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    Re: Wrapping for winter

    An empty super would help. It is also a cavity that you can put a piece of insulation batte into. That is what I do here.
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    Re: Assembling a Hive

    I have used deck screw successfully. Once a super if full of honey, the corners need to take a lot of force. Be sure to use glue.
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    Re: when to pinch 'er off

    A colony of bees that is starting up always starts slow until it reaches a tipping point where it grows rapidly after. Rather than judge a queen by slow buildup, you should also look at her brood...
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    Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Hi from Manitoba,

    I am sure you will not have too many overwintering worries ... I am as far north as your are as you may notice ... Jack
  5. Re: I have capped brood now, should I be worried?

    The advice that Manitoba beekeepers get regarding feeding pollon in the spring, is that, once you start, don't stop.
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    Re: Wintering Hive in Single Deeps

    My experience is that even small clusters (4 frames of bees) can withstand the coldest of cold snaps if they are healthy. If they are not, the strongest hive will die regardless of how much...
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    Re: Cleaning Beeswax

    For small scale wax production, I bring wax and water to a boil on an induction hot plate. The induction hot plate does not heat using hot elements so it is extremely safe and easy on the wax. Once...
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    Re: Tragic cleansing flights?

    I have successfully overwintered many hives just by covering them with snow


    http://www.wildwoodhoney.com/apiary/jan/IMG_0077.jpg.

    I think, as one as already said, the hive in question was...
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    Re: Beginner worries

    A few bees venturing outside is never a bad sign. None or too many can be. When there are too many, it means the bees are stressed. When there are none, the bees in the cluster are too weak to leave...
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    Re: round up

    First of all, I don't think addressing a member of this forum with "du-oh" icon and following it up with degrading language is not the beginning of a rational thought.

    I went back to the post that...
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    Re: round up

    glycophosphate is the active ingrediant of Round Up and other broad spectrum herbicides such as Rodeo, PondMaster, and Glyfos. Glycophosphate is the stuff that kills the weeds and other plants. The...
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    Re: round up

    Where did you hear that? If that were true (i.e. it keeps building up) then farmers would have not to worry about weeds at all. Glycophosphate is so biodegradable that if even a slight silt load in...
  13. Re: Question: Frame Spacing, plastic foundation smells...

    For your foundationless frames, a good idea would be to put a very thin strip of foundation along the top bar to start them off.
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    Re: round up

    Compared to pesticides, round up should be very benign. The active ingredient, glycophosphate, if it isn't absorbed by the plant, readily binds to the soil, and what doesn't bind to the soil, is...
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    Re: Bees and chickens

    I have no direct experience in this matter. But since I see chickadees eating bees in the winter, I would predict that a chicken would do the same if it were cold and hungry enough.
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    Re: Newspaper as Insulation?

    Wet newspaper makes good paper mache! I can't think of an insulation medium that is more senstive to moisture than newspaper.
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    Re: Queen rearing in the North?

    I don't raise queens but I know some who do. I don't know how large queen producers are this far north, but I doubt that any of them are as large as they can be more south of here.

    There are some...
  18. Re: Enzymes damaged from heat - how about cold?

    When I worked in a lab, enzymes were stored in the fridge. Some of them were worth a small fortune.
  19. Re: Newbie questions on our hive going into first winter

    Just sprinkle some rat poison (warfarin) on the entrance after making sure that no dog or pet could get at it first.
  20. Re: Newbie questions on our hive going into first winter

    All winter!
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    Re: Ripping Boards with radial arm saw

    Not only is the blade exposed, but it rotates over the workpiece, and as a result, the tends tend to lift the workpiece as it cuts. If there is any jamming, then the workpiece gets lifted off the...
  22. Re: Will bees suffocate snow on bottom entrance?

    I always allow the snow to cover my hive entrances. I have also even covered my entire hive with snow. That worked too. None of them suffocated. Last year, the strongest hive that made it through the...
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    Re: Use of Entrance Reducers

    Good advice. I don't use entrance reducers at all in the winter but that because the snow becomes my entrance reducer here. Not good advice for you.

    Generally I use entrance reducers when a hive...
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    Re: Mite treatment question

    All treatments have their risks. I wouldn't rate coumaphos as any more dangerous than others. In my opinion, it is safer than formic or oxalic acid when handled as directed. If you get any of those...
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    Re: Does Oxalic Acid Vapor Kill Bees?

    What I am saying is that multi applications of any mite treatment in the climate that I work with my bees needs to be considered with more caution that those in warmer climates.

    Like the previous...
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