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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    My nucs are plowing through these as well. I also was glad that I popped some more in the warm day that I had about 2 weeks ago. Most of my full size hives haven't touched them, but they have...
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    Alternately, you can get her on board with some aspect of beekeeping. Selling honey, or making beeswax candles perhaps.

    JC
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    Re: How to hold steady at a hive number...

    I took such a financial bath trying to breed and sell horses, that my husband is very happy with my new bee obsession. Still have a couple of horses, but no longer spending money like water trying...
  4. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Hey JW, who uses that kind of pallet? The ones I have always seen just nail boards on top of a shallow box or three runners.

    JC
  5. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Concensus? :lpf::lpf::lpf:

    JC
  6. Re: USDA applies for OA registation, Feb 4, 2015

    Just a comment, then I will drop this as going off topic. For nothing to do with patent law they have 4 patents
    http://www.drugpatentwatch.com/ultimate/tradename/index.php?query=MUCINEX.
    And it...
  7. Re: USDA applies for OA registation, Feb 4, 2015

    They didn't patent the drug, they patented the formulation in 2002. The profit margins at the time for existing formulations were so slim that no one wanted to go through the expense of challenging...
  8. Re: USDA applies for OA registation, Feb 4, 2015

    An example - look at Mucinex. Guaifensin is the active ingredient. Guaifensin used to be sold by presciption and over the counter in a fast acting form and a slow release form. It was cheap, and...
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    Re: Northern Spring Feeding

    All my hives have sugar blocks in them, I have had to restock some nucs I have twice now. I will be putting on pollen patties beginning of March, I was mainly curious about syrup feeding early on. ...
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    Northern Spring Feeding

    Question for Northern Beeks - do you feed syrup in the spring to buildup your colonies? So far (I live in Iowa) I find that the window seems narrow, it goes from too cold to feed syrup right to...
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    Re: Boy was i wrong!

    The learning curve is really steep, even when you read as much as you can. I had a year when I put the mouse guards on too late, and I had a few hives with trapped mice. What a mess!

    JC
  12. Re: A dearth of knowledge on the knowledge of dearth

    Question to those with observation hives, can you see the workers passing nectar and filling cells? I can hear it now - "I HAD to get an observation hive! How else can I be sure if there is a dearth...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I do swarms and cut outs if they are not too far away. Don't do to many cut outs because I will not do them for free, the people who want it done for free usually have already sprayed them anyway. ...
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    Re: Accidental Beehive

    I would also leave the top hole alone as long as it is small. I would put some rigid foam insulation around the box, and otherwise leave them alone and cross your fingers. If you do put an open...
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    Re: Unusually worm November

    Well, for right now all I can suggest is monitor the hives weight closely, you may need to feed them sugar or sugar blocks this winter.

    JC
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    Re: Unusually worm November

    Are your bees still finding nectar? If it is that warm, are there still flowers?

    JC
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I have been having trouble getting the blocks to dry, Lauri, how thick are your blocks? I think I made some too thick. Ganged together my nucs a few days ago, ended up using pieces of the thinner...
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    How cold is too cold to move a hive?

    :scratch:Well, this sudden cold snap has caught me out, I admit it. I was going to gang my nucs together and insulate them, but I am afraid to move them in temps in the 20s. What is your opinion on...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    For those of us who do use removal of drone comb as part of a plan to reduce Varroa, it is not necessary to wait for the drone comb to be capped, is it? I can see where it may be optimal, but I tend...
  20. Re: High temps near 60 yesterday, pollen coming in..

    Heads up, the cold is coming your way.
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    I have just recently switched to foundationless myself, the bees will AT FIRST draw a lot of drone comb. They are driven to have drones, and will jump at the chance to finally raise them. Once they...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    If I am understanding you correctly, the part that you found unacceptable was too much drone comb?

    JC
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    Ultrabreeze Suit Fabric Question

    The Ultrabreeze Suits used to be made by a couple, if I am remembering correctly. Mine has been great, but has taken a lot of abuse, with all of the cutouts I have done. It now has multiple holes...
  24. Re: I'm pretty sure I killed my hive today :-(

    Waterbug, if you are not good at spotting the queen (and trust me, I am right there with you on that one) you might want to invest in a shaker box for when you absolutely, positively have to find the...
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    Re: rat peed on comb… sigh

    I wouldn't save it. Powerful stuff, rat pee. I walked into a friends large horse barn once (I was over there almost daily), and said "You've got a rat in here now." My neighbor said "How can you...
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