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  1. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    A related question I am curious about. What is the smallest cluster that can reliably be overwintered in my region? In the winter that wasn't (2012) I had a cluster of bees about the size of a...
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    Re: Wind break a must?

    Yes, or rig up some pallets and tarp. It doesn't have to be pretty.
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    Re: Top insulation?

    jmgi, do you fill the void that the 1x4 makes with sugar blocks when you put it on at set-up? How much sugar have you been needing for each single colony to get you to spring? If I understand you...
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    Re: Top insulation?

    I am with JMGI also. I use a feed bag inner cover (FBIC) to stop the bees chewing on the 2 inch styrofoam outer cover. The rock stop the foam blowing away....
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    Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    Another reason, for those here in the north. If you choose to make your splits "MDA splitter" style from overwintered colonies, and then follow Mike Palmers nuc principles it is possible to grow and...
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    Winter care of a solar fence?

    I have a Parmak 12 in an outyard. What do folks do in the winter? Bring them home? Leave them to get buried in the snow? Is there a hibernation "window" which means that the fence is not needed?...
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    Re: Maxant 20 frame

    Jake, what kind of oil? Thanks, still happy with my extractor.:thumbsup:
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    Would steam work? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzkxq7qGqxQ
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    Re: 18% moisture honey

    As the others said it is fine, but if you want to lower the overall % a bit just mix it off with your lowest % bucket and the result will be honey with a moisture content an average of them both.
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Here is another useful mixer for those interested in mixers. In the factory we called it a "Contimix", short for "continuous mixer". We used it to mix one component of a 2 part epoxy polysulfide...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    I'm still curious as to how much you produce a year. :scratch:
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    Another vote for Jim's post (20). We know it's you, but the consumer doesn't know that your faith in you product makes you confident enough to stand behind it and put your face on the jar without...
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    Re: Amazing NUCS

    My goal is to get the 2 story nuc to weigh 70-75 pounds gross before October and the 3 story nucs to over 100 pounds. The difficulty is that I find there is a variance in my woodenware.
    There are...
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    Re: Amazing NUCS

    Good work. That was a very productive summer. :thumbsup:
  15. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Here is a reputable VSH breeder queen supplier. http://www.harbobeeco.com/breeder-queens/
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    There is another way for those in the north. If your beekeeping is predicated on keeping a colony in a box perpetually, as most systems are, then you are likely to suffer mite related crashes within...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    Keith, that is a serious investment. Can you share how many pounds of sub you produce a year?
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    I spent 15 years at an adhesive factory that made mastics and sealants using stainless steel mixing equipment. If every a person wants to mix sub on an industrial scale I recommend a 500 KG...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    Re post #207. Another way not to let moisture in is not to disturb them too much. Once I am done feeding them up I leave them sealed. I wait until a warm day in late February/March to check stores...
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    Re: Fall feeders

    I have been experimenting with making hive top or bottom feeders for 5 frame nucs. I had some spacers I made up in a hurry last spring (for feeding sugar slush) out of 1 by 4 lumber .

    By making...
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    Re: Adding room to NUCs

    Mark, I have been weighing my 5 over 5 frame nucs. I get about 30-35 pounds in the top box, and I aim for an overwintering weight of about 50 pounds of stores total.
    What has been confusing me is...
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    Re: Adding room to NUCs

    What you don't want is for the top box to be undrawn or empty when the weather closes down their ability to take stores in. If the frames are fully drawn I would put the box on top, if the frames...
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    Re: Nuc feeding question

    Pat, if the syrup is not going down check the holes. I have had them propolize the holes in the lids on plastic buckets.
  24. Re: Mann Lake 18/9 vs Maxant 20/10 Extractor

    I bought my Maxant 20 frame a few years ago and have it bolted to plywood and mounted to casters. When I am done extracting I push it outside and wash it down. Read the first post by Fuzzy in this...
  25. Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    Andrew, there is a nugget that is on Mel Disselkoen's website. I am paraphrasing, it is something to the effect of "You don't need large populations all the time, only for your major honey flows". ...
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