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  1. Re: Your favorite DEEP foundation- lets hear

    I usually go foundationless.

    When I do use foundation, I buy Dadant small cell, primarily because the store in Waverly is nearby.

    I don't know if SC fndn has an affect on varroa, as i ave never...
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    If all want is to know what to do next time with a hive, I use a brick code.
    A brick on edge needs a queen, one set toward the back left corner got a queen cell last time I was in the yard, back...
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    Re: Is My Hive Aggressive

    When you manipulate your hives, are you a banger"" or do you handle the boxes and frames gently with a minimum of knocking things about?

    How often are you getting into the hive?

    Were there...
  4. Re: Solar charger recommendation for a 10'x12' bee yard

    Ignore the rated number of miles on a charger -- it means nothing.
    Typically comparing an AC plug in charger and a solar one from the same company rated for the same distance the output on the solar...
  5. Re: Damaged comb on plastic foundation: Scrape or re-use as is?

    I just put such comb back in also.

    They build it out just fine.
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    Re: What do I do with laying worker hive?

    Absence of brood pheromone at a time when the bees aren't overwintering causes some of the workers in a hive to produce and lay eggs.

    Once there is a laying queen in the hive, and therefore open...
  7. Re: Picking up packages with public transit.........

    There are times when public transportation is an inappropriate choice.

    This is one of them.
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    Re: Help make the call.

    If someone doesn't have a reliable way to ship the bees safely, and ships them anyway, he isn't competent to ship bees safely.

    If you can't deliver live bees, don't ship them.

    If you are...
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    Re: What in the world are they doing?

    :kn:

    It's called an intervention.
    Some folks can't resist doing something unnatural to the bees. :kn:
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    Re: No Gloves- No Veil......WHAT?

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    Re: No Gloves- No Veil......WHAT?

    With many colonies you can get by w/o a smoker or protective gear -- and on a fine day in summer, probably with most hives.

    But some hives'll light you up if you try that.

    In summer i often...
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    Re: What to do with a bucket of bees?

    Tilt it, but do it so that the comb inside runs up and down vertically as you put it on edge.
    I know the comb is probably curvy, but most of the comb should stay attached this way.

    Then cut out...
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    Re: Migratory Cover doubles as bottom

    I use the same part for top covers and bottom boards on 6 frame nucs, and they'd work just as well on any width hive.

    Basically, it is a board with a cleat on each end of the out side, and a 3/8"...
  14. Thread: Hive Tilt

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    Re: Hive Tilt

    I raise the back edge 1/4-1/2" and never have any problem with a wet bottom board.

    Ventilation is the only way i know of to prevent condensation at the top of a hive, and is one of the reasons I...
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    Re: New Nucs and some questions

    If the bottom of the queen cell is chewed out on the side, the queen pupa that was in it was killed by an existing queen or the bees after deciding that they didn't need it.

    If the bottom of the...
  16. Re: Intermingling plastic frames with foundationless frames

    I mix plastic nad foundationless in some of my hives., and not in others.

    The foundationless is drawn out by the bees first.

    Some of my hives don't do well with plastic, drawing burr comb on...
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    Re: Smoking the hive...or not

    I've had hives i could work with not smoke before... on nice days, I've worked a few of those with no veil.

    But it's wise to always have a smoker lit and at hand, regardless.

    Accidentally...
  18. Thread: Bee feeder.

    by Beregondo
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    Re: Bee feeder.

    I just toss a handful of gravel or marbles in the trough when I use a chicken waterer to feed with.
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    Re: Where's the pollen coming from?

    No maples in bloom yet.
    I've seen willow bloom, but haven't been to a beeyard yet when it was warm enough to forage...have only had a few days forage weather here.

    Should be in th elow 60's and...
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    Re: Using different foundation size?

    Some people think small cell fndn helps control mites.

    My comb is all small cell or foundationless, and I've never had mite issues... but I don't know ir=f the SC foundation has anything to do...
  21. Re: LEGISLATION or CITY Ordinances regarding KILLLING OF HONEYBEES?

    Just because we don't have African honeybees here in NY doesn't mean that there are no aggressive/overly defensive colonies.

    And occasionally the responsible thing to do with them is to kill them....
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    Re: Double Deep Dead, Single alive

    "Strong" and ready.

    If you make a split when they're "wishful thinking" strong it will take them longer to build up than if you wait for the frames in the give to be well covered with bees and...
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    Re: Do you destroy these types of structures

    A healthy colony of bees makes a significant percentage of its brood comb as drone comb.
    When we install all worker comb, they have no where to raise that drone brood except as burr comb.

    Giving...
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    Re: Why I think top entrances are a bad idea

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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    I agree a larger charger is the way to go.

    Even on a small yard near the house with only 4-8 hives, I have a 3 joule fence energizer.

    Bears need a bigger jolt than cattle -- they are better...
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