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    Re: Plastic inner lid - bad idea?

    Although I've only used wooden inner covers, I know others who use cloth, feed bags or garbage bags. Riverderwent makes a good point. However, my SBB inserts are made of corrugated plastic and I...
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    Re: Maple pancake syrup

    Heat also works like a catalyst, by speeding up the reaction that produces the furfural.
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    Re: Maple pancake syrup

    Ha! Well, it is an appropriate username, but that isnt' always the case.

    Here's a link to a Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroxymethylfurfural

    Furfurals are naturally...
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    Re: Maple pancake syrup

    Boiling sugar leads to the formation of a group of compounds called furfurals, which I understand are not good for bees. Since maple syrup is produced by boiling, it is likely that this is the...
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    Re: Aggressive bees but which hive?

    Some of my bees have gone from Jekyll to Hyde in a dearth, and I see it happening this week. One of the things that I intend to do next week is to make some splits with mated queens. Some of my...
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    Re: Mean bees? (Yes, ANOTHER question!)

    They are not definitely Africanized, they have only displayed some characteristics of Africanized bees. So do mine, especially if queenless and/or in dearth. The hive that lonestar mentioned may be...
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    Re: Bees are definitely africanized!

    I'm in an area that doesn't have the AHB challenges that yours does, so my approach to a hive that behaved as you described was a little more drastic; I killed the hive. Moving or requeening weren't...
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    Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    I'll bet that Barry could pull up some data to answer this question. A list of join dates, number or frequency of posts and most recent (aka last) post could give an idea. The output wouldn't be...
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    Re: totally unorganized!!!

    You can keep removing the comb as they build it up. You can place any removed comb in an empty super above the inner cover, and the bees will move the honey back down.

    You might want to check the...
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    Re: queen replacement

    My mistake! It looked to me as though there was nectar in a lot of the cells that are not occupied by brood.
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    Re: queen replacement

    Looks like the hive is on its way to being honeybound, if it isn't already.
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Yes it is still available, but regulated. It's one of those substances that, like some of the older freons, depleted the ozone layer. It's also been identified as a rather hazardous substance. The...
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    Re: Drone pupa near hive entrance

    I see something similar when temperatures suddenly drop. Some of the brood gets chilled, and the pupae that aren't viable get hauled out.
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Well, ether works, mostly.

    The entrance was blocked last night (2 deeps, 2 mediums, SBB, no upper entrance) and today we sealed any gaps with duct tape, then drilled a few 3/32" holes in the...
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    Re: Is there a link

    Try this: http://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/

    I haven't looked at the site for a while, but they do have some wicked cool data related to bees.

    Pete

    ETA: Yep, the info is still there. Try...
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    Re: robber screens have bees confused?

    I've found that it takes about a week for the bees to get the hang of things. Until then, I see what you've described.
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    I hear you on breaking the hive down and distributing the frames. If it weren't for the fact that some of these bees seem to be more potent than is typical for honeybees, I'd bring them over to my...
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    Re: Rancher Spraying

    Nice to hear that you have a heads up.

    Others can comment on whether they think 2,4-D is immediately or slowly harmful to bees; I simply don't know. If you know when the spraying will take...
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    I don't treat my lawn because it's easier that way, and have a lot of clover. I leave most of it, but not in our small front yard, where we walk regularly. One good way to avoid having to step...
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    Re: Split with no queen

    If you don't have a source of more queens, then I'd recombine now. If you don't, all you'll be doing is depleting your apiary resources by stealing from the strong and giving to the weak. Then,...
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    Re: solar wax melter

    If the comb is really old, there might not be much wax to melt.
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    Here's a rather unexciting update:

    Went over for battle last night, and started by securing the colonies that aren't full of evil. The hives were each about 15 feet apart, and it was dusk so all...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    I'll be going in tonight, in a couple of hours. There were some scheduling conflicts.

    Pete
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    Re: Capped Honey vs. High Moisture Contect.

    I do the same. I extracted some deadouts and came up with 28% moisture. I bought a bucket (1 gal size) of Damp-rid and placed it beside an open 5 gallon bucket of honey inside a sealed plastic...
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    Re: Evening clustering

    Bees will often beard on the outside of the hive at night, especially when heat and humidity are high. As far as I know, it has little to do with swarm preparation and more to do with there being...
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