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    Re: Early Queens CANADA

    Was a at a presentation by personnel from the National Bee Lab and they had done tests on sperm viability of transported queens. If my recollection is correct, only 40% of sperm is viable if queens...
  2. Re: Questions about this picture of Broodboxz and supers in FL

    In the process of doing a split?? Shook top brood down a few hours ago to ensure queen is in bottom, added excluder to keep her there.

    Nurse bees will move up through excluder to cover brood in...
  3. Re: Overwintering Nuc Production- Nuc Configuration?

    Yes it is a copper (Copper Naphthenate) based wood preservative. I apply two coats with a brush.
  4. Re: Overwintering Nuc Production- Nuc Configuration?

    My 2 way pallet plans came from a 4 way pallet pic with removeable bottom boards. The following is a pic of the 4 way pallet with two bottom noards installed.

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  5. Re: Will the bees complete sealing the unsealed honey in the spring

    I would suspect that the honey in those frames is dry enough to extract. As others have suggested, tip the frames 45degrees to horizontal to see if nectar in uncapped cells drips out.

    Capped cell...
  6. Re: Overwintering Nuc Production- Nuc Configuration?

    5-frame NUCs are the main configuration particularily for sale. The dimensions can be such that two NUCs fit on top of a 10 frame.

    I am presently wintering two 6 over 6 NUCS, side by side, with...
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    Re: U or W pallet clips?

    Here's a different spin on pallets. Set up for telescopic covers.

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    No rot or ant problems between supers. Cheap clips!!! Can move complete hives from pallet to pallet and yard to...
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    Re: Need advice on extractor

    The Maxant 3100 is configured for 3 deeps tangential or 6 mediums radial. There is grillage in the side of the basket that supports the foundation of the deep frame. I do not understand how one...
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    Maybe try the insulation on top of the telescopic cover!
  10. Thread: Winter checkup

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    Re: Winter checkup

    Only time I use a smoker in winter is to clear the tops of the frames from bees to place a sugar block. One can also place a piece of dowling to put the block on without using the smoker, so as to...
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    Re: cross wire or support pins

    Just saying honey comes out of the comb considerably more readily with a tangential extractor and easier on the foundation. I am uncapping with an uncapping fork but I'm as fast with a 3 frame...
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    Re: cross wire or support pins

    Have used both a radial extractor and a tangential extractor.

    There is more stress on the foundation on a radial extractor because you need more speed to get the same force to get the honey out....
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    Re: Help getting through the remainder of winter.

    By far the safest way to ensure bees will get to the sugar is to put it on top of newspaper directly on top of the frames. You can be sure they will access the sugar.

    I'll never forget my first...
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    Re: Fast & Easy winter bee feed

    Placing the blocks directly on top of the frames is strongly recommended. This way bees can access them in cold temps. Bees and cluster may not migrate through hole in inner cover to access food...
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    Re: vitamins and minerals in winter feed?

    Added vitamin & electrolytes to last blocks. Amount to add is a wild ***** guess.

    Got me thinking that maybe should add some to fall syrup, as well.

    However, there is only small amounts of...
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    Re: Fast & Easy winter bee feed

    electrolytes plus

    400g(454g is a pound) package made by

    Vetoquinol
    LaValtrie, Quebec
    Canada

    and costs $10.99
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    Re: Fast & Easy winter bee feed

    1 1/2 fluid oz of water per pound of sugar

    1 1/3 tsp of lemon juice per pound of sugar

    pinch of vitamin/electrolyte for 4.5 lbs

    Put 1.5 lbs in a cardboard French fry tray and let air dry for...
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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    A couple of large commercial beekeepers(2000 & 5500 hives) make their own. I haven't tried but intend to. They take a 6 ft width of 6 mil poly and whatever length one needs for perimeter of 1, 2,...
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    Re: Covers: Migratory vs Telscoping

    Also think that telescopic are used in warmer climates whether migratory or hobby. If wintering indoors, migratory are very common.

    However, if wintering outdoors in colder climates, telescopic...
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    Re: Best size super

    Its more like 50lbs of honey in a 10 frame deep super. Bees spread the nectar out to get it dried down. so you need comb area beyond what the capped honey takes.

    Been experimenting with using...
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    Re: Covers: Migratory vs Telscoping

    May I suggest you do a Search for past threads. This has been hashed a couple of times in the last couple of months.

    Sign in and then enter Migratory Cover in the Advanced Search box located in...
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    Re: Questions for quilt box users

    Run my hives with a 2 1/2 feed rim with 3/4 round entrance hole, inner cover(with 3 1/2 round center hole) with notch up, and quilt box(8 screened 1 inch holes in sides) and 1 inch bottom entrance. ...
  23. Thread: Top entrance

    by mgolden
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    Re: Top entrance

    Hive ventilation works a whole lot better with a bottom entrance and either a top entrance or vent box or a quilt box.

    For winter, utilize both to get moisture out, oxygen in, and a back up if...
  24. Thread: Pallets

    by mgolden
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    Re: Pallets

    Check the combined width of two supers. Depends who is building them. Supers here are 16 5/8, so then need 33 1/4 width.

    With two supers touching, it is going to gather dust and debris and must...
  25. Thread: Bottom Boards

    by mgolden
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    A completely different approach to pallets and migratory. Not mine and maybe it will stimulate some ideas.

    Found it quite interesting and is a way to convert exisitng bottom boards to pallets. ...
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