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    Re: Surviving on Fondant or Sugar alone?

    I saw something about pouring syrup from a certain height to force it into cells, but it is already frosting most nights and I believe they won't be able to handle the evaporation required at this...
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    Re: Surviving on Fondant or Sugar alone?

    It would be hard to find a constant 42F aside from building a chamber to heat it to that. And the expense to do so would not be worth it as we see tempo in the -15-30F range every year here.

    I...
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    Re: Surviving on Fondant or Sugar alone?

    It's fairly warm today, so I might check them quick to see how much is gone (two days now). I also have friends that own a bakery, so I might have them order me a big thing of fondant that I can cut...
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    Surviving on Fondant or Sugar alone?

    Hey guys,

    I went to wrap my single colony this past weekend, and they have absolutely zero stores in the hive. I didn't notice any robbing, and I had fed them 2:1 syrup several times in September...
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    Re: Ant Bait Traps, Bee Safe?

    I had the opposite experience. I used diatomaceous earth and then tried wood ashes, as I was told this would definitely prevent the ants from getting to the hives. I watched expectantly, as the ants...
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    Re: Ant Bait Traps, Bee Safe?

    My homemade bait took care of the Black Carpenter Ants in less than a week, from placement to not seeing ants anymore. They found the bait in less than 10 hours and had hundreds coming and going...
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    Re: Ant Bait Traps, Bee Safe?

    http://www.terro.com/products/outdoor-ant-baits
    http://www.terro.com/images/T1806.jpg

    Here's the one I use. It worked well for both small red sugar ants and the 1/2" long black ants. The entrance...
  8. Re: Is this a European Hornet or an Oriental Hornet - Picture

    European hornets have yellow/black markings on the last 3-4 segments of their abdomen, while Oriental hornets only have yellow markings on segments 3 and 4 only (counting from the anterior or...
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    Re: borge anise hyssop

    Update:

    They cut the alfalfa field I believe my bees were frequenting. I now see my light yellow bees on most of my local fodder (borage, garden, weeds, etc.) along with some larger, darker...
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    Re: I hate to hear the crunch

    Give them a puff of smoke and a tickle with some long grass (sorta like a flimsy broom). They will all recede and you can put the box, cover, or whatever on.
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    Re: borge anise hyssop

    None on my Borage either. I suspect mine are all down the road a ways at the alfalfa trial field. 20ish acres of 10 ft. rowas of several varieties, most of which are in full bloom.
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    Re: Foundation or Not?

    I am not experienced, but I started with foundationless on two fronts (sorta). I did a cut-out and had to rubberband the brood nest and stores into foundationless frames, and I also bought a 5-frame...
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    Re: Wisconsin winter

    University of Minnesota recommends 3 deeps and wrapping the top two in tar paper, with an upper entrance somewhere as well. The also insulate the top with some fiber board above the inner cover. They...
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    Re: Expensive bottom board screens!

    I found #8 hardware cloth by the foot at a True Value....after checking about 5 other of my "best option" locations. Then a week later, found Oxalic acid in the same True Value after, once again,...
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    Re: Is this unusual item related to beekeeping?

    I just can't believe that people argued for almost a year about it being a heater of some kind, with the wicks and fuel tanks. Wicks are meant to be burned and REPLACED. Rivets knock that theory out...
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    Re: Is this unusual item related to beekeeping?

    Well great! How the heck am I going to sleep now!!!!

    I thought for sure, I'd read this thread and at the end.....there would be a simple answer. Instead, it's a cliffhanger!

    :scratch:
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    Re: borax for ants?

    http://www.terro.com/products/outdoor-ant-baits

    http://www.terro.com/images/T1806.jpg

    These have worked well for me...until a coon or skunk tore them up this week. I refill them with a...
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    Re: Whole colony disappeared - any ideas?

    What exactly are you seeing? (trying to learn from this) That's a possibility because they were feral bees for at least one full season, so mite loads could have been high. I was planning on doing...
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    Re: Whole colony disappeared - any ideas?

    I never noticed ants until yesterday, when it was a steady stream. I'm guessing the larvae and eggs were the first to get cleaned out by the ants, because those cells are spotlessly clean!
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    Whole colony disappeared - any ideas?

    Hey guys,

    I did a cut-out earlier this year, found the queen, everything seemed fine. At the first check I was concerned about them, but you all confirmed a good hive, with just a lot of drones...
  21. Re: How Can I Transfer 4 Medium Frame Nuc to New Hive and Convert to Foundationless

    I would do as Bush says, keep the brood in the center. They should start the frames on either side parallel to the brood frames. Once they have a good size junk of new comb drawn out, switch the two...
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    Re: Wasps, live and let live or kill them all?

    I try to kill them all, but because it could be live or death. I'm allergic to fire ants....as in passed-out anaphylaxis within 5 minutes of one fire ant sting (three times in one summer a few years...
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    Re: Cotinus ssp., Smoketree

    I have not been in my hives since the tree has been in bloom. But both of the ones I have here are just buliding up into the second deep, so I don't know how many stores they are keeping around.
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    Cotinus ssp., Smoketree

    I just want to get a thread on the internet about this plant; Cotinus spp. Mine is a Cotinus coggygria. It took me two days of research to identify this plant, and nowhere does the internet mention...
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    Re: Large drone cells?

    Thanks. They had 6 full frames like that! In the last two weeks they drew out 3 full frames and filled 2 with brood and one with stores.

    The other hive (a cut out) has about the same amount as...
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