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    Re: Plastic foundation

    Go to a thrift store and buy a used electric frying pan for a few bucks. You get a good temperature control and a nice flat bottom to charge your roller on. I think you will find you want the wax...
  2. Thread: Bees Grooming

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    Re: Bees Grooming

    Not fighting! definitely grooming. Do a search for "bee grooming" and "invitation to grooming dance" you will get some good video showing how they are chewing and scratching at places the bee cannot...
  3. Thread: The Last Stand

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    Re: The Last Stand

    Maybe some staples for those insulator tubes! I use the same method for insulators.
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    Re: Why are my bees on horse poop

    Down't eat that 'Arry, thath horth thit!
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    Re: Why are my bees on horse poop

    This has come up before; I think it is a minerals blend they look for and can not be too concentrated. Something like 2 or 3%. I see them sucking on exposed earth in a damp area that gets some winter...
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    Re: Advice needed concerning wet honey

    Put the wet frames in an empty hive body above an innner cover with only a finger sized hole in it and the bees will go up and rob it down into lower boxes. If there is too much heat and air...
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    Re: How Much OAV With Honey Supers On?

    Any bees that are up in the supers and blocked off at vaporization time will pick up OA crystals from contact with other bees afterwards. Also the nurse bees hanging around the brood are likely a...
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    Just one of the many ways of "drinking from the trough of indignation" They want to appear superior and pick a subject the feels appears very noble and unassailable to be righteous and indignant...
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    Re: swarm cells? And successful ones??

    I dont think location on the frame is absolutely definitive. Probably the number of cells started is not written in stone either. Knowing what the conditions were in the hive when cells were started...
  10. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    Here is a link to newspaper article on Canadian ovewinter losses. I was surprised to see starvation listed as #1 cause. Not necessarily very scientific.
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    Re: swarm cells? And successful ones??

    With that few cells more likely a supercedure than a swarm. Whatever the cells were for, the opening positions likley indicates as you say. Two weeks or a bit less after emergence (if the mating...
  12. Thread: One Queen Cell

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    Re: One Queen Cell

    Keep an eye on it; see if they make any more or even tear it down. I have found signs of torn down cells. It is common enough to have odd queen cells built but having an egg in one is a bit more...
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    Re: Bees not building comb in 2nd

    That seems like a lot of feed; have you checked the comb often enough to see if there were always polished and empty cells available for the queen to lay.

    My first year here I had one nuc out of 6...
  14. Re: How to best move a split from a Snelgrove (double screen)?

    This year I split off 7 nucs and requeened all original hives. Some years I have just used them as swarm control and at the end of swarm time, pulled the division board out and assumed the young...
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    Re: Extract multiple times or just once?

    I have customers bugging for honey so have extracted as soon as one super per hive was capped. Did it again in about a week and will have one more shortly.

    I wrap my extractor tightly with poly...
  16. Re: How to best move a split from a Snelgrove (double screen)?

    Well they do have some finer points that could well be used in July. The warmth factor is one of their lesser potential benefits. I had mine off by the end of June this year because I did not need...
  17. Re: Can I extract honey from frames treated with oxalic acid?

    Spin some of the frames out and give them back to the bees. Keep the honey separate and see if it has any bite or lingering tingle on your tongue. You cannot taste oxalic acid. Some honeys from other...
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    Re: Brood Break for VM Control

    They sure are different in some habits. Even a week or rainy weather can make the Carnis pouty, stop laying and start queen cells. The Italians, well, it is eat drink and make merry! The mites love...
  19. Re: Looking for chart for oxalic acid treatment.

    That is what it should be mathematically and would be the safe road.

    I have seen it suggested that a box is a box whether 5, 8, or 10. Any time I have treated nucs they have been 5 frame two deep...
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    Re: Deep and Med foundation question

    Deep, medium, and shallow refer to the depth of the frame top to bottom and thus the size of the box it will fit in.

    The other figures being kicked around here, from 4.9 to 5.4 millimeters are...
  21. Re: How to best move a split from a Snelgrove (double screen)?

    Yes to the day before changes! I like to change over equipment then set them with the same entrance orientation ahead of the time of the actual move. It gives them time to settle down and no...
  22. Re: Queenright hives have no eggs or brood? ????

    I would suggest putting a frame with hatching eggs from your good hive into the other one and see if they start cells on it. Make sure you dont move the queen! If the top box is all capped brood the...
  23. Re: Looking for chart for oxalic acid treatment.

    As you can see the dose depends on whether you are doing a liquid drizzle or vaporizing the oxalic acid. Most people will be using a 1/4 and a 1/2 teaspoon measure rather than the weight in grams...
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    Re: Brood Break for VM Control

    Harley, would you say that those bees lean more toward Carniolan characteristics than Italian? I attribute some of my success to that; I havent seen (or the inspectors found) any mites in at least...
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    Re: Brood Break for VM Control

    I think you need a very good queen or nuc rearing program worked out before you start pinching queens as a major mite control method. Timing for your local conditions (dragon fly population at queen...
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