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  1. Thread: Nosema

    by ToeOfDog
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    Re: Nosema

    The State said to heat the woodenware up to 140*F for twenty minutes to kill the spores. In the South, an enclosed car can get up to 150*F real fast. Carry the woodenware in your SUV for a week?<GG>
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    Re: Supply List for Assembling Frames?

    What happens is when you push the two bars apart it pulls the two end bars in shortening the distance. You may lose a frame or two figuring out how far is too far. Once you figure out the distance...
  3. Thread: Bottom Boards

    by ToeOfDog
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    Riverderwent:

    Thank you for your response. That sounds like the direction i was heading. My SBB's are an enclosed screen bottom. It acts like a solid but there is a tight fitting debris tray...
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    Re: Supply List for Assembling Frames?

    And a spreader. You spread the bottom and top bars apart about a 1/4" to 1/2"part and stick the spreader between the two. This shortens the distance for the wire. You wire the frame then take the...
  5. Thread: Bottom Boards

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    Re: Bottom Boards

    What if you owned a table saw and you were making your own SBB's? What is better for the bees in the deep South? 3/8" or 3/4"? Why?

    The way most SBB's are built there is no practical difference...
  6. Thread: Bottom Boards

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    Bottom Boards

    Solid bottom boards have a 3/4" and a 3/8" side. My mentor told me to always use the 3/4" side. Recently, i read the purpose of the 3/4" side was up north the hives are buried in snow and the 3/4"...
  7. Re: Put 2nd Box with Foundationless Frames on Today - What to Expect?

    wallyblackburn:

    First, decide what type of beekeeper you are. Are you small cell or large cell? Most foundationless are small cell but it appears you started with a 5 frame LC nuc. If you want to...
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    Re: SHB Larvae question

    My SBB are enclosed with an elaborate debris tray. There is a good bit of fallen wax in the tray. If you dont clean the tray weekly the wax moths will get down there out of reach of the bees and lay....
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    Re: For those who use the Testors paint pen..

    Craftsmart Paint pen.

    I rarely mark queens. The paint tip is usually dry when i do so the tip has to be primed. The tip is touched on wood numerous times to assure that there is no excess paint...
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    Re: For those who use the Testors paint pen..

    Nontoxic, water based, paint pen from Micheals. About 2 or $3. No problems. No smell. I have one of those silver dollar size catchers with a very big holed screen that lightly pinches her up against...
  11. Re: ever seen burr comb like a new frame between frames?

    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/ed-dee-lusby/more-on-small-cell-foundation-for-mite-control/housel-positioning-how-i-view-its-importance-to-beekeeping/
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    Re: Small cell bees and Survivor bees

    I would be interested in the basis for this statement. My understanding is that the female varroa is laid every 30 hours in the capped cell and that all immature varroa die when the bee emerges. The...
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    Colony Identifer

    How do you name/identify your colonies? Assume they are all in one location. Does the name/identifier make reference to the heritage of the colony's queen? I am looking for a better system.

    Thanks
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    Re: No shake package install

    An amateur or backyard beekeeper has the luxury of time and should consider not following commercial beekeeping practices.
  15. Re: Getting Nuc! But my set up only has two shallow 8 frame boxes...

    As Harley said your hive bodies are mediums and not shallows. Shallows were the popular size honey supers decades ago and mostly old goats have them. Yes, I am an old goat.

    You don't say what...
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    All microeconomics (price theory) is local and depends on local conditions. What a nuc is worth in Fla is not the same as in New England. You have to admire the efficiency of the free market system...
  17. FoulBrood and Africanized Bees, Al & TN, FYI

    I spoke to Wes, the State inspector for northern Alabama. There were two cases of AFB in the northern half of Alabama in 2014 ( Shelby county and north to the Tenn line). One was 2 colonies out of...
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    Re: Ideas for different hive top design?

    Bees are experts at ventilating their colony. Think tree.

    But if you believe they need extra ventilation. Think 1" by 4". Make an extra shallow honey upper with 4- 2" holes drilled, one per...
  19. Re: Newbee saying hello. first installation and no protective clothing

    Please consider one thing. The packages you installed did not have an "investment" to protect. The next time you go into them and they have drawn comb and open brood they might not be as sweet.
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    Re: First year plan ADVICE wanted

    This is not a suggestion but just an attempt to make the poster aware of this option. Some claim that the added stress of regressing from 5.4mm down to 4.9mm is too much for a beginning beekeeper....
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    Re: small cell into large cell colony?

    Rite Cell is a 5.4 mm cell.



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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Did find or didnt find mites?
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    Re: Suggest A Different Beginners Book.

    Cleaner762:

    Thank you for the time and effort you expended in responding to my thread posted in the Treatment Free subforum. Your posts appears to be an advocacy for large cell as opposed to...
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    Re: 9 frame spacer plans

    The inside dimensions of an eleven frame box is 14.75". In large cell language that's a 10 frame box. If you want to run nine frames in a "10" frame box so that the bees overdraw the combs the frames...
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    Re: Ventilation for the top of your hive

    I do and when the high is above 95*F that day I close it.
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