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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    Simple is good! Ten pound bag of sugar and a pint of water makes a just wet sugar that packs into a form of your choice and forms a brick that is portable and easily handled. Add all the magic...
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    Re: Apivar Application

    The active ingredient is all dissapated by the end of 42 days. The bees just work around the strips the whole time. Just leave them til spring.
  3. Thread: Bulk sugar

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    Re: Bulk sugar

    Beet sugar works just fine for me and is considerably cheaper than cane. Cheap is good. I am feeding every five days right now trying to get nucs ready to winter. 46.1 cents a pound at Sams and...
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    Re: Overwintering Nuc side by side

    I winter double divided deeps with two nukes successfully. I put a queen excluder on and a feeder rim above it and give the bees mountain camp supplemental feed. Works well. I wrap each...
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    Re: Races of Honey Bees

    The best race is honey bees or apis Mellifera is the honeybee. The varieties differ between individual colonies enough that a good colony of any variety will produce more than a mediocre colony of...
  6. Re: Alfalfa nectar temperature and tolerance to frost.

    Alfalfa has a sweet floral smell that is unmistakable once you pick it out. The cool nights and warm days for maximum productivity I first heard posited in a now really antique NDSU study. I...
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    Re: Carniolan (swarm masters)

    One of the major challenges for new or expanding beekeepers is that they have little drawn comb. Two similar sized colonies will react differently if given boxes of foundation or boxes of drawn...
  8. Re: Alfalfa nectar temperature and tolerance to frost.

    Alfalfa produces max flow on hot days after cool nights. I have smelled alfalfa really strong in the high sixties. You can smell the alfalfa flow. We should get some more hot days.
  9. Re: First and Last year since no one can play nice

    Requeen the hive. I like to work without suiting up and I don't tolerate bees I can't pop the lid on unprotected. I recommend carniolans or a mild italian.
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    Re: Partially filled supers

    Extract the capped frames and put them back in the supers wet. The bees may fill them with goldenrod honey. My bees often leave halves of supers uncapped all summer waiting for more dandelions to...
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    Re: Overpopulated hive?

    Put the weak hive immediately in front of the strong hives location and move the strong colony to where the weak hive sat. This will immediately transfer the monster hives workforce to the weaker. ...
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    I do not use quilt boards or fondant but am a total believer in a 2 1/2 inch feeder rim, wet newspaper on the top bars and half a twentyfive pound bag of sugar. Then I insulate over that and wrap...
  13. Re: changing old brood frames / newbee question

    When you have a flow on and the bees actively raising multiple frames of brood, put new frames of foundation one at a time between two frames of brood. If the bees are expanding, they will rapidly...
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    Re: Hello from West Virginia

    Welcome and move along with your plan. Everyone should have a couple colonies.
  15. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    If you don't want to go to the fabric store and buy upholstery burlap or the crafty stuff, Do you have a coffee roaster close to you? Coffee beans come in hopefully untreated bags. I got some today...
  16. Thread: moldy syrup

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    Re: moldy syrup

    I put about a cup of bleach in five gallons of syrup. It does retard fermentation and mold and does not seem to harm the bees. It has been used my some old timers for many years.
  17. Thread: Tyvek

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    Re: Tyvek

    Being a lifelong cheapskate I think I can recognize one! I understand it occasionally gets hot in Arizona. A tyvek suit does not breathe at all and one wearing one on a day in the sixties sweats...
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    Re: I had purple honey and blew it. Sigh.

    In the spring when i am feeling cute i set out a feeder of sugar water with florescent kool aid for dye. A dozen hobbyists within a mile of me. But your color might be spilled grape jelly or a...
  19. Re: How to calm down a crazy hot hive? Requeen?

    Can you partition off say three bars and introduce a queen there qnd get her laying. After the first of the new queens brood is capped and you know she is good, crush the mean genes and wait an hour...
  20. Re: Is there such a thing as keeping the bees too warm??

    I wrap mine tightly closing off bottom entrance and insulate the top so that the sides are the cooler place so water condensing does it on the sides not the top. The entrance/ventilation port is a...
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    Re: Any football fans

    Thanks for that. If I were a big fan, I would be glued to a game now I suppose.
  22. Re: Do you leave Frame Feeders in all the time?

    I bought frame feeders this summer because I started too many nucs to feed with my miller feeders. I made inserts for the ML cheapies I bought with #8 hardware cloth folded over a half inch slice of...
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    Re: Varroa testing question

    Do you have any drone brood? Take a cappings scratcher and see what is in them for additional information. If you took a good sample off a frame with wet brood that is getting close to being...
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    Any football fans

    I am an indifferent fan who has an out of market team that is seldom on my tv. Is anyone familiar with the streaming services over internet for about thirty bucks that are supposed to allow you to...
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    Re: It was capped, now not so much?

    I would say your assumptions are correct. If the honey doesn't shake out your fine.
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