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    Re: Quilts and Candyboards

    jcolon; Put a 3/4 x 3/4 inch rim around the bottom of your 2 inch frame under the wire. Have 2 strips across the bottom from side to side to support the wire. A 2 inch frame will hold 20 pounds of...
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    Re: Drone comb

    It just takes longer for the bees to remove the pupa/larvae from the cells.
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    Re: Drone comb

    Use a wire brush to remove the cappings while the comb is still frozen, it is fast and the pupa/larvae are not damaged.
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    Re: powder sugar

    Yes, use one cup per super and separate and do each super. Powdered sugar works best when there is no sealed brood in the brood nest, if there is brood most of the mites will be in the capped brood.
  5. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    My treatment free bees started from treated stock in 2006. They have been in a Bond Yard until this year. I brought home 4 queens and raised daughters from them to head the 14 full sized colonies...
  6. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    If you consider your colonies to be expendable, and you have the funds to purchase new bees each year, then start out on the non-treatment path if you wish. At the present time I have 14 colonies...
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    Re: Varroa Mite mobility?

    I have wondered if part of their speed is the result of being attracted by a static electricity build up on the honey bee, something similar to the way pollen is attracted by the bee.
  8. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I would think the commercial beekeepers have more AFB than hobbyist because they have more colonies. I would also think that more of their cases of AFB are found because they are better at...
  9. Re: Need to feed a little nuc. How best to do without inducing even more robbing?

    Take food from the strongest colony for the nuc, and then feed the strongest colony. They are better at defending themselves than a weak nuc.
  10. Re: Do you need vaseline to control mites in screened bottom board?

    I would not worry about varroa or small hive beetles making it back into the hive after falling through the open mesh bottom board, especially in winter. If they fall a distance of 2 inches below...
  11. Re: Best way to feed honey back to the bees?

    Bees take honey faster if it is diluted with hot water. Mix should be about 70% honey and 30% water. Don't give the bees more than they can take and store overnight. If you give them more than...
  12. Re: are flying virgin queens always followed by a drone comet?

    My guess would be an undertaker bee removing a dead sister. Drones ignore queens not in a DCA or not at the flight level where mating takes place.
  13. Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    There is always something new to learn, and always new problems to solve.
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    Re: Recurring cross-comb

    When frames of comb are beginning to be drawn they should be pushed together and centered in the box. 10 frame equipment should have all 10 frames, but after they are fully drawn out one may be...
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    Re: Mite levels

    estreya, break the boxes apart and sift one cup of PS over the top bars of each box and cross brush the sugar between the frames. There is no need to remove the frames. From taking off the outer...
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    Re: Mite levels

    Sugar dusting is good for reducing the growth rate of the varroa population, and if done when there is little or no eggs/brood over 7 days old, you can remove many mites. It is good for 5 frame nucs...
  17. Re: Active brood nest VS winter cluster movement.

    The only way to keep the brood nest in the bottom super is by using a queen excluder. You would need to make sure the 10 frames in the bottom deep are as perfectly drawn as possible. The books say...
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    Re: Buying Healthy Bees?

    There is no rating system that I am aware of. Try contacting any local beekeeping associations, they may be able to give you the name of a supplier. Talking with customers and finding out what...
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    Re: Mite levels

    Sqkcrk, when I first started sugar dusting I also did treatments with Mite Away Formic Acid Pads. I had sticky boards on the colonies and I would count the mites that fell. When I did the sugar...
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    Re: Mite levels

    Estreya, First the bad news, if you dropped 200 with a sugar dusting there are 4 to 5000 mites in the colony, at least that is what my experience has been. Deformed wing virus damages the wings of...
  21. Re: Active brood nest VS winter cluster movement.

    Yes, the bee cluster moves up as they use food stores during fall and winter. Some studies have shown that the cluster will also move down to stores, as well as sideways. Go to the Resources...
  22. Re: Thesis documents broad scale adoption of VSH lineage by queen breeders

    It is definitely part of the mix in my bees that have had no or few treatments since 2006.
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    Re: Question on Queen Excluders

    The excluders that are made with steel wire do not damage bee wings. The old zinc excluders that were sheets with stamped out openings did do damage, but those have not been in use for years. If...
  24. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable. I know that treatment free or at least semi-treatment free is possible, at least for hobbyist.

    What I see here, in this forum, are...
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    Re: What I learned today

    I don't try to shave with it, but I like my hive tool to be sharp on both ends. I guess it's my inexperience showing.
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