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    Default Mite Zapper

    I am not interested in buying one of these, but tell me what do you think?

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    Default Re: Mite Zapper

    interesting concept,, but DANG,, who can afford that for over 100 hives??

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    I dunno, when I saw the results from the survey Sol posted, drone frames were at -1% for some reason. Basically pointless according to the survey takers. It does seem rather convenient, but I wouldn't lug a battery around just to do that.

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    Rather have the drone frames I could swap out and freeze. Then you can also use them in you drone Mother hives for breeding. The list of fancy bee stuff that proved impratical is long. But they make money for a while. It won't be in the Cat in 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrbbees View Post
    Rather have the drone frames I could swap out and freeze. Then you can also use them in you drone Mother hives for breeding. The list of fancy bee stuff that proved impratical is long. But they make money for a while. It won't be in the Cat in 10 years.
    Exactly. Connecting to a 12V battery is probably more time consuming than the swapping out of frames. However, in my insectary, I have this tennis racket which goes hot when I push the button, and it sure is fun to zap mosquito escapees.

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    Throw a frame of drone brood in front of my chickens and they will clean it out in a heartbeat.
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    Keth do the chickens destroy the comb?
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    Yeah, they destroy it but the bees fix it pretty fast. I use a capping scratcher to open it up first.
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    Default Re: Mite Zapper

    Quote Originally Posted by sfisher View Post
    I am not interested in buying one of these, but tell me what
    I think that I could do essentially the same thing by letting bees build drone comb in an empty frame in the center of the brood nest and spending a few minutes a month removing it, cutting out the drone brood and reinserting it. You will be money ahead, your bees will benefit, your chickens will be happier and you can easily melt the comb. It's like a win, win, win, win deal.
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