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  1. Re: Honey supers (the girls arenít interested)

    What you are describing is a recipe for swarming! The bees do not recognize the foundation above the excluder as having anything to do with them. I always move a frame of wet brood that I have...
  2. Re: When, if, and how to spring rotate deep boxes

    I am really slow to reverse boxes. Heat rises and bees by nature like to expand down into an empty space. Then wintering brood nests are often straddling the two boxes and one never benefits from...
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    Re: Exclusive use of top entrances?

    The imagined problem will solve itself. If the bottom entrance is open and unblocked by dead bees, it will gain a following. That said, lots of advantages to mid level entrances. Bear in mind the...
  4. Re: Removing and then returning queen to stop swarm....

    Look up taranov swarming and do it. It will save your colonies from swarming. After the artificially swarmed colony has a verified laying fertile queen, you have to wait until brood is capped when...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Just talked to a friend in Unity SK and he says they have two feet of fresh snow on the ground! We are sending warm air north looking at the weather map and we have mid sixties forecast this next...
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    Re: Feeding-When to stop??

    Feeding if you can get sugar right now should depend on your reason for doing it. If you are feeding to stimulate colony growth, stop when bees are working on the outermost frames. Bees will...
  7. Thread: Dirty Sugar

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    Re: Dirty Sugar

    Feed it in baggies on the top bars. It is a better way to go than boardmans anyway.
  8. Thread: apivar strips

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    Re: apivar strips

    You put the strips in for 42 days and the object is for them to be on brood frames. At the end of 42 days the time release is used up. Using them for honey after that is legal but I avoid...
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    Re: Double screen board requeening method

    My way of doing the same approximate thing. I find the queen and move the frame she is on and a couple more frames of mixed brood into a hive body and surround those frames with drawn frames or...
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    Re: Bees clustering under roof of Warre hive

    I assume you have just wood in your warre and no comb. Try finding someone to sell or give you some comb to get the bees in the proper place. Langstroth equipment is just not that expensive and so...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    I do not know about DF but the zentari strain BT works for me. Nothing scientific required. I add a heaping teaspoon full to a luke warm gallon of water and shake it up. I set the spray bottle to...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Was might imply past tence! I am looking out the window at swirling blowing knee deep snow and forecast of -15! Glad my bees are still snugly wrapped and have MC sugar and pollen patties onboard.
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    We were at 57f last week and headed to -15f on Saturday and back up to 40f on next Wednesday. Does that qualify for a roller coaster?
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    Re: De crystaliazing honey

    If honey is in jars, seal the lids and put them in your dishwasher for a cycle or two.
  15. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    Let us hope that our back to back to back use of oxalic does not breed a better mite like all the other treatments seem to have resulted in.
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    Re: Starting Sugar Syrup with quilt Boxes

    Thimk why you believe you are using quilt boxes. It is to get rid of moisture that will drip down on the bees and chill them. Now that temperatures are warmer moisture is just not as fatal a...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    onesie and twosie queens shipped thru the mail really catch it from wild thermal swings. I think that is why those queens are especially problematic. That is just my observation. Queens shipped in...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    57 here today
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    Re: A Small Victory

    What steps are you taking to kill the vorroa mites in your bee colony?
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    Re: Spring Temperament

    I think it is because it is all old bees and I know how crotchety old men are~!
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    Re: Apiguard in the spring

    I am an IDJET! I apologize for being senile! In my experience APIGUARD should not be used on colonies building up as it shuts down laying and will totally discombobulate a weak colony and they may...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    I haven't worked Don's bees but would accept his characterization. In my experience most Carniolans are little kittens with wings. Of course now and then a colony of them or a different strain will...
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    Re: Apiguard in the spring

    Apivar does not harm brood or a queen laying in my experience and if applied correctly will knock down Vorroa populations. That said, I quit using it because of rising evidence that varroa in my...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    I got the impression you were pulling frames. Opening lids does little harm as long as things are done quickly.
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Are you sure you are not being a bit aggressive on your springswork? Making sure they have feed is one thing. Exposing them to a lot of cold air is another!
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