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    Re: What size hardware cloth to keep mice out?

    1/4 or 1/2 inch slot is not the same as a 1/4 or 1/2 inch square, I would really like to see a mouse fit through a 1/2 x 1/2 inch square hole. I have always used 1/2 inch hardware cloth with no...
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    A good no mess way to snuff out a hive is place a large garbage bag over it and seal them in, it shouldn't take long to suffocate them.
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    I wonder if the bees look at the Formic treatment as an Ant invasion and with the hive beetles being already present it is just too much for them to cope with, perhaps a hive that is already stressed...
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    Re: I'm stumped on identifying a pollen.

    Could also be Japanese knotweed, my bees work it pretty hard starting roughly mid August....
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    Re: Beekeeper out of convenience

    Welcome Kelly, good to have you on board.
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    Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    Daniel, I think the confusion is based in the Varrox instructions which CircleBee provided in the link, this vaporizer did state that it is "to be used in the broodless time in November-December",...
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    Re: anyone seeing meaner hives??

    It's normal this time of the year for the bees to get very defensive and back filling of the second deep is their way of preparing for the coming winter, this is what you want to see in a hive. I...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    It is a piece of angle iron, I drilled a hole through it for the hook to go through, there are probably a number of different ways a person could go about making something that would work, the angle...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    You will notice in the picture that the front of the hive box pivots on the front of the blocks, this is important for an accurate weight however if you are just weighing for gains and loses through...
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    Yes it is accurate to within a few pounds of weighing the whole hive which is close enough for what we need :).
  11. Thread: RAIN

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    Re: RAIN

    I agree with you Doc, I really don't think it bothers the bees one bit, When building my bottom boards I painted the entrance landing area and left the inside area unpainted and it works well.
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    Re: Wintering weights for colonies

    A scale is quite easy to build, I decided to build one this year to keep accurate records of how the hives are doing without the need for constant inspections. The 300# hanging scale I purchased from...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    The Japanese knot weed and second growth goldenrod has started to produce this past week here in Southern Ohio, my production hives have gained 20 or 30 pounds each, my second heaviest hive weighed...
  14. Thread: fall feeding ?

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    Re: fall feeding ?

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    Re: I've got 1600 lbs of honey, now what?

    Yes indeed in the middle of winter there can be shortages that you will be able to capitalize on.
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    Re: Not another swarm...

    She has the appearance of a mated queen.
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    Re: Not another swarm...

    Yes the third deep is a part of the brood nest all year, I run my nucs this way as well.
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    Re: Not another swarm...

    Dr. Todd;
    With the supers you have added your hives have room to house the population but how much room does the queen have in the brood nest? If the brood nest is plugged out with pollen, honey,...
  19. Re: What's the best wintering configuration for small hives

    I suppose that your location would be the deciding factor, here in southern Ohio I place them in a 5/5 nucs with the honey stores in the top box and then insulate the hive. I do see below zero...
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    Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

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    Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Thank you Dave for sharing your findings with this requeening method, I will remember this method of yours in the future if needed :).
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    Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Daniel,
    I don't know if this will bee the same as Dave's recipe but this is the HBH recipe that I have used in the past and it has a wonderful aroma.

    Honey Bee Healthy

    5 cup water
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    I have been messing with bees off and on over my life time and decided to get back into it approximately 6 years ago in late Fall, my wife found an add on Craigs list for a single broken down deep...
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    Re: How SWEET is the Mix?

    The sugar cubes on top would no doubt make a good winter emergency feed but the bees will not use it to fill comb for winter stores, and as already stated it is not 2:1 or 1:1 because there is no...
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    Re: Help

    Dave's conclusions are no doubt correct, do you have another hive that you can pull a frame of young larvae from and insert it into the troubled hive? If they are indeed queenless the bees should...
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