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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    I will acknowledge this as a possibility, but I don't have any reason to believe absolutely that it's so incredibly ineffective.

    There was a unique situation with 1 of 4 times that the sugar...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    Randy Oliver seems to feel it might be as high as 40% of the phoretic mites.




    In this context, I'm mainly looking at it to provide some indication of overall infestation levels. The problem...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    Thing is it did get 35 after the drone comb emerged. Earlier this year I sugared a split raising it's own queen during the broodless period and saw a similar drop. In both heavily and mildly infested...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    Thanks jfb58 for the numbers. I've been curious to what extend varroa prefers drones. There are summaries of numbers that come up when I do web searches, but I'm digging deeper to find the context...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Won't setting migratory tops back allow rain in?
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Are the brood boxes honey bound?

    I believe this video shows why some might call them a 'honey reducer':


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe_jv-4_6ls

    I don't normally use excluders, but I...
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    Re: When is too late to do a split?

    For Ontario I'd say we're kind of at the cusp point now. It's a little less certain than it would have been 2-3 weeks ago, but way better than it will be in a week or 2 from now.

    So I'd suggest...
  8. Re: ? - Developing Warre comb in advance using Langstroth hives

    I got tired of messing with the twist ties. I came up with a new design that uses proper bee space and a turning block to hold the frames. I've updated the blog post about it with the new details.
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    Re: Queen marking colors

    I've started doing the same thing this year. The concept for me is to try and replace combs every five years. As I use foundationless comb, I also mark if the frame contains worker or drone/honey...
  10. Re: A Study in Box Hive Construction and Function

    Keep in mind the original poster mentioned this compartment was closed off and that those pegs look to be of a rather large diameter.
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    I have a document from the '30's that covers the history of beekeeping in a nearby county up to that point. I feel like it would be cheating for me to tell you why the holes are there at the top of...
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    Re: THickness for pants

    The problem with thicker is you will get hot.

    It's very rare that I've been stung on the area of my body pants cover. I'd imagine something loose and baggy might be more useful than thick denim.
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    2015 EAS conference

    I'm curious, how many of you will be coming up here this august for the conference?
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    Re: Bees "Bearding"

    I figure if the hive is getting too hot there's some simple things you can do to save the bees the work of cooling the hive down. If you're curious about how hot a hive is, why not shove a...
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    Re: Bearding?

    Yes, you usually need to have a decent amount of bees for them to be bearding, but I don't really like to see it. I makes me feel the hive is probably too small or too hot.

    The challenge with a...
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    Re: Removable Bottom Panel

    And I leave the bottom panel in all year long. This allows us to keep a constant eye on mite drops, and with 2 inches between screen and insert, it should prevent mites from climbing back up. I use...
  17. Re: ? - Developing Warre comb in advance using Langstroth hives

    I make nuc boxes to fit on top of my warré boxes and I put warré frames in there to make sure I get drawn comb that I can then move down.

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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    I didn't realize it was so difficult to source 3/8" entrance reducers. I think it's definitely a positive feature to be able to replace broken screens. Thanks Gary for the insights into the product!...
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Since posting about this I had one other beekeeper tell me about the kelly bottom board too and sent me a photo. Been interesting to see a different takes on how others solved some of the design...
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    In the end, the stainless steel mesh wasn't in stock.

    This is the design I came up with for the removable screen.
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    I think people often figure a 10 frame box is about 40L and 5 frame nuc is big enough to catch a swarm that can't find anything more optimally sized.

    Seeley, at Cornell, has spent a whole lot of...
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    Re: 5 vs. 10 frame box for trap

    I think people often figure a 10 frame box is about 40L and 5 frame nuc is big enough to catch a swarm that can't find anything more optimally sized.

    Seeley, at Cornell, has spent a whole lot of...
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    Re: Questions of an new beekeeper

    Ideally you have a diversity of drones mating with your queen. Even if your hive had drones, you would want there to be more drones from many hives in the area. If there are other beekeepers in your...
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    Re: Questions of an new beekeeper

    They almost certainly would have been raising some amount of brood long before temps hit 15. Here, I figure they were starting small amounts of brood for sure in March. I imagine in the warmer, more...
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    Re: Hive paint question

    I don't worry to much about the lip. If some of it gets painted I think it's okay.

    Bees are more receptive of certain light frequencies than others. The main advantage I can think of in using...
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