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    Re: Maintaining amount of hives

    I too am a traditional beekeeper - because without a lot of experience and time, that's the way I learned. Sure I implement new sound, logical ideas to support them under changing conditions - and...
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    Re: Maintaining amount of hives

    A 33%+/- of loss across the board is not only a figment of my (our) imagination, but more of a matter of "neglect".

    Why waste the resources, time, money and energy implementing proceedures to...
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    Re: Maintaining amount of hives

    A combination of birth and border/imigration control? I too have a limited space and time to devote, but have found that I need to figure on at least a 20% loss, so I am constantaly shuffling...
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    Re: No only bees have mites!

    Just another 'Hard Days Night'
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    Re: How many frames of bees ... ?

    If there was a formula, we wouldn't need experience. Too many factors play into winter survival. It ends up being a guessing/feeling game that totally changes next year. There is a lot of info here...
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    Re: Reversing in Fall??

    remove it this time of year and replace it above early spring
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    Re: No Veil Demos are Bad for Recruiting.

    Sounds like a game of scissors - stone - paper.

    "On average, a human eye takes between 300 and 400 milliseconds to complete a single blink. That's roughly between three-tenths and four-tenths of a...
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    Re: Inspecting without smoker

    Bees sting instinctively and they don't aim - if your unlucky enough to take one in the eye before you blink - depth perception can be severly impacted. A minute to put on a veil and the discomfort...
  9. Re: Do I have a queen problem or a food problem?

    Don't expect any sort of buildup this time of year - way to late - take off all additional boxes and feed like crazy. If you have another hive that is doing well, you might need to consider...
  10. Re: tap water and mixing sugar water. don't work!

    If you pour 8 lbs of sugar into a measuring device it will be very close to a gallon in volume - or oz by measuring standards, that is not truely weight (oz), because of the difference between the...
  11. Re: tap water and mixing sugar water. don't work!

    Pour the sugar or water into a measuring device and add the equal amount of water/sugar (the same level line on the device) - this as is close as you or the bees want to deal with - if you want some...
  12. Re: Getting started on a budget - Veil/jacket recommendation

    Purchase a veil that protects your head and neck, get a oversized cotten long sleeve turtleneck shirt and wear the gloves of your choice. I do wrap the bottom of my jeans with velcro to keep them...
  13. Re: tap water and mixing sugar water. don't work!

    mix the stuff by volume in hot tap water and stir (I use a big plastic slotted kitchen spoon) and make up about 4 gal at a time - just fills my top hive feeders, you might have better luck adding the...
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    Re: 1 liter/day = dearth?

    If you'll notice, as you're feeding hives, nucs and packages in the early spring, they take it down pretty good, but once the flow starts, those feeders can remain pretty much untouched. Kinda says...
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    Re: Average life of hive equipment

    Well maintained, boxes (and frames) should last for a good long while, the issue being the frame ends of the box with only 3/8" of wood, which tend to get a lot of abuse. Foundation color will tell...
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    Re: Inspecting the brood boxes for winter.

    Andrew is right-on. You need to check your brood to make sure that your queen is laying in a good pattern on a pretty good number of frames and that there is no evidence of disease. There are only...
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    Re: Acquired 3 hives; questions

    Being prepared for bees is like being prepared for combat - you can practice and drill, run thru different scenerios and have as much equipment on hand as you can carry to anticipate the encounter,...
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    Re: SHB Questions

    If you live in the hot & humid south & don't have hive beetles, you're not keeping bees.
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    Re: How much more time in NC?

    In north Georgia they're only bringing in pollen - hope your feeding for winter.
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    Re: deep super vs. med. super

    Can't argue about feral survivability. I'm a curious as the next how well they survive in multiple smaller boxes vs fewer deeps - I see you are still running deeps - is your experience over the...
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    Re: deep super vs. med. super

    Once comb is drawn and you have a inventory of equipment, for me it doesn't matter. Would starting out with all the same size boxes been advantagious? - Absolutely. What a pain in the planning a.....
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    Re: Small hive beetle observations...

    I have used the same for several years with good results - I do recommend that you spray the interior of the pan with some sort of sealant like bed liner or automotive undercoating because mine have...
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    Re: first inspection on a nuc hive

    Down here, feeding (necessary) and fall flow (since we don't have much) should be focused on packing stores around the brood area, or filling frames that can be utilized close by in the winter - not...
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    Re: How long can I store frames of honey?

    I've had seasonal uncapped honey crystalize in cells within a month of foraging (unable to extrtact with centrifige), while I have over-wintered other both frozen or sealed at room temp that...
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    Re: Harvest Honey or leave in hive

    Unscientifically, I don't touch the 2 bottom boxes, regardless of the configuration. On strong hives I leave a drawn medium or super above that, but the general consencious is that you want the bees...
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