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  1. Thread: Find the queen

    by gnor
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    Find the queen

    I have a small project I would like to get going that may help new beekeepers (and some who's eyesight isn't what it used to be) to find their queens among all the commotion on a frame. I would like...
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    Re: Ultra Bee Powder patty recipe

    If I feed at all, it will be in late February when the hives are often covered in snow. Making patties is the easiest way to feed in the hive where the bees can get at it.

    Once Birch and Willow...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Cleaned the snow and ice off the entrances today. One of the Hawaiian colonies is still tossing out corpses, but they were a big colony to begin with, they are healthy, and have lots of stores. They...
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    Something we don't have to worry about here in Nova Scotia. I have everything painted in dark colors so they warm up earlier, then when it hits 80-90, I open the SBB.
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    If I have any doubts, I leave them queenlesss for a day.
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    That's exactly what I was looking for myself. Many thanks!
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    That's a good idea, although the inside of the hive may be a bit warmer than the outside air temp. Just used my brand new Heilyser the other day. Much better than my homemade one which was starting...
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    Yes, John, I have owned a multi-meter for many years and have serviced my own batteries for several decades. Unhook the charger, let it sit for an hour, then check the voltage. If you are going to be...
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    I have a 2-inch slot in the inner cover which I...

    I have a 2-inch slot in the inner cover which I flip upside down for the winter. I add a piece of 1 inch styrofoam on top of that to stop condensation. I was told early on that too much moisture in...
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    Just so everyone knows, the output voltage of a...

    Just so everyone knows, the output voltage of a fully charged 12-volt lead acid battery is
    11.2 volts. They charge at 13.75 volts. If you are hooked up to a vehicle, it's better if it isn't running...
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    Re: Small hive beetle season?

    None here in Nova Scotia yet. I've asked people who should know, and they can't tell me if the frozen ground will kill them.
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    Re: Sticky Board advice

    Thank you very much.
    I'm doing it. Embarking on another learning curve. I have to go way up the road to get Coroplast, so I decided to start with what I have. Two pieces of thin melamine, and 2...
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    Re: THEY ARE MAD! New guy here

    Grandmaw always did make good stew.
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    Re: THEY ARE MAD! New guy here

    Not a top bar guy, but it struck me they are hanging out there because they have nothing to hang on inside. Maybe hang a few pieces of plastic foundation from the bars to get them started? And feed...
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    Re: THEY ARE MAD! New guy here

    I use nitrile gloves because my fingers swell like sausages if I get stung there. I've been stung through these, but not badly, and the stinger doesn't stick in the skin. Also, the bees aren't...
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    Re: Sticky Board advice

    It helps a lot, and thank you. You are roughly in the same climate as I am, so our results should be comparable. It's a good way to check on a lot of colonies without opening every one up. If the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Snow! I'm going to send it back!
    I unwrapped the bees the other day. Two colonies had about 2 or 3 cups of dead bees, cappings, etc. laying on the bottom boards. It was all pushed to the back of the...
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    Sticky Board advice

    I want to start using sticky boards this year, but I am a bit short on information. What do you use, and what would you consider a threshold 24 hour mite drop? I live in a 5b maritime type climate....
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    Re: THEY ARE MAD! New guy here

    Just remember - we learn from things that go wrong, not so much from those that go right. Good comments here. Russian bees have a lot of good qualities, such as the ability to build up and cut down...
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    Re: Lightweight platform for working tall hives

    Something like this? There's enough room to set boxes down beside you.
    I'll have to look at something like this too. I have the hives set high to deter skunks.
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    Re: Honeybee "how to" videos

    Just watching them, and they are very well done. The photography is excellent, and very detailed.
    The City of Guelph is in Southern Ontario, which is in a climate zone 5 or 5a. Their mating colonies...
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    Re: Canvas inner cover

    The UofG drills upper entrances in their brood boxes for ventilation.
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    Re: Need tips on closing up my weak hive

    You can try a robber screen. This is a homemade version:

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    I also use an entrance reducer on my new colonies made from #8 hardware cloth so as not to restrict ventilation.

    I also...
  24. Thread: Nova Scotia

    by gnor
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    Re: Nova Scotia

    Goldenrod -full bloom
    B0S 1Jo
    Deep Brook NS
    7 days earlier than last year
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    Re: water quality for bees?

    I made a really nice watering place, close to the hives, with nice floats so they wouldn't drown, and they ignore it. I have a seep on my property that normally has puddles and damp ground, and the...
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