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    Re: Heating crystalized Honey...

    I think one of the keys to liquefying honey quickly in a hot box quickly is to have constant air movement. I have a chest freezer that uses incandescent bulbs on a thermostat for heat. It also has...
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    Re: Reduce propolis on tight nucs?

    I had some boxes that I had the same problem with. Solution - I just used them as swarm traps. Not worth the effort of messing with frames or modifying the nucs.
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    Weird blue streak on worker

    Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Weird blue mark on one of my workers today. Looks like she had a run in with a can of spray paint.
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    Re: Overwintering medium nucs

    I have been pretty successful overwintering med nucs, some 2 story 5 frames, and some 3 story 5 frames. I find that having the bees in a more vertical configuration rather than a single 10 frame...
  5. Re: Mountain Spin-Off Method ? Has anyone tried this ?

    That does work, and I have filled an extra frame or two with sugar moistened with apple cider vinegar. Usually there is no need to because the mountain camp method works so well. If you fill frames...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    JWChesnut:
    Now that I read his article more carefully I see what you are saying. He states that the results are means +/- the SD. What doesn't make sense is why he states a P value of 0.0001 after...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    After looking over the Seeley article (https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/file/index/docid/891902/filename/hal-00891902.pdf), I find his conclusions pretty convincing. Others stated that the range he...
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    Re: vaporizing nucs

    Not too critical, I use 1/2 tsp for full sized hives, and just eyeball a smaller amount for smaller hives and nucs. Never had any bad effects from the acid, I think the dosage needs to be super high...
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    Re: Swarm cells in August (SW Ontario)

    I'm in SW Ontario and had the same thing happen. I had a couple of nucs I plan to overwinter start cells a couple weeks ago. Generally I don't consider the location of the queen cell a factor in...
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    I think the issue is that with honey in a pail there is very little surface area for moisture to evaporate. A solution would be a very large shallow pan but that's impractical. Or maybe hang a bucket...
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    Re: what is this flower?

    Definitely birdsfoot trefoil
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    Re: Deep fried Bees?

    A couple of weeks ago I cut out some comb to rubber band into frames. I had a piece of capped brood comb the size of my palm that was too curved to fit into a frame well. I crushed it in my hand...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Windsor, Ontario. Got a call from someone who found me on Beesource. Small swarm, probably a couple pounds. Found 2-3 queens that look like virgins so probably an afterswarm. Added frame of brood,...
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    Re: Are eyelets a must for wiring frames?

    For what it's worth I have wired up frames for foundationless without using eyelets. It will cut into the frame a little over time but it isn't a big deal. If the wire does loosen slightly (due to...
  15. Using a Cut-Down Split as a Cell Builder

    Well I came out of winter with 9/10 colonies so I did well, but many are weak. Some of my queens are from walk away splits last year, and were pretty small and I think a large part of my problem so...
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    Re: Video of worker offloading some pollen

    It has been my experience that if you actually see mites during your inspection you have a problem. I would do a sugar roll or alcohol wash so you really know your mite levels. I was too laxed...
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    Re: Video of worker offloading some pollen

    Nice video. Anyone catch the bee with the mite on it at 0:20?
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    Re: winter dead-outs with small bees??

    I've noticed the same think in several of my hives. Not sure what the cause is, hopefully someone will chime in.
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    Re: Hi, new member from Canada

    Welcome to the forum. I see you're in Amherstburg, ON. I'm only about a 20 minute drive away from where you are (Essex, ON). If you ever want to talk about anything local, or need local advise...
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    Re: Pollen dates for Southern Ontario

    I'm about as south in Ontario as you can get, and I think it will still be at least a couple of weeks. I believe maples bloom here first. Hopefully this nice weather holds up, its been a tough winter.
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    Re: grooved frames and comb guide

    Ya I have used comb guides in groove top frames. I have a band saw, so I cut strips that fit tight into the top groove and just add a dab of glue so I know they won't fall out with the weight of...
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    Re: tree stand for swarm trap

    I put a trap up in my deer stand this spring while turkey hunting and got a swarm. I don't know if I would go through the effort to build something like a tree stand just to hold a swarm trap, but...
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    Re: Drones this late?

    It is possible that they don't have a queen....haven't looked in my hives in a while. I can't get a queen this late anyways, so I just made sure they had stores and kept them closed up to sort any...
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    Re: Drones this late?

    They did look hairless and beat up so they must be pretty old.
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    Drones this late?

    Yesterday we had some pretty warm weather here. I went and took a look at my hives to make sure no mice would be getting in over winter and there was a bunch drones hanging around. I'm new to the...
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