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  1. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    So the question is- how different are these numbers for someone wintering outdoors?
  2. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    FYI- Ian (Canadian Beekeepers Blog- YouTube) has 5 gallon pails on his colonies and just went through a snow event. If you have a few minutes it's worth it to follow his videos to see what he's been...
  3. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Gotta say- if money isn't an issue I'd throw some ProSweet on those bad boys. It's super thick, already inverted and will add weight like nobody's business. Also I'd pile it on with a big hive top...
  4. Re: When do you add fondant/mountain camp sugar?

    2nd year- The underlying question to me is- did I feed adequately to get them to winter weight? If the answer is yes then many would claim that you really don't need to add fondant. The best feed...
  5. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Thanks everyone for your input. I read through all of them. If I notice excess moisture again I have more ideas to fall back on. Taking the tape off and putting foam on the inside and outside are...
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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    Dadant tall, just got mine- incredibly easy to start and stays lit.
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    Please don’t make my mistake. I didn’t want to put out the money for a wand and this among other mistakes led to losing both of my colonies last year. It was too hard on the brood. Queens survived...
  8. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Epilogue- Done. Had some extra foam board and cut that to size and put inside the telescopic cover. Also left the outside foam- outside. Unless MP think that having both will cause a problem I...
  9. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Will do. Have some ready for just that purpose. So cool that you responded to my post.
  10. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    PS plus a vivaldi board and burlap.
  11. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Yes I have upper entrances and 2 inch foam board over my top cover.
  12. Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    I taped the seams of some of my hives a few weeks ago to keep robbing pressure down. It works. Didnít think twice about it when I put my Bee Cozys on during a cold snap. Noticed yesterday my big...
  13. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    So glad you seeing a reduction. I’m betting on your persistence and determination. These drifting mites sneak in late. My biggest block of mites came after the second round.

    People here...
  14. Re: New Dadant smoker where have you been all my life?

    Wow good to know. The thing is a beast.
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    Anyone who has the courage to admit a mistake is a credit to his bees. No doubt you've done countless other things that kept them in good health. After reading this I did another round of OAV and...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    Please keep in mind you are talking to a second year here so here goes- You made my day!

    SO glad you found a wand and treated them. The 24/48 hour mite drop on your sticky board will tell you a...
  17. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    I had a monster hive like this one and put them to work building a box of deep frames of honey for emergencies. That very heavy box was removed a few months ago and stored. They had medium boxes...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    6a 3100 elevation 2nd year- fed sugar syrup heavily in September. Noticed they slowed down after mid September so I got this part right this year. All got around 4-5 gallons. So lots in the comb. ...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    As an epilogue- Bought a Varrox wand and started my first series of OAV on 9/30. Had noticed that one of my hives had a climbing mite count from watching the sticky board very carefully. So even...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Switched to dry winter feed as of 10/1 (bakers sugar, winter patties). Finished small square internal feeders and put in a winter pattie and bakers sugar to take the hunger edge off the colonies. I...
  21. Re: Pro-sweet and fondant from Mann Lake: ripoff.

    I’m budget minded but love using ProSweet for fall feeding. I went through 2- 5 gallon pails on sale for around $50. It’s already inverted so the bees can store it immediately and it really adds...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    First frost yesterday 10/2 in Sisters Oregon (dry high desert 3100 elevation). The tomatoes and dahlias just hated it.
  23. Does a fall swarm ever return to the originating hive?

    Do fall swarms ever return to the originating hive? This colony has a very full deep and very full medium and the number of bees surprised me when I took a good look today. Wall to wall bees. I'm...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    First off- great move testing them. I looked at this article-https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/beekeepers/varroa-mite-monitoring1/
    If your sample included 300 bees, your nice hive had an...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today I did a brief inspection of resources in my big hive and the swarm nuc sitting next to it. The goal is to be sure everyone has enough stored for winter. The nuc got 2 full honey frames for...
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