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  1. Thread: Mite counting 101

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    [ December 06, 2006, 05:20 PM: Message edited by:...

    [ December 06, 2006, 05:20 PM: Message edited by: Hook ]
  2. Thread: Mite counting 101

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    I use the 1/2 measuring cup, and powdered sugar...

    I use the 1/2 measuring cup, and powdered sugar method. (sugar roll) I take a frame of bees, preferably a brood frame, and shake it into a dish pan. Take the measuring cup, and scoop one half cup...
  3. Thread: Chain saws?

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    Well, I am not a professional at all. I merely...

    Well, I am not a professional at all. I merely cut firewood to heat my house. I bought an Echo. I found that the Stihl equivalent was just a bit out of my price range. The echo was not that much...
  4. Thread: SBBs on Nucs?

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    All of my nucs have screened bottom boards. I...

    All of my nucs have screened bottom boards. I built them that way for keeping queens. I wintered 5 5 frame nucs last winter,(PA), and the had screened bottoms. They were also separate,...
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    To do an accurate sugar roll, shake bees from a...

    To do an accurate sugar roll, shake bees from a brood frame, preferably open brood, since this is where mites are going to mate and reproduce. Using a measuring cup, take 1/2 cup and put them into a...
  6. Thread: mega brood

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    Sasha said:"Seems to me that the unlimited...

    Sasha said:"Seems to me that the unlimited broodnest plan is definitely not working for me."

    Did not work for me either. I did that one year, had no honey, and a deep box full of honey in the...
  7. Thread: OA evaporator

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    I built one. www.dalcolapiaries.com...

    I built one.

    www.dalcolapiaries.com
    It is on the gadget page.
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    I overwintered 5 nucs last year. They were five...

    I overwintered 5 nucs last year. They were five frames each. I was amazed that they made it. My nucs are made out of 3/8 plywood! I lost 4 of them in March, di to my own stupidity. They starved...
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    I raise my queens in an incubater. I usually...

    I raise my queens in an incubater. I usually wait at least 3 days before introducing her anywhere. A weak nuc, will usually let her right in. If she is a different race, it is not always that...
  10. Thread: Messy Brood Comb

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    I have the honey storage combs being built out. ...

    I have the honey storage combs being built out. The brood comb os ok. I check mine about every two weeks, and usually pull the combs apart. If it breaks, the bees will fix it, even if there is...
  11. Thread: feeding in a tbh

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    Check out my website. I built a "miller type...

    Check out my website. I built a "miller type feeder/vent for my TBH.
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    Ok, I completely agree with Peggjam. The space...

    Ok, I completely agree with Peggjam. The space is not heated by the bees, rather the inside of a cluster. Go back to the basics, and forget about all of the modern monitering equipment. When bees...
  13. Thread: Queen Rearing

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    I agree with Branman. I was thinking that you...

    I agree with Branman. I was thinking that you probably jarred the cell too hard, and it detatched from the food, and died. It happens if you hanle them too much, especially when they are first...
  14. It is not a good feeling. I have done it as well....

    It is not a good feeling. I have done it as well. It is one reason I built an incubator. It can't happen in there! I guess technically it could, if you did not figure out the emergenece day. I...
  15. Thread: Split-made Queens

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    You said -->So here I am a few days late...

    You said -->So here I am a few days late wondering if I should cull the sealed cells now. Based on my understanding of Q development timing, the unsealed cells were likely eggs when I made the split,...
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    You said --> My concern is: Was it alright to...

    You said --> My concern is: Was it alright to move the cells before they were capped? and when should I let them fly?

    Reply--> I don't like moving queen cells like that. It is really going to...
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    I am in the process of doing the second...

    I am in the process of doing the second transition. I have a few stubborn hives, that refuse to draw out 4.9, other than drone, so I put them on pierco last year. (5.2) I am going to put in and...
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    I would say probably mid April in northeastern PA.

    I would say probably mid April in northeastern PA.
  19. Thread: Mating Nuc Plans

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    Baby nuc frames can be made to be put together...

    Baby nuc frames can be made to be put together and have a standard frame. I have done it, but I gave up on that as well. It is nice, because you will never have enough bees in a baby nuc to draw out...
  20. Thread: Queen mating

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    Well I don't know how your climate runs, but in...

    Well I don't know how your climate runs, but in PA, I think it is way to early. My bees have flown, but there is not a whole lot out there to gather. I saw them bringing in pollen, probably from...
  21. Thread: grafting 101

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    I graft in the afternoon in the shade. 70 degrees...

    I graft in the afternoon in the shade. 70 degrees will not dry them out like a 90 degree day. I usually graft with a flattened out paperclip, polished with an emory board. I usually dip it in...
  22. Thread: Cordovan bees

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    I also thin cordovians are basically the lighter...

    I also thin cordovians are basically the lighter color Italians. Italians are known for brood rearing, and very large swarms. As MB said, a large number of bees going into winter is not always...
  23. Thread: queens

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    Ken, The swarm, I assume is feral? If so,...

    Ken,
    The swarm, I assume is feral? If so, being from the north, it is always good to have bees that winter well. I think it is a great idea to raise a few queens from them. I say go for it!
  24. Thread: Mating Nuc Plans

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    I use separate boxes myself. I tried a 3...

    I use separate boxes myself. I tried a 3 compartment box once, and the bees spilled over, there was drifting, even with 3 distinct entrances, and I just plain lost faith in the whole situation. I...
  25. Thread: SMR hybrids

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    CW said-->i always thought that SMR stood for...

    CW said-->i always thought that SMR stood for suppressed mite reproduction because suppression of mite resistance sounds like the resistance to mite is, well, suppressed.


    Reply--> It does stand...
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