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    Re: Hive paint question

    I don't worry to much about the lip. If some of it gets painted I think it's okay.

    Bees are more receptive of certain light frequencies than others. The main advantage I can think of in using...
  2. Re: What's bad about half height frames & boxes?

    Gaps between boxes definitely are a con for the bees. They like a compact broodnest. Of course they can handle the jump when they are strong enough.

    So it's a compromise between minimal gaps and...
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    Re: Bee Behavior

    Orientation flights look something like this.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26Af7AQZimw


    Is this your first time feeding bees? In my limited experience with it, I found feeding makes the...
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    Re: Hive tool at Walmart

    I often see it being called a 'lever bar-scraper'.

    I wish it was easier to find these ones in just any old store:
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    Re: Hive tool at Walmart

    Doesn't almost every tool/paint shop have them?

    I really prefer the j-hook tools, but these can certainly get the job done.
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Good point zhiv9. Have you been able to source some?
  7. Re: Bee raft, Titanic or kitchen trivet?

    I've tried something very similar.

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3714/9983703233_6d97df4e9e.jpg

    I don't think you will have any problems. I feel like they mostly walk in. They don't seem to...
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    Re: Using MAQS with screened bottom

    Maqs does warn it can corrode metal. I've not used the two together, but I have used other formic treatments with screened bottom boards. The last year or two I have noticed some of the mesh screens...
  9. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Is there any reason to believe it's better to solve this problem with increased air flow vs hive walls/tops that are better insulated?
  10. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    Warré himself called it a 'cushion'. Apparently the english translation used the word 'quilt' as that term existed already for a similar device in uk hives.

    Prior to all of that, there are...
  11. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    That is only one variation on the theme. I don't have a top entrance or vent holes around my quilt. I have the sense from the warré list serve that viewing the quilt as an insulator is often...
  12. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Every year someone around here will talk about shovelling their bees out so they can breath, and every year someone will reply to them 'snow does breath'. It's ice that's a problem.

    I don't know...
  13. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    So can all the water get out a single entrance on the bottom of the hive?



    Odd thing is I don't have vents...at most there's a few small cracks in the wood I have encasing my quilts. My...
  14. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    But isn't ~82% of that 40lb in the form of sugar rather than water?
  15. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    Can someone explain where this number is coming from? One hive I'm looking at right now I'd estimate lost about 40lb between November till now. Wouldn't that amount to slightly less than a gallon of...
  16. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    It's amazing with how much debate there is about top or bottom entrances or both (Dennis Murrel, Ed Clark, Roger Delon) that there isn't some good research on the topic to point to on these topics...
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    Re: Another queen excluder question

    "I was hoping to find the top medium being filled with honey, but it looks like the queen has laid brood in it. Most of the frames in this super have been filled out, so I'm going to add another...
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    Re: hfcs ok or not

    My understanding is that the lactic acid bacteria, which is beneficial to the bees, grows better in fructose than sucrose.
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  19. Re: Entrance reducers and mouse guards

    I'm not sure you need a entrance reducer right now. Unless you think there is a risk of robbing or the bees not being able to defend against invaders at this time of year.

    Mice hide in the hives...
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    Re: What is this?

    It might rise over the winter depending on circumstances and cause of death. Last year from an early spring dead-out as well as from a colony that survived, both of which had some moisture issues in...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    Crofter, do you have a proper calibration liquid? You now also have a bottle of glycerine. Why don't we sample our glycerine again in a year or so and test how constant of a substance it is.

    Once...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    No, I want a cheap, easy to purchase, reliable liquid that I can use for calibration. When I started testing all the liquids others said could be used, and I saw very different results, I started...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    It's interesting that there is so many references for two different readings. I'm not seeing references to anything in the middle, just one or the other.

    I'm still l'm running out of ideas as to...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    I find the line is fuzzy if I haven't strained or if I haven't properly cleaned and dried the refractometer (so there are mixed substances). The lines I get from strained honey that has settled are...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    The bottle i have say Glycerine 100% v/v. USP. As best as I can tell 'ph." is a european thing similar to USP so it'll probably be the best I can find here. At $4.50 for 100ml it doesn't seem like a...
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