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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    syrup is a big debate 1:1, 5:3, 2:1 see other posts and threads. the bees will not take the syrup below 50 f. to 55 f., how much? enough so they have a supply in the hive at all times.
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    avoid pollen patties until early spring when the bees can make cleansing flights. the date is local. for me it is months away, in florida about now.
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    Re: New guy with some questions

    foundationless comb can be used in an extractor but it is more difficult and the comb can break much easier. uncapping is more difficult also. there is the possibility of brood in the supers without...
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    Re: Checking hive during winter.

    tip the side of your hive up a little it should be over 100 lbs. total, that is 50 lbs. to tip up a side. that is for your area. if the hive is light look into solid winter feeding. a mechanics...
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    I found it difficult to get the Russians to have any young bees at all going into winter. they maybe ok with a strong fall flow.
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    Re: Hive Scale

    clever idea.
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    Re: Dry feed during first year

    dry feeding is normally only used in the winter for hives short on food. liquid feeding is used to get packages or new hives started or in times of no food available [dearth]. liquid feeding is also...
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    Re: New guy with some questions

    in answer to question #4: any will work that is the least of your problems. the previous answers are pretty good. 20 hives in one spot will work in most places. a dozen will work almost anywhere....
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    Re: Are AFB spores harmful to humans?

    human food is ok.. do NOT feed to bees if you even suspect AFB. send a sample to Beltsville as mr. bush says. while you are waiting to hear back, seal and bag the dead-out just in case. sanitize your...
  10. Re: Ask This Old House now instructs beekeepers?

    it kinds of fits with "fixing up" over-priced wreck houses in the boston area by throwing another 1/2 million plus into it for thrilled yuppie home owners who are having a tough time getting by on...
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    Re: what kind of bee diseases is this

    mites do not go away on their own. mites go away when your bees all die except for the ones that go to other hives on robbers. see post #4.
  12. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    ask 10 beekeepers a question, you will get a dozen answers. see how 10 hives do things you will get 1 with a different answer. leave the experts on bee hives to make their own plans. the bees know...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I am in the incompetent crowd, I got a big lecture about kitchen mess. this is a popular method well liked in Ontario, not for me but try it.. hint do not use the cheap bags.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    for fall type feeding, the top feeders with screens have a lot of capacity, I like the mann-lake ones the best but others are good. if you happen to see any drowned bees check the top cover, on a few...
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    Re: choosing first bees

    keep the same bees in both hives so you can learn to compare and spot problems quicker. in ohio, Italians or mixed would be good starter bees. Russians can be a bit harder to manage. they winter...
  16. Re: making nuc with shaken bees from several hives and a queen ?

    mixing bees from 2 hives may or may not be a problem, probably ok. 3 or more and the bees could care less. a little brood in the new colony as stated above is a good idea. it is not a good idea to...
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    do you mean bee-source???
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    Re: Packages or 3 frame nucs?

    you need enough bees to get started quick. you need a queen from a quality source. it is best to start a hive as early as possible. you do not need someone else's problems. a 3 frame medium is kind...
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    Re: Advice on recent OAV treatment

    it really does not matter how many mites you kill. the question is how many do you have now as a percentage. do a standard type of mite count for the live bees.
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    Re: Hive lifter

    this looks like a real good idea.
  21. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    at the recent empire state honey producers meeting. dave menendes [spelling?,sorry] talked about bees going after low quality pollen when they need it. do you folks in the nice warm northwest need to...
  22. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    all beekeeping is local. many from warmer climates do not understand that we can not get away with much.
  23. Re: Package bees in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Iowa

    mann-lake has packages in minnesota. I got some from their pa. location last spring . the bees are from olaverez in northern California . excellent bees. carnis and italians are available this year,...
  24. Re: what temp can I slip a new sugar block to them.

    I am not changing the subject, but often I subscribe to a thread based on who is in the discussion more than what the topic is. 20 f is warmer than I have seen locally for weeks and weeks at a time...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    excellent post specialkayme... I hope it is listened to and saves some folks a few years and a bunch of bees.. probably not but there is hope.
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