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    Re: How smart are skunks?

    A solution to keep skunks away from front of raised stands is to attach a piece of stucco wire that is wider than the hive, to the front of stand and have it slope 45 degrees outwards and end of...
  2. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I find with two OAVs during no brood period in late fall and Apivar in early spring, mites are very minimal. This is consistent with what Ian Steppler is finding. We do have a distinct winter for 5...
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    Re: Is fall treatment for varroa obligatory?

    Mike Gillmore, interested in your thoughts on acceptable mite count three days after OAV. If one does an OAV and installs a sticky board what is tolerable level of mites.

    A guideline from our...
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    Re: Inner cover screen?

    If bees are building comb on the top side of the inner cover, they are most likely out of storage space. Need to add a super. Removing a few full frames of honey and adding some blank foundation...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    I run a mix of deeps and mediums. Started with deeps and hence have a supply of drawn comb for supers.

    If one can get a honey dome in top brood and full deep(honey and nectar) in first honey...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    I have tried both ways and little doubt for me where I get most honey production. Bottom supering results in uncapped /wet honey in all the supers. Keep the fullest super in lowest position above...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    Bees configure the hive with pollen below and beside brood nest. Honey is directly above brood nest and outside pollen on sides of brood nest. So where do bees place honey when brood nest is...
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    Re: Forest Fire Smoke

    There wasn’t much flying all day yesterday with the severe smoke. Got to affect amount of pollen and nectar being brought into the hive.

    Looks like we’re going to having plenty of days of smoke...
  9. Re: queens coming with bad weather until Friday.

    Go ahead and do a Queen excluder if you wish. As Vance advised, put the screen face down in center of queen excluder, as center of a big hive is warmest.

    This would be overkill for a few days, if...
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    Re: Renting an extractor in Atlanta

    I have a six frame electric radial Dadant and a three frame electric tangential Maxant. With the radial, one needs to pay more attention to slowly ramping up the speed. If you ramp up too fast, you...
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    Re: Top Feeder advice

    My advice is to lay a bead of silicone in all wood to wood joins prior to assembly. I have tried the wax sealing after assembling( no silicone ). They were mostly sealed but some leaks still showed...
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    Re: Uh oh im gonna try ditch the full bee suit...

    Give a mosquito net a try. They cost less than 5$. I use them for most of my beework. Simply do up your top buttom on your long sleeved shirt, stand up the collar and use the mosquito net over a...
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    Re: Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Crofter, I checked with my neighbors and they wintered a double deep with a 1/2 inch round hole in top part the entrance reducer and a quilt box and a bee cozy wrap. I would find it on the risky...
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    Re: Risk of squashing the queen with patties

    Try lightly blowing on the bees with your breath. They readily vacate the area.

    I am usually wearing a mosquito net with the elastic pulled onto a rolled up collar. Makes the blowing easier,...
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    Re: Vaporizing in February

    If there is brood, 4 or 5 days between treatments is far more effective. OAV crystals only last for about three days after treatment.

    In my experience, a 7 day interval when brood is present will...
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    Re: Double NUC Setup vs two 5 frames NUCs?

    Another option is to push two five frame NUC together. If using migratory style covers can push them wood to wood. If using telescopic covers, add a piece of two inch Styrofoam between or use two...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    -41C(-42F) on the 5th. Set new record low for Feb 5.
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    Re: How's it going in the cold

    Top entrance frosting up with -33C(-27.4F). Frosting indicates hives alive! Opening so small, bees can not discard the dead. I cleared the frost.

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    Re: Smoke bees off bars to feed?

    I use a piece of 3/8 dowling to rest one end of the block on. Gently blow on the bees and they will scatter and go down between the frames. Area will clear pretty quickly and I then wriggle blog...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    ??Isn't it some advantage to be able to see the temp easily with display on the top? Can tell when charge vaporized and when can reload.

    Could electrical cord be inside handle and come out the...
  21. Re: When to move overwintered nuc into 10 frame hive

    One can reduce the volume of the ten frame boxes by using follower boards and/or pieces of Styrofoam. A follower board is solid plywood from bottom board or bottom of super to top of super. Need to...
  22. Re: Bees diving in to the snow and dying--again. What to do?

    I have 5 1/2 inches of pet shavings in my quilt box so insulation in the outer cover, from a previous winter configuration, is not serving a lot of purpose.

    At my latitude and winters, perimeter...
  23. Thread: Tenbears?

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    Re: Tenbears?

    The fuse is somewhat short but perhaps walking a mile in some else's shoes would help us understand.

    Tenbears post in attached thread is one that sticks in my mind.
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  24. Re: Bees diving in to the snow and dying--again. What to do?

    YukonJeff, it looks like no insulation on some of the supers and two sided aluminum bubble insulation on some of the supers. Supers painted black.

    Seem to me, not enough insulation for your...
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    Re: warm day in upstate NY

    Are you using woven plastic such as feed sacks or rice sacks or a solid plastic sheet?

    My upper entrance is in my feed shim/rim, so don't need to keep that open. Not a fan of drilling holes in my...
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