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    Re: package concerns

    What size are the colonies now?

    When you go in and see no eggs, you do think...are they getting ready to swarm? Particularly if the brood nest is being backfilled with nectar. You could be seeing...
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    Re: How many queen cells to have.

    Just to complicate things...

    1. there is a thought that the first queen cells made are from eggs that were not designated to be queens right from day 1...and missing that extra day or two of extra...
  3. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    FWIW I had a generous mentor in my first two years: I am happy to pay that forward. I mentor a lot now and always with the idea that after a few co-beekeeps they can fly on their own. Email is a...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Beepro, I messed up a fondant recipe on the stove by monkeying with the vinegar and water proportions. Dampened sugar dried in the furnace room is fail proof just slow and the sugar cakes are a bit...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I think if you turn the oven to 200 and then turn it off as the sugar goes in...that may be safer.

    After two batches of failed fondant...got thick goo instead...I am willing to put trays of...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Michael that irony is not lost on me. In my experience, "treatment free" is anything but! Which adds to my compassion for newbees; how are they to know that as it is generally used, "treatment free"...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    In defense of newbies, when I began beekeeping and followed the general advice to join my local club, I found the treatment free advocates were very vocal, very persuasive ("I have been treatment...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I just attended a seminar yesterday in which a very experienced commercial beekeeper mentioned that colonies refusing the fall syrup feed always have a big problem and will be dead by spring, so if...
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    Re: all in one queen cells cast in wax

    For those of us new to casting, can you post instructions?

    Regards,
    Janet
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Sorry Daniel, I meant Ultra Bee...both that and Bee Pro are protein powder mixes you can yourself make into protein patties, as Lauri posted above.
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Lauri, I see Mann Lake is having a sale on Bee Pro. But I noticed they also sell Mega Bee, which is substantially more expensive than the Bee Pro. Any thoughts on whether it is worth the premium?
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  12. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    Here on the coast in western Canada, and the US Pacific Northwest, we practically don't have a winter...around or just below freezing, lots of rain, but with often a sunny day a week for the bees to...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Happy to! Sorry the spacing does not work out nicely once posted...I used Lauri's ingredients, and adapted a recipe from somewhere online...
  14. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    I like the look of this bee wrap from info@royalbee.ca :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9fXuoh3N_4

    Looks like it would allow for passive solar gain from the thin black plastic layer, and has...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I too tried the sugar blocks method...using my stand mixer to ensure the vinegar was well mixed into the sugar. If your blocks are not drying well, then there was too much liquid to start with. My...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    1455614556I am thinking this may be an alternative to the smaller packets of electrolytes and vitamins??

    Rooster Booster
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I would not drill holes in the spacer, and I would consider the use of a quilt box above the spacer.

    I make my quilt boxes out of empty supers, mediums are fine. I staple a burlap or screen floor...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    laketrout, the other thing I would consider putting in the recipe is some electrolyte/vitamin granules (you find them in the horse supply section in small foil envelopes). In reading around on the...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    FWIW, I like the screened inner covers for three reasons!

    1. holds the floor of the quilt box off the supers so the bees cannot propolize the floor (which in my case is burlap) or the quilt box...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    I too was swayed by the very vocal treatment free elements in a local bee club. They were very convincing. Until this spring, when I opened up two hives to find parasitic mite syndrome in full swing....
  21. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    We still debate this question in my Pacific Northwest area...where bees have been kept for well over 100 years.

    We all agree the bees can take cold, a lot of it, but not dampness. So I put a...
  22. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    It can make a difference in your Varroa load, at the least. And I was blessed with two untreated apiaries nearby. One treated in midsummer but by then the damage had been done. Varroa infestation is...
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    Hello from Canada, where we debate whether there are ANY truly feral colonies any longer, particularly in cold weather areas. Although the thinking there is that Varroa more than any other single...
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    I think it is well established that using antibiotics as prevention drives the development of antibiotic resistant AFB.

    But I have sympathy for preventive use after having AFB show up in...
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    There is a deep well, an understandably deep well, of suspicion and anger at companies like Monsanto. And I frequently hear the mantra "they will come up with a Varroa solution but only one that...
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