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    Re: Painting Supers

    I have done a little research and have a few thoughts:

    1. If you paint, acrylic paint is best for moisture in a hive to "breath" - it's much more permeable than latex and oil based stuff. But is...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    "It would take a lot bees to make a larva flow." - I am sure the volcano goddess who oblige after a few stings. I loved throwing a snowball at my wife, then we went to the beach!
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    "my bees bringing first pollen of year" - I am still about a month away from natural pollen and I am in "Southern" Rhode Island. Today was the first day approaching 50F, actually 47F, so I ran a...
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    I believe Switzerland is going through a very severe EFB issue for several years. It is strange they would not pickup on this idea and research it. The ugly issue can be "marketed out" :)

    Cow...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    "What a fabulous place Hawaii is, i could live there in a heartbeat." If I was younger I would have moved to the Big Island - maybe - not sure as living there is too easy except for the larva...
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    Re: My 21 deep frame observation hive

    I do believe many factors affect consumption rates. If you examine the metabolic curve for honey bee consumption of honey versus temperature you will see a pretty low consumption rate for about a...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    "In New Haven, CT (USDA 6a) yesterday, numerous hives were bringing in pollen" -- I think I am still a month away from pollen being 60 miles East, near Narragansett Bay / Pt Judith. Long Island...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    "I put popcical sticks on top of the inner cover," - Many people tilt the hive slightly with no popsicle sticks to help control dripping. If you have popsicle sticks and a front top vent and,or a...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    My hives are different to say the least but Hesbach's comments and my hive approach seem to match up. Funny thing is, as I evolve, I am having trouble finding condensation. In fact given a chance...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    I think 1:1 is a good choice to supply water too. We, couple of other beekeepers, put out water close buy the hives to minimize flight distance and cooling affects. I am a bit of a newbie...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    I may be crazy but in pic #1 I think I see a lot of ventilation ports, Then I see an OH in some sort of building, a dry building. You have lots of brood consuming water. So I offer up an idea - feed...
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    Re: How many honey supers do I need?

    " They’re liable to make some real honey this year. "

    I was averaging less than 40 lb. per hive while learning and expanding to my 8=10 colony level. I was always short on hardware. So, in my 4th...
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    Re: forced brood break

    JwP Guess I "really" missed the big picture and for intruding.

    Spring is coming - in a few more weeks :)
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    Re: forced brood break

    "Good rebuttal to the whole brood break idea. Not in that camp at all as a means of mite control unless combined with a treatment once all the mites are phoretic." I missed all this discussion...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    "two recently installed packages" Wow! You guys get started early. It was 13F the other morning. It's still 2 months for packages around here. Last year I saw the first pollen on March 19. I also...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I have been watching them and weather barely supports nearby water foraging. The weather has not been good enough for flying any distance except one 45F day I think. It has been miserably wet -...
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    Re: How to lower moisture content

    Removing or the ebb and flow of moisture from honey to air or back, or into wood and back to air is a slow process. Ever wait for a pot to boil?

    I live in a high humidity area near the sea. I...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Update Mystery: Weighed my two lowest weight hives on the 14th, two weeks after the last weight check. The weights were UP about 12 lbs. and 5 lb. There is certainly no nectar around, temperatures...
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    Re: Bees and Ash?

    A few guesses: 1) the ash may be warmer, heat from the bottom where the lye or potassium hydroxide (KOH or caustic) leaches out and reacts - is your barrel warmer? 2) top ash surface may have clean...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Taking advantage of the 44F day a few days ago, in between the rain and fog, I verified all nine colonies are surviving and flying. I had to check one hive which was not flying and was greeted by...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Older we get the more we learn! As I have progressed (IMO) my colonies are propolizing more and more as well as producing some occasional burr comb. I have also noticed some boxes "grew" in height...
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    I think the idea has an awful lot of unknowns. If the change is gradual then free market / capitalism would have a chance to react to supply and demand. Example: reduce the amount of global...
  23. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    I have not looked at that, insulated bottom nor tested that approach. I am testing no insulation on the bottom becasue I like a cold bottom concept as a water condenser. But, I do no think it, solid...
  24. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Mostly airborne from what I can figure out. I cannot give you a number-yet. Bees on cleansing flights are dropping water with the poop but as they fly the loose moisture to the air. It would seem...
  25. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    I do have a handle on net pounds of water by method but the primary mode, I think, is the difference in vapor pressure between inside the hive and outside. Basically when the inside is warmer (hot...
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