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    OTS Queen Rearing

    In reading Mel's 2016 Expanded Edition of his book I am missing how far away he suggests to move the initial artificial swarm that he pulls from the parent colony. I believe in the past he suggested...
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    Re: Maxant Wax Melter

    So i am just trying to clarify what your goal is. You would like to dump the wax/honey mixture that are in these buckets, with at least some of the honey being crystallized, into the water bath that...
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    Re: Maxant Wax Melter

    This is the directions I received from Jake a few years ago when I purchased a used wax tank:

    You will fill the tank with water just above the large valve. Bring to a boil and dump in your...
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    Re: Mike Palmer 4 Frame nucs

    I am going to build some of these this Winter and was planning on constructing the divider out of 1/2" plywood with a slotted piece of 1 by material at the top for the nucs to rest. My thoughts are...
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    Pollen Laden Dead Bees

    Checked some hives yesterday, Dec. 6th in SW PA, and noticed that one had 3 or 4 dead bees laying on the hardware cloth mouse guard. These bees had their baskets full of bright orange pollen,...
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    Re: "Notching" comb after a split?

    I realize this is an old thread but I was reading over Mel's information on his site and various other posts here. The discussion of new versus old comb when notching and their pros and cons is often...
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    Re: Tall Hive OA Vaporizing

    I have been using the shims that Bear Creek Steve suggested over the last several weeks to do my OA vaporizing. I have also vaporized from the bottom. Using the shims is a much cleaner process in...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I've used Lauri's recipe since it was first posted and have adapted the recipe for small batches. I've also added mineral salt. It works well for me. I stack them in boot boxes to take them to the...
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    Re: Tall Hive OA Vaporizing

    I contacted Heilyser Technology about using a higher dose for hives with more than two hive bodies and their response is "No, you need max 2 grams of oxalic acid per treatment. This will fill approx...
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    Re: Tall Hive OA Vaporizing

    Great idea Steve! I didn't think about running a board down the middle to use as a base. I'll build a couple of these today. Thanks!
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    Re: Tall Hive OA Vaporizing

    Did you just notch the shim wide enough for the vaporizer? Does the vaporizer sit on top of the frames or do you place a tin or metal protective plate for it to sit on? Just thinking about melting or...
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    Tall Hive OA Vaporizing

    I have several hives that are taller than two deeps. When I use an oxalic acid vaporizer should I treat with two grams first from the bottom, then a couple of grams from the top under the inner...
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    Single Hive Stand/Pallet

    I know that moving hives with a hand truck has been discussed here over the years but does anyone build their own hive stands that would work as a single pallet, making the use of a hand truck easier...
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    Re: Bee Blower Chute

    Thanks for the responses. When I blow them out I usually place the super on the ground about ten feet or so from the hive. It works okay but I still have bees crawling back in it seems. Sometimes I...
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    Bee Blower Chute

    Dadant M00785 Collapsible Chute for Bee Blower - Does anyone know if the flat surface that directs the bees toward the front entrance of the hive is make from a sheet of tin/aluminum, or if it is a...
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    Re: Tool to check hives from the bottom

    Here is Kirk's Youtube video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5shWkTOBivU

    His demonstration of this device begins @ 7:45.
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    Re: Tool to check hives from the bottom

    On one of Kirk Webster's Youtube videos he uses a wooden device that he made that looks similar to a two wheeled dolly. He slides the forks under the bottom board and tips the entire hive backward....
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    Re: Anyone know where I can get these?

    Glorybee has one in their product line that is very similar but in metal. Less likely for a mouse to chew through. Inexpensive also!
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    Re: Topics for Beesource Reference Section

    Cleo Hogan's Trap out box design and method.
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    Re: Display type "hive"

    I believe that Walter Kelly sells a single frame observation hive (no glass for shipping purposes).
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    Re: Display type "hive"

    Do a search for "Observation Hive." You'll find a bunch of information.
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    Re: When to remove granulated sugar?

    Thanks Fish! I have a brother that lives not far from you in Dauphin County. It's the possibility of a late cold snap that has me leaving the sugar on. I can remember when I was a kid waking up on...
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    Re: When to remove granulated sugar?

    Thanks to those that have replied. It's always great to hear different ideas and see how others manage for their climate. I have not pulled any frames as of yet because of not wanting to break up the...
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    When to remove granulated sugar?

    I still have hives with a large amount of granulated sugar on the top bars in a shim. I am also feeding 1:1 syrup over the opening in the inner cover and even though it is in the 60's and 70's they...
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    Re: To Feed or Not to Feed?

    My thoughts are that if the jars drip a bit that the granulated sugar (most of the colonies still have sugar directly below the opening) will absorb the syrup and make it more attractive for them to...
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