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    Re: Startup Company Making "Super Bees"

    It sounds to me like a hyped up description for what beekeepers would call feeding a pollen and sugar patty. Move along folks, nothing to see here!
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    Re: Moisture Box for Overwintering

    JC;

    That looks like a good system. :thumbsup: If a person wanted more space for top feed the 8x8" section could be built larger. The 8 layers of folded burlap should be enough resistance to keep...
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    Re: Soybean meal in pollen patties

    On the other hand sawdust might indeed be better. Something stuck in my mind about soybean trypsin inhibitor so I did a search and saw enough to make me suspicious. Someone above my pay grade should...
  4. Thread: MAQS failure

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    Re: MAQS failure

    I read that you placed strips between boxes down in the stack rather than always on top. Formic fumes are much heavier than air so perhaps create a low concentration area at colony top.

    One strip...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    I think you should be good to go with those frames as honey supers. If the bacteria survive that degree of sanitation and still infect, it is a mean enemy indeed. I m

    I think I will stick with my...
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    Re: What's up with the all the Bircomb?

    They would rather build top down than from the bottom up. They draw quicker if you put undrawn frames between ones mostly drawn. They also need the manpower...... er, beepower. Those frames are not...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    It would be wonderful if there were a dependable method (short of radiation) that would dependably kill 100% of the infective bacteria on comb. The hive bodies, top and bottom boards, excluders etc,...
  8. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    If you want some food for thought have a look at the work of George Mobus He doesn't march to the tune of any special interest group that I can see. I have not seen anyone who digs deeper for root...
  9. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    Thanks Grins; this link explains some interesting connections!
  10. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Excess moisture is trouble and made especially deadly if it condenses above the winter cluster. Some venting at seams might be better than having it deposit on a cold top.

    Ventilation must work...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Here is a link to a very different approach to getting nature back in balance. Throws a far different light on the notion that being vegetarian is noble or that cow farts are killing us with...
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    Re: Global Warming

    We don't have to do anything; the problem will take care of itself! We do however, have to live with the consequences!

    Exponential growth chasing depleting finite resources does not project a...
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    Re: burgess insect fogger repair

    Has the fogger been charged with a corrosive liquid? The pickup appears to be brass and the container aluminum. I have seen alcohol and oxalic acid promoted for spraying. Bad combination with...
  14. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    I have seen the figure of a frame of honey to raise a frame of brood. This time of year will be seeing a net drop of thousands of timed out foragers. How many thousand bees to the pound? Personally I...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    It probably is correct to assume that not all beekeepers have the judgement to safely work close to the line with minimal protective gear. I can identify with JohnO's approach because of his...
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    I wouldn't give any sass to a woman that shoots a .338 win mag! Yep handloading qualifies as a hobby:thumbsup:
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    I agree with your general observations but disagree with this part, "that the bees don't heat the inside of the hive; only the cluster is warm". That would only be true if the bees were a perfect...
  18. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    That figure may be technically correct with a captive bunch of bees, but if you have in drift of mite ridden bees near the end of the 7 or 8 week duration you would find living mites that had not...
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    If the screened bottom was open it would seem to not be a case of asphxiation but rather high temperatures because of crowding and workers not being able to haul water for evaporative cooling.

    In...
  20. Re: How late into the season will bees collect Propolis to seal the hive?

    My bet is that there is plenty hanging around in the colony that they dont have to fly for fresh stuff. I prefer not to mess around moving frames and breaking down bridge comb they obviously thought...
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    Re: Idea for Workshop queenrearing

    If you only have 45 minutes you wont have more than enough time to discuss the basic concept of what is necessary to initiate queen cell rearing and consider the mechanics of various ways to to...
  22. Thread: honey moisture

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    Re: honey moisture

    Dup. removed
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    Re: honey moisture

    If you had a clean rubbermaid tote to dump it into the surface area would be tripled. Surface area is the bottleneck with a pail. If you can throw a bit of plastic tent like over your setup it would...
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    Re: Preparing a small hive for winter

    The outlook for winter survival is not good. If it is confirmed European Foulbrood it will be in the stored pollen and honey. Colloidal silver does have bacteriostatic effects but I dont know whether...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    I think that we can agree that insulating the top keeps heat in. A ceiling that is kept relatively warmer will be subject to less or no condensation to drip on the cluster. Some air exchange is...
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