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  1. Re: Do Queens lay multiple eggs per cell?

    So Michael,
    Were you trying to create a new double egg strain of bees? Just kidding but I am curious if the trait pass down to any of her daughters?
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    Re: Is this the proper oxalic acid ?

    I bought from the same dealer and the packaging MSDS sheet that comes with the acid will have the purity.... I remember it being the same as other recomended oxalic acid
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    Re: Is this the proper oxalic acid ?

    I sure hope its the right stuff. I bought 45lbs of it last year! The MSDS sheet that came with it said it was 99.7% pure....or something close to that....foggy memory here.
  4. Re: Beekeeping in the snow with a 3 year old: Photos

    Yes the bees really do seem to dig the sugar blocks. THANKS LAURI!
    I used to use dry sugar on newspaper.

    Here is a comparison photo. ...
  5. Re: Beekeeping in the snow with a 3 year old: Photos

    Not quite all live. I lost two from my home yard in my early January inspection. (3 total hives lost out of 109 total hives in my operation) Still I am more than thrilled after a few winters of...
  6. Beekeeping in the snow with a 3 year old: Photos

    My 3 year old nephew helped me check on the 77 hives in my home yard last Sunday.
    Despite the snow it was 50 degrees so we were quickly checking hives to replenish sugar bricks if needed and add...
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    Re: French frame buidling jig

    I also apply glue with a brush but do it to both ends of ten endbars at once and then slip them on to the top bars. I love the silicon brush idea and will have to try that. I pour 3/4 inch of...
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    Re: Burning Sumac Berries

    I burn staghorn sumac sometimes. Its what my father always used when I helped him as a kid and has to be the best smelling smoke. Mostly I use punky pine wood chips as they are easy to light and...
  9. Re: Nuc install with foundatioless frames...

    Splitting up the brood nest during cool spring weather can really set the hive back due to chilled brood. Sadly I know from the school of hard knocks. I would put the new frames at the outer...
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    Re: Natural Comb Frames?

    Funny my bees nearly always draw out the plastic or wax foundation before starting on the foundationless. I have over 1500 frames of each so its not a one time observation.
  11. Re: Massachusetts Beekeepers! House Bill, HD 2007

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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Hey that's efficiency! Would you be willing to pick me up tomorrow at 3pm so I can leave my van at an outyard for the bees to feed?
    Actually they do swarm the van when I open the...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I'm glad you all enjoyed the photos.
    Mike, I'm still in the house thanks to the mobile drying machine.....Just think of the smell if I had made them in the house! 2 gal of cider vinager has a bit...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Ok so I just caught the sugar block bug.
    I made up 225 lbs of sugar in 9 5gal bucket batches.
    Here are some photos of the 4x8 foot sugar block that I made in my "mobile solar greenhouse drying...
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    Re: vaporizing nucs

    Thanks for asking. I have not had time to check all of my hives but yesterday I went through 98 hives and had 2 deadouts. I run about 2/3 nucs. One dead out was a nuc with a note that...
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    Re: Gurung Honey Hunters

    Check out those brood patterns! Nice arcs of brood at 1:52 and 2:15 in the film. It almost looked like more brood than honey. I thought it was interesting that each colony only has a single large...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I have done countless tests with my own bees putting new supers and hive bodies on with mixtures of pierco plastic(coated with extra wax), crimpwire wax foundation and foundationless frames. Having ...
  18. NY Times video looking back at the CCD scare

    NY Times produced a good short balanced video looking back at CCD. So nice not to see a misinformed sensationalist media clip. video.
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    Re: when honey is not honey

    I agree that it is more than syrup but naturally not pure honey. Personally I have always used the term "Sugar Honey"

    Oh wait is that what I am sposed to call my Wife?
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    Re: They Killed their Swarm Queen

    I caught a swarm last year and happened to spot the virgin queen so I marked her....they absconded an hour later and I cought them again....whoa there was a new unmarked I marked her. ...
  21. Re: The State of Virginia is now paying for people to take up Beekeeping

    That is great! I am so glad to hear that they are at least spot checking up on some applications. I also received some grant money and would be happy to show them around as I hate hearing roumars...
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    Re: Bees in a pipe How to remove

    It might be easier than you think. One of the ways they used to make splits from hives kept in logs was to get the bees to move out on their own feet. This was done by steadily thumping the log...
  23. Ideas for wildflower plantings for Virginia dearth

    I am helping out a bit with a large winery estate nearby that wants to plant some of their open grass fields with wildflower meadows. They have four hives that I am helping manage and I have...
  24. Re: Who would ship queens to war-torn countries?

    Opps I should have been more careful with my wording. No I would not be worried about Saudi Arabia and Kuwait but I would be very leary of shipping anything live to countries in civil wars such as...
  25. Who would ship queens to war-torn countries?

    I received this e-mail yesterday which gave me a good chuckle:

    Dear Sir :
    I am pleased to contact you from my Almajed Canadian Trading Company , which is working as a distributor for many...
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