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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    Where I am it's too cold to Winter feed, because the bees can't break the cluster most days or cross a cold barrier to get to feed. I have to make sure they have enough stores in the Fall to get them...
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    Re: Problem with oxalic acid wand

    All good advice above. I would load it with the right dose of OA and time it out in the open. It should take about 2 minutes or so.
    This sounds like a low voltage problem to me. I don't know how old...
  3. Re: Should I buy an established hive in Oct in Upstate NY

    I think the best advice on here is join the club. I think that's a very good price, but in my experience, you get what you pay for. You may be buying someone else's problems, and being new, you...
  4. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    It depends on your climate, but here I don't cover until after it freezes at night (mid-late November). I'm more worried about keeping the wind out than freezing temps. If they are too warm, they...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Bottled up the last of the honey yesterday and put the wet stuff out for the bees to clean up. No use wasting it.
    Today, everybody gets weighed.
    Thinking ahead to the Winter building program.
  6. Thread: Weighing Hives

    by gnor
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    Weighing Hives

    I made this up as an alternative to hefting hives to determine weights. It's a cheap luggage scale with a bit of home blacksmithing to hook under one side of the bottom board to give half weight. It...
  7. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    I use these bucket feeders for outside feeding.
    https://youtu.be/u77xCjLySTM
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    Re: beeswax melting / filtering - need help

    I use a crock pot I bought at a flea market for a few bucks. You can set it on low and leave it overnight. You can bundle your cappings in several layers of cheesecloth and put some water in the...
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    Re: Winter configuration question

    You can pull the supers and leave them out in the yard so the bees can clean them out. Keep them a couple of hundred feet away from the bee yard.
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    Sticky: Re: Anatomy of a mite crash.

    If you use OAV, you can use newspaper to separate the supers. Just remember, though, that OAV won't kill mites under brood cappings, where at least half the mites are hiding. There are treatments...
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    Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Read a series of articles in American Bee Journal by a successful TF beek, and he didn't start off by not treating. Here are some takeaways:
    a) he didn't start off by denying treatment.
    b) he had...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    My Winters are a bit colder and longer than yours, so I cut a 2 inch by 3/8 inch notch in the rim of the inner cover, and screen off the center hole. That way, I can use it as a top entrance, or flip...
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    Re: Beekeeping Technique Question

    I guess you can do it until it doesn't work any more, but mites can come out of nowhere. Don't treat if you don't have to but if you monitor mites more closely, it may avoid a very disappointing...
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    Re: Getting bees to move into Deep

    I would add the deep on top, and checkerboard 2-3 medium frames. They will normally draw drone comb on the bottom of the mediums, which you can cull every week or 2 as a mite treatment. Once they...
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    Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    The key for me right now is an Integrated Pest Management program where I have graduated treatment options. I haven't had to use it yet, but I save my Sunday punch for when I really need it. For me...
  16. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    That makes a lot of sense now especially if you already have capped swarm cells. Last year, I removed the frames with cells on them and they still swarmed. Removing the queen would fix that.
  17. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    I have one like that. It swarmed and never made another queen, and didn't get re-queened until August 6. They just aren't gaining weight, in spite of 2:1 bucket feeding. Maybe there aren't enough...
  18. Thread: Find the queen

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    Find the queen

    I have a small project I would like to get going that may help new beekeepers (and some who's eyesight isn't what it used to be) to find their queens among all the commotion on a frame. I would like...
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    Re: Ultra Bee Powder patty recipe

    If I feed at all, it will be in late February when the hives are often covered in snow. Making patties is the easiest way to feed in the hive where the bees can get at it.

    Once Birch and Willow...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Cleaned the snow and ice off the entrances today. One of the Hawaiian colonies is still tossing out corpses, but they were a big colony to begin with, they are healthy, and have lots of stores. They...
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    Something we don't have to worry about here in Nova Scotia. I have everything painted in dark colors so they warm up earlier, then when it hits 80-90, I open the SBB.
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    If I have any doubts, I leave them queenlesss for a day.
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    Re: Please help our Cloake not to Croak...

    That's exactly what I was looking for myself. Many thanks!
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    That's a good idea, although the inside of the hive may be a bit warmer than the outside air temp. Just used my brand new Heilyser the other day. Much better than my homemade one which was starting...
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    Yes, John, I have owned a multi-meter for many years and have serviced my own batteries for several decades. Unhook the charger, let it sit for an hour, then check the voltage. If you are going to be...
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