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    Re: Quilt Box Inspection

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    The soundboard sits on top of the 2 1/2" feeder rim and on top of it I place Styrofoam insulation. Then I start the winter with the insulated wrap duct taped to the Styrofoam and my...
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    Re: Split vs Extra Super

    OBJ was meant to be OBH which would stand for Orange Blossom Honey. I am mentally declining and such mistakes are becoming more common and serve to confuse those prone to confusion. I apologize to...
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    Re: How to use Bee Scent as lure?

    Like little girls stinking of perfume, it is easy to use too much. I dip a q tip and wipe it on container rim to get the excess. Then i put the q tip in a sandwich baggie but leave the baggie open....
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    Re: Do cell cleaners clean mite scat?

    There would be a cocoon over it IF it was still there but the bees would clean it. The cells are spotless before queen lays.
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    Re: How long do most newbies stay with beekeeping?

    $5 worth of White sugar on the top bars and that starved colony sitting on a hundred pounds of honey won't happen. That and a little wrap to slow down rapid temperature transitions.
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives - added a few pics

    If you are the only beekeeper and hives around, you can safely feed in the open a stones throw from your yard of bees. What we call a yard you are calling a pen. Is the purpose of the pen to keep...
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    Re: Split vs Extra Super

    If they were mine I would immediately put on a super. I would move a frame up from the second brood box it sounds like you are running to get the bees up and working in the new space you need to...
  8. Re: Maximizing honey production between 2 new hives

    To maximize honey production you need to give all three queens support in producing the most possible eggs and the bees assistance in raising the most bees because high numbers of field bees during...
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    Re: Keeping Snow off of Buried Hives

    I had bees deep under snow for many years and never lost any to suffocation. The bees melt amazing shiny ice caves under the snow and it always amazed me how the walls of ice would be brown in the...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    I use an upper entrance in the summer to relieve bee congestion as much as anything.
  11. Re: feeding new bees honey from a dead out hive?

    Why in the freezer? A lot of beetles and moths flying around? In your climate there is no need to put bee equipment in the freezer when it is cold outside.

    If you are satisfied there was no...
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    Re: How To Go Fulltime?

    The pencil tells all in an honest hand. You can sell all your honey in drums for $2 a pound in the current market. How many pounds are you producing per hive now? You can build four deep boxes and...
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    Re: Back to square 1

    The bees don't seem to shift the cluster away from the apivar and if placed in the cluster does it's job.
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    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The head in dead bee is found in every starved out colony. The bbe lost contact with the honey and it sounds like the supplimental sugar on top. I ensure my bees always have so.ething above the...
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    Re: Keeping Snow off of Buried Hives

    Bees do very well completely buried in snow. Leave them alone. When that fifty degree day is upon you, dig them out to expose that top entrance all northern beekeepers have
  16. Thread: Stand question

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    Re: Stand question

    Mine sit right on the ground. I don't like making rattlesnake shade. We also have dry conditions and high winds.
  17. Re: Splits: Adee or Harbo, What's the difference?

    I don't personally recall splits categorized by those names but I am sure those names could have been applied to bee keeping actions. Names for things are often regional and come and go. What is...
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    Re: Fondant additions

    I believe they think they are changing the ph and that this makes the sugar more b food like. I don't but you feel free to if convinced it is a good or a necessary addition. I feed several hundred...
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    Varroa come in all sizes
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    Re: Wall thickness, why always 3/4"

    You explained exactly in that 3/4" is cheaper and lighter. Those are all the reasons I need. If you make enough money off fetus to use 2by X it will not be bad for the bees.
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    Re: Winter Inspections

    The way I wrap my bees, I can pop the lid on a rare day with no wind and take a quick look. That helps as I do not allow starvation losses and can add sugar bricks if any colonies have tunneled thru...
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    Re: Quilt Box Inspection

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    I freely admit I live in country with lower humidity but my wintering method works admirably well for me. The soundboard and the dry sugar act as the moisture sink and 2" of Styrofoam above...
  23. Thread: Quilt Boxes

    by Vance G
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    Re: Quilt Boxes

    Are just a shallow box to hold water absorbent material to wick water out of the hive while providing a little insulation. I prefer boring a hole rightbelow the handhold on the upper brood box and...
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    Re: After the "Big Freeze" advice needed

    1 1/2 pct of your bees die every day. That is entirely normal. The dead brood was optomistic bees not being able to keep warm all the brood they tried to raise. They are raising all they can and...
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    Re: R sugar bricks supposed to be soft

    Try making the no heat ones! Just mix two cups water with ten pounds of sugar and mix til all the sugar is damp. No muss no fuss no scalding burns from 242 degree sugar. Dont they smart! Just...
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