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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Brad Bee;

    I almost waited too long hoping for the fall flow that didn't happen(again!). I was following their weight and fed heavy but just in time for them to get it capped. The scales make the...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    SWM; something may have happened that prevented the production of late bees. Mites certainly can do it but other things as well. Bees that have foraged are toast in a few weeks but the juveniles that...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer with Temp Controller

    I think it would be overall too much heat input. The vaporizers are 150 watts or less.
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    I could think of a few but will just say hmmmm!

    I think there is some reality in saying that some commercial guys may work the numbers close to the line so they dont leave dollars on the table...
  5. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    Check the detail on that report. That sounds like the scenario of dribbling an oxalic acid sugar syrup onto the bees. It can do brood damage and is definitely not recommended for multiple...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer with Temp Controller

    See how you make out with that size. I found that I needed more room than that to keep from overflowing when the charge gets to bubbling in the boil off water stage. I know at least one other user...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    The smaller the cluster for whatever reason makes them more likely to be in a situation where they are not in contact with stores. If they have started brood rearing they will not move camp to be...
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    Re: Mann Lake Commercial grade deeps

    I have hit a few that the fingers were a bit short. Inside assembled dimensions come up correct so it is mostly cosmetic. Yes some do need the rubber hammer to assemble but have found that in select...
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    Re: Touched bear fence

    Disconnect the charger from the fence and check the voltage across the terminals to verify the charger is putting out. Is the snow up onto the bottom of your fence? Process of elimination should be...
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    Re: Spotty brood pattern VS hatched cells?

    Many things will interfere with that text book perfect pattern. In cold climates the brood up starts with small patches and may be interrupted by cold spells. Patches of pollen and drone cell...
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    Re: Thermo hive, not for me.

    It certainly has a long list of things it will do and all in one package! Seems well thought out and promoted. It does seem a bit like the multi function swiss army pocket knifes that dont do any of...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    OK! now I know what you are casting about for. I would not bother with an Ebay source or something homespun. It will have to be something with a definititive RI. Have a look here,...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    My instructions say a bright daylight source and also a bunch of chinglish about temperature compensation then ends with saying not to worry because this instrument self compensates for temperature...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    The brix is only a relative term to compare the refractive index of another substance to that of a glucose /water solution. The other liquid or even a solid would not necessarily contain any water or...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid question

    mgolden; is the 0 F. a typo?
  16. Re: Sizes: Commercial Lumber vs Traditional Lumber

    Foamboard R value is "4.5-8" so if insulation is of concern wood is a heavy and expensive way to get R value.
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    I picked up a little bottle of pure glycerine at food store yesterday (so the label says.) it shows 73 on my refractometer and the virgin oliive oil I have says approximately 71.5 so I feel...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    I think you can pick up a small bottle of glycerine at a pharmacy. That may not have as much variation as Virgin Olive Oil. I think bottled olive oil of a top brand would be more reliable than...
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    Re: Refractometer Calibration Fluid

    There are quite a few posts on using virgin olive oil as a calibration fluid. I tried 3 or 4 different brands and they did seem consitent in readings so I used that method. It was very, very close to...
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    Re: metal foundation wire crimper

    Barry just for an experiment try doing your final wire tie off with a lot less initial tension. The rollers grip the wire easier and can put deeper pleats in it and end up with the same final tension...
  21. Re: How much propolis does your bees make?/ Green drone frames

    You can make a tool about a foot long from 3/16 or 1/4" piano wire with a 90 deg. bend about an inch long on one end and a T handle on the other end. Reach down between frames and give a quarter turn...
  22. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    Snelgroves book "Swarming - Its Control and Prevention" is informative reading even if you do not use his designed division board. It gives a description of other population and swarm control methods...
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder

    Throw a chunk of beeswax in and chase it around with a hot air gun. No waiting for the bad smell to go away; good to go immediately!
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    Re: New fresh cut lumber

    Green lumber built into hive boxes will shrink enough to compromise proper bee space unless you cut overwidth to start with. If you stack to dry all the advice of previous posters applies. You should...
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    Re: What air compressor do you have?

    MAC 700 http://www.aircompressorbase.com/makita-mac700-review-how-well-is-this-big-bore-air-compressor/

    Here is a link to compressor reviews. I have owned and used many small compressors...
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