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  1. Re: Anyone know what the average weight of 2:1 syrup ripened in the hive weighs?

    This link gives some answers.
    http://www.masterbeekeeper.org/calendar/popup/sugar_syrup.htm
  2. Re: Frames with more than 18.6% moisture

    If you, or a relative, have a dehumdifier and a fan. Put the frames in a small room with both running for 2 days and it will be below 18.6%.
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    Snowhitsky, please take some pictures and post them as you proceed. We don't see many spanish photos on this site, and as winter will be here soon it will be a visual feast for us cold-bound...
  4. Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    Take a look at this link. http://www.honeyrunapiaries.com/store/all-season-inner-cover-p-232.html
    The multiple ventilation holes are obscured by styrofoam insulation in the winter. The styrofoam...
  5. Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    Winter beekeeping HVAC engenders endless debate. I don't claim to understand it. When I first bought some 10 frame boxes I painted them a dark brown, and I have found that they work pretty well at...
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    Re: No luck making queens

    If he is trying the MDA splitter method it works best, as Mel describes on his website http://www.mdasplitter.com/ , if the manipulations are made one week before swarming for your area. I would...
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    Re: He just keeps hanging around

    Someone told me that it is possible to get a rough idea of how big/old a bear is by the relationship of the size of its ears are in proportion to the size of its head.
  8. Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    No, I am just curious about the opportunity to sell bees to another market.
  9. Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    How much are they paying for a hive of bees? Are they only buying in CA, or are they picking up hives around the country?
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    I think a prerequisite to working bees barehanded is to be no longer scared of being stung on the hands. When I first started, ignorance and fear of what a bee sting felt like kept me from trying...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    snl, do you mind if people add tips of how, and why, to work bees bare handed to this thread?
  12. Re: How to keep varroa at comfortable levels w/no chemicals????????

    The principles here http://www.mdasplitter.com/ in conjunction with overwintering those colonies using 5 frame boxes stacked two high have worked reliably for me for the last few years. The...
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    Re: Queen cells on PF120 plastic.

    I was talking to a guy yesterday about this. He puts a press in cage over the cells and lets them emerge into the cage, then introduces them into nucs caged for their own protection.
  14. Re: Is it too late to make a split this year (SW Ohio)?

    Go for it. You will learn something whether it works or whether it doesn't. You will also have doubled your hive count!
  15. Re: Overwintering Nucs- Bees filling frames with honey

    Putting in empty undrawn frames is a good use of the workforce. Are you adding the drawn frames to the top of the stack or the bottom?
  16. Re: Hived a new swarm, 5 minutes later they moved into an occupied hive.

    Try a search for "usurpation". There was an article in Bee Culture or the ABJ on this by Wyatt Magnum a while ago.
  17. Re: Ian Steppler... question re: your blog - shaking down queens

    Ian, what indicator do you use to tell you when spring is over, and it is "safe" to keep her to one box. A calendar date, the end of dandelions, the start of something blooming?
  18. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    I have been making my boxes since I started in 2008. My 2c follows Cleo's thinking. I use 6d 2inch galvanized, Titebond 2, and rabbet joints. I cut, clamp and glue, drill pilot holes, nail, and...
  19. Re: Summer Management for over wintering nucs?

    Mitch, thanks. If they are new colonies established with a brood break I have not found a need to take anything from them. I start them in one level of 5 frames, usually MDA style, then when the...
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    Re: How Do You Spell Honey?

    It has been real wet here, but everything that could bloom is blooming right now, and the heat is coming. "He's got high hopes, he's got high hopes, he's got high apple pie in the sky hopes."
    Also,...
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    Re: queen larva loose in cells.

    Thanks. That makes sense, and is reassuring.
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    queen larva loose in cells.

    I have just pull some grafted cells from two different hives, I grafted on the 23rd.

    In the cells from hive 1 most of the bases are covered with royal jelly, and are bigger.

    In hive 2 there is...
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    Re: Putting hives in a swamp

    Is it secluded enough that your investment won't be bothered by bored, destructive idiots or bears?
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    Re: Be wary of stuck frames..

    A tip I got from Michael bush has proved useful. Lift one end of the box, you can tell by the way it feels if a frame is stuck. If it is use your hive tool, lever the top of the frame free off the...
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    Re: How to know if there's a flow?

    The most reliable way I have found is to get an old farm scale. Set it up under an average hive, and track the weights. This allows you to correlate the weights to your observations.
    My hives...
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