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    Re: Treat or not to treat

    > Should I go ahead and do a treatment going into fall?

    The economic threshold for natural drop in the fall, according to Phil Craft is 30-60. You are well under that...
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    Re: TBH comb questions

    Cut some spacers. 1/4" is nice. Add one between the fat comb and the next bar.
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    Re: Combining hives question again

    Shake all the bees out and put the box on whatever hive you like. No need for a combine and it's a risk if there are laying workers...
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    Re: Moving TBH inside for the winter

    Indoor wintering is much trickier than it seems... if you really want to I would research it thoroughly. There are many threads on the topic on beesource.
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    Re: Using honey for Brine?

    I have used honey for curing rather than brown sugar (not on fish though). Honey has a lot more water. I would leave out some of the water when converting from brown sugar to honey in any recipe.
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    Re: lure a hive out of a old tree

    >Newbie here, will queen mandibular pheromone lure a hive out of a old tree that is apparently to small for them and they are getting hot and bearding all the way around the opening? If I put it in a...
  7. Re: What happens to the honey the bee's eat during a hive inspection

    I've opened many a hive with and without smoke. I see no difference in the number of bees with heads in cells. I do not believe they eat any honey because of smoke. It is one of the few things I...
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    Re: salvaged screen, will it work?

    #8 is 8 wires to a inch and it will keep out bees. #7 is 7 wires to an inch and if there is a bent wire bees will squeeze through. #6 bees will squeeze through. #5 bees can get through fairly...
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    Re: Rain and Top Entrances

    The bees arrange themselves like shingles and cause the water to run off without running into the cluster that is bearding...
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    Re: Good problem, but still a problem

    >do you think the bottom space below will cause problems for the bees?

    Not for the bees.

    > I figure they will draw extra comb on the bottom of the medium frames to at least the depth of the...
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    Re: SHB: is this a true statement

    >"KTBHs are likely the best environment for SHB to thrive, as the beetles can usually hide, breed and lays eggs between the top bars and the roof assembly. We have heard of entire apiaries of KTBHs...
  12. Re: What defines "aggressive behavior" on average

    As with most things it's the whole picture that has to be taken into account. If it's a sunny afternoon in a flow, I used a smoker properly and the bees are rapidly escalating a defensive response,...
  13. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    You have skunks to eat the grubs... so why poison the grubs?
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    Re: Rain and Top Entrances

    >Is it a problem?

    With an overhang, yes. Overhangs catch the wind and drive the rain in. Without an overhang it's never been an issue. What little gets in is right at the entrance and just...
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    Re: To Mark a Queen or Not to Mark

    The reason I stopped marking virgins when I happened to see them is that they often fly off and sometimes they don't come back. Better to wait until they are laying and less likely to fly.
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    Re: Top Entrance Hive Question ...

    You need something to make a beespace on the bottom. A flat board won't do that. You'll only have 1/8" space and the bottom bars will squish bees when you put them in and get propolized to the...
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    Re: Bee Biology 101

    >With two hives, bees buzzing all around - does each bee always go back to its hive of 'birth'?
    Do they never get confused.....or purposely go to another hive?

    "The percentage of foragers...
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    Re: Observation Hive experiments?

    If you get some small cell comb in it along with some large cell comb you can time from when you see the queen lay an egg in a cell (mark it on the glass with a crayon looking straight down into the...
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    Re: What goes in grooved bottom?

    We don't have issues with small hive beetles here, so I do nothing. But I also prefer not to have the groove because of wax moth larvae etc. So I when I buy frames I get solid bottom bars (Kelley...
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    Re: A bear stole my no spill gas can

    At least he didn't steal a real gas can...
  21. Re: my new bees are still drinking sugar water

    >also it attracts SHB larva

    and robbers...
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    Re: Pennsylvania UFO caught on camera

    "Kay: All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from...
  23. Re: Did feeding/cost of feeding discourage you?

    >Re: vertical vs. horizontal: I can probably deal with 8-frame mediums, stacked. And can probably get the foundationless combs going. I need to read more on procedures for getting the comb rotated...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    For dusting it makes no difference if you dust them with powdered sugar, corn starch or flour. They are hauling it out for trash anyway.
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    Re: Sparse brood - time to re-queen?

    It's that time of year.
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