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  1. Re: Oxalic acid is harmless - I don't bother removing honey supers any longer.

    It doesn't appear that you are getting much support for your public position: not the first time you have made a run at it. You are correct about the aggregate opinion of the...
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    Re: What extractor is this?

    You'd want to keep your hands in your pockets or behind your back when that was runninng!
    :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    "But again, what I do I care?
    I do care about the quick and dirty backyard-scale methods that will work for me."

    Mind over matter! If you dont mind, it doesn't matter!;)

    As I suggested on...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    According to some sources, if a queen is restricted on how much she can lay, egg size will increase. I think we should give the previous conclusions some further examination to see if the results are...
  5. Re: "asconded", ditched, deserted, left, whatever...

    I think sometimes the abscond story is put forth when what actually transpired was that the bees succumbed to disease, mites, starvation, laying worker etc., dwindled, and individually flew off to...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    Thanks for that recommendation; it is perfect. The light can be aimed where you want it and from an angle so as to not cast shadow. Very compact so your hand or grafting tool is not hitting on it....
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    Re: Inducing Supercedure with 48 Hour Cells

    Two capped cells I put into a queenright colony were allowed to emerge but it appears they did not replace the existing queen. I guess the workers have to feel their queen deserves replacing or they...
  8. Re: How Can I Remove Crystallized Honey In Frame?

    GG; did you find that the ants take the bottoms out of a lot of cells and the bees dont repair that damage? Perhaps it was only on pollen cells and only did a small trial but did come away with some...
  9. Re: returning wet supers after extracting; how to avoid robbing frenzy?

    The inner cover with a small hole is usually necessary. Someone suggested to also put an empty hive body between the wet super and the isolation board.
  10. Re: returning wet supers after extracting; how to avoid robbing frenzy?

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    Whey bring politics into a thread about honey extraction?:scratch:
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    Re: Vertical split question

    Which entrance on the top box is presently being used? According to snelgroves experience the bees are closely related and will share a lot of the same hive smells but if you want to be sure of a...
  12. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    I agree; I am lazy and not imbued with the pursuit of "natural". This is second year of using partial worker comb wit drone areas each side so plenty of drones. I dont cull drone to kill the...
  13. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    I am isolated by about three miles from other bees and then only a handful of hives in those cases. No feral bees and no movement through of pollination bees. I have bees from a reputable bee...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    I have watched my son just bulldoze it off with the hive tool; I have picked away at it and seem to have got a lot of little pieces of cocoon drop into the cells. Will have to try it the rough way.
  15. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    "Everyone needs to study their own case and understand it and see what is possible for them."

    This is a tall order indeed. Very elusive target, this understanding bit. Very much open to...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    I think it is important that the light can be accurately aimed at the point of interest and that the source point be close to the line of sight. If you tear down cell walls this is not quite so...
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    Re: Unknown Bee Behavior

    Looking over posts in this thread makes me think many users will be guessing whether SBB means solid bottom board or screened bottom board. This has come up before. Maybe it makes no difference...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    I have an old omni viewer; no light and trying to perch another LED on top without accurate aiming is troublesome. The description of this unit seems to check all the boxes.
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    Thanks for that psm1212;

    Amazon says they have one on the way!
  20. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    Here is a link to more experience on splitting the brood boxes. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?352093-Systematic-Comb-Renewal&highlight=Tim+Rose

    Plus a quote from Michael Bush...
  21. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    Sounds like good advice: Certainly not something you would do in cooler weather. I think at any time you would want to be prepared for the possibility of emergency cells being started.
  22. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    Depends on whether the plastic foundation was drone size or brood size. You could not put a whole box of foundationless frames in without inviting a crosss comb disaster.
  23. Re: Put undrawn honey super BETWEEN brood boxes to get drawn?

    I had a box of dadant depth frames drawn out when placed below the bottom brood box. It saw no other activity such as brooding or nectar. Last fall I placed undrawn mediums below the brood boxes when...
  24. Re: Why haven't more beekeepers been inspired by The Sustainable Apiary

    jonsl; your observations are probably entirely valid for your conditions.

    It probably would not pay a lot of dividends in your climate; you are correct about it being some bother. I believe there...
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    Re: Learning Grafting

    It seems correct to me that the most likely part of the operation to damage the larvae, is getting it off the tool. Sometimes I think the puddle of food is more sticky than at other times. Initially...
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