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    Re: Cidar Vinegar

    I use a couple of table-spoons of apple cidar vinegar (ACV) per gallon in my feeders. I find it inhibits the growth of mold. The bees appear to take the syrup as readily as feed without ACV.

    I...
  2. Re: Why so hard to find vendors of packaged bees?

    An alternative might be to buy local bees, then purchase a mated queen from the breeder that has the type of queen genetics you prefer. Might be easier to find a queen you want than it would be to...
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    Thanks! I like this option. This removes the...

    Thanks! I like this option. This removes the need for the bees to clean up the fermented nectar, allowing them to focus on more productive tasks at hand. And, it saves the comb. I'll give it...
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    Thanks MP! Great photos and excellent...

    Thanks MP! Great photos and excellent description! :applause:

    Matt
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    Cedar Hilll...thanks! I will take a close look...

    Cedar Hilll...thanks! I will take a close look at the uncapped nectar/sugar water for bubbles. I do not have any visible brood, only dead adult bees with their heads in the cells. There are quite...
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    Thanks, Bill. The frames will likely be stored...

    Thanks, Bill.

    The frames will likely be stored in my garage for several more weeks. Just not sure if I will be able to use the frames "as is" when creating nucs, etc.

    FYI...I'm originally from...
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    Hi Karla...thanks for the response. Although the...

    Hi Karla...thanks for the response. Although the specific info I was looking for was not in your response, your thoughts/questions are appreciated and Citybees' post was very interesting...thanks...
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    More "odor" questions.

    I have poked around onthe forum and came away with some info that I believe answers my questions, in part, but thought I would get more feed-back.

    I started my first year of beekeeping last...
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    I just received wax drone foundation from Brushy...

    I just received wax drone foundation from Brushy Mt., so yes, they carry it.

    Interesting info about location of the brood frame. I clearly have more to read up on. Bought the foundation in...
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    Yes, another good point, and one I need to get up...

    Yes, another good point, and one I need to get up to speed on. Aside from the SBB and dusting, I haven't done too much. A couple of broken brood cycles (via swarms) throughout the season helped. ...
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    If you are consistently performing a 24-hr mite...

    If you are consistently performing a 24-hr mite drop right after sugar dusting, then sure, the count should be high. This consistent count might reveal some sort of info, but I wouldn't know how to...
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    Mite count not that high?

    Wayne...your original post indicates one hundred mites in 72 hours. That is an average of roughly 33 mites per 24-hour period. Many would say this is not a high count. Really depends on your...
  13. Thread: Wind Breaks

    by Matt Guyrd
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    I erected a burlap wall this Fall. I used...

    I erected a burlap wall this Fall. I used 1"x1"x5' stakes, wrapped burlap on the wind side of the stakes, fixed the burlap to the stakes with thin wood material and stapled to the stake.

    Looks...
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    Not sure from your description, but I would guess...

    Not sure from your description, but I would guess wax moth larvae. What do they look like?
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    I use the hardware cloth too, #2 (1/2"). But I...

    I use the hardware cloth too, #2 (1/2"). But I think 1/2" is too big so I clip the wire so that the opening is 1/2" wide by approximately 5/16" to 3/8" tall.

    I was hesitant to use 1/4" thinking...
  16. Hey Rubin...Michael's advice is good (as usual)....

    Hey Rubin...Michael's advice is good (as usual).

    I had the pleasure of sitting in on both Michael Palmer's and Billy Davis' presentations this past Spring. They both provided convincing arguments...
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    Welcome aboard!

    Austransplant...welcome to the boards. Nice post too.

    Matt
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    Some say that boiling the water before adding...

    Some say that boiling the water before adding sugar will help retard the mold. Additionally, you can add apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon or two per gallon.

    Matt
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    Seems odd that there is no honey or stored sugar...

    Seems odd that there is no honey or stored sugar syrup if you were feeding. Was the colony on the strong or weak side?

    Maybe the hive was robbed of it's stores and the bees absconded due to the...
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    I never have had an ant issue between the inner...

    I never have had an ant issue between the inner and top covers. At had one have with a bunch of ant around the base of the hive stand, but a little cinnamon did the trick.

    Since each colony has...
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    Ditto...I use a dado blade and cut about a 3/8"...

    Ditto...I use a dado blade and cut about a 3/8" deep by 7" long groove.
    http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh184/topnotch88_bucket/Beekeeping/First%20Nuc%20Install/MattsFirstNucInstall36.jpg

    Matt
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    Hi Tanya...I would have to say no based on what I...

    Hi Tanya...I would have to say no based on what I see, however, I would wait until others chime in.

    This is what K-wing can look like.
    http://www.wildwoodlabs.com/images/kwing.jpg

    Your bee...
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    Wood Roach

    The infamous Wood Roach.

    http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh184/topnotch88_bucket/Beekeeping/?action=view&current=Image_444.jpg

    Matt
  24. Thread: Staple Guns

    by Matt Guyrd
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    I have a brad nailer, finish nailer, and staple...

    I have a brad nailer, finish nailer, and staple gun and use all three when making hive components.

    Specific uses for the stapler are frame construction, inner cover construction (3/8" plywood...
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    Honeyshack...the Montgomery County Club link was...

    Honeyshack...the Montgomery County Club link was a good read. Keep in mind that the 3% threshold is an arbitrary number unless you know the approximate number of bees in your hive.

    Also, I...
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