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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    i find it helpful to keep notes. i bought a cheap voice recorder and take that out to the yard with me and record what i saw and what i did after finishing with each hive. later, i'll make notes on...
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    Re: article feedback request

    agreed brian. i thought that the following statement about changing management practices was stretching the interpretation of the findings a bit:

    "Up to now, I thought I was helping my colonies...
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    Re: article feedback request

    the thinking is that in the far north where the winters are long and cold and the bees may go months without a cleansing flight that there is less dysentery with sugar feed vs. honey because of the...
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    Re: vegtable oil and apple cider vinegar

    i've heard that too dg, but i've never noticed that the mix draws any attention from the bees.
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    Re: vegtable oil and apple cider vinegar

    glad it worked out for you. :)
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    Re: too many bees ????

    i think they are mostly outside because of the heat and most likely won't swarm, but i had one out of my twelve prove me wrong today.

    i'm not going to do anything special to the rest of mine.
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    Re: Shallow super over deep ?

    same around here, and it has worked well for me so far.
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    Re: too many bees ????

    we've hit triple digit temperatures with the heat index here these past few days and i'm seeing a lot of bearding on all hives. i noticed one in particular yesterday evening that had more bees on...
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    Re: Paper Combine Question

    if it's as hot in virginia as it is in alabama right now, i would consider waiting until the very end of the day to do your combine and make sure you put lots of slits in the newspaper. i learned...
  10. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    i've was able to harvest about 150 lbs off of a couple of hive last year. these were colonies that i was able to prevent from swarming and had enough supers of drawn comb so that no foundation had...
  11. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    that's amazing brad, considering that we are on the same mountaintop. in previous summers, i have noticed some stores used, but not as much as what you saw this year. but then i've never had such...
  12. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    i was kind of surprised not to see more of a foraging lull like we usually have here between spring and fall. i chalked it up to the regular rains but that would be the same for your location. i...
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    Re: SHB control for solid bottoms

    hi g,

    wrote about what i've been doing earlier today:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?302523-vegtable-oil-and-apple-cider-vinegar
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    Re: Complety empty hive

    did you look inside the hive that is now empty last week, and if so was it full of bees?
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    a few open cells with thickened contents will pose no problems at all. we can get a reading on my refractometer if you're curious and happen to be in my neighborhood.

    actually i don't think we've...
  16. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    hi brad,

    can't comment since i've no experience with double deeps. i'm curious though about the movement of the broodnest up like that during the summer as i haven't seen that. did you take a...
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    Re: vegtable oil and apple cider vinegar

    i keep it in the squirt bottle along with extra traps in my tool tub. after a good shake i'll put in about 3/8" deep in the trap, one trap to each box.

    these are the traps i use:
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    Re: vegtable oil and apple cider vinegar

    yes. what i do is let a whole banana rot in the peel to the point of becoming liquid. i strain the banana juice and then add an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. this is then added to 16 oz. of...
  19. Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    i've no experience, and i assume that the three weeks apart treatments are aimed at getting to the mites that are in capped brood, but if your colonies have been brooding in earnest that may explain...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    perhaps mike. to me just different pieces of the puzzle all of which are required to get the overall picture.

    squarepegs are notorious for questioning authority, (as did the little boy who...
  21. Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)

    awesome. after regrouping in the tree the small swarm went back and is now entering the nuc box. i guess they got confused the first time around by the box being too close from where they were...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    in fairness mike, i believe the discussion is shifting from 'it's not possible' to 'why do we see it here and not there'. at this point i'm placing the presence of feral survivors as a primary...
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    Re: Digital Refractometers?

    correct ab. this one is made really well and is easy to clean. that company happens to handle the warranty work on this product (although i haven't needed it) and had the best price at the time.
  24. Re: Late Summer Swarm Trapping... any value? (Please read before responding!)

    came back home from doing a little work in the outyard this morning to find a small swarm clustered at the top of one of my best hives. i'm not sure, but i think it came from the hive it is on and...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    all without treatments or artificial feeds.
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