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    Re: Oxalic acid vapor vs Thymol

    ' . . . I read one thread that said it [thymol] would kill open brood and eggs." Whoever said that was wrong. They must have misapplied it.

    If you don't want to use OAV because you have too many...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    " . . . and this forum seems to be very quick to say Oxalic Acid is the answer."

    That's because if you have a serious mite problem and you want to save the hive, OAV is the best answer.
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    Fascinating! There are clearly lot'sa critters running around in that hive besides just bees.
  4. Re: Slingers - A Documentary about Small and Local Beekeepers

    Gerat work! Can't wait to see the finished video.

    BTW, what camera are you using?
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    221 pages long. Can you give us a couple sentence summary?
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    "Can a noob take care of 60 hives?"

    No.
  7. Thread: Quebec Queens

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    Re: Quebec Queens

    I have had mixed results from various highly regarded queen suppliers. I think generally the suppliers have good genetics and do their best to make and ship good queens, but it is too cumbersome of...
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    There is a huge gulf to cross between getting something to work sufficient to get a patent versus bringing a profitable product to market. I think the rough statistic is that only 10% of patents...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    Of course it is always possible the queen was bad. However, the workers were building drone comb, not the queen was laying drone in worker comb.
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    Re: Insulating hives

    Phoebee - we are heading into Winter. Have you instrumented a hive? Any results to share? I'd love to have more info than my simple single point temperature measurements.
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I am a fan of the kitchen gloves, but I am having trouble finding durable ones. It seem the material degrades and cracks form relatively quickly.
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    So true! Location, beekeeping goals, traits of bees, personal predilections, outside constraints, seasonal variations, etc., all play a huge role in determining what works from person to person. ...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Thicksters - Thanks! Can the bees sting through them?
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Lauri - What are those blue gloves you are wearing in your photos?
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    Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    The "sweaty" hive (I have labeled it Hive #12) that was reading 75% humidity yesterday was reading 85% this morning.

    I instrumented the three hives next to #12. Those three were reading 56%, 52%,...
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    Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    Laketrout - Ambient Weather WS-07 with 8 sensors
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    The temp probe was positioned between the top of the frames of the top super and the inner cover. So, right under the inner cover
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291469-Winter-time-fun&highlight=winter+time


    Temperature measured at the top of the hive's interior for 11 hives, and ambient:



    Ambient
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    Thermal imager = I want.
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    Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    All,

    Thanks for the kind words and helpful input.

    Yes, my hives are still on my roof, and it is fascinating watching how the different hives respond to the same exterior weather conditions. As...
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    Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    BCS - Thanks for the description of you winter hive configuration. Your hives sound like they are "buttoned-up" a little tighter than mine, plus you take greater steps to control moisture...
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    Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    Wow. Great reponses, everyone. Thanks!

    ". . . when given a choice between a range of relative humidities (i.e. 24, 40, 55, 75, and 90%), honey bees showed a preference for 75% (Ellis et al.,...
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    Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    It is mid-November here in Denver, Colorado (Zone 5b), and my hives are in their winter configuration. For Winter, my hives consist of 3 medium boxes, top and bottom entrances 2 or 3 bees wide, and...
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    Re: Ultimate In-Hive Feeders

    I tried using the feeder with 1:1, but it leaked. It didn't seem any better than an inverted bucket/pail/jar with holes punched in the lid, and wasn't as foolproof.

    I've tried lots of feeders. ...
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    He lost me when he said mushrooms are sentient and intelligent.

    Cool hat, though.
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