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  1. Re: Very disappointed with this years package bees/queens in Wisconsin

    I posted in this thread at Post #21 and said that the packages I purchased through a local club were from Wilbanks. I was corrected by the a club member that they were from Gardner (Spell Bee) in...
  2. Re: Very disappointed with this years package bees/queens in Wisconsin

    I wanted to expand a little this year but didn't think any of my hives coming into spring were prime candidates for splits before the nectar flow. I decided to buy 2 frame deep nucs from a local...
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    Re: My experience with Ecowood

    It will not stand up to ground contact. I have used it on my hives and it is fine and turns them a nice gray patina after about 6 months in the open. It is easy to apply and fine for a stationary...
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    Re: 3 - Legged stool of swarm traps

    Thanks, a handy checklist.
  5. Re: Two arrested in Sioux City total destruction of apiary and business.

    It appears they have exceeded their goal on go fund me but their is a link to "pay forward " to the Houston Area Beekeepers which are woefully short of the goal in 4 months-hard to figure....
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    Re: 3 - Legged stool of swarm traps

    Downwind-thanks good points.
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    Re: 3 - Legged stool of swarm traps

    Thanks very handy. What do you mean by Downwind? From what?
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    Re: pollen substitute

    In early spring I put dry pollen substitute in one side of a hive top feeder. Sugar (dry) in the other side. I also put up tube feeders with dry pollen lashed to my bear fencing. They are just 4" pvc...
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    Re: Foundationless frames question

    :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    If you go to fatsharks website he has a nice post on their use.
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    Re: Singing the honey jar label blues

    You might try Amy Hill. [email protected] She works for Dadant in Illinois. I used her a couple of years ago and was very pleased. [email protected]
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    Re: Hive wrap cheap and easy

    I used Reflectix this year as a wrap and find it to be very easy to work with cutting to size etc. unlike expanded poly. My concern is that the sun won't pass through any heat. Maybe one of you nerds...
  12. Re: Is this another gimmick "natural size honeybees"

    Oldtimer,
    If you are going to use garlic for varroa treatment you will have to have Italians.
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    Re: Long Langs Vs. TBH

    Sam,
    You might be interested in these plans if you are going to build your own.
    http://www.horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/hive-frame-swarm-trap.shtml
    Easy to build.
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    Re: OAV for Winter

    The problem is you probably don't know if you have capped brood. I wouldn't open the hive and go rumaging thru the brood nest to look. In most of my colonies I had capped brood 2 weeks ago, but a...
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    Re: OAV - A discussion

    I treated from the bottom rear of 3 box mediums. To aid with dispersal I just laid a little battery fan under the screened bottom board near the front entrance on low and it seems to aid dispersal,...
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    Re: SHB-Lay eggs in comb only?

    I have also seen, SHB eggs and larvae, in a hive top feeder and under pollen patties. I would think wax moths only lay their eggs in comb, but I have never researched it.
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    Re: Oxalic acid dissolved in glycerin

    grozzie2
    "I know a lot of folks seem to think it's all some sort of government conspiracy to make life miserable, and you are free to think so if it makes you happy. Reality is a bit different...
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    Re: How To Clear Bottom Board Of Dead Bees

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Steelworks-3-ft-x-1-2-in-Aluminum-Metal-Flat-Bar/3053633

    Put one end in your vise and bend an inch or so hook, stick it through the front entrance (after removing any...
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    Re: What do bees do with dry sugar ?

    I feed dry sugar whenever feeding is needed. I have never had them haul it out of the hive. I don't know for sure whether they eat it or store it or do a little of both. I don't think it makes any...
  20. Re: Which pollen sub do you like for feeding dry to bees.

    See Post #4.
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    Re: Oxalic acid dissolved in glycerin

    Guvmint. :lookout:
  22. Re: Which pollen sub do you like for feeding dry to bees.

    As dudelt said you will be feeding your neighborhood and patties are a real problem if you have hive bettles which I assume you would in Arkansas. I used it in patties once and never again will I use...
  23. Re: Which pollen sub do you like for feeding dry to bees.

    I use Ultra Bee in open feeders
    and the bees take it very well and I have no issues with robbing.
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    Re: Recommendations for OA vaporizer?

    ProVap 110 is very quick and easy to use and has good support. If you have no 110 at your site you could probably use an inverter off a battery but that may not be what you want time wise. I would...
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    Re: Introducing cells or virgins

    There is an article in the Nov. 2017 issue of Bee Culture that you may want to look at, it is Queen Pheromone by Clarence Collison. I am wondering if it might be helpful to introduce cells with a...
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