large populations all the time, only for your major honey flows". ...
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    Re: Preparing 2:1 syrup

    If your container is much larger than your batch of syrup it is easier to stir it as the splashes stay within the vessel. I am lucky enough to be able to use a 42 maxant jacket vessel, which I...
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    Re: To Mark a Queen or Not to Mark

    Lauri, thanks. I can see the advantages in this system.
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    Re: To Mark a Queen or Not to Mark

    Lauri, re post #5. How old is the marked virgin you put in? Does it matter? Thanks.
  14. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    Crofter's point is well taken. Roland's method maximizes the amount of honey that is above the excluder and can be harvested by the beekeeper. If there is a dearth in the fall they need to be fed...
  15. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    The bees don't like honey below the brood. When it is time to exchange the emerged frames with the newly frames of sealed brood they often contain nectar. They move this out of the brood nest and...
  16. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    The bees are moved with their 10 frames into single deeps when they are crowded in the spring. After they have sealed 2-4 frames of brood it is removed and placed above an excluder into a deep that...
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    Re: Homemade Ezyloader and management

    Here is a place to start. http://www.honeybeeworld.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=374
  18. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    Last year 1392 pounds from 11 hives came out to be 126 pounds per hive. This year 1080 pounds from 11 hives which came out to be 98 pounds per hive. No chemical treatments, I do use drone brood...
  19. Re: Anyone know what the average weight of 2:1 syrup ripened in the hive weighs?

    This link gives some answers.
    http://www.masterbeekeeper.org/calendar/popup/sugar_syrup.htm
  20. Re: Frames with more than 18.6% moisture

    If you, or a relative, have a dehumdifier and a fan. Put the frames in a small room with both running for 2 days and it will be below 18.6%.
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    Snowhitsky, please take some pictures and post them as you proceed. We don't see many spanish photos on this site, and as winter will be here soon it will be a visual feast for us cold-bound...
  22. Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    Take a look at this link. http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/store/all-season-inner-cover-p-232.html
    The multiple ventilation holes are obscured by styrofoam insulation in the winter. The styrofoam...
  23. Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    Winter beekeeping HVAC engenders endless debate. I don't claim to understand it. When I first bought some 10 frame boxes I painted them a dark brown, and I have found that they work pretty well at...
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    Re: No luck making queens

    If he is trying the MDA splitter method it works best, as Mel describes on his website http://www.mdasplitter.com/ , if the manipulations are made one week before swarming for your area. I would...
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    Re: He just keeps hanging around

    Someone told me that it is possible to get a rough idea of how big/old a bear is by the relationship of the size of its ears are in proportion to the size of its head.
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