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    Re: Newbie very perplexed

    If you don't manage your bees they will swarm like crazy every spring and a good number of the remaining hives will die off -- this is the natural way to control brood diseases. Wax moths eat the...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    1:1 as long as they need to build comb, nothing when it's all drawn until August, then 2:1 to get them up to weight in the fall. 1:1 stimulates brood rearing and comb building (as if it were the...
  3. Re: Bees leaving gaps in 'old' plastic foundation

    Bees can be quite reluctant to build on bare plastic if there is wax foundation or foundationless spaces to build comb. If the wax moths ate the wax off the plastic, leaving it bare, I would scrape...
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    Re: Should I still be feeding?

    Nectar is much more attractive to bees than sugar syrup, but some bees will continue to use what you feed them as long as you keep it available, others won't.

    I feed until the hive is up to...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    Tulip poplar heartwood is very termite resistant, although not super rot resistant. Keep it dry in a log house and the termites won't bother it, and will also tend to stay out of anything built over...
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    Re: Drone Comb Problem

    It's nice to control the drone comb -- that green plastic works just fine, an empty frame or two will work fine, just put it one frame in from the side of the box.

    The bees will make a full frame...
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    Re: Rough Sawn Hives

    Unpainted wood absorbs much more water than painted wood, and since the bees paint the wood on the inside whether you want them to or not, you have serious warping and cracking problems here with...
  8. Re: Re-hiving & combining queenless langstroth with queenright national hive

    A reminder that one should standardize equipment.

    Your new queen will not mate with drones from her own hive as a rule -- she will fly past the closest drone congregation areas and mate with...
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    Re: Is an inner cover realy needed ??

    A couple years ago the bees glued down the OUTER covers nice and solid. We broke a couple inner covers getting them off. Turned out to be a very cold winter, a record for low temp days here.
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    Re: painting occupied beehive

    Just goes to show you can never have too much bee equipment!

    I have a couple boxes I need to re-paint, but will have to make a few extra boxes to get them exchanged off the hive.

    Peter
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    Re: How fast should a (bad) 3 frame nuc grow?

    What I call a hive top feeder has large capacity chambers (mine hold two gallons per side) and allow hundreds of bees access at a time. A mason jar feeder usually has nine holes in the cap, way too...
  12. Re: high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies

    Unfortunately, the Internet doesn't have filter capability.

    This is an ancient discussion, well chewed here and other places.

    HFCS is chemically nearly identical to honey, at least in terms of...
  13. Thread: Swarm behavior

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    Re: Swarm behavior

    I collected a swarm this year that was noisier than usual and VERY attached to the tree limb they were on. Once I go the bees off, it was obvious they had been there for a few days since there was...
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    Re: How fast should a (bad) 3 frame nuc grow?

    I would get a hive top feeder, it's much more efficient.

    Toronto is in the Sunny South by Canadian standards(I lived in Sault Ste. Marie for three years), but even so two deeps is what I would...
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    Re: Checkerboarding vs bottom supering

    To do what Walt suggests requires the bees to be in the deep, a box of honey, and a box of empty comb. I've not managed to get that yet, last year I had the bees eat all the honey (and man, were...
  16. Re: how to shrink a newspaper combine down to 2 again?

    I've not had this problem -- when I've combined a hive, it was because they were failing and there was no brood in one. I'd take any empty frames out and store them safe from moths, extract any...
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    Re: Plastic inner lid - bad idea?

    I wouldn't use plastic sign material for inner covers for two reasons: Water condensation and inability to get them off intact after being propolised down.

    Plastic is a perfect surface for...
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    Re: Feeding,Should i Keep or Stop

    Depends on the bees, but I like to feed until they have my usual winter configuration drawn, if not full, before I stop. I don't keep feed on them constantly, just a couple quarts every few days,...
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    Re: What to do with the deeps?

    In the old days, you could keep brood comb (and probably honey comb) indefinitely. Now it's good idea to gradually rotate it out, and as you eventually lose a hive to two (or many) and don't get to...
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    Re: Hive shrinking instead of growing?

    Uneven aged brood, often in hexagonal or circular patches, can be a sign of a failing or poorly mated queen. She's laying drone eggs in worker cells and the bees are removing them and having her...
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    Re: Is an inner cover realy needed ??

    Absolutely necessary, no. Useful, yes.

    One well propolised telescoping cover without an inner cover will persuade you they are useful.

    Migratory covers can be pried off easily, but do not...
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    Re: Bees swarm 4 days after installation.

    I leave the insert in place all the time on my screened bottom boards unless they are bearding badly in the late summer, when I will pull them back an inch or two.

    Open screened boards invite...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Types

    Oxalic acid is oxalic acid, but it can be found in two "formulas" -- pure anhydrous and the dihydrate. The difference is that the anhydrous powder is free of water (at least until you let it sit...
  24. Re: Queen cells w/ eggs found at week 6 inspection. What should I do?

    If that picture is typical of your hive, you need to let them make a new queen, your current one is failing. Too many drones in the worker brood, and the worker brood is spotty because the bees have...
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    Re: when to stop feeding my new hive?

    I agree with Wayne. Stop feeding now, but keep an eye on them and don't hesitate to feed again in August/September if they are not accumulating stores OR they keep raising brood and eat all that...
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