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    Re: Hive Tracking Spreadsheet?

    My tracking is simply a Word document that records dates and what I did or observed.
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    Re: foundationless frames

    I've found that a starter strip moves things along much more quickly. Wire the deeps, not the mediums. Not an expert but these work nicely for me.
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    Re: Queen cells to attract swarms?

    My idea is to use the macerated remnants of unhatched queens, not live or viable queen cells.
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    Queen cells to attract swarms?

    I've never tried it but could the contents of excess swarm and supersedure cells be used in swarm traps for attracting?
  5. Re: Bees attracted to hot tub and drowning by the hundreds :(

    My hot tub is only 40 feet from my hives and I've had no problems. However I'm using bromine instead of chlorine; that may be the difference. My cover is a heavy foam filled type and bees could not...
  6. Re: Wax moth infestation in dead-out hive from last fall - salvage or start over?

    You can always spray your frames with BT even when the bees are on the frame. I've sprayed frames covered with bees with problems whatsoever . BT is heavily diluted before use; instructions are on...
  7. Re: vibration/movement of small wind turbine, 20 feet from hive yard, bad for bees?

    I'm not certain that they will get used to to. It's the bee's environment and they may prefer a residence with less turbulence and move on. To be sure you would need to experiment or switch to...
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    Re: New Beekeeper - using old comb?

    It's really a matter of a healthy hive. If a frame looks black and moldy, scrape it out and start from scratch; the bees will have no problem in rebuilding with fresh, clean wax. The old honey...
  9. Re: Might be a silly question....where you process honey

    About 80 feet here. As soon as the honey has been extracted, the empty frames are stacked 20 feet closer to the hives and that's were the bees gather. The full frames are stored in covered plastic...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    I that an electric carving knife motor would burn up quickly with the heavy friction of honey and wax between the moving blades.

    In the long run a simple adjustable temp uncapping knife will win...
  11. Re: Thick mold on frames - discard or let bees clean

    FatBeeMan has an excellent video where he soaks his frames in a bleach solution with excellent results. With heavy mold on the frames I would personally discard the foundation rather than to have...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Thanks all for the info! I'll be doing my first splits shortly I hope. Question- does a beek buy a queen before the split so she can start laying as soon as she is established in the hive? Or is...
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    Re: Wax moth issue where to get bt aizawai?

    BT really works!! A few minutes ago I was checking my stack of stored frames and it was 100% free of moths or damage.

    You only use a tiny amount in a quart sprayer; whatever size bottle of BT...
  14. Re: Sensors inside and the Bee hive. The tech behind the buzz.

    I'm another RF EE. My hives have a 4 inch acrylic tube venting the top rear of each hive. If I see condensation, I know I have too much humidity. Each top and bottom box have a cheap thermometer...
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    Re: -40 f windchill in central NY

    Wind Chill factor is based on the wind and temperature on human skin. If your the interior of your hives are windproof, then the wind chill factor is meaningless.
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    Re: foundationless frames

    Mr. jcolon has a good point. Don't get hung up on the idea that starter strips are really necessary; the bees will find a way to build with or without it. I've used cut-up 1" strips of starter...
  17. Re: are you wondering if they are still alive inside?

    Not worried at all. My hives have cheap thermometers with 8" rigid probes that I stick into 1/8" holes on the sides of the lower deep (near the top); I don't really care what the temperature is...
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    When Martha starts selling bee kits I'm sure that the hive tool will come in a variety of tasteful colors to match the patio furniture.
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    Re: Foundation question?????

    I've done it and it works well. To attach it to the top bar just use a cheap 1" paint brush and melted beeswax.
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    Re: Insulated top cover- plans

    My ultra-simplistic top cover insulation is just a piece of 1" rigid foam placed on TOP of the hive cover and gets held down by two bricks. Works just fine; it's not necessary to put insulation...
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    Re: 1st OAV attempt update

    Jay- Can I ask what you did in your OA treatment? I use a commercial vaporizer and an electronic power supply; the vaporization time is only 10 seconds with around 15 minutes before the hive is...
  22. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    All I wanted was a honey BTU rating to compare with a 10 watt/hr heater. That's all. Many of the responders failed to notice that the Wiki data was in KiloCalories and KiloJoules, ie: 100 grams of...
  23. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    Re: BTU's of honey

    This has gone on way too far.

    With honey 100 grams=1271 KJ or 305K calories. Thence 1 pound of honey equals 1205.6 BTU This has certainly become a contest of engineering skills and that was not...
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    Re: BTU's of honey

    Looks like I stirred up a bees nest of mechanical engineers! I'm just an EE here. My purpose here can be made quite complex but it's all about using a theoretical 100% efficient 10 watt heater in...
  25. Thread: BTU's of honey

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    BTU's of honey

    I had the figure once before but lost it; what is the BTU rating of common honey?
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