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  1. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    As I'm in a varroa free zone I have been treatment free for the four years I've been keeping bees.

    Started out with one Top Bar Hive, then i built a couple of Long-hives for regular frames.
    Then...
  2. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Thank you for your replays!

    I called my suplier and actually the cellsize was 5.1, so no go there.

    There are foundation molds to buy, with 4.9mm cellsize. but quite an investment..

    What...
  3. Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    I live in Sweden and the smallest cellsize I can find for plastic frames in my frame format is 5.0

    Would it still give the benefits of small cell, or is it better to go with 4.9mm wax foundation....
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    Re: New hive won't build straight comb

    Guess you could put the wonky box above a queen excluder and use it as a honey super.
    After the brood hached out they can fill it with honey. You could then harvest the whole box, cut out the comb...
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    Honey bees and pine/coniferous forests

    Hi.

    I'm trying to find connections between honey bees and pine forests / coniferous forests. What's the benefits for the bees and what's the benefits for the forest and the trees?

    I could...
  6. Thread: Frame spacing

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    Re: Frame spacing

    Thank you for your inputs. I feel confident in this now.
  7. Thread: Frame spacing

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    Re: Frame spacing

    Is it better to go towards 33mm or towards 31mm when trying to obtain 32mm?

    Removed the spacer nails from 11 frames,
    Trimed 1mm from each side of the frames with the table saw.
    Put the spacers...
  8. Re: How to winter hives with honey in colder climates?

    Found this on a Swedish forum from one with the same climate as me.

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    When harvesting honey/wintering the bees I collect 8 frames with plenty of honey in them.
    Then I put these frames in a 10...
  9. How to winter hives with honey in colder climates?

    Hi.

    I would like some help to figure out how to best and easiest winter my bees on honey.

    I'm located in the middle of Sweden (Östersund) where we have six month winter with temperatures of -5...
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Youtube video of the varroa controller:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tQ3e6Yuqxs
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    .. and of course someone made a machine to heat up the brood frames of a hive and kill the mites but not the brood.
    http://www.varroa-controller.com/vc

    With my nose still deep down in M. Bush's...
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Made a search on "heat treatment for mites" and found a lot of interesting stuff.

    On a NZ forum you could read this:
    http://www.nzbees.net/forum/threads/varroa-mite-inhibited-by-temperature.1530/...
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Thank you all for your answers.

    Guess I'll consider sugar dusting and drone cutting as a "clean" treatment if I need to treat at all.
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Is it possible to do drone brood trapping with foundationless hives?
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Thank you for the link about 'why I dont use treatments.
    I hope my bees too will be able to handel the varroa.
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    "Thousands report success to me and to other's in other places. Quite a few report success here on Beesource as well. I would find it more accurate to say that some, but very few report failure."
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    "Thousands report success to me and to other's in other places. Quite a few report success here on Beesource as well. I would find it more accurate to say that some, but very few report failure."
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Great news Rusty. I have been thinking about sugar dusting to keep the mite load down in the begining or in case of invasion from nearby beeks, in hope to give the bees time to figure out how to...
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Sorry, but I did not want to start a discussion about whether to go SC or not. I wanted to hear about different ways of non contaminating treatment.
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Ok, now I doubleposted in the general forum.
    Sorry.
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    Re: Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Ok, now I doubleposted in the general forum.
    Sorry.
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    Non contaminating treatment of varroa

    Reading up on regressing to small cell on M. Bush's website. Michael writes that under the transition period until things stabelizing you could monitor for mites - and if numbers get to high - use...
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    Non contaminating treatment of varroa?

    Reading up on regressing to small cell on M. Bush's website. Michael writes that under the transition period until things stabelizing you could monitor for mites - and if numbers get to high - use...
  24. Thread: Frame spacing

    by masarin
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    Re: Frame spacing

    Guess I'll go with what I have (Less work) and see how it works. I could always change it later.
  25. Thread: Frame spacing

    by masarin
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    Re: Frame spacing

    I read that 32 mm spacing would get less warped comb and other benefits such as less bees needed too keep the brood warm. The question is, will I have the same benefits with 33mm spacing?
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