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    winter patty question

    I found a box of dadant winter pattys that I did not use last year, would they still be good to put on the bees? I did not find an expiration date, opened them and smelled them, thought they smelled...
  2. Thread: maxant 1700

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    Re: maxant 1700

    Anybody heard anything on the maxant 1700?
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    maxant 1700

    Is the maxant 1700 a good uncapping machine, how many use this machine? Is it easy to get parts if needed, what to look for in a used machine?
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    Re: sugar patty problem

    I'm sorry, it is 4 cups of water not 4 qt.
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    sugar patty problem

    I have been making sugar pattys now at the rate of 3 pattys at a batch of 10 lbs sugar with 4 qt water, according to recipes I found. Boiling to just over 240 deg, pouring into wax paper lined cake...
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    oav wrapped hives

    Looks like we might have a couple days at 40 deg. I have hives wrapped with the silver insulation and some with bee cozies, would it be alright to oav these hives or might they be sealed up to much ?...
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    sugar board question

    I have been making sugar boards with 4 cups water, 10 lbs sugar, 1 tbsp white vinegar and boiling to 240deg, everything works great. I have tried 2 times now with adding a very little honey b...
  8. Thread: molasses

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    Re: molasses

    Thank you guys, I'll stay away from that.
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    molasses

    In searching for sugar to make bee pattys with, I found a place that has a deal on molasses, can molasses be made into pattys for bees, or is it not the right form of sugar ?
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    Re: how cold to wrap

    Thanks Dave, I like the lath stick idea, i saw the video on the cozies and they put a nail in front, I really didn't want to pound on a nail. The only thing is I was going to put a feeder shim on top...
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    how cold to wrap

    I just received my bee cozies for winter insulating, question is we are supposed to be very cold for next few days, highs in the 20 s, lows in the teens. bees are in 2 deeps and are heavy with...
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    Re: controlling robbing

    Thanks for the article, I never really understood how a arobber screen worked, or where you get them.
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    Re: pink insulation under inner cover

    Sorry it should be between inner cover and outer cover
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    Re: pink insulation under inner cover

    I haven't been wrapping in previous years, but am looking at the bee cozies.
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    controlling robbing

    How does people control robbing late in fall, had hives heavy with stores and few days ago noticed a lot of activity and one hive, checked it later and now it's lite, apparently robbed late in the...
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    pink insulation under inner cover

    I have been putting the black rolled roofing on the top of my hives to supposedly help warm them in the sunshine, this winter I am putting the 1" pink insulation under the telescoping cover, do you...
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    FRAME NAILING ?

    I need to make some new frames, in the past I have always glued and nailed them. Was thinking about getting an air nailer and assembling the frames with staples, I would think someone out there is...
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    hopkins method queen rearing

    I just found this article on queen rearing using the Hopkins method. It looks like a fun way to try and raise queens, does anybody use this method, if so how well does it work?
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    Re: Comb in the way of OAV

    Are you hooking your vaporizer to a battery you carry with you ? maybe battery is not fully charged.
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    Re: fogging hives

    Thanks Chris for the reply, I did buy an oa vaporizer, was just going to use it around thanksgiving, seems the time most guys do it again. I was wanting to try the min. oil with my insect fogger that...
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    fogging hives

    What temp. is best to fog hives with mineral oil? If you can do it at lower temps, when bees are clustered, wouldn't this get better coverage as all bees should be in one spot?
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    Re: Nectar bound help, my fault

    if there are so many bees that they are bearding on the front, give them another brood box, if not overly full with bees, I wouldn't worry about them.
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    fume board weather

    Is it better to harvest honey with a fume board when temp. is 60 deg. and sunny, but windy[ gusting to 27 mph], or wait with a forcast of 60 deg.no wind but mostly cloudy, or would fume boards work...
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    Re: queen above queen excluder

    Wouldn't laying worker brood be drones ? This was normal capped brood with some small, no eggs but uncapped larvae. Thanks for the answers, I just have never had that happen before.
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    queen above queen excluder

    pulled supers off, all above qe that were in place all season. Noticed some capped brood and even mid sized uncap larvae in 1 of the supers. Not looking real close in removing supers because all were...
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