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    Re: Need some measurements

    I make all my ten frame equipment 19 7/8" by 16 1/4" outside dimension. Inside won't matter for a feeder rim.

    I use the box from my hive-top feeder, probably 4" high or so, but anything between 1...
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    Ask ten beekeepers a question, get eleven different answers.... (joke).

    Seriously, both plastic and wax have their advantages. I use wax and crosswire everything, I really dislike warped comb and...
  3. Thread: wax moth comb

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    Re: wax moth comb

    If there are large areas full of webbing, the bees will rip it all out, and with plastic foundation if they remove the wax down to plastic they won't rebuild comb on it (ditto if you scrape the...
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    They can handle the temperature swings. I can tell if it's going to actually rain or just threaten, the bees all head for home in a hurry when rain is actually going to appear. Quite a sight to...
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    Re: General Questions Before I Get Started

    Botulism is only a danger to infants. Don't feed children under the age of six months raw honey. The issue is that their immune system is not strong enough to kill off the bacteria in their gut,...
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    Re: Some incoming fresh pollen

    I'm sure mine were flying today although I didn't look -- I had a yellowjacket land on me and get carried into the house, and if they are out so are the bees.

    It's normal around here for them to...
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    Re: Should I be worried

    A few dead bees are normal. Even when it's quite cold, the bees will discard dead bees outside the hive so long as they can fly, and they can get fooled into flying when it's too cold. Tiny brains,...
  8. Re: Wax moths, found just a few, indicator that there are way more?

    Hmm, I was under the impression that wax moths hibernated in the winter. I've not seen any actual larvae in winter, ususally they vanish in September here. Certainly once there is a freeze, no...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    The bees stay clustered up and greatly restrict the airflow through the cluster, and usually through a good deal of the hive. Self insulating, so to speak. The bees on the outside of the cluster...
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    Re: Humidity / Mold Question

    You should be all right. I push my covers back in the winter so there is maybe 1/4" space between the outer cover and the notch.

    Should dry out quite a bit with this visit from the polar...
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    Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Just toss them out of the bed of a moving pickup. Box joints will survive so long as the wood itself doesn't fracture, all the rest will bend or spring. This has been inadvertently tried by someone...
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    Re: sugar brick consern

    I got some drips from a candy board early in the winter. The bees will eat it, and while it's not the best thing in the world to drip cold syrup on them, usually the absolute amount of water in the...
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    Bees depend on the yeasts (fungi) that ferment the pollen into "bee bread" to produce several essential sterols that the cannot make themselves. This is one reason that protein supplements are not...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    I had no problems with the brood box being full of honey -- in early May, at the peak hive population, I had a deep, two mediums, and one and half shallows full of brood except the outside frames. ...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    I believe the theory is that since there are "holes" in the dome of capped honey over the brood nest, the bees will "think" there are not enough stores present to safely swarm and will instead switch...
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    Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Bees coat everything with propolis, rough or not. Our local "mutt" bees collect plenty, and boxes have a thin coat by the end of the summer the first year of use, and quite a bit the next. I'd not...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    I was going to try checkerboarding last year, but my bees ate all the stores and I had to feed early in the spring, hence no honey to checkerboard with. I did pile on the supers early as I've...
  18. Thread: Candy Board

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    Re: Candy Board

    It's easier to just add a small amount of water to dry sugar and let it set up. Boiling is dangerous and can cause the production of furans that are toxic to bees.

    If you do want to boil, you...
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    Re: Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    Day length also has a marked effect on brood rearing volume, and I'm sure the effect is both variable and genetic. Italians definitely do NOT respond well to dearths here, and Carnies or Russians do...
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    Re: Bees have left the hive

    There are a number of things that will cause the bees to abandon a hive or die off, including the real biggie, American Foul Brood.

    You should carefully inspect the brood frames from your deadout....
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    Re: controlling robbing

    I've taken to reducing entrances in August, the robbing around here is terrible, and once it starts it's hard to stop.

    One thing I've learned is to NEVER EVER open feed anything, especially honey....
  22. Re: Drone cells in October/drones in hive in November

    I had quite a few drones flying last week. Didn't see any this weekend although the bees were flying pretty heavily. Typical drone flights are mid afternoon here, and I was busy so I may have just...
  23. Re: What to feed during Winter when the hive has no honey?

    Put a sheet of newspaper on top of the top box, then an empty box. Put a pollen patty on the newspaper and then 20 or 30 lbs of sugar mixed with just enough water to dampen it, that way it will...
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    Re: Nails for assembling Langstroth beehives

    If you can find them, hot dip galvanzied nails are the best as they will NOT rust (hot dip glavanized means they have been dipped in molten zinc).

    "Galvanized" nails that are painted with zinc...
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    Re: No Stores Going into Winter

    If it dried up they weren't taking it.

    Bees will drag out dry sugar and dump it when it's warm, they see it as trash, not food, until it turns into syrup on the surface from condensation. That...
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