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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I fixed my timer problem by installing a mechanical timer from Menards for about $7 ....
    But with this sudo spring---fog for several days with temps above 32 , High humidity---I didn't want the mold...
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    ===LOL===
    Thanks , Merry Christmas...

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Congrats Stavros on getting them through the fall die off due to varroa mites without treating , the next thing is to keep them in fandant untill spring....and maybe giving some pollen in like feb...
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    Re: bee yard location?

    Good question Wylie, and I asked a similar question myself on BeeSource a while back...
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?292103-What-do-you-look-for-in-a-new-bee-yard&highlight=McBee7...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I hope all is well with your bees B84...
    I increased my fan time on the timer to 10 minutes every 4 hours, but we are having kind of a heat wave as you know and I wanted to increase the fresh air...
  6. Re: making nuc with shaken bees from several hives and a queen ?

    I've seen those bees HV,, and wondered if there was anything that could be done to keep down the size of the box going into the winter, and here it IS!!!
    You make them into an asset instead of an...
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    Re: Mann Lake Stapler

    I use the cheap 1/4 inch crown unit, but I'm not bragging it up as if it's ALL THAT, I do think you have to make sure your air pressure is up, and with the money you can save on the stapler buy a...
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    Re: switching breeds?

    Any box of bees can have a "Bad Day" and burn you to the ground, especially if your smoke goes out "experiance talking" and I second Virgeniawolf remarks...
    I see Mann Lake is offering both...
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    Re: Cleats vs Handolds

    I use cleats also...Seems there are always left over bits of wood that just get burned or thrown away and "cleats" are the perfect place to use them....Mine are about 4 inches+/-
    I bartered with...
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    Re: Ted's Mush .. a way to feed

    Your logic sounds good Vance, I have heard of slushie or mush feeding for spring feeding (usually higher water content) and didn't know if it worked for winter feeding..I currently have what I call...
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    Old/New Queen cage

    Enjoy at your own risk---But don't forget your saftey glasses and gloves...:)
    http://youtu.be/57EbJXCKHrc
    And queen cage in action...:p
    http://youtu.be/Szh8FZ_vrBU

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Ted's Mush .. a way to feed

    Sounds very easy SNL....I assume this mostly dry feed is presented to the bees, slits down...Wondered if it stays moist or does it dry out like a brick?? And do the bees go right into the bag to get...
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    There are ways to artificially jack up hive populations, 2 queen hive, or through minupulations, but swarming would really be a problem, and there would have to be tons of necter available.....I'm...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    B84
    I've just been venting my bees twice a day "by the door" but tomarrow I'll be hooking up the exhaust fan to run about 5 mins per hour, just because I've got more hives in there and think the...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Thanks BeePro for the tip on note pad, I'll use it next time, I just get so agrivated when that happens...:(
    I also use the red light. I have a light mounted on my hard hat from work, that has the...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I also have some "crawlers" headed for the door, but I don't think its because of light, but because of natural convection at the floor,,,I don't have my ventilation fan finished yet but I'm counting...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Howdy Bush 84
    I have a very similar set up to yours in a 4 by 14 foot lean on the back of my garage...I have 15 nucs 2 and3 story high inside and I have just enough room to wheel in nucs with a 12...
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    Re: wintering bees inside

    Was wondering Ian, how close you are to Winepeg ? Winepeg is about 250 miles NW of me, and also wondered about when you generally take the bees out of the wintering shed?
    It is currently -12F...
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    Re: wintering bees inside

    Here's a link to a thread from last year about indoor wintering you might find interesting, although it doesn't address the behavior of the queen and the brood nest.....
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    Re: wintering bees inside

    Hey there Larry. I'm your neighbor about 80 miles to the northwest...I'm trying small scale indoor wintering here myself. I'm not sure about how active the queen is but it might depend on the race of...
  21. Re: Colorado cold snap - snowpocalypse, bees ok?

    Relax Adam, It's winter, and you have all the signs....
    Ice on the bottom board is not the sign of death....if you have ice or frost in the top of the box that is a different story.....I have put...
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    Re: Carniolans=Dark bees

    Great Pics Jake....
    here a pic of one of my nucs from this summer if this Photo Bucket gizzmo works.....
    14501

    ==McBee7==
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    Re: Carniolans=Dark bees

    Thankyou Bernhard for the great pictures...
    I checked some pics I had on my phone that I had taken as I was working the bees, and mine are definately as dark as the pic of carniolians and some are...
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Very nice and neat Adrian..
    I assume what looks like paper under the cover is the FBIC (feed bag inner cover) that keeps the bees off the styro top cover....Are the gals all tucked in for...
  25. Re: Q: Why not use historic photos as evidence in the cell size debate

    There are several sizes of frames, but if one can be nailed down as a standardized frame size that would be your yard stick, and if there is enough resolution to count cells it could be...
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