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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    Is there signs of robbing ie. ragged torn cells?

    Is there signs of wax moth damage or hive beetles?

    A good post mortem check off list could save a lot of dialogue. Maybe it could be a "sticky"
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    Is there any capped or uncapped brood. If capped brood present is there a pattern of perforated caps.
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    Did you ever call one of the technical help lines and were asked " Is the unit plugged in "? I guess they go through a check list from the statistically most likely and easily fixed toward the more...
  4. Thread: Wired Frames

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    Re: Wired Frames

    Exactly as Bwrangler says about multiple start points. The wires get seamlessly built over. This frame incorporates a built in starter strip and the bees were right on the mark all the way. I never...
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    Re: Treatment Free and 2/3 year survival

    It would be fairly safe to say, though, that susceptible bees are the representative majority, would it not? According to one retired apiary inspector who runs about a hundred hives in northern...
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    Eduardo; Thanks very much for linking to this article. I think this effect may be behind many problems that get dismissed as "bad luck"! Of interest too is the growing incidence of more aggressive...
  7. Re: First Year Experience, Good & Bad. Lessons Learned and Words of Wisdon.

    redsnow, I think you have a lot of the essential qualities to do well with bees. One of them being the critical thinking to spot and call BS when you sense it! I dont think there is anything wrong...
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    Re: The Mighty Mite Bomb...

    Some good ideas but to put teeth into the controls necessary would be a nightmare. I think such controls could only come in the face of dire, imminent, undeniable danger to the very existence of...
  9. Thread: Lost Them!!!

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    Re: Lost Them!!!

    10 days apart is a longer gap between treatments than recommended, is it not? Personally I prefer to go with 4 treatments about 6 days apart. With heavy infestatation and reinfestation conditions...
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    Re: Which foundation?

    Wedge top and grooved bottom will handle most any combination of foundation. Sometimes hooked wire foundation may need slight trimming of the bottoms so they hang free, not touching the bottom of the...
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    Re: double screen board

    I did; both sides. Actually with two honey supers and an excluder between the queens frames and the upper isolated frames with eggs and brood, they will start cells even without the division board...
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    Re: double screen board

    Yes it will be OK. The purpose of double screen is to minimize food transfer and body contact with the bees below. In two years I have not had the screens propolized either from the top or bottom...
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    Re: Possible Negative Points of Three Deep Hives

    I set one colony up as three deeps last summer. I think I wrapped it up fed to ~ 160 lbs.; will see how it does next season compared to double deeps. Perhaps local flow conditions and temperatures...
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    Re: Eyelets For Wiring Frames - Necessary?

    Absolutely. The paper staples are smoother (round wire stock, not sheared sheet metal) Much cheaper staples and stapler. As mentioned in other posts after the frame is drawn and seen a few cycles the...
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    Re: Smoker Smoke Harmful?

    Sunlight causes cancer too; fumes from hydrocarbons causes cancer; smoked and cured meats causes cancer; mold on nuts causes cancer; driving down the freeway sucking up xhaust and rubber, and asphalt...
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

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    Here is one I designed that does work but has at least three major flaws. It is to tall to fit many entrances; the bowl overflows sometimes with a full charge or if you want to go a bit...
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    The Heilyser design has the glow plug body mounted on a heat sink and only the hot tip in contact with the heating pan. Also its handle is not attached to the heating pan thus creating a heat loss as...
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    The volume of the pan is perhaps a bit on the small side. When bubbling and frothing during the water boil off stage the contents are prone to overflowing. This appears to be more of a problem when...
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    Re: Dipping and titebond (or any/most?) glue

    I misread the apparent proposal of dipping in wax prior to glue and assemble. I think the wax would be the enemy of good glue penetration and adhesion.
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    Re: Dipping and titebond (or any/most?) glue

    I have also wondered about whether the temperature reached when dipping the glued and assembled box would affect the glue. Will it break the bond; will it render the glue brittle? Will the heat...
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

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    I asked because I ripped mine before doing the reducing cut on the jointer; It would have been much better and safer to do this first but my jointer is only 6 in wide so wider stock would...
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    Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    I would go have a look at some larger dimension stock. Stud grade is usually cut from fairly small stems and you get a lot of grain direction change. Larger like 8, 10, or twelve by will usually...
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    Re: The Mighty Mite Bomb...

    Iharder:
    I think the clue to what will be the biggest obstacle to this process is right within your mission statement. "<approaches that mimic natural processes of adaptation to new challenges. So...
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    Re: The Mighty Mite Bomb...

    Exactly, and the anticipation of all that filthy lucre is nothing compared to the fame! The Fame! The idea is unresistable; like the big lottery but are the odds much different?
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Decide very early on the trip if you are basing your moves on idealism or practical considerations. If you dither with idealistic quandaries in the face of problems you will commonly come to the...
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