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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    Not to get into a tinkling contest, but one of the original questions was "didn’t know how to interpret it." Fully understand a prophylactic treatment late fall as part of an IPM. What is...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    I need to preface with I'm not a fan of mite counts on sticky boards, but you asked how to interpret. For my $.02, body counts don't provide meaningful numbers on mite infestation or treatment...
  3. Thread: Bee grooming

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    Re: Bee grooming

    Potentially, at least a mark in her favor but .... one good trait does not make good graphing stock.
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    Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    I'm in the southern part of the state and it's not too late but that window is closing quickly. Best be sure before you make a move, there isn't much time for a do over.

    What part of the state...
  5. Thread: Hello from India

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    Re: Hello from India

    Welcome onboard
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    Re: Hello from the Missouri Ozarks

    Welcome onboard
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    Re: Overwintering a NUC

    My nucs overwinter in the same configuration I overwinter my full size hives, just in smaller portions. Does your full size hive need "another med" or be fine with a migratory cover, same with...
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    Re: Bee hive spacing.

    I draw no correlations between proximity of the hives and robbing. When they have the urge/stimulation, they'll rob across the yards as quick as they'll rob the neighbor. In my yards most of the...
  9. Re: wax foundation falling apart in the extractor

    I'm assuming the extractor is tangential, i.e. frame sits in the basket with one side facing the tub of the extractor and the other toward the center axis? Are you going slow before switching sides;...
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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    I never got into the duct tape on the cover method. Instead I get a few scraps and cut offs from a local vinyl fence manufacturer and cut them into flat pieces. The pieces fit between the IC and...
  11. Thread: Hello from SC

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    Re: Hello from SC

    Welcome As rw said add your location, there are frequently tons of beekeepers out there but sometimes we hide in plain sight.
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    Rather than the hive itself, you might consider exploring a "one man" device to lift, weigh and transport a hive over moderately uneven terrain. Lift min of 250 lb, lift range of 0 to 54" and easily...
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    Re: Mouse Guard and Entrance Reducer for Winter

    I get it from a local but it's like a 16 gauge mild steel with 1/4" holes. Even expanded metal will work; a pencil is a good go/no go gauge, if a pencil will fit through - so can a bee.
  14. Thread: Bees in the rain

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    Re: Bees in the rain

    Not all read the same books we do
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    Re: Mouse Guard and Entrance Reducer for Winter

    I use a fixed 4.5" entrance but same concept as an installed entrance reducer. Clipped the bottom of the metal to provide unobstructed entrance/exit on the BB. The screws in this pic allow the guard...
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    Re: Melting down burr comb with larvae

    As noted above, the wax melts fine and there's a YouTube where a guy sautÚs some larvae for snacks if you don't want to waste them either.
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    I've considered and accomplish it, but the time involved in the set ups and quantity required made buying frames at a $1 and change more attractive. One of the attractions for F frame was the top...
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    I had no luck finding a repacement for the F frame either; in the interim I've started using the wedged top bars and turning the wedge to form a starter strip. It requires more steps for assembly...
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    Re: Basic Drone and Mating Question From a Noob

    Not exactly correct on the "will only try to mate" part, drones will mate with anything that enters their DCA. The part where you mention the queen flies further from the hive to mate is true and...
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    Re: Xentari Questions

    Pretty much the same as Ravenseye but sometimes the drawn comb only comes in by a super or two; too few frames for a gal and I don't like BTa solutions sitting around very long. Seems to pick up an...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    Freezing isn't necessary if you extract and put the "sticky" frames right back on the hives; leaving the frames sit around for a couple days is a recipe for slime.
  22. Thread: Runny Honey

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    Re: Runny Honey

    Just for clarification, USDA says Grade A Honey moisture content must be 18.6 or below, moisture content above 20% is Substandard.
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    Re: Hello form another one in Alabama

    Welcome on board Just a touch to learn that extends over a life time
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    Re: How close can I set my hives

    While you're mulling over options inside the fence; also consider, handling, stacking and transporting loaded supers
  25. Thread: TREAT or FEED

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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    I must be missing something; why is it an either/or question? Why can't you treat while feeding or feed while treating?
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