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  1. Re: Management changes for flow hive

    This is why there'll be craigslist posts with these frames. These hives will die out or abscond due to an uncontrolled Varroa load.
  2. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    Thanks, that answers a couple of my questions.

    My next question would be about uncapped brood and uncapped nectar (not supers, but their own feed). Is any description of whether it hurts either...
  3. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    snl, I've wondered about this for a while: "While OAV elevates that level, the hive returns to pre-treated levels shortly after treatment."

    Does the OA crystallize inside the hive?

    Can you give...
  4. Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    All those "bee-havers" out there will learn after one or two seasons, that "bee-keeping" is not such a hands-off proposition as they are being told. The 80% that quit (see the Newbie thread for that...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    If you use at least a 500 watt-second photography flash, and hold it 6 inches from the comb, the high-intensity light will gradually lighten the brood due to the UV radiation.
  6. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I sure hope the bees know not to visit rape fields. Them putting that honey in a frame where it will crystallize will cause some hijinks when it comes time to turn the spigot.
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    Re: African-American beeks to network with

    I think in Atlanta, you will find no shortage of AA beekeepers. I live in the Memphis area which has similar demographics and we have many in our club. Join your local club.
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Our oven goes down to 170F and about 6 hours in there will do the trick. Our blocks are about 1.5 inches thick so it takes a while for the water to be removed. 170F will not do anything bad to the...
  9. Re: Would it work to sell a full medium as a nuc/starter hive?

    Nothing wrong with 5 frame medium nucs. Mine I got last year are doing just fine. My plan is to never purchase bees again. I just had too many die out last year to not.

    I also plan to never...
  10. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    My SBB have oil traps underneath so while screened to capture beetles and mites, are closed to the outside air.
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    Re: SHB & bee escape use

    Just blow the bees off with a yard blower. Then brush any stragglers off with a brush.
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    Re: Looking at the underside of a beehive

    That's cool. At 3:15 you see a bee carrying a dead one out...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Casper... We actually did this with our experiment two posts above. In the kitchenaid mixer we used 3-4 pounds of sugar, 2/3 cup vinegar, tsp each of HBH and Amino-B, pinch of minerals, (I forgot...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I thought I would chime in here with what we did on our last patties a few weeks ago. We did a comparison of Lauri's standard recipe (with no sub), and with some added sub (3 cups for 25# sugar). ...
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Or, since the weak hives are disposable, combine them and treat. At least that will give them a fighting chance. For all we know, it's his management methods or lack thereof that are causing the...
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Last I checked, mite treatments from a practical standpoint only affect the honey for human consumption, not the honey reserved for bees and pollen, so that's a non-argument. Personally, I consider...
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    I went to all mediums for very practical purposes. They're lighter than deeps, and I can interchange any frames I wish. I can move brood frames up, honey frames down, etc. if all my frames are the...
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    Re: Dead out now what

    That means that they starved. Yes, honey could be 1/2 inch away but if it is too cold they cannot break the cluster to go get it. What I personally do is on top of the cluster frames I set sugar...
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    Re: Dead out now what

    Were there any dead bees with their heads in cells when you opened it up?
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    Well, I went to look at the situation again in more daylight. 1/2 or 3/4 inch 5" wide tongue and groove paneling on the interior will make it difficult to saw the section out and keep it intact. If...
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    Re: SBH in Europe

    While I don't wish SHB on anyone as I HATE HATE HATE seeing them, I have changed my mind over this past year. I used to think my main problem was SHB and have since by observation and the wisdom...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    I would consider that, and it is a great idea for a winter situation like this, but the exterior shingles are probably asbestos (the new landowner said they were, and I don't have any knowledge to...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    OT, why do you recommend this? I am reluctant to move comb from my other hives as they won't have a lot of brood at this time anyway. I would replace the cut-out comb (if they hadn't fixed it) as...
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    Thrown Into The Fray!

    I ran across a fellow demolishing an old house this afternoon, and the house has a bee colony in it. Total demolition will occur in probably two weeks. So I have time to do a cutout.

    The only...
  25. Re: Tell us what you want in bee keeping software

    An extensive database for each hive to record observations and inspection results. Also a way to record local bloom dates for all plants that bees frequent, and record temperatures and weather...
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