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    Re: Old frames and racoons

    Despite having feasted on the deadout frames, the raccoons can still be harvested. ;) As far as the combs for the bees reuse I would not consider the coons contact to be much worse than something a...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    I have spun out the frames with large uncapped areas without uncapping them. That takes out the honey and nectar that is uncapped. Put that questionable honey aside, then uncap the frame and re spin...
  3. Thread: Runny Honey

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    Re: Runny Honey

    You can get some quirky readings if you just take a surface reading. It certainly is true that open honey can pick up moisture if it is in high humidity air. If you take a surface reading it might...
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    Re: OAV Treatment round 2 on day 14

    As Enjambres notes OA is not the most effective treatment at this time when there is a lot of capped brood. If I had to use it to get the mite count down I would be treating on a tighter schedule...
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    Re: modified taranov split

    I see another possibility that the queen was already gone before you started the shake. In any case, how one goes about doing the shaking can alter the degree of risk to her. I act differently when I...
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    Re: modified taranov split

    I have the same problem with finding my dark queens and have used the Taranov to do a sort of bees to put above a Snelgrove double screen board for queen rearing. Not an emergency swarm killer.
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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    I am thinking those pupae look too healthy to be EFB victims. Is it possible they are drones being aborted and tossed?

    Yes, colony numbers reduced by varroa and not enough bees left to feed and...
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    Re: Need help on brood above queen excluder

    If you have an upper entrance into the supers a lost queen on a mating flight may have popped in.

    Also check in lower box that the queen is still there. Seeing eggs and young brood would be good...
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    Re: Swarm just flew away today - now what?

    Go into the colonies and look for ones with capped queen cells and no eggs. The hive that swarmed should fit that description. Reduce the number of queen cells left to one or two to reduce the...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    Dull surface as opposed to shiny. But dark colour. If you have angled reflector wings to direct more rays into the collector area, shiny aluminum is appropriate there. Those surfaces are reflecting...
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    You will have to insulate the sides and bottom to prevent heat loss in those areas. Also the shiny silver surface is about the worst choice to collect solar gain; Flat black with insulation behind,...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I am thinking that the net reduction of oxygen molecules due to pulling a vacuum would have an almost negligible affect on the stability of the honey. Perhaps the payoff is more emotional than...
  13. Thread: Moisture Board

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    Re: Moisture Board

    Shallow super height is good for shavings quilt box and also will serve to house the Mann Lake hive top feeder inserts or if you wish do shallow cut comb. Make that piece of equipment serve multiple...
  14. Re: Bear fence question - Can I use the same ground for multiple fences?

    A magnetic field is produced around the fence conductors and in the earth through the ground rods. Two different fence energisers will be out of sync. with the timing of their peak impulses. It is...
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    Re: I needed another hive stand fastů

    Sure helps to have a stand to stack off onto or work on. Here is one I made up that folds.
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    Re: Multiple eggs in QC but none in comb

    I think this would be a good time to use a screened board between the two colonies for a while. The funky splits bees are getting old by this time so they have little to offer. I would consider them...
  17. Re: About to purchase first hive, few questions

    There are advantages to have both hives on similar arrangements. Easier to compare development and easier to share components. The deeps are cheaper per unit of effective area since there is only...
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    Re: I needed another hive stand fastů

    A handy thing to have anyway after you get around to making some cheaper ones. I am needing something like that to keep in the pickup. I used to vault off over the sides, now that would be a disaster!
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    I think you would have to be right on top of removing and putting the drawn and laid up frames up above the excluder. Perhaps even before they are capped
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Tall narrow stacks with young queens do seem to produce less drone brood. The double side by side 4 frame boxes a la M. Palmer really ramped up quickly. Was just starting to play with that when EFB...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    It appears quite well supported that it is mechanical damage to their very specialized feet. If you remove an organisms prime mode of transportation to its unique food and reproduction source, it is...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    The part about getting comb drawn and layed up right into the corners is something I seldom see. I can accomplish it with foundationless drone but not strictly worker cells.

    Old timer mentioned...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Let me guess! How many frames of all drone brood do you have in that colony!
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    Re: Double screen board

    It appears that the outcome will depend on the relationship of the colonies, how long they have shared the double screen division board, whether they are both queenright etc. We answered a question...
  25. Thread: TREAT or FEED

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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    With formic acid and perhaps others, feeding is not recommended. The bees quit guarding and robbing may occur. Perhaps there are other reasons.
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