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  1. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Looking forward to seeing your Kickstarter campaign link. Be sure to post it in this thread when it's live.
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    There could be eggs in tiny cracks and crevices that you don't even notice--you certainly won't see the eggs themselves. My opinion is that you have to assume there are eggs in your boxes. You could...
  3. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Same question.
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I use the heat-shrink bands on my mason jars. They provide pretty good tamper-proofing. It doesn't do much about moisture getting in, but I tend to think new lids screwed on tightly shouldn't let any...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    As some others have stated, if you don't have a freezer to hold your supers, the best place for them is on the hive until you're ready to extract. Otherwise you're likely to end up with trash bags...
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    Re: Getting the most out of 1st Fall flow

    I've heard of people getting significant fall flows, but where I'm at in Missouri the goldenrod bloom isn't enough to get bees to pull comb. Maybe your area is different, but my bees consistently...
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    Re: New queen timeline

    For me personally, if I had a resource nuc and a failing colony this late in the year, I'd seriously consider combining them. I don't like to take nucs into winter anyway, so it'd be a way to get the...
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    Re: Science experiment ideas

    I'm assuming you've got a very limited amount of time to complete the experiment, so that limits some of my ideas. But something fairly simple like comparing the efficacy of two kinds of treatments...
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    Re: Missouri

    Over the last week I've seen yellow sweet blossom clover coming on strong, plus the catalpa trees have bloomed.

    Here's a picture of catalpa I just took at a local park:
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    Re: Bricks "language" for hive inspection

    Interesting to hear how you all do things. To be clear, these bricks are not my only form of hive tracking. I have a journal for detailed notes, plus a white board with each hive, its status, last...
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    Re: Bricks "language" for hive inspection

    I know this is an old thread, but I'm trying a painted brick system for tagging my hives this year. I just posted a short video if anyone's interested, but the basic idea is this:

    Brick on end =...
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    Re: CCD or something different?

    I think he's saying he used a powdered sugar shake to get a mite count. But he doesn't say what type of treatment was used. In any event, I agree with you and beemandan that November is far too late...
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    Re: Ohio Bee Box Company

    I've been buying equipment from Ohio Bee Box for several years. I ordered some more hives from them this year knowing it would be kind of a test to see how they did under new ownership. After placing...
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    Re: Gonna sell out

    In my mind's eye, you Vietnam vets are young men...because that's what you were during my formidable years. But now my dad (a Seabee who did 3 years in Vietnam) is in failing health, so I'm...
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    Re: Candlemaking - a personal video

    Very, very good video, Dan. I watched it a few times when you first posted, and now I've got the equipment and supplies you recommended so I can give it a try myself. One tip for others is to check...
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    Re: OAV or Apivar?

    I use both. Five hives each year get Apivar and the rest get OAV. I rotate them to try and avoid contributing to any resistance to oxalic acid.
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    Re: 40 acre planting

    I like this. I've got a smaller piece of land to work with, but by far the flower I see used most by my bees is yellow sweet clover. Much more than the buckwheat and other plants I sow.
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    Re: apivar

    As long as they were sealed in an unopened, unexpired package they should be good. The miticide is on the plastic strips.

    Your bigger consideration now is this: assuming you put those strips in...
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    Re: Hello from North East Iowa

    Hey, Ryan. I went to UNI, and have fond memories of the Cedar Falls area. The links to your attachments didn't work for me, by the way.
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    Re: Broodminder hive scale?

    I've been using Broodminder scales for a few years, or whenever they first came out. I'd been somewhat critical of Broodminder in the past because the first couple I bought would drain their...
  21. Thread: Missouri

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    Re: Missouri

    Goldenrod bloomed in good numbers in east-central Missouri over the last several days.

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    Re: Solar Melting

    If there's ever been brood in your comb, it'll have paper-like cocoons. Even if there hasn't been any brood, there's bound to be some non-wax material resulting from thousands of bees walking all...
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    Re: Ohio Bee Box Company

    :thumbsup:

    Thanks for the update!
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    Re: have to move 16 hives to my other property

    I concur with others about letting them lighten up a bit. But I just went through something similar...sold a property and had to move hives to a new yard--about 60 miles away. My technique was to...
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    Re: If you could only have one book

    I just wish more of them were available as audiobooks...I do most of my "reading" while I'm in the bee yard or out for a run. You quickly run out of beekeeping options when searching for audiobooks.
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