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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    thank you all, 2.75 readers and an led headlight and I can see , we had great success. Thanks all
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    Re: Koi fish and bee carcasses

    We have a large Koi pond and the bees use it for a water source, honestly I have never seen a koi go after a bee dead or alive. Thd bees fall in the water swim to the water lilies get out and dry off...
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    What do you use to help see when grafting

    Apparently I am showing my age. Grafting is becoming harder to do as I struggle to see. I use a magnifying desk light but find I need it so close the grafting tool hits the lens. I tried a jewelers...
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    Re: Belt Magnet Source

    Lee Valley Tools has a variety ,
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    Re: Divided deeps as nucs

    I use divided 10 frame deeps to start nucs at times, I did it originally thinking the combined heat would help in the early spring and later in the fall. I built bottoms so that the opening for each...
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    Re: feeding pollen patties

    We are north of Vance and a lot colder than Grozzie. We try to get pollen supplements on as close to Valentines day as possible, Typically we add a sugar block and a pollen pattie and check every two...
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    Re: Best propane fogger for Tactic

    Thank you for the update, its very helpful.
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    Re: Best propane fogger for Tactic

    Hi,
    Your post was from Last February. Did you try it out , What are your thoughts on it?
    thanks
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    Re: Need to seal floor on honey house

    We poured our floor this year. 6 inches thick 4000 psi. we are in a lot colder climate than you , on clay. I put 3 inches of closed cell foam foiled covered under it and it has pex radiant tubes tied...
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    Re: john harding method

    I am just reading about this John Harding queen rearing method. It seems simple enough to me. I do not mind the idea of creating three purpose built boxes if I avoid having to shake down hives,...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I have never used an excluder with my flow hive. I had enough trouble getting the bees to use it I never wanted to add more challenges. And with really strong colonies under it I have never had brood...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I used mine two years ago, after the last draining of the year I put it away cappings intact. Last spring I put it on a hive and when the flow started the bees must have opened the cappings because...
  13. Re: oxalic acid vaporizer vs formic acid treatment for varroa

    Hi Vance,
    I would like to know more too, what daytime temperature were you getting? I have always used formic but it can stay warm here into September and its almost too late to treat.
    thanks
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2018 treatment free experience

    I just cam in from plowing the driveway, We have another 8 inches arrived yesterday. About 30 inches on the level. And no warming till the first of March. Its nice to warm by the fire and read your...
  15. Thread: Mice

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    Re: Mice

    does anyone set the pallets up on concrete blocks or the like? Fivej for sure we will not be buying more tarps so we have this mess to deal with.
    **** cats and the coyotes are all so fat they have...
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    Foundation

    I am going to need new brood boxes and supers this year. The price break on foundation is for an order of 1000. Any one ever used all black foundation in honey supers as well as brood boxes? My...
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    Mice

    I am using four way pallets and covered them with the one piece winter wraps. I got a chance to check some yesterday and the wraps are infested with mice. I have in the past wintered in singles...
  18. Re: Screened bottom boards or no screened bottom board

    I have both, I can not say I have found a benefit or a determent to either. The only issue is if you use formic and drip the screens rust out almost immediately.
    Mite counts, overwintering, robbing...
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    Re: OAV in early spring

    MY goal would be to do OAV now instead of the Apivar, I agree the optimum time would be after the colonies go broodless which here is around the middle or end of November, the issue is I wrap my...
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    Re: Jusrifying the purchase

    As a relatively new bee keeper I subscribe to both Bee culture and ABJ. I am thankful for Randy Oliver and even understand most of what he writes. I live in the north so we have long winter evenings...
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    OAV in early spring

    Is anyone using a treatment regime where they use OAV in early spring? My regular treatment is Formic acid around August 15 , and Apivar around March 1. Our provincial Apicultureist has bee n...
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    Re: Eight way bee escapes

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    I have never used them but they seem like I could throw them on my inner covers with a couple of screws and a cordless driver and later convert the covers back. Storing 40 or 50 one way...
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    Eight way bee escapes

    Does anyone use the yellow plastic 6 or 8 way bee escapes? Do they work? If so where does one get them?
    thanks
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    Re: Infared heat for hotroom

    Just a suggestion, but if you only want in slab in the 400 square feet and you don,t plan to use it for total heating in the winter, a hot water tank with a pump and an expansion tank will do it . If...
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    Re: What air compressor do you have?

    If it was me , on a casual or seldom used compressor I would look at a 2 or 3 hp upright tank. That gets you the 220v motor, and if you are not faithful about draining it look at the automatic drain,...
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