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    Re: Over-wintering Queens in a Queen Bank

    There are many different methods of overwintering a queen with differing results but with those that overwinter there is no difference in performance. Here are a few studies on overwintering queens....
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    Re: Heat treatments for mites

    It's been studied and used in Europe for years and there is some legitimate scientific research that backs it up. Mites begin to suffer at 102 F while bees can handle up to 113 F. There have been...
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    Re: Foundationless frame positioning

    Great advice given. I went 25 years before I tried foudationless 10 years ago. It can be a bit tricky in your first year and building foundation will slow down the development of your hive unless you...
  4. Thread: Backyard apiary

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    Re: Backyard apiary

    I would split. The human conditon often favours making bigger but in nature feral colonies naturally swarm at least once a year. Thomas Seeley's studies on natural hives concludes that the smaller...
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    Re: Is this right for a newb?

    Welcome and great suggestions by all. I've taught beekeeping for a number of years and when asked the most important aspect of beekeeping I say the bees. When buying bees it's like buying cars and...
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    Re: Opening Hives in the Winter?

    As long as it's not too windy or snowing too hard you can do a quick check and add some feed. No problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psuAswYFSG4
  7. Re: any thoughts re: opening/treating a hive in cold weather?

    I agree with Michael. From personal experience as long as it isn't snowing hard or too windy it's not a problem as long as it's a quick check. I think the only reasons for checking could be feeding...
  8. Thread: pollen substitute

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    Re: pollen substitute

    Yes, surrounded by sugar. It works.
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    Re: Winter Necessities

    For most northern beekeepers moisture is a big issue and I use an insulated quilt (http://goo.gl/eNZMgn). They are easy to make and really help.
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    Re: Bees need a little more feed

    One trick is to place a plastic baggy of syrup on the top bars above the cluster. The heat of the cluster warms the syrup.
  11. Thread: winter checks

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    Re: winter checks

    I agree. Maybe I didn't phrase it well. I agree winter is the best time for oxalic acid but my point was that it won't solve any problems you have in the hive (ie. viruses...) at that point in time...
  12. Thread: winter checks

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    Re: winter checks

    You have been given good advice. If planned properly as you seem to have done you won't need to feed your bees. You need to know your winter poundage need of honey. I don't know but I suspect it is...
  13. Thread: Bees in Cambodia

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    Re: Bees in Cambodia

    Very interesting beekeeping adventure. I have never seen Apis Floria. Thank you. Many of the beekeepers in Asia I have talked to keep Apis Cerana but the preference is for the European Apis Mellifera...
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    Re: Moldy pollen sub patties

    All the pollen patties I have bought will go moldy though I rarely use them now and when I do it follows the standard 8 weeks prior (3 weeks to be born, 3 weeks to become foragers and 2 weeks to...
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    Re: Winter Bottom Board

    I would leave your test board on with your winter temperatures (lows 15-20?). I know beekeepers who have gone both open and closed with a winter similar to yours but my preference would be to leave...
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    Re: Heard of a "new" breed of Canadian bee?

    Yes this is the new breed of Canadian honey bee. Guaranteed to beat the crap out of wasps, skunks, racoons... 36097
  17. Thread: Optimal wintering

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    Re: Optimal wintering

    I am not doubting your success but it does go against the theory of upper entrance air flow to reduce the cold condensation moisture dripping on the winter cluster. About 10 years ago I created an...
  18. Re: I'm teaching a 4-H group about beekeeping and would really appreciate your though

    I think you have a lot of great ideas that will work well including the extraction which is always a big but messy hit. I've taught a lot of classes to children (and adults) of all ages including 4-5...
  19. Thread: hornet wasp trap

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    Re: hornet wasp trap

    Looks like an assortment of effective traps. I've made a lot of wasp traps over the years and have found the wasp pheremone trap works best for me. I usually have wasps circling the trap as I am...
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    Re: When to put quilt box on?

    Good point that any advice that you get should be adjusted to your location. Here is a quilt that has vent holes to dry the wood chips and upper insulation included. Easy to make....
  21. Thread: Fall absconding

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    Re: Fall absconding

    Very sound advice except I use a test board under my screened bottom.
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    Re: Cold weather feeding

    You may not need to feed at all, ever. I don't feed my bees unless needed (rarely) which would be in late winter February-March if I check and stores are low. As the others have said you need to know...
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    Re: Wintering in Alberta

    Your theory of active bees consume more is right but the food requirements are also based on length of winter. I bet the commercial guy knows exactly how much honey he needs in frames (probably 15)....
  24. Re: Need help finding 8 frame bottom with oil tray and ability for IPM?

    Looks like it would be easy to make. I haven't bought a bottom board in years and I have come up with some pretty funky designs. You would be surprised at how easy they are to make.
  25. Thread: Fall absconding

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    Re: Fall absconding

    I agree with Vance and Michael that autumn absconding is usually varroa and associated viruses. Oxalic acid has been used for years in Europe and traditionally in winter (Christmas in Britain) when...
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