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    Re: Observation Hive from Pine

    Awesome, thank you.
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    Re: Checking on winter bees.

    If all you want to know is whether or not they're alive, you can put your ear up to the entrance and knock on the side of the hive. You'll hear a slight hum. You can also blow lightly into the...
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    Observation Hive from Pine

    Has anybody made the observation hive from the 'Build it Yourself' section, but from pine? Any extra design considerations? I'd like to keep the weight down.
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Apparently mites leave behind a white crystalline deposit in cells. I believe it's called guanine. I have never seen this myself but people have mentioned it a lot on Beesource. So you may consider...
  5. Thread: Quilt Box

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    Re: Quilt Box

    Crofter, I think a quilt provides more ventilation than no top entrance/ventilation, which is why I like them in summer. But you're right, the quilt provides an insulator against heat loss, though I...
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    Re: Quilt Box

    More air movement over the water would increase the rate of evaporation, which would increase the efficiency of cooling with respect to time.

    In the case where it's warmer outside, the swamp...
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    Re: Quilt Box

    I believe the reason that inner covers exist is because if they weren't there, the bees would propolize the outer cover to the hive, and it would be difficult to remove because of the overhang. ...
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    Re: Quilt Box

    I guess it all depends on how hot the hive is. In direct sun in july, maybe not. My hives are in scattered sunlight at midday. I also have a small upper entrance that is part of my quilt box. It...
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    Re: Quilt Box

    The quilt box works by allowing warm air to slowly flow up through it such that the condensation forms on the bottom surface of the inner cover or whatever is above the quilt. The moisture then drips...
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    Re: Quilt Box

    Some people keep their quilt boxes on during summer. It improves ventilation compared to not having any top ventilation. You also can control the ventilation by removing shavings if you want to.
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    Re: Cluster is under quilt box

    Yup, that's a pretty familiar picture. I didn't smoke the bees down, so they're clustered with the sugar between them. I guess I'll just keep an eye on them.
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    Cluster is under quilt box

    I went to add sugar cakes in my hives on a warm day last week. One hive was clustered under their quilt box, which is above two deeps. This hive had plenty of stores going into winter, so I was...
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    Re: OAV timing, middlesex county, MA

    Thank you.
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    Re: OAV timing, middlesex county, MA

    Thank you
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    Re: OAV timing, middlesex county, MA

    I guess the question I should be asking local beekeepers is when our colonies are broodless? Also, what's the ambient temp? 40 or higher seems to ring a bell.
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    OAV timing, middlesex county, MA

    I was thinking of treating with OAV this Friday. Is this the appropriate time for my area or should I wait?
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    Re: orientation flight??

    I've seen orientation flights on cold days as well. It seems to occur when the front of the hive is in direct sun. Maybe they think it's warmer than it really is? Or the direct sun helps them to keep...
  18. Thread: syrup question

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    Re: syrup question

    It's dependent on the temperature outside the hive. The 2:1 does keep better. I've never had 2:1 spoil. The problem that I usually see with 1:1 is mold. The bees don't seem to care if there's a...
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    Re: Sugar bricks won't harden

    Can you still feed the sugar this way?
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    Re: Sugar bricks won't harden

    If the sugar has melted, and now they're yellowish, can I still feed them to the bees? They're hard enough that they won't run down the frames or anything like that.
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    Re: Sugar bricks won't harden

    Any difference in crystal size?
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    Re: Sugar bricks won't harden

    I used pure cane sugar.
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    Re: Sugar bricks won't harden

    About two inches. And yeah, four at once.
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    Re: Sugar bricks won't harden

    It started out as you describe. It was damp, packable, sugar. Interestingly, one of the four came out perfectly. I should also note that, when I say really thick syrup: you have to press hard to...
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    Sugar bricks won't harden

    I made some of lauri's sugar bricks last year. No problem. A day in the oven on 170 and they were dry and rock solid. I did the same thing this year and after a few days, they just look like really...
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