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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    If the life cycle is like other wasps (like yellowjackets), only the queen overwinters, then builds a nest in spring. That means she has to forage to feed the first young, then she doesn't leave the...
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    Re: Wrapping Hives and Ventilation

    Heavy top insulation (R-10) and no upper vent allows the bees to reclaim the metabolic water without leaving the hive. The condensation happens around the outside edges of the cluster, not directly...
  3. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    This is why I use heavy top insulation and no upper vent; the bees can reclaim their metabolic water.
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Still, the stock is involved. And it's dying.

    If genetics get watered down and that is the way of bees, what's the point of all this discussion?
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Also, fwiw, this friend also told me that the COMB Project was started with purportedly mite-resistant stock from Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

    Again, I'd rather not name names for the sake of...
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Hi JRG13,

    I just spent a day with someone who very closely follows the Purdue program, and uses a lot of their stock. I won't mention his name, for his sake.

    He reported that Purdue's stock...
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    Re: 55 Gal winter project

    2x4 for thin syrup; mount the drum on cinder blocks and build a fire underneath for heavy syrup.
  8. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    The queen is in the core of the cluster. The bees feeding are running an errand for food. The cluster (with the queen in the center) moves as needed; that could be up, over to the side, wherever...
  9. Thread: Spring nucs

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    Re: Spring nucs

    Nhaupt2, what is your goal? Are you selling all the bees? Wanting to control swarming as much as possible but not harvest honey?

    I always see the first swarm cells one month after maple bloom. ...
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Thanks for sharing!
  11. Thread: Worm wood

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    Re: Worm wood

    Sounds like a lot of work relative to how long the boxes might last...but I'm not a restorer-type.
  12. Thread: OAV overdose?

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    Re: OAV overdose?

    My guess is that the major cost for OAV is the vaporizer and respirator, which are a one-time purchase until one of them breaks, and OA is only a little more expensive than dirt, whereas formulations...
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    Could the Mods make the thread dudelt recommended in post #7 a sticky, please? ...
  14. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    You might look into the Demaree method. Essentially it involves separating the brood from the queen, and re-uniting later.

    I don't know where you're located, but re-queening every year would be...
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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    Dadant.
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    Hi Roland, would you mind sharing your method? Thanks!
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    OT's advice takes the cake (again!)
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    I just ran across this while looking for something else:
    Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating
    Gianluigi Bigio ,
    Christoph...
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    What is the current hive configuration? A single deep? a deep and a medium? double-deep?

    Hopefully someone from your area will chime in because I wouldn't know if you have a flow or not going...
  20. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Management lesson (more than one apiary not needed):

    Stack
    Load
    Move
    Unload
    Unstack
    Repeat

    Feeding lesson: when blue food coloring is added to spring syrup, bees in my location mix it...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Nice rig msl! JzBz missed the boat when they didn't design an emergence cage, IMO...

    I think if the virgins were emerged in a queenright hive then the bees didn't feed the virgins (or not enough...
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    Re: Using provap 110 with inverters

    I use my provap with my Tacoma's built-in inverter with no problems at all.
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    Re: Think I messed up big time

    The more paint the better in the humid east! Especially on the inside along the frame rests and around the corners.

    As long as the paint has time to cure, paint as many surfaces as possible!!
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    Re: OAV in the winter?

    Yes, you can oav at 45 degrees. I believe some say the lower temperature limit is 37. I oav'd at 40 degrees last weekend...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Also, did the 2 hives used as banks have a laying queen? Or did a virgin get into the bank?
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