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  1. Mystery item - what can I make with this?

    Our chimney master dropped this off when I wasn't at home, said it was a gift and he thought I may be able to use it somehow in the apiary. Any ideas? This metal rectangle is 26 x 53 x 5". A super...
  2. Re: Expansion and Contraction: Your tales of making increase and losing big

    You give me hope, Michael! :-) Thanks.
  3. Re: Expansion and Contraction: Your tales of making increase and losing big

    I went from 2 over-wintered nucs and 4 hives to 8 colonies and 5 add'l starts and then, eventually, to 0 by the end of last year. :( Lessons learned the hard way (splitting weak colonies, not...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Well said (and no, I do not ... Russian bees have plenty of varroa, they just deal very well with them).
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I wish I'd thought about it when I started 4 years ago. But last year I lost all of my hives due to extremely poor judgment, bad weather and too many small hive beetles. So this year I'm starting...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Wonderful. I most certainly will. I'm lucky and have two local queen producers, one a half hour away another a couple hours away. One breeds Russians, which I keep (my preference due to Varroa). I...
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    Will do, Dr. I am quite fascinated with the technique of elevating brood in order to get queens raised. Listening to Michael I understand that you do not deplete the resources you have but maximize...
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    Sustainability in a small yard

    I am fascinated at Michael Palmer's talk on the sustainable apiary, and my eyes have been opened to sustainability. It just makes sense. I have only two hives that are starting (well) from packages...
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    Re: Varroa & swarms

    That's what I'm thinkin' as of this year, but it's only suspicion at this point.
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    Varroa & swarms

    Will bees swarm/abscond due to Varroa infestation in their hive?
  11. Re: Crikey, could this be a world record SHB kill?

    I'm going to try a metal brush I have and see if that gets me anywhere.
  12. Re: Crikey, could this be a world record SHB kill?

    Just applied crawling SHB onto the Wal-Mart Mainstays vinyl tablecloth and it does not work. It slows them down a little, but not much. I think the polyester has to be very hairy-like. I'm headed to...
  13. Re: Crikey, could this be a world record SHB kill?

    My two remaining hives thank you (been a tough beetle year)!!!
  14. Re: Crikey, could this be a world record SHB kill?

    Thank you for posting this! I've been squashing them in the sun, vacuuming them and trapping them in those precarious top bar oil traps (which do work if you use enough of 'em). I so can't wait to...
  15. Re: Queen is in the hive but has stopped laying?

    Mine had slowed to a crawl, but I started feeding 1:1 syrup to get their numbers up and they've started laying at a medium-low pace. Should pick up one the goldenrod and asters start flowing well.
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    Re: Best option to combat SHB

    I've been wiped out by these suckers this year. Finally did something that works, for both my smaller hives (one's a small nuc) that are left:

    * Leave all the propolis in the hive so they can jail...
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    Re: Rendering Brood Comb

    I spent the weekend rendering out tons of brood comb (and some honey comb) from deadouts and absconds. I got a ton of wax from 40 frames of brood comb and about 20 frames of honey comb. I haven't...
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    Re: Deformed wing virus

    Has anyone seen a queen with DWV, and if so would requeening be necessary (since, once mated and only when swarming she doesn't fly)? Also, has anyone seen a queen with a varroa on her? I haven't ......
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    Re: Summer dearth: Knowing when to feed

    Bees definitely can eat through it if motivated. I encountered a colony that ate through duct tape 3 times on a trapout, kitchen sponges and Great Stuff (and yes, this was my first one and took...
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    Re: Summer dearth: Knowing when to feed

    You said it, Michael. That's what makes these forums and local clubs so great. :-) Robbers have been all around the sides of my hives. Don't know where they're from, but they've been constantly...
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    Re: Summer dearth: Knowing when to feed

    I fed one of my hives with an in-frame feeder, and they back-filled every open cell, including those with eggs. The frames looked like they'd been slimed, but it was the syrup. I removed the food as...
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    Re: Cleaning frames & hive bodies

    Roger wil-co. I hadn't seen that anywhere when researching. Kind of like the two-day rule for freezing.
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    Re: Cleaning frames & hive bodies

    Thanks, Robin and Tenbears. Basically I'm cleaning up, storing and re-using equipment for my fall and spring hives, so I wanted to go about this in a treatment-free, effective way that's best for the...
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    Re: Cleaning frames & hive bodies

    Yes, hardware only (who would put that on comb? wait, don't answer that). ;-) Thanks for the ratio and CNG reference.
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    Cleaning frames & hive bodies

    Is using a bleach+water solution to clean and sterilize my emtpy frames and hive bodies, then letting them sit in the sun to dissipate any remaining chlorine (bleach) considered a treatment? :s
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