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  1. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Hmmm . I'm not planning on this being my standard set-up, just cases where I have to cut the comb off the top bar and use a rescue bar to get them straight again. So you're saying don't worry about...
  2. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Thanks for the reply. Still retain the foundation strip (popsickle or tounge depressor or whatever)? - Mike
  3. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    If the top bar is 1-3/8 wide, how wide do you make the frame? My guess is 7/8" wide. Thoughts?
    When the framed bar is in place, are the sides touching the hive walls? - Mike
  4. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Here's some follow up.
    Went into the TBH to salvage what I could.
    Brought along several of those rescue-bars made from rabbit-wire.
    tried to rescue a full comb of honey and you know what? wires...
  5. Building a tray below a screed bottom board

    Next year's fight with SHB could include diatomaceous earth under the screened bottom board, but how to suspend it when I also want to be able to place a formic-soaked pad just below the SBB. Now...
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    TBH and Varroa control

    At http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fighting-varroa-biotechnical-tactics-ii/
    we read one of Randy Oliver's approaches to varroa control; in this case, drone trapping
    thru the use of green plastic...
  7. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Mike - when you say 'frames', to what are you refering? - Mike H.
  8. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Great replies - I particular like the Youtube video.
    Duncan - are you familiar with the trick of using rubber bands to hold the comb in place until the girls re-attach the comb? well, simply replace...
  9. Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    Yes, I know what Mike Bush says about correcting comb before it gets worse and worse. Well, for a variety of reasons, I didn't and now i have the results. I'll try and do better next year, but for...
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    I understand the beetles can fly multiple miles to find your hive; maybe 10 (?) - Mike
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    SHB Larva drowned?

    I know mineral or veggie oil is used in conventional traps to clog up SHB larva breathing tubes, but does anyone know if throwing them in water will drown them? I'm trying even as I'm typing.
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    Re: How often do you go into your hive.....

    I think the secret is to straighten comb as early as it appears, because as the season goes on, I can make up a dozen reasons for not going out to look at them. - Mike
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    Re: How I kill hive beetles

    May I suggest some 'ears' on that support so there is no chance of the bar coming off towards you? Second, you are on some kind of platform (back porch?) so does that mean the larva somehow landed on...
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    Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    Tongue depressors from the craft store - Mike
  15. Re: my new bees are still drinking sugar water

    Changes the pH to something closer to something, also it attracts SHB larva
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    How often do you go into your hive.....

    to monitor and perhaps straighten comb? After I harvested six bars about a month ago, I started feeding knowing they would want to replace the comb and start filling it, but I didn't go in with the...
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    Robber screens

    Any downside in putting a robber screen in place and simply leaving it in place year 'round?
  18. Re: my new bees are still drinking sugar water

    I have been told and it seems to hold true, that if they can't find anything better, they will go for the syrup. On Mike Bush's suggestion, I'm moving to a 5:3 ratio because 2:1 just barely dissolves...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I use WAM's waste bucket idea and found that adding a tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar to the feed not only changes the pH and keeps the syrup from fermenting (heard that second hand) but...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I feed two ways: the first is WAM's bucket with wood floats (pros: don't have to feed as often. Cons: have to open up the hive to feed). Second, I took the concept of a Boardman feeder, but made the...
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    Re: Keeping Combe straight tricks

    How do you seperate the bees from the comb after it collapsed and everything is covered in honey? - Mike
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    Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    I like the flipping part.
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    Re: no honey stores

    Although everyone is giving good advice, please remember that advice is valid only within the flight range of THEIR hives.
    For example, if the nectar flow goes from April until September (as in the...
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    Re: Squashed my Queen :(

    I use the same concept, different tool. I use a "bee-down bar" which is an 1/8" thick x 3/4" wide x 20" or more piece of aluminum stock. place the bee-down bar next to a bar and push the next bar in...
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    Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    Thanks for the replies; I have been using 1/4 round (set in a groove) pointy edge up so that it forms a 1/2" pyramid, but that doesn't always work. I'm having to work very hard to keep them making...
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