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    Re: outer cover plastic plug and bucket feeder

    Take a look at the Mann Lake catalogue, Plugs for cardboard nuc boxes they look similar
    Johno
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Gary, the other thing that might help with inspections is adding some limestone ammonium nitrate to your smoker, some guys on this forum have used it when introducing virgin queens to hives. The...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Gary, if I had to work bees like yours I would keep trying the sugar syrup spray mybe with a little lemongrass oil added. At one of our Virginia State Beekeepers Association meetings some old...
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    Re: Move the hives to the bean fields?

    My home yard in VA is sometimes within 100 yards of flowering soybeans and at that time we are in a nectar dearth, I have walked through the soy bean fields and not seen any insects at all and no...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    I guess so as I still do not get the point, to some no matter what the value is if it is not native eradicate it. With the 3 crop rotational system right up to the road verges there is not much for...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Nope Barry, its all over the country the Master gardeners are all over invasive species like white on rice. Just looked at those prairie weeds, I wish you guys could send some down to VA. I have been...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Gary have you tried spraying the bees with sugar water when you open the hives, they might learn to stay around and clean themselves. I would try that every time you inspect and they might associate...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Lazy shooter, if roundup is sprayed onto the weeds in the prairie it would also kill the prairie grasses. A lot of the weeds came with the seeds of the early settlers from the old world, also where...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Don't know about those prairie grasses, but bees forage on the flowers of those imported weeds so I would give that one a miss. Perhaps that does not matter as bees were imported anyway.
    Johno
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Surely Ian you must have heard by now that roundup is poisoning the world, just check the Sierra club and others of that ilk
    Johno
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Monsanto must be using a new business model according to many. This model says that you grow your company by poisoning all your customers. And no I am not paid a penny by Monsanto.
    Johno
  12. Thread: wax mold?

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    Re: wax mold?

    It looks like the fan is cooling the top mold platten so that side releases first, as you can see he uses his air there first.
    Johno
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Ja Potti I see your bees really like you and your buddy.
    Johno
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    I do not make bakers fondant I make bee fondant, the recipe is quite simple
    5lbs of sugar
    16 oz of light corn syrup
    3 Tble spoons of cider vinegar then add water to a volume of 1 1/3 cups.
    pour...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    14412 You can make my recipe into a soft fondant if you wish but that just makes work for yourself. I heat it a little more to 245* rapidly cool it while stirring and pour into a mold, the stuff...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    14405I make fondant with sugar corn syrup cider vinegar and water heated to 245* cooled then poured into molds then broken into slabs when cold. My bees ignore sugar bricks in favor of the fondant.
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    How about inverted sugar using cider vinegar, any research on that.
    Johno
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Winter in the northern part of Virginia is too close to the Arctic circle for poor sub tropical Africans like me, so that is the time for cooking baking and other activities to help warm the home....
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Bee curios if you are buying bakers fondant I cannot see it being much of a pain! Making it is a pain that is well worth it in my estimation as my bees prefer it to sugar bricks now I cannot speak...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Fondant may be a pain but if I put some sugar brick and some fondant on top of the frames the bees are straight on to the fondant. I suspect it is because the heating of the sugar and corn syrup...
  21. Thread: 1st OAV attempt

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    Re: 1st OAV attempt

    e-spice it was actually $15.75 for 5 lbs as I have an account with Amazon prime so it shipped free, you might have to pay shipping. Here is the link ...
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    Re: 1st OAV attempt

    As a matter of interest I bought 3 or 5 lbs of oxalic acid from Amazon and it seems to vaporize cleaner than the wood bleach. I would always have some residue in the pan after using the wood bleach...
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    Riskybizz, the purpose of the thread was to introduce an Italian queen into a hive of African bees in South Africa. The OP was wondering if the Italian queen would be happy to lay in the AHB comb...
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    Tough luck Gary, you win some and you lose some, how long did you have the queen before you hived her in the nuc. Perhaps it is not easy for the African bees to accept a European queen, did the...
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    Ja well no fine, I thought that might ring a bell. I am from the South Coast 80 klics south of Durban, left in a 30ft sailboat in 1990 got lost and bumped into the USA got residency then became a US...
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