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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    I used 14 gauge solid on time. it got so hot it left burn marks on the side of my hive. 12 gauge stranded does not have the same problem. you can also get 12 gauge or larger wire for hot...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Another swarm and a cut out in my area yesterday. I think swarms are having a hard time finding places to go. report says this swarm was on a window seal for three days. I suspect it is a second...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    Seems to me you would be watching. That is how I've always kept animals. That is why it surprised me a bit that there are no quarantine measures when it comes to bees. But then when they area all...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    three swarms reported in the last two days. one this morning that we captured is the larges one I have seen to date. IN all we captured on swarm and did two cut outs today.
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    Sticky: Re: Homemade oxalic acid vaporizer

    It looks to me like there is far more OA in that tray than you would ever use in a hive. most likely for video purposes. Second that is an example of the OA crystallizing on any surface it contacts...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    I have experienced the same problem with a couple of my designs. the vapor cannot contact any part of the vaporizer that remains cooler. You want the entire pan to heat up or the OA will just...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    NO only better energy transfer will reduce energy required to raise the temp of the OA more efficiently. otherwise a cooler temp will just take longer. The energy use will be a wash. YOu sitll have...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    We had well over 50% losses but I attribute it to serous drought last summer. poor quality queens as a result that simply could not make it through winter. Hives that did make it are struggling this...
  9. Re: Why I decided to buy my equipment, instead of build it.

    Your time costs as well as material shop equipment etc. it is funny how many costs you start to recognize when something stops being a hobby and becomes a source of income. It costs me nearly as much...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    My great grandfather kept bees. I got my first hive from him but never got bees in it. I think I was about 14 years old. Many years later was attempting to build a hive frames and all when I had a...
  11. Re: will laying worker hive make queen cell if given worker eggs?

    this is nothing more than attempting to introduce a queen directly to a laying worker hive.
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    If colonies are strong enough they will swarm leaving the bees to rear a new queen pre solstice. Btu what is to say that a colony strong enough to swarm did not come from the previous years post...
  13. Thread: Dadant Nuc

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    Re: Dadant Nuc

    They fill the space with comb if you leave it there long enough. I have left medium frames in a deep box for a year. The only reason comb within the frame is beneficial is it is convenient to me as a...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Thank you Harry, This is a supreme thread
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    How is it then that feral hives could possibly be a source of continued varroa infestation? Isn't the feral hive the ultimate unmanaged colony? Are they possibly the ultimate evidence that this do...
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    Re: Dadant Nuc

    I do a deep at the bottom and then all mediums. Gives you more options. I also do a deep frame in two medium boxes and it works but will create problems getting boxes apart later. I will also do a...
  17. Re: When to increase the opening on the entrance reducer?

    Looks like it is longer to me.but it definitely does not match up one way or the other.
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    Re: My swarm is now in a bee tree

    Small swarm on 5-9-15 in front of a restaurant downtown. located about 15 feet up in a pine tree. just far enough I could not reach it. Called another local beekeeper hopefully he had a taller ladder.
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    Re: My swarm is now in a bee tree

    Find bees closer to the ground? I would not be farting around 40 feet up for bees.
  20. Re: When to increase the opening on the entrance reducer?

    I never said there was. I said a full entrance (regardless of what it is) will seldom be what you want to provide. Maybe an 8 frame lang if you have it set to the 3/8ths inch entrance height. From...
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    Sticky: Re: Talk About Your Incubator

    I can place 98 queen cells in a 1 cubic foot chamber. That is setting the cells in the top of a 20ml vial for the queen to emerge into. Works pretty good but the random queen will manage to escape...
  22. Re: When to increase the opening on the entrance reducer?

    On a typical 10 frame lang bottom entrance. about 7.125 sq inches. Which according to some sources is about twice what an average natural hive would have.
  23. Re: When to increase the opening on the entrance reducer?

    When the colony can defend the opening you give them. You may never give a colony a full size opening.
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    Re: excerpt from a local 'master' beekeeper

    Okay so I put my thought to the test and went and asked the general populace. and here are the first two responses I got.
    1. Interesting. I'm not sure if I'm average reader or not but I found it...
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    Sticky: Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    What most fail to understand is that he OA turned to gas at 157 degrees. it does not have a choice to stick around for the 189 degree temperatures. you would have to contain it and force it to be...
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