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  1. Re: Which would you buy: Biovet Varrox vs. Heilyser Vaporizer?

    I've had both. The JB-200 Heilyser was my first and it worked just fine. The main difference is the quality in the construction, the Varrox seems to be more solid and durable. With just a few hives...
  2. Re: Are you really losing money if you let your bees swarm?

    That's the bottom line.

    There are many ways to make money with bees while maintaining a consistent number of hives. But allowing them to swarm is not very high on the list.
  3. Re: Are you really losing money if you let your bees swarm?

    Makes perfect sense to me too.

    But I think Sentinal is searching for a financial opportunity when allowing a hive to swarm (without splitting). If the splits are sold, I see a source of revenue....
  4. Re: Are you really losing money if you let your bees swarm?

    Just do the math on the value of honey.

    Using estimated round numbers, if a colony swarms, you may get 20 lbs of surplus honey. Maybe none.
    If if doesn't swarm, 80 lbs.

    If you are selling...
  5. Re: Reproductive swarm season cutoff date?

    That's an interesting point. I've noticed in years like this when the early spring booms are running late, swarming in general is greatly reduced. The opposite effect is seen when blooming starts...
  6. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    I agree, that would be interesting.

    If I had to guess, I would bet that 90% of those who use all mediums are hobbyists, or sideliners, with a few commercial guys in my age group thrown in the mix....
  7. Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    OK, I understand. That makes perfect sense. That's a pretty high percentage of queen failure. I can see how that could be a real hurdle with splits if 40% are failing to produce a new viable queen. I...
  8. Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    I don't really understand the population crash concern.

    If a small cut down split is done at the right time (beginning of the "main" flow) and the queen is removed with the split, there will still...
  9. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    I did start over again, to all mediums.
  10. Re: New beekeeper! Questions about installing my nucs

    Another option for syrup feeding.

    When you get your nuc move the frames into the center of your deep box, and put your new frames with foundation on either side to fill out the box with 10...
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    Re: Effects of prolonged rain on hive?

    Any indication they are even starting to think about backfilling brood cells with nectar?
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    Re: Opening your bottom board... When...

    I leave SBB trays in the hives until we're well into spring/early summer. They seem to build up a little better without the draft and will use more of the bottom box for brood. Particularly with...
  13. Re: Note to self & Succesful 8 day package inspection

    Sounds like you are off to a fantastic start.
    Except for leaving the barn door open. :eek:
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    Re: Effects of prolonged rain on hive?

    Isn't that the truth.

    It can happen so fast. You come back to a booming hive after one week of rain and it's filled with swarm cells. They don't mess around, and a lot can happen in a week.

    If...
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    Re: Effects of prolonged rain on hive?

    I don't know if you are already past your swarm season, but for those who are still in the mix, swarming can be an issue if there is an extended period of rain at the wrong time.

    It's almost like...
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    Re: Rotating brood chambers

    What methods are you using for swarm control?
  17. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    If colonies in the northern US or Canada are surrounded with 2+ feet of snow for most of the winter, how can there be ventilation from the bottom? The hives are encapsulated in snow. I don't have an...
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    That's it exactly. The bees will take the shortest route to an entrance. They have no reason to travel the entire height of the box to the bottom entrance if the cluster is up high in the stack.
  19. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    All of my covers are similar to MB's. During the winter, moist air in the hive does rise and sometimes moisture will condense on the cold wood of the lid and drip down on the bees. Air circulation or...
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    Re: Rotating brood chambers

    The bees usually like to expand the brood nest upward into empty comb in the spring. I think I would have waited a while longer to do any thing. When the medium and a fair portion of the middle deep...
  21. Re: Centering the cluster in early spring

    Spring has not arrived there yet, and there has only been 3 or 4 days for cleansing flights.

    I don't know if I would want to be moving frames around in these conditions. I think if there is...
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    Re: Firefox problems

    Update, if anyone is interested:

    At Easter dinner today I had a chance to talk to my niece's boyfriend (our in house computer guru). Should have given him a call first. Guess my German...
  23. Re: Did I do the right thing?--Newbee Question

    I would not do any more switching of locations right now. If there are new queens taking mating flights they might end up back in the wrong box.

    The way you have it set up now sounds great to me....
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    Re: Unbelievable! Acebird got lucky again

    If it's the same thing I'm looking at it appears to be old bridge comb. Sometimes it can get pretty hard, especially if they mix propolis with it.
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    Re: Unbelievable! Acebird got lucky again

    That frame is normal Ace. Stored pollen.
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