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  1. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    True, if the argument is SC is the only method that works.
    Not true, if the argument is SC is a helpful method.
  2. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Thank you OT.
    I am not really sure of how Michael gets his bees to draw SC except for starting on plastic is easiest. It is pretty obvious that how you have bees draw comb (and when) determines the...
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    Re: making rabbets with router

    I was looking at a biscuit cutter to join 45s with no exposed end grain. The problem I found with deeps is getting the cup out of deeps when cutting on the miter saw.
    Same problem with your bit?...
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    Re: Honey Bees on Lavender

    Great shots.
    How long before someone takes that bottom shot and makes it a thumbnail for sticking you tongue out?
  5. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Probably not. 40 years ago, calling Nixon too liberal would have been a joke. Today it is a fact for some.
  6. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    I hope I have the wisdom to not hit reply; though I seldom do.

    After another decade and the question of what happened in 1880 (pre varroa) is settled;

    The question is not what size is a cell...
  7. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    "he attributes some of it to the liberal views of the President at that time, Richard M. Nixon."

    Really? Your backing up your argument with (Nixon the liberal president). Thank you I'll tune out...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    They have when I've looked, check again tomorrow.
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    The hive probably was not drawing out much comb while sick. You never know where or what the bees are bringing in every day unless you control a very big chunk of land.
    Better ants than bees doing...
  10. Re: So should queenless small split just be left to dwindle out?

    Sprinkle them around like confetti! It is fun to stand in a cloud of bees.
    Scratch the caps and spread the frames out for clean up.
  11. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    That is a area of interest to me as well. When I look at Lauri's photos my first thought is "where are all the swarm cells". Baffled if it is genes or readily available and enticing space. Maybe...
  12. Re: Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    Depends on what you are trying to do. The advantage of the excluder is you keep the hive balanced while getting some QCs and another mated queen.
    You do not get robbing or abandoned brood, brood...
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    Re: First Split Question

    You should find old queen cells in both hives or new larva if the queen was in one of the splits. You are not quite out of the laying window if it has been 14 days since the split. If you use the...
  14. Re: Same hive Multi-Queens with multi-excluders on?

    Michael, I have more of a problem keeping two queens for more than 3 to 4 weeks after the 2nd starts laying than returning to the wrong hive. If I do not move one of the hives, one will fade away and...
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    Re: Dead carcasses outside hive??

    Maybe because those girls that are throwing them out are doing all the working, caretaking, and the drones are only looking at the pretty queens. Only one thing on their minds. They just aren't...
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    Re: Not catching swarms - what gives?

    If the pressed paper worked and the nuc does not, I think I would give the paper another try.
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    Would you get better help in the diseases forum?

    I think the capped honey is probably ok for bees, the uncapped I would wash out. The larva and bees are not worth any risk. My queens did not make...
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    Anybody tried the deck restoring type of paint that is being advertised as a protection coating on foam nucs? As a guess, it would probably have to be a foil coated foam to survive the application....
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    No pesticide or disease expert; The pesticide thought comes from lack of another cause.

    Robbing; Larger hives did better than small, believe they diluted the source better. My queen castle was the...
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    Re: Pesticide bee kill?

    Hope it is not pesticide.
    That one hive may be robbing a sprayed hive that the others are not. That is not likely to last. When it gets weaker the others will rob it and you may find it spreads....
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    Re: Deep frame in Medium box

    Sorry I missed the single medium part of your plan. Never tried that, thanks to your feedback never will. Do double mediums or medium in a deep without concern.
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    Re: Split with caged queen has queen cells

    If the queen is released with the cells in there she may be killed. I just had a nuc start cells every day for six days, after that they started acting friendly to the cage and I let them release her.
  23. Re: What my weak hive is telling me (or not) - queenless, laying worker, or ill?

    I think you are doing what is right for you. Take the frame from your good hive and invest that in your new queen rather than the old. If you are not sure of disease and it has had multiple chances,...
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    Re: First Split Question

    Not abnormal. Field bees stuck with old location. Bees shift activities somewhat depending on needs. Yours are getting forage from inside and do not need pollen right now. It will balance out over...
  25. Re: first inspection in 10 days.... here is what I found and did... close call.

    New hives without drawn comb to use will often stay down and ignore added space. Not trying to veer off into how to best treat that. Raising drawn comb up into newly added frames is a must when a...
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