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    Re: Fondant V Sugar Blocks

    I am trying Lauri's sugar blocks on half my nucs, fondant on the others. Sugar blocks are cheaper but take time to make. Bought a dehydrator and that helps a lot. It will be interesting to see the...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    I paid $50 a block this fall - works out to $1 lb.
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    not the commercial blocks I buy. It's sugar, corn syrup and water. Nothing else.
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Give him a call

    BVS, Inc.
    795 Porter Hill Rd.
    Stevensville, MT 59870
    406-369-4214

    Last I heard it was more than $50.00
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    David Wick http://www.bvs-inc.us
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Just checked a few bees from each yard. Saw a few nosema spores but most bees were clean. I feel my counts are pretty low.
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    Re: What respirator to use for OAV?

    Have never used a mask and I'm still kicking and have good eyesight.
  8. Re: Single 5 frame Nucs...who over winters these in colder, wet locations

    Mine are all deeps... Not sure about the amount. It varies from nuc to nuc. Generally about 10 pounds or so. Not all at once, I check them monthly and replace as needed.
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    Re: Different Oxalic Acid Vaporizers

    That vaporizer, used by Allen Dick had variable results.
  10. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    No, his ulterior motive is to prove that neonics are bad for humans. He really has little interest in bees.
  11. Thread: Fondant

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    Re: Fondant

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Actually I was hoping you would be successful. Would have been a nice model to follow if it had worked. Not really surprised it didn't. I had similar results when I tried it.
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    I wrap mine loosely in wax paper. Helps keep it moist.
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    I use a hive tool also, just keep dipping it in water so it doesn't stick so much to the hive tool. I'm going to build a cutting tool like this one.
    http://vimeo.com/19594064#at=3
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    :thumbsup: I like fondant, particularly on overwintering nucs.
  16. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    here's the answer:
    Anal Bioanal Chem. 2013 Nov;405(28):9251-64. doi: 10.1007/s00216-013-7338-7. Epub 2013 Oct 1.
    Simultaneous determination of residues in pollen and high-fructose corn syrup from...
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    I just turn it upside down and pump the bellows. Cleans pretty well and quick. I also like the large and have the guards on mine.
  18. Re: Single 5 frame Nucs...who over winters these in colder, wet locations

    I've taken some 5 framers through the winter here, which is generally colder but less wet than your area. I put fondant on them in November and check them periodically throughout the winter and...
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    Dadant
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    Re: Winter entrance, open or close it down?

    Interestingly I had one hive last winter with only a top entrance and I found a mouse nest in it in the spring. Little buggers must have climbed up.

    I agree about the wet hives when wrapped. I...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Not sure. I do know that samples from deadouts I sent to Beltsville came back negative for nosema, even though I found some nosema in dead bees on the landing board that I assume had been hauled out...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Not sure I agree. The stress of extreme cold and the temp swings might be even greater. Isn't that the reason you winter indoors? Even down here we have long stretches of days with no flight.
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Hasn't been my experience but I winter outdoors. Don't know if indoor wintering would be different. I have very low spore counts in the spring here.



    Only talking about my hives and it is only...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    I have found that dead bees on the landing board have very high spore counts both last year and this year. However, live bees under the migratory cover have very low or no spore counts. Randy Oliver...
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    I agree with Glock. Also, if you follow Lauri's recipe the sugar will be inverted and bees can utilize it better.
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