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    Re: Sugar blocks under inner cover?

    I think your answer depends on how thin you make your sugar blocks. it is pretty easy to nail together a 1-2 inch tall rim to put under the inner cover, so you know you will have room for the sugar...
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    Re: Feeding old honey

    shouldn't be a problem, as long as the colonies you harvested from were healthy and the honey wasnt overheated. if the honey is crystallized, they don't seem to be able to (or want to) take the...
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    Re: Tell me what plant this is

    not sure it's a negative attribute, but if you have deer in your area, they seem to think it's delicious (prior to flowering). which means you might not ever see any of those nice flowers, and the...
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    Re: super has sugar water and honey

    Eddie Money, I would say the bees mayput it in the deeps below. mine never do. they are perfectly happy to rob frames left out in the open but dang if they'll move anything down. I even tried...
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    Re: Sting Home remedies?

    Note to Beestricken: where I live plantain is a weed and nothing else. if you can find it at a nursery, for sale, I'd be very surprised.
  6. Re: Which Battery should I buy for a Varrox....

    I'm using a 12 V,18 Ah battery I got on Amazon. it did fine through 8 cycles--I haven't tried more.
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    Re: Needless killing of bees?

    I generally hate to pile one and join a ridiculous thread, but really? a quarter inch of dead bees between a super and an inner cover? I couldn't kill that many bees by carelessly throwing on the...
  8. Re: Range and Frequency of Africanized Honey Bees in California (USA)

    just one correction: DNA is not made of amino acids. DNA consists of nucleotides, of which there are commonly considered to be four--A, C, G, and T. amino acids are what make up proteins, and...
  9. Re: New World Carnolian small cluster, queen and no brood

    although I can only speak for my climate, that sounds way too small for this time of year. they should be raising, or getting ready to raise, winter bees. feed them pollen (patties or whatever) and...
  10. Thread: Chalkbrood?

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    Re: Chalkbrood?

    Now you can call it your best frame. Pollen is a good thing, and your colony will need lots of it to raise winter brood if you get a queen back. If you dont ever get a mated queen in that hive this...
  11. Re: What am I supposed to make of these torn down queen cells?

    I have a colony that I gave a new queen a month or so ago, and she's laying the place up, but since then I have always seen several capped queen cells on one frame. Every week I expect to see that a...
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    Re: queen travels up only?

    in general at this time of year in MD we do not have plenty of nectar. you may have a better situation than average but unless you are seeing nectar coming in, don't count on it. my bees gather...
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    Re: Not saving for WINTER!!!

    then again, I've had bees that didn't seem to know much, missed the storing feed window, and crapped out over winter. I don't think bees actually "know" anything. they are
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    Re: Different colored honey cappings

    I believe it's partly related to the color of the comb they are built on. also, "dry capped"wax cappings look lighter than "wet capped" ones. I don't know why some bees dry cap (air or something...
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    Re: first time mite results

    I realize that this point is not central to this thread (so sorry for dragging it out) but my previous response to Karen's was to express some surprise that a colony with a brood break mid-July (I...
  16. Re: Anyone have hives in a residential neighborhood?

    Hmm. I guess I've been lucky then. My bees haven't even annoyed me during the dearth
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    Re: first time mite results

    that's interesting Karen. Apparent big mite buildup in a very short time from what should have been a very low level. is Russian mite resistance at least in part related to bees grooming mites off...
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    Re: first time mite results

    agree with squarepeg. some colonies do fine with a moderate mite load and no treatment and others do not. the only way to tell which are which is to not treat and see what happens. if you don't...
  19. Re: add a sugar/fondant block or not this early (hives will be on their own)

    I am not far from you, and unless your bees are starving or you are going to be away well into winter, I wouldn't put fondant on them now. if they are well-fed they don't need it and won't eat it,...
  20. Re: Anyone have hives in a residential neighborhood?

    yes, and all the neighbors know about it, and in fact are very interested in the bees, ask a lot of questions, and say they enjoy watching them (and me in my "moon suit"). I ask them to let me know...
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    Re: More syrup than I thought... is this right?

    bees will generally carry crystallized sugar out of the hive and dump it this time of year. better to avoid it if possible.
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    Re: More syrup than I thought... is this right?

    add about 15-20% to that for weight gain assuming no consumption, robbing, etc. capped "honey", or sugar water, is 16-18% moisture.
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    Re: More syrup than I thought... is this right?

    when I use 2 "gallons" of sugar and a gallon of water, I end up with a bit more than 2 gallons of syrup. I think your original calculation might be for 1:1 rather than 2:1. I kind of eyeball it,...
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    Re: Brown Bumps on Top of Frames

    looks like the beginnings of bridge comb--comb they will build between the top of one frame and the bottom of the next frame (or cover) up. my bees build it dark when they are working with dark wax...
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    Re: Sticky board count is 95 after 36 hours

    i think most people would agree that alcohol or ether washes are the best way to monitor mite levels. ether is very flammable and I would not mess with it, and I'm not sure how easy it is to get...
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