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    Re: How does my nuc design hold up?

    What you have built is getting awful close to a Miller feeder. Need to add four cross pieces and cut an opening slot in the bottom. They work very well with few drownings. Easy to fill as just...
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    Re: Can I harvest honey this spring?

    I'd do a check on the mite levels when you have the hive open. Need to stay ahead of them as they harm the bees and spread viruses. This then affects honey production and ultimately result in a die...
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    Re: Can I harvest honey this spring?

    Also wouldn't be advised to harvest honey in the spring if you treated for mites, nosema, AFB,etc.

    Did you feed and sugar syrup? Probably okay for your consumption but shouldn't sell.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Are you using wax foundation or plastic?

    I tried using a clay pottery tool to remove queen cells from plastic foundation. Seemed hard not to damage queen cells when removing them from plastic...
  5. Re: Small scale extraction set up? Up to 20 hives..

    The 3100P is a very nice extractor. Think somewhere around 100 lbs of honey in a day for one person uncapping by hand is its capability.
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    The likelihood of bees starting queen cells above an excluder with the queen below is not great.

    Need to move the queen to a NUC box or insert a solid board where you are putting the queen...
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    Re: How does my nuc design hold up?

    These boxes are for NUC sales, so OSB is very low cost. Less than $8 for a 4 x 8 sheet of 7/16. The local lumber outlet sells 2ft by 4ft slightly damages 1/2 and 3/4 plywood for $2. Think those...
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    Re: How does my nuc design hold up?

    I'd suggest that you make the rim on the outer cover in the 1 3/4 range. Then add a 1 1/2 cleat to the NUC box, spaced 1/4 below outer cover cleat. Makes for a very comfortable grasp and carrying...
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    Re: Can't find my green marked queen

    Think it is a queen in the pic. Bald thorax and long abdomen-wings only come about half way down the abdomen. Mark may have worn off or superceded.

    What have temps been like and would you expect...
  10. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    I pulled queens from two really large hives last year as there were signs of swarming. Made up NUCs. Hives did not swarm.

    However, it seemed to really de-motivate the hive. Entrance traffic...
  11. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    I pulled the queen on two hives last year towards the end of the flow. There was a large population and signs of swarming. Seemed to me to really demoralize the hive as entrance traffic slowed...
  12. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    :applause: And get creamed honey!
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    Re: How do you spot eggs?

    Just to hi-lite info in post #6, use black foundation in the brood boxes. I label the top side of the frame with label "black" and keep black foundation in deep broods.

    I know the following...
  14. Thread: Farming

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    Re: Farming

    See post #24 & #26 where the claim is made that bees are flying through the airborne dust.
  15. Thread: Farming

    by mgolden
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    Re: Farming

    How a Corn Planter works, because I was curious-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M9Xl17_rtQ

    I realize there is a discharge of air from the fan creating the vacuum but does it cause a neonic...
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    Re: Farming

    Just trying to understand how neonics are getting into the hive. To me, it seems a stretch to suggest that bees are flying through it in the air.

    I was merely suggesting that beekeepers should...
  17. Thread: Farming

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    Re: Farming

    ???? Does dust blow on to flowers bees are foraging on or is there as shortage of pollen and bees desperately bring home insecticide contaminated dust thinking it is pollen??

    Improvements are...
  18. Re: When to take off all the extra winter protection?

    For us it is May 10-15, when we do plant sweet corn. Encourage you to leave it on longer rather than removing it early. The warmer you keep the interior, within reason, the bigger the brood build...
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    Re: The right thing ?

    If you want the bees to clean the frames put them in a super above the inner cover. Scratch the caps open, and mist the frames with water. I'd close the notch in the inner cover as well, just to...
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    Re: Wax and Wood vs. Plastic

    The painting Pierco all wax frames did not go overly well for me. Suspect I got some of the foundation too warm and put a bow in the foundation. Now have to keep the frames oriented so bows are all...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    A rough estimate is that only 1/3 of Alberta gets the warming of Chinooks. But you're right that the warming would be a challenge to indoor. Suspect one would need supplemental cooling.

    I...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Seems to me that there can be high risk in the early spring. It doesn't happen very often, however there can be a late snow and cold spell with minus 10-15C temps. This is devastating for a hive...
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    Re: How do you attach styrofoam to your hives?

    Have no problem at all removing telescopic cover and inner cover and checking sugar blocks in feed rim.

    Attached are two pics of two six over six nucs with 2 inch styrofoam between however...
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    Re: How do you attach styrofoam to your hives?

    I put the Styrofoam in place and do an upper and lower wrap with black electrical tape. It sticks well adhering to itself and doesn't stick to the Styrofoam. So you need to overlap the tape about a...
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    Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    Hope you meant Cadillac.
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