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    Re: Active bees

    1. They looked like they are bringing in Pollen is that possible in early April, I do have a few spring flowers in the garden and did see some bees on those.

    Yes. Elm, skunk-cabbage, ornamentals...
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    Re: Gum Rosin supplier

    I followed this lead and found that pdmchemicals only sells by the pallet.

    They directed me to J.H Calo, Inc. where I dealt with Katie A. Brown <kbrown@jhcalo.com>
    and bought one 55lb sack of...
  3. Re: Top Feeder: Screen to Float Conversion

    Thanks SwedeBee, but that looks similar to the MannLake feeder.

    I'm thinking of removing the wire screen, and floating some sort of fabric on the syrup so MannLake plastic feeders would be open...
  4. Top Feeder: Screen to Float Conversion

    I want to convert some of these:

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/ProductDetail.asp?idproduct=485&idCategory=

    To these:
    ...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain feeder with floats

    Smoke em, even brush em if you need to, but is has not been a significant problem.
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    Re: Brushy Mountain feeder with floats

    They are excellent feeders. I've had no problems yet.
  7. True, but it is not always easy to tell if that...

    True, but it is not always easy to tell if that wad of bees on the cage-wire is motivated out of love or hatred.

    I took the scenting as a shout of "Here's the queen and we love her!", and released...
  8. Is Nasonov scenting a sign of introduced queen acceptance?

    Is Nasonov scenting a sign of introduced queen acceptance?

    When checking on some introduced queens in mail-order 3-hole cages, I noticed workers on and around the cages scenting.

    Should this...
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    My bees like to brood in pc just fine. I have...

    My bees like to brood in pc just fine. I have not noticed if they prefer it over wax though.
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    What would be the purpose of the software you...

    What would be the purpose of the software you plan on writing? What would the beek get out that makes data-entry worthwhile?

    I'd be interested in breeder queen rating software. A place to enter...
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    I've noticed that a half drawn comb sitting in a...

    I've noticed that a half drawn comb sitting in a hive with no flow on will get gilded witn propolis rather than drawn out. Never watched for it as an indicator though.
  12. "Expression of hygienic behaviour is also...

    "Expression of hygienic behaviour is also
    dependent on colony strength. When hygienic colonies become weak or less
    populous the hygienic response is significantly reduced (Spivak and Gilliam...
  13. Interesting. I would have guessed the opposite....

    Interesting. I would have guessed the opposite.

    Can you tell us more? Is this based on your personal observation? What sort of hygienic test do you use?

    Thanks!
  14. >> how would you standardize "a whole medium >>...

    >> how would you standardize "a whole medium
    >> frame of drone brood" to make the test more accurate...

    Counting cells is out, but perhaps a before and after digi-pic. Perhaps even a computer...
  15. True, but normal tests involve a 100 x 100...

    True, but normal tests involve a 100 x 100 square, or a small circle of frozen worker brood.

    I would be exchanging a whole medium frame of drone brood.

    Would the larger scale effect the...
  16. Drone trapping & Hygenic testing combined

    One method of VM drone trapping involves putting frames of frozen/thawed capped drone comb back into hives for the bees to clean out.

    Has anyone observed the rate of clean-out as an indicator of...
  17. Here is a thread from 2007 with a similar...

    Here is a thread from 2007 with a similar question:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213496

    I tried it again this year, and it did not deliver much 2:1 at all.
  18. Thanks. I'm giving it a try. I'll report back on...

    Thanks. I'm giving it a try. I'll report back on how well it works.
  19. Migratory covers flooding top feeders

    Sometimes rain water runs around the edge of migratory covers and fills (or at least covers the syrup in) my Miller feeders.

    Anyone else notice this? Find a clever solution?

    Thanks.
  20. Is a 1st floor entrance skunk resistant?

    Would moving the entrance above the first medium box discourage skunks?

    Has anyone tried this? Any downside?

    http://home.mhonline.net/ppdlg/1stflr.jpg
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    A> My solar wax melter seems to leave the...

    A> My solar wax melter seems to leave the propolis behind while the wax runs off.

    B> Keep the light wax separate if you like it light. I havn't had much luck lightening the dark wax.
  22. >>Take it apart with a couple of wrenches and...

    >>Take it apart with a couple of wrenches and replace the o-rings.

    Thank you very much Alan.

    I replaced the O-ring and now it works perfectly.

    Patrick
  23. Fix for dripping BRASS BOTTLING VALVE?

    My brass bottling valve ( https://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=35_74&products_id=387 ) drips.

    Is there any way to fix these things, or is it garbage?
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    > I haven't found any greater acceptance or more...

    > I haven't found any greater acceptance or more success by letting them clean, polish and scent the cups overnight.

    Thanks for that. Eliminating steps is always good. Perhaps the polishing...
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    Did you leave the plastic cell cups in the...

    Did you leave the plastic cell cups in the builder overnight for cleaning and scenting?

    I used to graft indoors with lamps and magnifiers, but now I find I have better luck grafting hive-side.
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