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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Oh i get what you saying now Swarmhunter, you are looking at the burr on the top box and think there is that big of a gap between boxes. That was actually an ill fitting top feeder.
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Hope i didn't underwhelm you with my strange accent. But hey, I don't have the accent, you guys do. :D

    But seriously, SP do you have natural comb in your hives? If so and the hive is allowed a...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Good comment Kevin.

    I think it's this. A bee space is not a magic number it is simply a suitably sized gap for bees to fit through so they can move around the hive.

    So when we used wooden...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Good story FP! You know you have made it once you thought of an idea that was out there 200 years ago. :). Like the old saying, there is nothing new under the sun!

    About that. I watched a pretty...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Totally agree. i think wood is better in several different ways for bees. Even in our mild winters here, when i was in the process of switching from wood to plastic and had both in the same apiary,...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Fixed that.
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    I set the comments to on, but apparently YouTube has disabled the comments for child protection. Later today when i have time i will try to figure out how to fix this.

    I think you are correct. The...
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    Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    I know it's winter going into spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but over here it's fall, and honey harvest time. I've been harvesting honey and once again finding how difficult it can be to seperate...
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    Re: New fight against the mite?

    There are a number of "innovations" that will "revolutionise" beekeeping, that have been talked about, and in the media, for quite a few years.

    The amazing power of mushroom water keeps cropping...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Interesting indeed.

    Back when you said you would treat combs with bleach i was thinking wow, major mistake.

    But, seems you have made it work. :)
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    Re: Image-blocking

    I use https://postimages.org/ , simple site to use, free, and doesn't seem to have any strings attached.
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    About that. I have 100 bottom boards with 3/8th risers in use, because somebody wanted to buy 100 singles from me with 3/8th risers, and after I made them the guy welched on the order. So dotted...
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    Not saying don't do it. Depending on design it may be just as cheap to make a reversable as a non reversable, if so, why not. If they are being made to sell, being able to say reversable in the...
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    Question would be what is the point of reversing them?

    Reversable bottom boards were popular here years ago, the idea was there was a different height of riser on each side, so a hive could be...
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    Re: first dead-out

    To be honest there may not have been a whole lot you could have done to prevent this. Since we have had varroa, a small number of queens fail in winter and often without much seemingly wrong with...
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    Re: Brood Rearing Below Zero Help!

    From your description seems the cluster is very small. Something that is often not realised is that many bees (depending on strain), do a sort of trade off. If it's winter and they have plenty of...
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    Re: first dead-out

    Perhaps you are right.


    https://i.postimg.cc/PJDgTTpW/dl.png
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Here's a video on it, a little slow moving, skip through to the second half if the first half is overly boring.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUI4VH1q8Yg
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Just doing honey now. :)
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Over here they only do it after dark to avoid that. BTW Michael that AFB problem I had when you were over here is no more, been free for around 3 years now. :)
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    We got a few of them over here for sniffing AFB, the operators normally charge around NZ$200 (US$132.00) an hour to check your outfit. Dog can get a lot done in an hour.

    Sounds profitable but...
  22. Re: I checked a couple hives-Small clusters, no brood

    Very cute little assistant you have. :)

    As to the bees, in my view some of those clusters are too small to be sustainable, even if they immediately started producing brood. Even if those queens...
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    Re: Dead bees

    I wondered about the moisture issue, but the dead bees don't appear like they were soggy at some stage. Hard to tell for sure though.
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    Re: Dead bees

    A photo of a pile of dead bees does not tell us much more than that it's a pile of dead bees.

    Would be good if you could post some high resolution shots of the comb especially if there is any dead...
  25. Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    You wrote a book Bernhard! Is there an English version and where can it be purchaed?
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