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  1. Re: Treatment-Free, Winter 2012-2013, How's it going?

    With the exception of some mamal-induced losses (bear). I have 100% survival going into Feb.

    I'll take that.
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    Re: something to think about

    I remember the discussions before the definition, and it was wanton chaos. I think anyone that's in the 90% wheelhouse of the "unique rules" can claim treatment-free w/ caveats. I'm fine with that....
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    Re: something to think about

    management != treatment
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    Re: First Hives - Foundation-less from Scratch

    To those I mentor, I generally recommend one frame of foundation and copious use of follower boards (same idea as the nuc, but w/o changing equipment). Grade your drawn frames on straightness from 1...
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    Re: something to think about

    Yeah, treatment-free is soooo not about "just don't treat". You actually have to really deeply understand the lifecycle of all the pests and ways to interrupt that w/o chemical treatments.
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    Re: something to think about

    Just a new split that never took off, started investigating and there it was. Isolated consisted of moving it to the other side of the property. Just wanted to minimize drift. Again, I wanted to...
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    Re: something to think about

    Well, most of the time I don't, unless I start seeing mites on the drop boards (and by that I mean _A_ mite on the drop board). Then, I do a powder-sugar roll. I can afford to do a more...
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    Re: something to think about

    I started thinking about my treatment-free practices as breeding a more sustainable parasite. i.e. one that can actually co-exist with the bees instead of wiping them out. Given the life-cycles of...
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    Re: How to requeen hive w/ nuc

    I'd go the newspaper route. This late in the year, you don't have much wiggle-room for a plan B.
  10. Re: Queen cells or cluster of drone cells? Please help!

    Regardless of what it is, you should leave it alone.

    1) Queen cell - since it's the only one in the hive (assuming that from your post), they aren't planning on swarming and they are trying to...
  11. Re: Anyone have an easy technique to cut 10 frame boxes down to 8 frame?

    I do two, but I've only converted mediums so far and that's about all you can get in. I'd put in as many as you can. The cleat basically holds the thing together while the joint dries.
  12. Re: Anyone have an easy technique to cut 10 frame boxes down to 8 frame?

    I cut mine down the middle and use a plate joiner and biz-kits. Slap a cleat over it, and it's rock solid.
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    Re: Natural Cell Size Experiment

    Sol, yes it's been done to death. Still, it's amazing how many people still don't quite believe it. I make a habit of taking measurements on cut-outs and the like. 5.1 is about the upper end around...
  14. Thread: small cell?

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    Re: small cell?

    I use small cell in brood boxes and 5.4mm in the honey supers. I don't use queen excluders and don't have problems with queens in the supers.

    So, there's a little bit of data anyway.
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    Re: Most Reliable Solar Electric Fence?

    I use a gallagher s20 - so far so good w/ a problem bear around. It packs a pretty good punch - trust me.
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    Re: Remove supercedure cells???

    Some of my best, and my worst queens have been supercedure queens. It has much more to do with available drones and good mating weather than the type of queen cell.
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    Re: Question on the painting approach

    I use marine epoxy fiberglass resin.
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    Re: Suprercede or swarm?

    If they've decided to swarm, you demareed too late. They'll still swarm. About all you can do once they start making queen cells is to split the old queen out and let them raise a new queen. That...
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    Re: Package bees/ best conditions

    You can wait a few days until you have favorable weather. The garage is probably better than outside.

    Don't try it in the dark.
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    Re: A stupid, stupid thing

    Never heard of this - tip of the day.

    thanks.
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    Re: Queen of the Sun

    Sound-bites in general are a big problem. I'd like to hear the full context of the comment, thankyou.
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    Re: Scrounging up supers

    If you have enough to order the better part of a pallet, you can cut your costs significantly. I get mine by the pallet for about $6/western and about $7.50/deep. $75/pallet freight shipping.
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    Re: Reusing comb - does it "wear out"?

    Current suggested best practice is to rotate brood comb out every three years. Bees are little dustmops that bring back all kinds of chemicals. Beeswax happens to be an excellent chemical sponge....
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    Re: My hive just swarmed....Lots of Questions

    Congestion in the brood area is THE factor to deal with. There are various swarm-prevention techinques to that effect. Checkerboarding, Demeering, splitting, etc.

    Give them something to do in the...
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    Re: Giant Honey Bees

    If you're talking about apis dorsetta, they live in Asia.
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