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    Re: Remove it or leave it?

    mgolden is correct. Sugar above an inner cover is too far away (too cold) to be of use. It should be as close to the cluster as possible.
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  2. Thread: New Drones

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    Re: New Drones

    Intercast queens can often get through an excluder.
  3. Thread: New Drones

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    Re: New Drones

    Sometimes queens do mate with their brothers, which is one reason they mate multiple times. Queens that are poorly mated produce a lot of brood with double recessives, and they also produce diploid...
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    Re: Not ready for winter shutdown?

    If nighttime temps are low, the nectar gets to cold for the bees to dry it easily. The colder the nights, the harder it is. Even if your daytime temps spike for a few hours, it usually isn't enough...
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    Re: Can I cook a two layered candy board?

    I think the two layers are likely to separate. I would brush the first layer with a thin coat of water before pouring on the second coat, to encourage the two layers to bond.
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    Re: Yellow Jackets casually coming and going

    Yellowjackets strolling freely in and out is not a good sign.
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    Re: Making some candy boards

    Bees don't store the candy; they just eat it. So your total honey stores will not increase, but they won't decrease so quickly either.
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    Re: Making some candy boards

    Another alternative is using baker's sugar, also called bar sugar or superfine. The crystals are so small they dissolve before the bees can pack 'em out. But, like Dirt Road says, wait till it's...
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    Re: Granulated Sugar vs Sugar Water

    If you spritz the sugar with syrup laced with honey-bee-healthy, it makes it more attractive.
  10. Thread: Dead bees!

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    Re: Dead bees!

    Robbing-induced starvation?
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    Re: who has wrapped hives ?

    Here's a good how-to with pics from Michigan beekeeper Jim Withers. He wraps 140 hives this way . . . and no staples in the hives.
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/how-to-wrap-a-hive/
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    Re: may be dumb? what do bees eat in summer?

    They have special algorithm apps that calculate distance, wind speed, and flight times versus calories burned and payload carried.
  13. Re: New member organic, with 2yrs experience 4 hives

    1. I didn't say anything about Sucanet; I've never heard of it. I did said not to use evaporated cane juice.
    2. The organic sugar carried by Costco (at least here in Washington) is by Wholesome...
  14. Thread: Robbing

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    Re: Robbing

    Robbing bees can kill the queen. But also robbing can start because the queen is already dead and the hive is becoming weak. It can be the chicken or the egg.
  15. Re: Your opinion please - who is qualified to mentor?

    Oh, Cindi! You have my complete permission to send them a copy of my recent post: A personal note to cranky old beekeepers! You go, girl!
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  16. Re: Checked bees for the first time this year one hive completly empty, no bees or ho

    If you look carefully at photo 13, you can see some white spots adhering to the inside of the brood cells that look like mite guano (feces), a good sign of a mite infestation.
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    Re: Bees carrying off larvae?

    The bees could also be removing diploid drones. This happens normally, but it happens more frequently when the queen and the drones she mated with are closely related. It yields a brood pattern with...
  18. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    You also need to make sure you have enough nurses in each part to cover all the brood, especially with cold nights. There are many different ways to make a split. More on the basics can be found...
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    Re: Spraying syrup on new wax foundations

    I tried it one year, but didn't see any difference. I wouldn't bother with it.
  20. Thread: Ventilation

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    Re: Ventilation

    I use moisture quilts in the winter and screened inner covers in summer. The moisture quilts work kind of like a towel and are easy to make. The screened inner covers let the air move through without...
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    Re: Problem: Bees in the birdbath

    I've heard that a tablespoon of vinegar in the bird bath will repel bees and not birds. It's worth a try.
  22. Re: Checked bees for the first time this year one hive completly empty, no bees or ho

    Just speculating here, but often a busy hive in fall, followed by an empty hive in spring is a sign of varroa mites. The bees are somehow able to keep the dead cleared out until the last minute. The...
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    Re: Presentation for third grade class

    If you can't bring live bees, at least bring some dead ones so the kids get an idea of their size and general appearance. Oh yes . . . and biscuits to go under the honey.
  24. Thread: mouse nest

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    Re: mouse nest

    Yes.
  25. Re: Nails are shipped with assembly of the hive required but would screws be better?

    I always use screws and no glue. I do have to pre-drill, though.
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