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  1. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    Must be a deadly dangerous problem! They have only been shipping them by mail for a hundred and twenty five years at least. The pussification of the country continues apace.
  2. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    Why couldnt the syrup cans be loaded with fondant and opened with an old timey church key that could open some triangles to let the bees in to the can.
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    Re: Entrance sizes?

    Personally I would close up the upper entrance and reduce the size of the lower to about two bees wide. The bees need to maximize the amount of brood they can cover and less air circulation thru the...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    I of course feed the honey from dead outs that show no sign of dying of brood disease or the colony dwindling unexplainably.

    Thinking about feeding sugar syrup is a bad awful idea why?

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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    The first and largest concern is the transmission of a disease that if contracted from your bees feeding on a dead out infected with American Foulbrood will result in you having to burn your...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    What is funny is that the local bee Guru was telling people that deadouts were good winter feeders for their remaining bees! NOT trying to beat up on SUZYQ! But just trying to empress that this is...
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    Re: New Beek what to feed a new nuke?

    Nukes are not dangerous! I stacked them on eighty thousand pounds of solid rocket propellant for over twenty years and didn't have a single one go off! I have fed 1:1 syrup for twice that long and...
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    Re: Feeding without stimulating?

    A baggie feeder on the topbars with 2:1 and a couple drops of LGO. They will pack it away in a few days and you can repeat quick and they will have some stores.
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    Re: Leftover Full Supers of Honey

    For goodness sake extract the honey and when the spring flow comes the bees will fill them back up. If you need to feed this fall so be it. That is a simple and inexpensive process. The honey is...
  10. Thread: All Gone!

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    Re: All Gone!

    Dry sugar on the top bars is so much simpler and it absorbs moisture, doesn't drool down and chill cluster.
  11. Re: "A Frame for Expansion" Is a 4 frame nuc the new norm?

    It is all about the marketplace. Sellers obfuscate and buyers have rose colored glasses. It appears that east of the Mississippi bee prices keep rising and out here closer to the almonds, not so...
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    Re: Larger Apiary Configuration

    Thankyou for the question! Yes Concrete cold soaks and stays cold in fridgid areas. Dirt is less dense and conductive. I imagine a scientist could explain it to you. Cities are a different thing...
  13. Re: First timer, 2 packages dumped today and they're very different????

    No the concern was the can had gone dry and the bees are starving. Starving bees are lethargic. Hopefully it is not a problem.
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    Re: Opinions concerning top entrances

    I wonder how many bees die hanging on the bottom of sbb's? Most of my brood boxes end up with a 1" hole bored right below the handhold for a winter entrance/ventilation port. Serves well for an...
  15. Thread: Queen question

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    Re: Queen question

    Personally I check on the 4th day and release the queen if the bees haven't. Then I stay out for ten more days. To much messing around in a hive with a newly released queen often results in the...
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    Re: dry sugar vs syrup

    Consider feeding warm 1:1 syrup in gallon zip lock bags layed on the topbars. The cluster will keep warm syrup from cooling too much and lasts about four days in my hives. Best part is no bees at...
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    Re: Double nuc under shared super

    My double nucs are five 1 1/4" shaved frames and narrow dividers that are a PITA to line up! The bees store virtually no honey in that packed broodnest if an excluder is over them and under a...
  18. Re: First timer, 2 packages dumped today and they're very different????

    I hope the slow ones aren't out of stored chow in themselves and lethargic. I would mist a little warm syrup on them as a precaution if it is in the fifties or above.
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    Re: Larger Apiary Configuration

    You have a concrete "stand" and the timbers are superfluous. I would set them in groups for the summer facing east and west and I would leave enough room to walk in between them. You will find the...
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    Re: can someone explain to me this hive

    He has that many supers on to impress the neighbors or the bees have really great pasture. Once upon a time on fields with waist deep alfalfa that never were cut with good rain, cool nights and hot...
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    Re: Double nuc under shared super

    The weaker splits did not build up fast enough to take advantage of the flow. The strong splits made a good crop. I would question using one medium split in half though. There is just not enough...
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    Re: Mean Old Queen?

    When I put my hand down toward the top bars of a smoked colony and hand turns grey, the queen has no future. Lots of great productive bees that are not defensive. I have heard great things about...
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    Re: Double nuc under shared super

    When you go there, go to articles, most of the site is French language but the article she is not.
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    Re: thinking ahead for expansion

    I think 3 to 4 weeks is optimistic especially if you are drawing foundation. But if there is ANY doubt, add the second hive body before you leave!
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    Re: Double nuc under shared super

    frenchbeefarm.com is the site. Manitoba commercial beeks. I trialed six pair last summer and wintered them now. If you try it, strong splits of three frames of mostly capped brood on both sides...
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