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    Re: Varroa Mite Control Methods

    Maybe one should link this table, too, since you can decide yourself which varroacide harms the least...

    http://www.jiventure.info/Overview_of_Pesticides_and_Antibiotics_Used_in_Beekeeping
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    1) DDT can and is found in food for human consumption, even nowadays. The German government publishes the results of laboratory testing of food and you can find DDT in all sorts of food. See table...
  3. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    At least it would melt the wax. I wrote 2.3 kWh. On the page you linked it says: Power consumption.

    Power consumption = Consumption of electric energy is measured in watt-hours (written W·h,...
  4. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Sorry, Mike, I don't want to be bad to you. Just preventing you from a desaster. You need to feed your hives properly. You need to produce high quality honey and you need to take care of your...
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    Your guess is:



    I might add: naive. But I leave you alone now. I know the truth is painful. And dreaming is so cozy...
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    A bit slow, though.

    You don't have the slightest clue what handling 2,400 frames means. Also you need to realize, that the job has to be done quick and in days. Neither month nor weeks. Also I do...
  7. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    So I found a post by Like Phipps who melts down full supers of honey combs in a Dani Api Melter: http://www.bbka.org.uk/members/forum.php?t=1173 (scroll down to the post).

    Placing full supers...
  8. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Capacity: 30 frames (*)
    Commercial operation: minimum 5,000 frames to extract. 5,000 / 30 = ~167 rounds/passes...

    How much time you said one round needs?

    6 weeks?! Whew, I possibly misread...
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    Constructive??? Are you kidding? Conversation? It seems like a monolog to me. Construction is done with your hands. That can be documented with photos and pictures. Shall I show you? Wait, I got a...
  10. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Posted 07-10-2014 - that's 12 days now. Hurry up, if you keep going at that pace you will need until christmas for your project.

    Electric cooker in a concrete slab, that was a good one. :)
  11. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Mike, simply do it and get over it. Don't forget to shoot lots of very nice pictures of your apparatus and the very nice honey that comes out of it. Man, do it. Do not talk it to death.
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    Re: Bottom brood box full of honey.

    Swarmed, new queen failed = no brood. All filled to the rim with honey. A couple of weeks later you have a drone layer.

    So check for queen, add some brood with young larvae. If they draw queen...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    See: http://www.bijenhouders.nl/files/downloads_werkgroepen/Koninginneteelt/Breeding%20on%20Varroa%20resistance%20Utrecht%20290111%20(3).pdf

    Get in contact, Mike: ...
  14. Re: Tips for finding the queen in a vacuum bucket or box

    I have a "swarm sieve" as we call them over here. It is basicly a box with a movable framed queen excluder. The swarm is put into the box, box closed and turned upside down and the queen excluder...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Coming back to the smoker question: did you use one/own one?
  16. Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Don't forget to burn all your boxes. Saves you the labour of storing them overwinter. And ye now:time is money. :)
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    That's what I thought. Beekeeping is not about wintering bees but wintering customers, too. A hundred hives eat 100 bucks each every year, that is 10,000 bucks. You need someone to pay that for you....
  18. Re: European Bee health reportedly better than claimed

    Peter, what kind of facts would you accept?
  19. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    That depends on your philosophy. Does it really help to deliver all the instructions over and over again - or is it more sustainable to get people searching by themselves for the answers? If you...
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    Re: Wintering in warré hive help

    If you want to check if there is a queen, you simply attach a piece of comb with very young larvae onto a topbar and see if the bees draw queen cells.
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    Re: Wintering in warré hive help

    Looks alright to me. I see some capped worker brood, no queen cells. You want to check for eggs: tip the box on it's side (combs vertically all the time), use a breadknife or any other long knife to...
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    Re: Depth of hive box

    It won't matter much. I wouldn't add too much width or depth, but a little won't matter. For a bunch of reasons the Warré dimensions are optimal for keeping bees. You loose some of the advantages if...
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    Re: Heat + Warre/top bar hive

    Been in Texas and it is the hottest place I've ever been. Hotter than Australia.

    In the shade and with the ventilation rim you should be right. Get a luggage scale and check the weight to decide...
  24. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    The ditches get mowed. I had a nice field with dandelions => mulched down. Had a field of clover: mowed. Clover in the ditches: mowed. Of course they mow during daylight and in full sunshine so the...
  25. Re: Cold canadian winter was good for something

    Must be something else. We had only one or two days with a little frost last winter - but we do not have many wasps, too. Last year it was a nightmare, so many wasps I've never seen before in my...
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