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    Re: re-discovered SIMPLE 2 queen method

    This is my second summer using the Snelgrove system and so far I have found them to be completely workable for dividing hives and getting cells started and queens mated. Just yesterday tried the...
  2. Thread: OTS Question

    by crofter
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    Re: OTS Question

    Do a google on Taranov Swarm. I have done it a number of times and it is a good way to get the queen and a bunch of new bees extracted from the hive if you cannot find her. Those bees will stay in...
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    Re: Will honey get capped after flow?

    I had same results as RayMarler last year; I bought an refractometer just to assure myself open honey can be OK. Some of did indeed have a lower moisture content than first extraction that was mostly...
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    Re: Arrow for Last Post on Thread

    Maybe there is more to it than flushing the cache. While trying to find the problem I had changed my Adblock settings. Using AdBlock seems to make the last post blue chevrons dissappear. You win...
  5. Re: Should I remove the entrance reducers in this hotter weather?

    There probably is a huge difference in bee breeding's effect on robbing tendency. I have no troubles with nucs being robbed with my Carnis but my son has some Italian based bees that sure are bad.
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  6. Re: Should I remove the entrance reducers in this hotter weather?

    The bees cool the hive by evaporating water they haul. They attempt to maintain a max of about 94F. in the brood area. Are you doing them a favor by letting in more hot air? It has been argued before...
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    Re: Arrow for Last Post on Thread

    Thanks Rader; clearing my browser cache restored things as they were!
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    Arrow for Last Post on Thread

    It seems I have lost the chevron arrows that will take you to the last post on a thread. Cant think of any changes I have made. Any ideas on how to fix?
  9. Thread: OTS Question

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    Re: OTS Question

    If you pinch the queen early you are putting your eggs all in the basket of successful emergence and mating. The timing and conditions have to be just right I think to take advantage of no queen for...
  10. Thread: OTS Question

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    Re: OTS Question

    After you get the frame with eggs laid, I believe you will have to isolate it by distance from the queen in order for them to start cells. I would say to put it above the three supers. I use a...
  11. Thread: WHAT IF !

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    Re: WHAT IF !

    If it was followed by a week of bad weather my Carni type bees would probably start queen cells on the other part of the hive the queen was not on. If I wanted the frame of honey emptied I would...
  12. Drone culling

    I raised dedicated drone comb and pulled larvae to check for varroa. It is so easy to get it drawn that I gave up on decapping and blowing or water hosing to empty. Freezing or scratching and letting...
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    Re: Roll your own thymol treatment

    They seem to track it around quite a bit and maybe consume some. I dont think it depends entirely on the off gassing vapor to make it work.
  14. Re: My first frame with foundation. My evolution as a beekeeper. I feel kind of dir

    Gnor you can use a few frames with plain wax foundation put in the center of the broodnest a week or so before you want to cell punch. Plastic foundation tends to stay a lot more regular and this...
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    Re: Roll your own thymol treatment

    Jim I think thymol can be a bit harsh as well as formic if the temperature gets really high. Not as bad though. http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/ I have purchased from their Canadian online...
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    Re: Refractometer sand room temps.

    I believe the standard refractive index is based on a 68 F. temperature. Many refractometers auto compensate their readings so you do not have to do the math. Do you have instructions that came with...
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    Re: Box building tools

    Watch the lay of the grain in the wood and you can minimize the tendency to open at the top and bottom. The heart side of the boards should be to the outside of the box. Easy to remember, "Dont put...
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    Re: Beginners treatment question.

    Fall may be too late to do a "real" treatment. If the thyme twigs are not real treatments for the bees, who is the beneficiary?

    If the result is missing the window of opportunity I don't see the...
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    I would suggest that if you are shaving only the sidebars without also narrowing the top bar, that you do a test on several hive bodies and try them for a season. I inherited a bunch of them and my...
  20. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    I think that "Threshold Knowledge" is an important ingredient in learning new skills. A student has to acquire a certain amount of basic terminology before he is efficiently receptive to concepts...
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    Re: June mite treatment threshold

    Since 75% or so of the mites are under cappings and you got 50 or so mite drop from the other 25% on a nuc, it sounds to me like the treatment was well needed and that is good results. Dont miss any...
  22. Thread: Frame wiring

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    Re: Frame wiring

    I use a paint brush the right width for the spool. I also bring the wire out through a tiny hole made with a needle. No more birds nests.
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    Re: am I a strange breed?

    Yep, or here, up on the North Channel of Lake Huron. The bees are just starting to make white wax now. Comb building is slow and more feed will not make it faster. It will shut the queen down from...
  24. Re: Very late starting mite treatment--now what?

    The Oxalic acid only sounds scary because you are not familiar with it; after you see it done you would likely feel different. MAQs and perhaps Hopguard are the only treatments approved while supers...
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    Re: building frames

    There is a lot of time involved to make good repeatable jigs to give consistent tight fitting joints and finished dimensions that are the equal of manufactured frames. I think if you were to do long...
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