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    Re: Missing eggs

    You're not just good looking! :) So simple. Thanks.
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    IMN Queen Rearing System

    Has anyone tried the I.M.N. System of Queen Rearing advocated by Mel Disselkoen at http://www.mdasplitter.com/ and would like to comment on it It seems so simple that I'm surprised I hadn't heard...
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    Re: Missing eggs

    Thanks Seyc and Oldtimer. I'll be careful to make sure the frames have open brood beside them from now on. I put it on top of the excluder so I didn't have eggs of all different ages if the the bees...
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    Missing eggs

    I read Jay Smith's "Better Queens" (thanks Michael) and got a sheet of foundation built out (btw the 2 times I've done it mine seemed to stretch with the weight of the bees on it) put in with the...
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    Re: Safe fungal treatments for hive bodies

    I've come to the conclusion that, in the hives at least, using borax is too great a risk, even though I would have sealed it in the wood with paint. The thing is, it is the fungi that I am trying to...
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    Re: Safe fungal treatments for hive bodies

    Thanks Radar. I'll follow it up. I make it up to Cebu every now and then.
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    Re: Safe fungal treatments for hive bodies

    One of the natives here says he doesn't use anything - just keep the hives out of damp areas and keep the colonies strong. I'm still waiting on a reply from another.
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    Re: Safe fungal treatments for hive bodies

    Hi Diogenes, I'm currently trying to find where I can get some Tim-bor or anything else that contains di-sodium-tetraborate-decahydrate here in the Philippines. That in itself is a fair sized task in...
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    Re: Safe fungal treatments for hive bodies

    Thanks Joseph and Lburou.
    Both of these look attractive options for different reasons. I like the idea of not having to do any maintenance on the plastic and polystyrene hives and the timber hives...
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    Safe fungal treatments for hive bodies

    Keeping bees in the Philippines, fungi and rot seriously shorten the life of hive bodies. It is generally hot and humid here but at the moment it is the rainy season and, despite using marine ply and...
  11. Re: How, when and where to introduce new sheets of foundation

    indypartridge: I re-read your comment and realized I got it back-to-front and you were suggesting putting the bulk of the foundation in the top box. As I'm gunning for as much drawn foundation as I...
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    Greg: Thanks for that link. When I followed it I ended up at a place where all I could read was the book title at the top of page 243. I googled the name of the book and found a PDF copy at...
  13. Re: How, when and where to introduce new sheets of foundation

    Thanks old fella :) I'm with you in forgetting about harvesting honey this year and my primary focus is on increasing the number of drawn frames as quickly as I can. What you are suggesting sounds...
  14. How, when and where to introduce new sheets of foundation

    I have inherited 2 hives in the Philippines and the task of multiplying those as fast and as best I can to build a livelihood support program here. The project had foundered last year, partly due to...
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    Greetings from the Philippines

    I am actually from Western Australia but am near Dumaguete in the Philippines for a year, assisting an organisation, Grace Community Empowerment ( www.gceinternational.org )

    They had raised bees...
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