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  1. Thread: Cloake Board

    by Dave W
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    Re: Cloake Board

    Brushy Mountain has a lot of 8-frame items.
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    Re: Do I need to plane the wood?

    >bees prefer a smooth surface . . .

    Is the inside of a hollow tree smooth?
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    Re: Bees left, now what?

    >currently in freezer

    When you remove it place in trash bags, then keep it in a cool/frozen garage til spring. (I would bag several frames together and place in super. Not bag the super because it...
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    Re: Winter Colony/Hive Size

    Hive-size depends on bee-size :)

    At the close of the "season" / beginning of "winter" and you have about 15 frames covered w/ bees, you'll need 2 deeps and maybe a food chamber. However, if bees...
  5. Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Tests have shown very little brood is affected when using PS (w/ or wo cornstarch).

    The original cornstarch warning pertained to feeding. Someone concluded the information held true when the PS...
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    Re: bending jig for top covers?

    Who says the "wheel" cant be reinvented?

    We now have the LaFerney Brake!

    VERY sweet :)
  7. Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    If you are using PS as a mite treatment the cornstarch will not matter. The bees will not consume enough to make a difference.

    Just dont "feed" bees a lot of sugar containing cornstarch!
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    Re: Moisture reduction

    >My winters are cold, but also very wet, and I live in a wet area in the woods. There is almost no direct sun all winter long here . . .

    Black Tar Paper provides 2 things: Some wind protection AND...
  9. Re: Novice beek in Eastern MA: Hive died over winter

    Let's "assume" your colony had mites :) Lots of mites in mid August (most hive do) :) :)

    The mites weaken the bees that are then producing the bees (in mid August) that will make up the winter...
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    Re: Checkerboarding and Removing Frames

    May I suggest you do a search for checkerboarding.

    If you are "adding brood frames" to make a weaker hive stronger, you want as much brood in the frame as possible, that's what make the hive...
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    Re: Salutations from Upstate New York

    Welcome! and congrads on the 31 acres, sounds like a lot of work :)
  12. Re: I need to split immediately to prevent a swarm - how?

    Use the "Demaree method" AND all the while you will still have just "one hive".
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    Re: Dead bees in OH- need help figuring out why

    >I was thinking maybe varroa poop but it fills the cells, not just a little at the bottom . . .

    FYI - Varroa poop is found at the TOP of the cell. Its very, very small "flakes", about the size of...
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    Re: Beesource Forums and Private Messages

    Barry you made the "perfect" call. Good Job! (as usual :))
  15. Re: Indiana Beekeepers' Association Event Vendor Orders

    In years past, there have been plenty of vendors.
    Walter T. Kelley is always there (what else do you need :))
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    Re: Miller hive top feeder construction, sealing

    Here's MO :)

    Do NOT place the feeder bottom into a groove as shown on the beesource drawing (sorry Barry :)). There is no good way of sealing that type of joint. Cabinet and door makers often use...
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    Re: do they draw comb faster going down?

    When I need a lot of new drawn comb, I feed, feed and feed and feed lots, lots and lots and lots of sugar water :) AND provide them w/ lots of space too (to drawn the comb) :) :)
  18. Re: essential oils vs varroa: does it work? syrup recipe?

    >I'm interested in keeping my hives healthy without using poisons . . .

    Use the powdered sugar method of Varroa control.
    True "control" begins with constant monitoring.
  19. Thread: Trimming Frames

    by Dave W
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    Re: Trimming Frames

    Just some info :)

    Side bars are smaller below the shoulders for a reason.
    Place two side bars side by side (w/ shoulders touching). Measure the gap or space. This 1/4" its enough to allow bees to...
  20. Re: Crawling, Wandering Bees... recognizable disorder?

    >one of the six bees I collected apparently had deformed wing virus . . .
    If one-sixth of the dead bees (you found) had DWV, I'll bet the live bees in the hive have a good amount of Varroa.

    Your...
  21. Re: Crawling, Wandering Bees... recognizable disorder?

    Three questions:
    1. When you monitored (last summer and fall) for Varroa mites, what were your numbers?
    2. Did you treat for V-mites last Aug-Sep?
    3. Was the treatment effective? (Confirmed w/...
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    Re: Differences in Wintergreen oils?

    Many “Essential Oils” are available in two forms, “natural” and “synthetic”.
    The naturals tend to be more expensive the the “man-made” types.
    Which is best for your bees? Well, that can be debated...
  23. Re: one year old queen, shredded wings, super short abdomen,

    >But the hive was very productive . . .

    If "productive" means lots of brood, you may two queens! :)
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    Re: Sticky board question

    Most of the mites that fall onto a sticky board is already dead.
    I "catch/collect" V-mites on clear contact paper (sticky side up), then fold in half and count them (and save them :)) later.
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    Re: Kirk Webster video?

    I may be confused, but seems I "remember" a video someone made of someone, and without permission form the person in the video, they were SELLING the video.

    I'm sure someone may have been SHOT! :)...
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