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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Just so you know, 5 degrees Celsius is the optimal wintering temperature for bees. They use the least amount of resources. You will find the bees will want to crawl out even in the total darkness...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    Datsdajoke, I think he was simply stating the strength of his analysis by including a p-value significantly below the (P<.05). For example, both P=.049 and P=.0049 are below 5%, but wouldn't you...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    I just wanted to add a bit more clarity to the statistical argument between our fellow bee keepers. In short, we were arguing whether or not population with large mean and small standart deviation...
  4. Re: Replace the queen of quick and simple way : is it true?

    Bees will quite often raise a second queen above an excluder if there are viable eggs there. So if you raise your own queen, separate the hives by an excluder and next day place an open cell in...
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    Re: Varroa Mite Control Methods

    Да, видел. Mine is similar, except my camera pushes warm air from the top to the bottom, to ensure that via convection the air never gets hotter than the temperature probe allows. The bottom is...
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    Re: Varroa Mite Control Methods

    I made a thermo chamber that can handle both, treating capped brood and treating live bees in cassettes. It is important not to overhold the live been at 48C or they do get nicely cooked. 10...
  7. Re: Feeding Rate While Waiting for Colony to Become Queenright

    My experience has been that drawing foundation is best done with a laying queen in warm weather with plenty of syrup. A shook swarm is a great example of that. A 4 lb swarm can probably draw out a...
  8. Re: Feeding Rate While Waiting for Colony to Become Queenright

    Think about it this way. A deep frame takes about 4 days for a queen to cover with eggs. Lots of the sugar that is consumed now will be turned into brood food. So as long as she has a frame or two...
  9. Re: How can I get my queen to increase egg production, before Fall arrives!

    I am sorry, but I disagree with the last post. I have 6 two-month-old queens that I mass fed about 2 gallons of syrup last month and gave them pollen paddy, even with normal pollen widely...
  10. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    The drawback that comes to my mind of going with an 8 frame medium is if you sell nucs. Most people want 5 frame deep nuc. That seems to be a standart. If you have 10 frame equipment an easy way...
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    Re: 3 out of 4 queens dead

    Well, the hives are basically 92-94F inside, so 90 degrees is a pretty natural temperature. I have shipped queens using both USPS and UPS and they all transport during the night, with the rest of...
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    Re: Hogg half comb refills

    As far as unfinished hogg section, is the freezer the only way to store then until the next flow?
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    Re: Can 2 swarms be combined?

    I woudl not pinch a queen. a good queen plus a bad queen is still better laying rate than just a good queen. Winter is really not that far away and you need to build up. Do the Palmer's two queen...
  14. Thread: Grafting an egg?

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    Re: Grafting an egg?

    just reviving this old thread, but it certainly seems interesting that they will raise a supersedure cell with an egg in it, but won't do that for a plastic cup with an egg. What if a cup with an...
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    Supering 3 queen castles

    I have seen enough information where it is fairly safe to keep two-queen castles and super them through a queen excluder. How about 3, or even 4 queen castles. Is that a viable option, assuming all...
  16. Re: OTS queen rearing VS grafting. I've got to decide which way to go

    I am going to drive Mike's point once again. Use fresh combs with fresh wax cells on them. Bees will break down the wax and build you nice cells if the cells are not overused from brood rearing. ...
  17. Re: keeping new queen from mating w/ siblings... overkill?

    What a great overview. Thanks.
  18. Re: Queen/brood isolation for varroa trapping (anyone with experience?)

    Can be much done faster with this same trap frame if you remove all of the young brood to another colony and place two frames a few days apart. Then all of the varroa will be attracted to the new...
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    Good to know, I can then safely apply it to plastic foundation for a quicker drawing out of comb.
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    Re: Changing out old comb

    ok, So HUGE THUMBS UP for the steam melter, especially for old wax. I tried steaming frames in a deep box with 1500W clothes steamer from the top and it works very well. It took about 2.5 hours to...
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    Tool to check hives from the bottom

    My hives are on 18 inch high stands. I would like to inspect them in a manner that Mike Palmer checks his hives, by laying them on their backs. Mine are not on the ground, so I do not have the...
  22. Re: keeping new queen from mating w/ siblings... overkill?

    I suppose I will stir up the discussion. Have you folks seen "more than honey", the scene from carnica production, where the queen must have been mating about 50 yards from the mating nuc with 500...
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    Re: Two cutdowns and a combine

    time of the year plays a difference, specifically the amount of bee traffic makes a difference. In a summer/spring, I'd be surprised if they don't eliminate all of the paper in 36 hours or less.
  24. Thread: nuc boxes

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    Re: nuc boxes

    You are forgetting that Mike P uses them as 4 frame nucs, not 5 frame nucs. And for that reason even at 8.25" they are plenty big. I found it kind of combersome to add two stories of split deeps on...
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    Re: When to add protein patties

    I am a little south of you. Last year, March 2nd, is when the bees had their first natural pollen extravaganza, and about 10 days later I had 2 frames of capped brood. I'd say you could do it around...
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