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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    There is a commercial beekeeper on Beesource as The Honey Householder who uses a small hand-pump sprayer to fill combs with syrup. He fills combs to use when installing early packages.

    Tom
  2. Thread: Spider ID?

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    Re: Spider ID?

    Funny story. I was out bow hunting with a friend in Florida. We had gone separate ways and after it got dark I was walking along a fence line back to the truck. Long before head lamps were popular...
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    Re: Feeding Bees - Could they give up foraging?

    There is usually a post or two every year from a new beekeeper who gets concerned when their new hive stop using their feeder.

    You can feed too much in the sense that you will end up with sugar...
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    I'm sure Tim at Honey Run will not have any queens until next spring sometime.

    Tom
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    I have gotten queens from Honey Run and been very happy with the queens and the service.

    Tom
  6. Thread: OA Dribble

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    Re: OA Dribble

    I have done OA dribbles with temps in the 50's with great survival success. I usually try to have the OA syrup warm.

    Tom
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    Re: Water jacketed bottling tank maintenance

    Vance,

    I wouldn't be so sure about that, just look at the revival of rain barrels.

    You could also use water from a dehumidifier.

    Tom
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    Re: Good bee book for teenagers? Douglas Whynott's Following the Bloom

    I will second First Lesson's in Beekeeping. It gives you all the basics you need.

    Starting out you can read too much, spend too much time reading Beesource, etc. Learn the basics, get some bees,...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    That is a pretty jaded view of the world. And, a gross assumption that a ban on neonics is somehow good.

    Looking for 'the government' to solve problems is an even bigger problem. There are...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Is winter survival % the correct metric to follow? A switch to foliar application of insecticides will be less likely to impact winter survival. Colonies will be damaged immediately more so than...
  11. Thread: Moving Hives

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    Re: Moving Hives

    I moved a small nuc before the cold snap. There may have been a couple of days where there were minor flights I didn't see. Today with the sun shining and temps above 60 this nuc had a large...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    I do both, on top bars or over hole in inner cover. I have inner covers along the lines of the Honey Run ones: http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/all_season_inner.pdf

    Most...
  13. Thread: Moving Hives

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    Re: Moving Hives

    How many bees are killed during hive inspections?

    Will some bees be lost when a hive is moved? Yes. Are 12 or 20 or 100 bees going to make or break the survival of a colony? No.

    If you...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    I pre-mix my sugar syrup in larger quantities and then fill/re-fill the cans in the bee yard.

    I like the paint cans, strong colonies empty them quickly. You do need and empty super on the hive. ...
  15. Thread: Moving Hives

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    Re: Moving Hives

    Tim,

    Has it warmed up yet?

    If the bees have been clustered for several days you should be OK moving them before they start to fly again. You can obstruct the entrance if you want to.

    20...
  16. Thread: 1 or two oz jars

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    Re: 1 or two oz jars

    These are a little bigger than your looking for but are nice: http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Small-Containers-1-lb-less-than/3-5-oz-Glass-Jar-with-53mm-Cap

    I have also done 4 oz Muth's for...
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    Using 2:1 syrup when making sugar blocks?

    I have 2-3 gal. of 2:1 syrup left over. I was thinking of using it to make some sugar blocks. Has anyone done this before? Should I dilute it to 1:1 first?

    I'd rather use the syrup instead of...
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Fondant

    Steve,

    I can't see the picture.

    I have used bakers fondant on my hives in late winter/early spring. The bees seem to really like it.

    Tom
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    Re: Lighting a smoker with wood pellets

    Jim,

    Nice video, you look more like a fire tamer!

    I got a tip from a post by Allen Dick. I use a full sheet of newspaper and then wait until it is fully engulfed before adding pellets. I them...
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    Re: small hive beetle question

    Andrew,

    I found several in a hive during early spring this year. They must have overwintered in it. The hive was strong and never had any problems. I never looked for the beetles again. From...
  21. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    It looks like I may have to do a small, hands-on comparison of my version of Joe's and Lauri's sugar cakes. I'll let the bees decide which they like better AND which are easier to make/handle.

    Tom
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    Re: Election sign recycling > cheap nucs

    I usually grab them when it is convenient. They are easy to cut. I use them to close screen bottom boards. In a pinch they work as top covers, etc.

    That is a pretty creative use for a nuc box. ...
  23. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    Joe,

    You don't think the powdered sugar causes problems with the corn starch in it causing dysentery? I guess it ust be a small enough percentage not to be a problem.

    Tom
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    Joe,

    How are you feeding in late fall and winter? I have used fondant in the past. I have been using paint can feeders inverted on the top bars recently. Even in cool weather a small colony can...
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    Re: Farming practices on my bees

    Place the hives where they will be easy for you to access, with a vehicle. There is a recent thread here about carrying hive 200+ yards. You also want them where they will be inconspicuous. There...
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