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  1. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    All mine are mediums and like STERLING I like using scrap material where ever I can.

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  2. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    Here is a link through Google Translate (hopefully it works) about a beekeeper that is a member of Nordbi, a group that is working only with the Northern Brown Bee in Sweden. It is AMM, very similar...
  3. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    If Mike can do it in Vermont on the Canadian border, you can do it in NH. His double divided nucs share heat and winter like a healthy production hive. From PA on south, even in the mountains where...
  4. Re: time to checkerboard/open brood nest in southern Ohio?

    Should be way too early now. I wait until nights are in the 50s to 60s, AND you have a fairly large cluster of bees to cover the gaps created by opening it up. Checkerboarding honey frames above...
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    Re: New Virginia Beekeeping Law

    I'm not sure your apiary is registered per se. I applied for the grant the first year and got it, but the inspectors only know where 3 of my 9 yards are, and the reason they know that is only...
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    Re: Open air hive in January in Indiana

    Make some kind of waterproof enclosure with a small entrance. I had never seen one until this year. There are two here in our area. Both are too high up and on a slope, so it's not worth the risk...
  7. Thread: VHS QUEEN BEES

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    Re: VHS QUEEN BEES

    Like many have already said, VSH is not the answer by itself. For many it has not helped. About a third of my colonies are VSH, but I also have Russians, and local stock from swarms and cutouts. ...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    Are you getting the 36" with one baffle? I assume the purpose of the extra baffle would be to remove a small amount more wax. That would possibly eliminate the need for as much filtration...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    Actually I meant the Maxant clarifying tank when I said sump. I'm also looking at the Maxant filter units. It sounds like you came to the same conclusion that I was working towards. I wonder how...
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    Re: How do you keep a nuc small all year?

    That's why MP calls them "brood factories". If you have enough boxes and time, you end up with more bees every year, you always have extra queens, you have resources to make strong production...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    DC- Thanks for the reply. I am dealing with two bottlenecks right now. The first is the chain uncapper seems to generate a larger amount of wax, and a finer particle. I spend a lot of time...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    FP- i'd love to see a picture of your setup. Right now I'm at the point of trying to streamline the cappings processing. I've been looking at spinners, sumps, and pumps to keep from having to hand...
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    Re: Can capping wax be "pure"?

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Very interesting.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Wow! I can almost understand it for the mid Atlantic (nah, maybe not) but it's pretty crazy for your location in the Frozen North. :)
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    Re: Using Inner Cover w Migratory Lid?

    Mine serve as passive ventilation because I put a notch on one end of one side.
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    Re: Using Inner Cover w Migratory Lid?

    I have some migratory covers, and I like to run inner covers, so I am doing a few like this. I don't see a problem.
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    Re: Parmak 12 - life and maintenance of the unit?

    I have 9 of these in use and they have been very reliable, and they are built to take some abuse. The main box is galvanized steel. 25% of mine are the 6 volt units. About half were used units off...
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    Re: Deadout - Show N Tell..... any observations?

    Starved. When a hive crashes down to a small cluster and they are not in contact with honey, they will starve on a cold night. Larger clusters can maintain contact with honey much easier, if it's...
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    Re: Deadout - Show N Tell..... any observations?

    When I lose hives to too many mites, this is what they look like. The still capped brood shows you how large the cluster was in the not too distant past, but most of the bees disappear and the...
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    Re: wintering question

    I would. Mice can climb pretty well. Use 1/2" hardware cloth cut the width of the entrance x a couple inches. Fold longways so it wedges in. Or put in your entrance reducers so they can't be...
  22. Re: Best way to remove plethora of dead bees stuck in 1/4" mesh mouse guard

    Mice will chew through them. I have quite a few that are gnawed up, but I don't see it happen very often on my hives so that's what I use.
  23. Re: Best way to remove plethora of dead bees stuck in 1/4" mesh mouse guard

    I stand to be corrected on the 1/4". Learn something everyday.

    If the 1/4" is folded the holes become smaller. I'd be concerned about that not working.
  24. Re: Best way to remove plethora of dead bees stuck in 1/4" mesh mouse guard

    If you bend 1/4" into a U shape it is smaller still. 1/2" works really well this way.
  25. Re: Best way to remove plethora of dead bees stuck in 1/4" mesh mouse guard

    1/4" hardware cloth is too small. Some people use that for pollen traps. If they sold 3/8", that might work fine, but I've never seen it for sale. 1/2" works fine for my bees. Some people say...
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