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    Re: cross wire or pinning deeps

    Sometimes there is a lot of pent up curve in the vertical wires and the pins wont hold the sheet flat (they dont do anything for the middle of the foundation sheet) Sometimes the bees will chew all...
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    Re: New guy with some questions

    Sounds like you have he equipment figured out for a good workable start except maybe give more thought and research to the idea of "all foundationless" with package bees. Perhaps have foundation...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    In my case it was probably so. I think the max life of a bee is something around 140 days and previous seasons foragers much less. There is usually quite a pile on the bottom boards in the spring...
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    Re: Frame location in hive body

    They may build some comb in the wide space too! I center them.
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    "Michael Palmer
    02-04-2011, 08:39 PM
    I've wondered why bees fly out of the entrance, flit upside down, and dive head first into the snow. You don't see them do that in the summer time...flipping...
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    You can fill the empty cells about three quarters full with sprinkled dry sugar and then spray with water. It will soak through the sugar. Once wet you can turn the comb over and do the other side. I...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Vance G;

    What is the trick to refilling or handling the bags after you have the slits cut?
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Thanks; the advertising for those desulphaters seemed to have too much pseudo scientific hocus pocus for me.

    I have a friend who had a new four wheeler with a lot of electronics on it (plus a...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Johno, what is your opinion of the battery desulphating devices and chemicals touted on the internet?
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    Re: First time making a split

    I think Ace should do a Taranov swarm to get his split with the queen in it. I am no whizz at finding queens either. The taranov swarm may seem goofy and takes some nerve the first time you do it but...
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    Re: First time making a split

    You might consider pulling 3 frames nuc with the old queen just as the hives are getting around to swarm mode. It wont hurt honey production much, gives swarm control and the bees in the nuc go to...
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    Re: Making Spring Splits

    Your climate is different than mine but I wonder if a bit later splits might have advantages. Here, too early a split seems to leave both halves below critical mass and slow to get going.
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    Squarepeg I wonder if there would be a big leap between token, perhaps ill timed "treatment", and "effective treatment" with confirmed results! Were you hinting at the difference between treating and...
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    Re: Sad thing about equipment

    I was listening to the bees the other day and had a thought; wouldn't it liven things up if one crawled into your ear? Makes me shiver!
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    Re: Frame Groves top and bottom

    You would have a small area then that violates bee space; I wonder if it would be a seed spot for burr comb construction. If it is the frame rest that is eroding, plain galvanized frame rests can...
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    Re: Ouch! That a sucker punch to the kidney!

    If late Aug. was last mite count most of the mites would have been under cappings yet. Their numbers could have jumped way up after the fall brood emerged. 25 pounds of sugar seems like a huge...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    Some people feel that the sun's light and heat on the entrance and hive front tricks the bees into coming out and freezing up before they can stumble back in. Some shade the fronts. I insulated my...
  18. Re: Comparison: sucrose or high fructose corn syrup.

    "(no HMF formation was found)," Sorry :o I missed that! I will go stand in the corner.:o
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    WBVC Just let the vehicle idle as snl says. If you rev the engine up your glow plug will get the full alternator voltage which is several volts higher than battery voltage. They really dont like...
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    Eduardo, I glanced over the study and one thing I wonder about is if tests were done on the particular batch of HFCS used in the tests. In the discussions someone mentioned this information.
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    We are getting a bit deep into lead acid theory for most users of OA vaporizers but I agree with Dan's original post. Next time you are running your vaporizer Dan do a few checks with that old...
  22. Re: Comparison: sucrose or high fructose corn syrup.

    Eduardo, that seems to indicate a very significant advantage of sugar syrup over high fructose corn syrup. I wonder how many hives were involved in the study and what controls were in place to...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    pop bottle of water. splash some in till it quits sizzling and self dries quite quickly. It will still be too hot for the hand but not so hot that the new charge of powder will start to gas off. In...
  24. Re: 2nd year spring swarm prevention - no extra drawn comb

    It seems a weird process but the Snelgrove method will meet all the needs you mention. With just a few hives the double screen boards are not a big deal to make up or purchase. It accomplishes all...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Just read Dans post after I posted mine. Cold cranking amps is not the most pertinent information for this application. More important is how long it will sustain a current draw of less than ten amps...
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