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    Re: How to make feeding less of a chore?

    If you should decide to dilute - don't even think about doing maths:

    1 gallon of 2:1 + 1 gallon of water = 2 gallons of 1:1

    But personally I don't bother diluting anymore ... it's just more...
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    Re: How to make feeding less of a chore?

    Make 2:1 - add a splash of bleach - lasts for months in a sealed container. Then dilute as required.
    LJ
  3. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    The science of everything - wow - that's a bit grandiose ! You could equally say exactly the same of chemistry ... I think it would have been far better to have started-off with "the study of...
  4. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I think it's important for beekeepers to accept that clustering is perfectly normal behaviour, and not some kind of stress-laden emergency response. However, this isn't something I feel warrants a...
  5. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    It's not an issue of physics at all - it's an issue of biology. Bees are insects - they're poikilothermic - we're mammals. We heat our houses and wear clothes because we find the cold unpleasant....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I came across another method a few days ago, as used by Elisha Gallup. In those days a 'honey-board' was used instead of an inner cover - but essentially they're the same thing. His honey-boards...
  7. Re: Shipping queens - room for improvement

    They say that there is seldom anything new in the world of beekeeping.

    From the ABJ, 1861 :


    So it would appear that spermatozoa are indeed temperature-sensitive - something to be aware of...
  8. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    Perhaps a reminder is in order ? That - insulation in itself doesn't create anything: specifically, it doesn't make things warm.

    Insulation attempts to prevent heat transfer to a different level...
  9. Re: Hive Assembly Question? What Type of glue works and or what can be substituted ?

    yes, that's the sort I'm talking about (wood is underneath the white paint !).

    https://images2.imgbox.com/bc/a6/PChDNlqY_o.jpg

    Without the wooden 'slotted bars' the wire mesh (in my case) would...
  10. Re: Hive Assembly Question? What Type of glue works and or what can be substituted ?

    Hi Frank - yeah - that's why I put "probably" in parentheses. The standard British system was originally Bottom Bee-Space (meaning that the frame top bars are more-or-less flush with the box top -...
  11. Re: Hive Assembly Question? What Type of glue works and or what can be substituted ?

    This is a 7 year-old thread ...

    To glue metal to wood - try using 2-part epoxy (Araldite etc)

    BTW - what you're proposing is (probably) not a good idea ...
    LJ
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    Re: Proper way to switch hive stands?

    So much depends on the size of hive (how many boxes etc) and how populated the hive is.

    30 mins. is nothing in the life of a colony (except you'll be working through a cloud of bees if the hive...
  13. Re: Bees clustering under roof of Warre hive

    It sounds very much as if they weren't too impressed with an empty box. Some realised there wasn't another choice on offer, whereas some objected more than the others. That's bees ...

    Just...
  14. Re: Bees clustering under roof of Warre hive

    If they're still separated after 24 hrs, it sounds as if they've got themselves 'stuck' - i.e. don't know where they ought to be - and don't know how to get inside the hive. So they're clinging to...
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    Unlike Grozzie I'm not 100% certain of anything - especially if it's a suggestion which hasn't been specifically tested for.

    Here's a paper where Bee Venom appears to have some effect against...
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    It was in the previous post - post #3. In fact - what I did was to take the title of the paper: "Inhibitory-effects-of-bee-venom-and-its-components-against-viruses-in-vitro-and-in-vivo" and 'did a...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    This morning (8 a.m. as I write this) heralds the start of yet another fine day. It's been like this for the last few days now: each day starting with the white 'powdery' appearance of an overnight...
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    Re: Understanding varroa treatment

    Well Coopedup - keep in touch. If you should decide to go for the high temperature method, then if you do a Google for "Harbo Heating Adult Honey Bees.pdf" that will produce several links, both to...
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    Re: Understanding varroa treatment

    Question: how does 'your uncle' know he wants a device rather than, say, a procedure (such as brood-breaks, drone-culling etc) ?

    High temperature certainly will work (the information's out there...
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    Re: "Camoflage" hive bodies, ideas?

    Positioning hives behind something 'innocent' should work ok (vehicle, parked trailer etc) - as bees are fairly invisible in flight (unless a person is particularly focused on looking-out for them),...
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    Yup - not so crazy - certainly a good starting point for some targeted research ...
    LJ
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    Re: Starting all natural frames

    The simple answer is that in practice it really doesn't matter all that much whether you apply wax or not. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't - without any obvious difference. If you're going to...
  23. Re: Special mini frames and boxes for cut comb?

    I'm not a honey-farmer, so this not really 'my thing' - but have you looked at producing sections - that was a very popular method of presenting honey for sale in the days before the extractor.
    LJ
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    I can't see any way being a beekeeper could possibly prevent a person from contracting the virus - but there might just be an outside possibility that our reaction to it might be less severe than...
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    Re: Another ranking saying we are good

    I know suicide rates used to very bad in Finland, years back - due to your very long winter periods without much sun. I took an interest in that as I also suffered from S.A.D. during my academic...
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