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  1. Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    So in my original post, I outlined the set of steps I was considering, to requeen the hive via a capped Queen cell, and put it in a new location. If they die... :(

    When people talk about...
  2. Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    Here are two pictures. The second one shows the missing 2"x2" section that I'm sending to Beltsville.

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    I went into the hive to sugar roll for varroa mites, and counted zero from...
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    Queening from TBH swarm cells

    I have a TBH that made it through the winter very nicely. :applause: The bees have celebrated by making a bunch of swarm cells. About a week ago I saw a few empty queen cups when I went through. Now...
  4. Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    I have a colony of Italian mutts that made it through the winter, but now they're struggling. Yesterday I found what I think is sac brood (morator aetatulas). Uncapped pupae in a few places were...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Actually I was wondering, when customs and inspections people assess the value of the Flow™ equipment when it crosses the border, what do they look at? Perhaps what people paid? But if it's worth...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Yeah! All of a sudden the discussion about what the price will be on the open market becomes real.

    Is it overpriced in order to collect start-up money for a deserving cause, or is it underpriced...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    $1,001, by my count. Nice to have a number, and for those who might pay less on some of these costs, yes, there are others to be added in as well.

    By the way, do U.S. buyers (perkers? perk-ees?)...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    How does this fit in the larger picture? Does anyone know?

    "30,000 new beekeepers." How many new beekeepers are there in an average year? What's the spread internationally? And how does this...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    A shorter version of her critique: "Hey, back off! Those are my suckers."

    She's one of those who made the 2009 Vanishing of the Bees documentary. If you follow some of the links in her article you...
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    Re: my 1st year experience., my bees died now what.

    All of Jeff's advice was good, except maybe the part about not treating for mites. That's a matter of much debate, but it's not the sign of a charlatan. It did put you on a more difficult path, and...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    The simple fact is that many if not most of the hives that die during the winter (at least most of the few dozens of deadouts that I know about) are killed by too much water in the wrong place, or at...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Thanks, Matt. You've explained succinctly what I was struggling with.

    Perhaps if we call it the "relative humidity" inside the hive (rather than vapor content) and think of it as relative to the...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    But it was such an innocent question... :rolleyes:



    Acebird followed:



    And Radar took issue:
  14. Re: How to access Bee Culture electronic magazine

    Try your email address, the one they used to send you the password. A lot of websites do that, and they think you're supposed to know. :scratch:

    P.S. Welcome to Beesource! :applause:
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Okay. So I bet that the 5 gallons doesn't last five years in the jug in the fridge, then. Heck, it might be gone in less than 3-4 months. Problem solved! :applause:
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Here's a "cellular respiration equation" for pure glucose. (C6H12O6) + 6(O2) => 6(CO2) + 6(H2O) + heat
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Great discussion! Here's a list of some of the ways to get moisture/water out of a hive through a top-only entrance:


    Water vapors accumulate in the warm, humid air at the top of the hive, and...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Frank, that's another, different way that water vapor might get out of the hive with a single entrance toward the top. We can put it in the list. As gasoline evaporates in the can, the vapors create...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Cyan, I've been reading around the Beesource threads for awhile, and I have definitely seen some people arguing that open BBs and a steady airflow are perfectly acceptable even in some of the coldest...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Two things: First is that in the winter the bees are huddled and not perched near the entrance to direct air traffic. So you have to count on air-temperature hydraulics to move air and moisture out...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    So perhaps, with this discussion about vents at top (and/or bottom), we can guess that there were cracks between your bottom box and the solid board it was sitting on -- in the other two deadouts but...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    I'm one of those who think a vent at the bottom and one at the top will together make a much stronger air flow, from the bottom upward if heat is added inside and it's warmer inside the hive than...
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    Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Was there any vent at the bottom? If not, the moisture from respiration might add up to enough to condense on the walls and trickle down over the winter.
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    Re: using BT for wax moth control

    Amazon has it right now, and I've ordered a pound, at $40. I'm thinking I can share some with other beeks at cost. ($2.50/1 oz baggie), which ought to last most of us awhile.

    Having read the...
  25. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    Some other leads on our questions.

    In a discussion in the Treatment-Free Beekeepers facebook group, Phil Chandler (barefoot beekeeper) points to a 1918 book by Ed Clark, Constructive Beekeeping,...
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