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    Re: Wax Moth in honey supers

    Thank you for the replies. Sorry I couldn't get back any sooner. I left them out and the bees did their robbing. I guess I should have asked this before I took action. I sometimes do things on the...
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    Wax Moth in honey supers

    Hello ,

    I've got a pretty severe wax moth infestation in a couple of hives. My fault entirely... they were weak hives. I should have combined them but anyway... I've seen wax moth larvae invade...
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    Thanks for the replies. It's getting way too cold up here to use syrup or diluted honey. Day time highs around 40 and lows below freezing. So I just thought they might take honey (from my own hives)....
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    Feeding back honey

    Does anybody know if you can feed honey using a pail feeder? Do the holes have to be bigger? If they stopped taking syrup will they take honey?

    Thanks

    Luc
  5. Re: Describe "great bees" for a Northern climate

    I'm near Ottawa so I guess that counts pretty good for "North". I've only been doing this for 4 years and there were a few bumps and losses and learning curves to navigate but I think I've got the...
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    Re: Winter Wraps

    I don't like spending money on fancy systems. They may or may not work but in case "free" is best for me. So I hunt around on garbage days for material. I was lucky to find a swimming pool solar...
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    Re: How do you weight your hive?

    Interesting topic. And those are great pics Mike. I guess when you reach that "weightless" zone when you are balancing the whole thing, you can get a pretty accurate weight. But what weight do you...
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    Re: Prevention of Sugar syrup in honey

    Well, the concensus seems to be that bees move their stores around a lot. But at the risk of standing alone on this one, I'm going to stick to my guns. The original log entry said he fed a lot of...
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    Re: Prevention of Sugar syrup in honey

    Where did you get this? I have never heard about bees moving their stores around "all the time". If they have stores in their nest (made from your syrup let's say) and then you put a super on top,...
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    Fall feeding

    hello everyone,

    Questions regarding fall feeding... how much time do the bees need to convert 2:1 syrup into honey. Is this conversion related to weather? (i.e. will they convert faster in nice...
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    Re: Retarding crystallization

    "What living thing in honey do we want to remain in honey? "

    Answer: Enzymes.

    "I don't pasteurize mine, because of laziness, but have there been any studies where it is shown to reduce the...
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    Retarding crystallization

    Hi

    Just a quick question: If I heat liquid honey, will it slow down the onset of crystallization? I do not mean pasteurizing it (I know pasteurizing will greatly increase the liquid shelf life...
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    Re: Bee Sting Question

    I guess I'm lucky. I get stung and it leaves a little dot the size of a pin prick. It hurts on the spot but I'm usually pretty quick to scrape off the venom sac. An hour later I could not tell you...
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    Re: Help solve this problem!!

    You mentioned "no larva... no queen..." but do you have any sealed brood? This would indicate a queen was there within the last couple of weeks. If there's no sealed brood it would indicate there has...
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    Re: Installing a Queen Excluder

    There should be bee-space between the QE and the top of the frames on which the QE sits. If not is your equipment built to specs?
  16. Re: Laying worker syndrome or injured queen?

    It takes quite a long time for workers to start laying. The hives needs to be queenless for weeks. If the queen died like you suspect just a week ago, she would have left some eggs and brood for...
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    Re: Sugar Syrup

    Boy... lots of solutions for this one. Here's another. If you're affraid it might ferment/mold just add more sugar. 2:1 syrup will last a long time. And any ratio in between like 1.5:1, 1.75:1 etc......
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    Re: Wintering Hives vs Nucs

    When you over winter hives you do so in full size hives, usually 2 boxes 10 frames each. If the number of bees gets too low (for what ever reason... mites, pests, natural death...), then the...
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    Re: Survey - wrapping & Insulating Hives

    I wrap with solar pool blanket material I found in the garbage. It's thick and sturdy, easy to cut to fit, and has that bubble wrap insulation built in. For the top I cover the hole in the inner...
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    Re: Overwintering Bees on Honey?

    Good point Jack. But what about those using the "Mountain Camp" method of feeding dry granulated sugar to bees? I am told this is a successful way to feed bees, but I have never tried it myself....
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    Winter wraps

    Hello everyone,

    I got hold of some swimming pool blanket material and am thinking about using this stuff as a winter wrap. It's pretty stiff, so it should hold up for the season and beyond if I...
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    Re: Fall Feeding & Mice?

    I've had mice in a couple of hives last year. They make a mess. They eat or destroy the combs and bring in all kinds of debris. If it's too cold for the bees to break cluster the mouse has free...
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    Re: 1:1 or 2:1 mix?

    Actually it doesn't matter. Water and sugar weigh the same. So you can either measure by weight or by volume... it's the same.

    As far as short cuts to getting 2:1, I found that not much sugar will...
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    Re: veroa question

    Varroa don't eat sugar. They eat bee blood. That's why they're so detrimental. They are also very small. You wouldn't be able to tell they were "feeding" on sugar. What did these bugs look like?
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    bee-havior during formic treatment

    Do bees still forage and carry on as per normal while they are receiving a formic acid treatment? If so can I put the mite wipe containing the acid to the side a bit, and a pail feeder on the other...
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