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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I think some of the readers of this forum misunderstand the purpose of indoor wintering. The purpose is to regulate the metabolism of the bees. This ensures that the bees have enough stores to...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I think you are on the right track. I would find the light source (crack) and cover it up. It isn't as much of a problem now as it will be n spring when the temperature jumps and they really really...
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    Re: wintering bees inside

    Well everything you wrote in your initial post is mostly correct. The only two things that are slightly incorrect are:
    The queen may not shut down indoors if the temperature is maintained. The...
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    Re: wintering bees inside

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    Sorry a close up you can kind of see the capped brood under the bees. This was February of this year and the bees had been indoors since end of October.
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    Re: wintering bees inside

    The queen continues to lay in most instances from my experience. Just at a much reduced rate unless she is out of pollen. 14594
  6. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    sjj do you winter bees indoors or have any experience doing so?
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    I don't have a whole lot of trouble with dead bees accumulating Allen. If the hive is really weak and failing I might get a buildup but not otherwise. I didn't even have to clean the bottom boards...
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    I could sample. I even won a free full spectrum analysis at the field day 2 years ago. I might still be allowed to use it. It's only an hours drive from home. Now that I finally have a bit of...
  9. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Dropped 1/2 my reducers off tonight. I did notice last year that the hive that had a reducer on all winter consumed ~5lbs less than the others. The hive however seemed stunted. 14475 not sure if...
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    Red light is great, just don't put it on a switch. I had a 'helper' leave the light on last year and I confess I did it too the year before. Now it is on a spring wound timer.
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    I expected that answer. I have removed the reducer and will take a follow up picture in 48 hours.
  12. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    To further back up my claim, I have other beekeepers wintering in my new building because it is too big for just mine. They do not have entrance reducers and the results are similar to my "No...
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    14470 Entrance Reducer

    14471 No Entrance Reducer

    I only had one hive without an entrance reducer. But the selection of the one with the entrance reducer was just random.
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    Bees can't see red lights? Myth
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    Re: Moving them in

    Sherri asked me to start a separate thread. So I did. I'll go out there and take pictures. They might be better than an explanation.
  16. Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    I am observing a marked difference in hive activity when entrance reducers are used indoors.
    No entrance reducer = much more hive activity and looser cluster.
    Entrance reducer = tight cluster and...
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    Re: Moving them in

    Ian,
    I noticed in your pictures that your hives have entrance reducers on them. Do you notice a difference wintering indoor with/without the reducers? I am seeing dramatic differences when I crack...
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    Re: Honey & Wax Press System P1000

    I agree with Jim. My first impression was of the uncapper. My thoughts were immediately 'they stole the design from cowen'. If you have to take the wet cappings and recirculate I do not think it...
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    How do I repair a Cowen frame sump?

    Bought a frame sump on the weekend. The person who sold it to me was helping us load it. He put his shoulder under the sump. (Don't ask me why.) And tried to lift. Denting and splitting the thin...
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    Re: Honey & Wax Press System P1000

    Have you priced one? I think the sticker shock will stop you.
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    Re: Business decision

    So back to debt. Are you carrying much debt? The tractor is financed as you just stated. Is any othere equipment financed? The other thing to remember is that the last couple years have been...
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    Re: Business decision

    Ben,
    Could you give us an idea of your age? 20's, 30's, 40's? It might change some of the advice you are getting. I would say honestly figure a way to do it without the land purchase or the shop....
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    Re: New Zealand Bees Are Worth The Money.

    Be prepared to requeen in spring. They don't winter well and have a low tolerance for Varroa.
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    Re: Wax rendering

    Dumb question, what price is wax selling for?
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    Re: How much wax is in a barrel of cappings?

    Thank you for all the input. Looks like I got took. Next question, what should I use to render wax? Bottling tank? The Finlay wax melter looks pretty similar but is double the cost. I don't have...
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