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    Re: Turn Combs Upside Down in Hive

    Did you try it with an inner cover with only a small hole between the upside down frames and the rest of the hive? They sure aren't eager to take honey down if they consider it inside their hive....
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    Re: Another post about mites...

    If you do a search you will find different placements in the hive all the way from bottom board to on a spacer atop the frames. Some recommend restricting the entrance etc. I have used a lower daily...
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    Re: Another post about mites...

    Sugar roll will only show about half the numbers compared to what an alcohol wash will take off. I definitely would treat or at least do an alcohol wash or two. Canadian recommended action levels are...
  4. Re: Solid Black Bees Hairless Thorax mixed in with "normal looking bees"

    I have a few in my bees. No crawlers or disease. I see them all through the year. Definitely not robbers. Bees are generally dark. Original stock was open mated near University of Guelph which has...
  5. Thread: new to forum

    by crofter
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    Re: new to forum

    Fighting wont be a problem. I think you do not have enough bees to cover brood or provide support. What Rader Sidetrack posted. You may have gone below critical mass! What size box are they in? Size...
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    Re: OAV measure by copper cap

    I put 3 g in a three deep hive for 4 treatments and no mortality. Another user here on the forum currently does the same for his three deep hives. I really dont know how much difference there would...
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    Re: Are two deep brood's enough?

    Your spring would be a lot earlier than here so your bee numbers will climb quick. You would probably have no problem drawing out and populating a third deep. Splitting that off with a new queen...
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    Re: Are two deep brood's enough?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-238611.html

    Have a look through this thread. It refers to University of Minnesota Wintering Bees in Cold Climates. Three deeps to winter then...
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    Re: Autumn syrup time

    Know your present hive weight and what you need when the bees go into winter cluster. If you have a guaranteed fall flow you can bank some on that. Where I am located that only happened in any...
  10. Re: packages installed on "stocked" deeps, why feed?

    Yes, timing and local conditions influence whether or not a certain procedure will work for you. It takes time to work through all the different scenarios and see what works in your conditions.
  11. Re: Correcting a Honey Bound Brood Box, Langstroth Hive

    I still have some brood in the top deep but those cells are being filled with stores as they emerge. Brooding is going on in the lower box. I want stores solid over their heads to push them down into...
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    Re: First Split Major Error

    You should go through the hives in a few days to check on her status and decide what you want to do with the emergency cells they will most likely have started. They might tear them down since...
  13. Re: packages installed on "stocked" deeps, why feed?

    I dont think capped honey in stores is the same motivation as pollen and nectar coming in the front door. Carniolan bees dont seem to brood up if there is no flow. Maybe Italian types will brood...
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    Re: OAV to formic acid in a hive?

    The correct sequence of events as the pan heats, is for the crystals to melt to a liquid state and there is a delay while the liquid bubbles about and the water of hydration evaporates. If heat is...
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    Re: Pour syrup directly into drawn comb?

    There is a thread on a spray bar setup to do just that; fill drawn combs with syrup. I believe it may have been started by "Challenger". Not sure on that but it sounds like it could be one of his...
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    Re: Re-queening in Fall: how late is too late?

    Were the queens just cut back because of the dearth? What is the mite count? My bees seem fairly typical of Carniolan and they slow down if not much nectar is available. They are also pretty quick to...
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    Re: Formic application methods question

    Adult diapers cut to size make good evaporator pads. A large calibrated syringe to suck up the formic and apply to the pads makes for good spill free measuring and applying.

    You can drill a...
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    Re: Quilt box

    Some suggestions from my experimenting with them. Make use of some standard box so you do not create more "special, one use" things to store the rest of the year. I use the shallow boxes that also...
  19. Re: How to combine a weak colony to a strong one?

    Be sure to check a few days after combining that the bees on the queenless side of the newspaper have not started cells OR that the bees from the old queens hive did not have supercedure cells in...
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    Re: 200 MICRON Filter

    http://www.showmegold.org/news/Mesh.htm The scoop on what is coarse and what is fine in different terms. I dont know how many sets of the bucket filters are in circulation with incorrect labels!
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    Re: Requeening with a ripe cell

    It might not be too inconvenient to put the cell in a hair curler cage to emerge or contrive one easily from #8 screen. It would add a bit of acceptance time.
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    Re: Combine two nucs, timing?

    I just combined some nucs a week ago since our first frost is about a month away. I want them to have time to organize stores and pollen where they need it and to get their bridge and ladder comb...
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    Re: Make 15 year old help with sideline business?

    Being forced to do something a person identifies as hateful is very depressing. Perception is a great part of reality. I had to peel evergreen pulp in the heat, flies, stickiness and isolation; it...
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    Re: Varroa testing question

    When you have mites down to near zero and squeeling is not the time to show mercy. They are less likely to return from the ashes! I will do a fall treatment without really testing though every...
  25. Re: Is there such a thing as keeping the bees too warm??

    Maybe it is coincidence but with no insulation on the south side the heat from sunny days seems to encourage a lot of bees to go out and die in the snow. Maybe it it is old bees that have reached...
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