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  1. Re: EFB is a major pain, but it's easily treatable.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27904344/ This link is to one of the broadest experiments measuring the levels and half life degredation times of OTC in honey. Incidentally treatment in sugar syrup...
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    Re: Ants and larvae

    Are you speaking of ant larvae or bee larvae?
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    Re: Can anyone explain this?

    I think the bees may drive off ones with some of the viruses. They sense the bee is a hazard, so off with ye and die somewhere else!
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    Re: I built a cloake board

    In my case the pair of shims created the upper entrance. When I blocked the bottom entrance that forced many of the bottom bees up to crowd the cell starter. Queen was below, but I suppose it would...
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    Re: Wax dipped equipment

    http://www.sandhillbees.com/wax-dip-info

    Check out Megan Milbraiths site. Lots of the very information you are looking for. She also does custom wax dipping.
  6. Re: EFB is a major pain, but it's easily treatable.

    Glad to hear it cleared up. What can be discouraging is repeat appearances. That can be caused by lingering infected material in your comb or from a neighbor or one in the trees. You had an...
  7. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Some people just like to make a career out of being perverse!:rolleyes:

    I like the J hook feature as my finger pinch is compromised on my right hand. I narrow the hook down considerably.
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    Re: I built a cloake board

    I have used quite thick aluminum sheet from a truck cargo body and also aluminum flashing. The flashing needs to have the edges folded back double for about half an inch for stiffness. Hardboard or...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Just for the heck of it I will have to put some up to dry. The pine tree is just about 50 paces from the gate to the bee yard so the road apples will really have to have something going for them to...
  10. Re: Welcome Leo Sharashkin, editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile!

    I think he might prefer a more controlled atmosphere;)
  11. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    How about horse hockey pucks? I have an endless supply of them; no more cows though.
  12. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I think you must have me confused with someone who said to make a hole at the bottom of the smoker to light the charge. JConnolly I am sure was talking about prying a hole in the fuel all the way to...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    What a time saver this is. The idea about poking a hole to the bottom on the air inlet side and being able to relight a filled or partially filled smoker without having to dump out and start from...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    https://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_159077503211214&key=e6f8f4e2356f0ecd2e29116cb90b30ae&libId=kasi8fq00102686w000DL6tcwlyka&loc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beesource.com%2Fforums%2Fshowthread.p...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I endorse this 100%

    Some cardboard and some wood pellets give a very acrid smoke. That is a bit of a crap shoot. Pine needles are ticketty boo every time!
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    Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    Mite growth is exponential; there is no advantage to waiting. Nip it in the bud!
  17. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    I should have taken the time to make spacer blocks but at the times I need them I cant take the time to do it!:rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Do varroa mites not survive well on taller aspect hives?
  19. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    I dont dado the rabbet on the end boards. I use two intersecting saw cuts to take out the material. It does take resetting the depth differently for the frame rest. The long side boards only need cut...
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    Re: Front Range Cell Builder a "do all box"

    A lot of thought has gone into that.:thumbsup: Have you physically run it through all the possibilities? I am wondering if the bees can find a way to thwart you! They do me; I think it is a...
  21. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    Where I have observed tops splaying out it is always been associated with wrong grain orientation. Dont put the heart side of the boards to the inside. "Dont Put Your Heart in a Box of Pine!"
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    Re: Strange spherical cells on new hive

    It is a long shot but if a particular batch of foundation just wont get accepted no way, no how, I would consider it. Can you find a link to that Amazon purchase. Is it name brand or other Someone...
  23. Re: Setting out deep frames of honey so bees put it in medium supers?

    I have one colony that already has a fair bit of sugar syrup in the supers. I was planning to extract everything from that for my own cooking use so just threw another super on it and the uncapped...
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    Re: Strange spherical cells on new hive

    I remember something from four years or so ago about some offshore foundation that had a high adulteration with other than genuine bees wax.
  25. Re: Setting out deep frames of honey so bees put it in medium supers?

    Most of the frames I pulled as excess stores are too crystallized to extract. I set up a hive this afternoon on Vance G's style. I have had the frames out for open feed for a few days but they have...
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