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    Re: do ten frame boxes increase starvation?

    Sky

    As you noticed Jim Lyon's post #16 tells the truth. Smaller & taller arrangement has a slight advantage, but it can be done with either 8- or 10-frame equipment.

    Winter prep begins in...
  2. Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Lots of theft deterrents in beehives have been discussed before here on Beesource. I'll try to look up the old threads and post the links.

    My favorite is the live snake in the super, but there are...
  3. Re: How to sterilize plastic beehive frames

    Welcome to Beesource!

    I don't heat nor bleach them, I just paint molten wax over the old plastic foundation with a fairly stiff brush and slap them back in "dirty".

    Old equipment is not...
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    Re: Making equitment

    Lucy's got some 'splainin' to do?
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    Re: New Idea for a Queen Bank

    Ray - yes, I intend for queens to come out of the incubator, go to I.I. or mating nuc's as the dice rolls, into the regular queen bank cages for never more than 5 days, then onto a drawn comb under...
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    Re: Maui beekeepers?

    Any views of "Jaws" beach while the Island pounders came through? I've been hoping to surf that spot some day. Also wondering if the Eddie Aiku Classic has gone on over in Oahu? I see they had the...
  7. Re: Kelley news letter says: don't feed your bees GMO sugar!

    Wow! So many of us actually get it. GMO does NOT = BAD. Bad research practices and evil intentions can lead to bad incidents with genetically modified organisms, such as happened in India with so...
  8. Re: Apps or Ideas for recording bloom cycles

    I correlate mine to local rainfall data. I look at a number of rainfall charts and ask my friends with rain gauges. I really don't have enough years here in my environment. Southern California has...
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    Re: Is genetic diversity necessary?

    Gawsh, I feel flattered. :gh:

    So that was found in "Point of View"? And Thanks!
  10. Re: Had a BEE RESCUE TODAY, NEED SOME ADVICE

    Welcome to Beesource!

    Congrats on your good fortune.

    The combs can be wired to the frames - try to get them right side up. Combs of honey can be fed to them from outside when it is warm....
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    Re: Is genetic diversity necessary?

    Richardson - Thanks for the link to the Harbo/ Rinderer article! That is succinct and informative. I didn't know that it was sitting right here under my nose on Beesource! I'm going to print that one...
  12. Re: Anyone see the artical about the mite killing bees being developed

    An umpire went into a saloon and screamed, "All attorneys are @$$holes!"

    Every one in the bar looked, shrugged as if to say, "Tell us something we don't already know." They went back to their...
  13. Re: jumbo or extra-large hive bodies - source?

    Where's he gonna hide in Sardinia? That's Stupid!

    Dar - Sorry I didn't chime in before you ordered the wood. Sugar pine is preferred because it warps very little. Hope you got lucky.
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    Re: Types of hive stands - ideas

    Sacrificial treated pallet in the mud, painted 4-hive screened bottom board pallet on top of it. Hives in the "W" clips. A straw bale wind break around 2 of these with a coroplast political sign...
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    Re: Making equitment

    Most of the bee club members don't have pipe clamps to assemble the boxes. I doubt any of them make up an assembly jig to make sure the inside dimension is correct and square, except that one guy is...
  16. Re: What's the most useful ..table saw or router table

    I made up 2 custom router tables with 4 routers each for making notches in frames. I like it better than the saw for that purpose. Opposing notches are always the correct distance apart, the correct...
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    Re: Titebond II - what happened?

    Thanks for posting - now I'll certainly make a bonding test piece before gluing up a bunch of equipment.
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    New Idea for a Queen Bank

    I just made a run of Laidlaw cages sized to fit 4 on one side of a frame - 8 total - for use as a low capacity queen bank. The advantage is that mated queens can lay eggs on drawn comb, increasing...
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    Re: Can you do the math?

    I'll go raise bee with numbers on their backs.

    Hey, girls! Line up. Who's got a number higher than 7,000? A bunch of you? Good! How about higher than 7,100? Aha! Good girls! Here's a pollen...
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    Re: Bees on top, honey on bottom

    Something to try next year is Lauri Miller's practice of placing half a worker cell foundation in the center of a frame, with about 4 inches of "empty" on both sides.

    The bees draw out large comb...
  21. Re: Is it mites, or the viruses they carry that kill a hive?

    Either answer, the mite or the virus (the chicken or the egg?), a couple of drone combs placed in the hive and pulled right after capping, then given a good hard freezing helps keep the mitey mites...
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    Re: Is genetic diversity necessary?

    The game of Tug-of-War between selectivity and diversity favors the active beekeeper who evaluates the bees, keeps records, produces many queens, selects from the best, kills the drones of the least...
  23. Re: Anyone see the artical about the mite killing bees being developed

    Busted mite parts in the sticky board under the screened bottom board are the indicator of mite mauling. I have to use my loupe to see them, but I'm an umpire, so I obviously can't see too well....
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    Re: Do Winter Drones Mean My Queen Died?

    If its warm out, suit up and LOOK in the hive. If there's nothing but drone brood, you have a laying worker situation. If there's both worker and drone brood, the bees are very optimistic for an...
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    Re: Aggression study in honeybees

    This make it even more complicated for those of us attempting to combine AHB trait of workers emerging at 19 days (instead of 21 days with most other races) and mite mauling expressed in Russian...
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