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    Re: Overwintering and candy boards

    The vinegar lowers the PH of the sugar, some folks use lemon juice, like mgolden's recipe.
  2. Re: Help! Neighbours bees attracted to our Ipe decking

    See if the hive entrance is pointed in your direction, if your deck is in they're flight path then it might something as simple as turning the hive.
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    Re: fat queen crisis diverted I think

    Might as well let them do their thing till the Qs arrive. Why put up with screwing the hot bees two more times, unless the timing is resulting in laying workers from possible failed matings.
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    Re: Swarm After Split?

    Ya, if a hive is in a swarm mode, it can cast after swarms. Sometimes it'll cripple itself doing so.
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    Re: Should I reverse boxes?

    Ya, let em be for a while and let the hive get firing on all cylinders, then reverse or switch frames around. I usually wait for a couple weeks after combining or doing heavy manipulation.
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    Why waste the money, let the bees do the work. Anytime I've tried a commercial queen the fourth or fifth generation's traits are so diluted from the first that it's really not important.
    What's...
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    Re: Cutting Plastic Foundation

    Tin snips, but it would be also be a pain if there was a lot of cuts.
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    I have not seen it myself but, supposedly, if the queen has mated with one of her drones, it produces a inferior egg (genetically speaking). The workers sense that and remove the egg, hence the...
  9. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    Only IF you can keep em out of the hives, I know of a live hive taken out and they took out a lot of comb in one my deadouts.
    Sorry, they're on my hit list, just below wasps and hornets.
  10. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    From what I'm reading their suckers for bacon, so pit traps (I'm going to use paint cans) baited with bacon grease smeared around the rims are the best for em.
  11. Re: Will eliminating bottom entrances end shrew problems?

    Supposedly 1/4" mesh is good for pygmy shrews (see your other post). And no, a top entrance is not enough to keep the vermin at bay, heard of a top entrance hive getting wiped out this winter. I'm...
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    Re: Why are dead bees missing their heads?

    If you had a problem with 3/8 openings, you had pygmy shrews after the hives. I had shrew evidence this year but my reducers wouldn't let them by. So I'm sure my problem is the northern short tail...
  13. Re: Moving semi-wild hive into a Langsworth hive

    Or put a new box on top of them, let em build it out and move up into it, at the appropriate time put a queen excluder on. Whole bunch less stressful on both parties involved.
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    Re: Bridge Combing without damage

    if you take out the bridge comb, the bees will/have to rebuild for movement in the hive, I give them a puff or two of smoke to drive them down and set the box back on, let them rebuild it, and save...
  15. Thread: rendering wax

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    Re: rendering wax

    I use a crock pot, usually put 3 or 4 inches in it. The wax floats, I take a t shirt and double it to pour the melted stuff through. Ends up floating on the water and hardens.
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    Re: Bees in MI bringing in pollen today

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocus
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pussy_willow
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eranthis
    These are in bloom right now. If the silver maples are blooming in...
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    Re: Max time to wait before swarm

    Give him the old queen, but only after your new queen has proved herself.
  18. Re: Minnesota Method/New frames advice as old may be contaminated. / Not Mine I hope

    Several years? Sounds pretty stiff. In either case get your packages started on five frames or so and start weeding the old ones out. Personally I wouldn't worry if they were under 5 years myself....
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    Re: Swarm Lures For Traps

    Knowing governments and the fact that it's in Texas,(dry weather) they're probably those cheapo paper product flower pot traps. Which is fine, but with the flowerpot you have to wire the comb in...
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    Re: How much brood to pull

    Path, it's storage over the brood on a frame. Band of honey and pollen, looking like a rainbow.
    I think what d is saying if they're capping honey there, they're backfilling the brood nest?
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    Re: Small amount of light in top of traps

    Ya, your not supposed to leave any gaps, mark the gaps so you know where they are when they're set up in the field. Take some plumbers putty and plug it up. The stuff lasts forever (I've plugged roof...
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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    See Neil's link above CB. Must be we don't have henbit around here all I've ever seen is the purple dead nettle.
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    Re: When do you remove mouse guards?

    That's what I do, take a pc of 1x3 and dado all but the ends and center to 3/8" high. Never had a problem.
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    Re: To deep? Two deep? Or Too deep?

    Less time + less expense = deeps
    The only time it makes sense to me is when I see 5 frame med nucs going for the same price of a deep nuc. But then common sense kicks in and I'm back to semi normal.
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    Re: making nuc question

    Another way to look at it is, what is the donor hive's strength. If you have a hive with 8 fr of brood, then two fr can certainly go into a nuc.
    The more bees you put into a nuc, the better the...
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