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    Re: Bees clustering under roof of Warre hive

    I assume you have just wood in your warre and no comb. Try finding someone to sell or give you some comb to get the bees in the proper place. Langstroth equipment is just not that expensive and so...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    I do not know about DF but the zentari strain BT works for me. Nothing scientific required. I add a heaping teaspoon full to a luke warm gallon of water and shake it up. I set the spray bottle to...
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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    Was might imply past tence! I am looking out the window at swirling blowing knee deep snow and forecast of -15! Glad my bees are still snugly wrapped and have MC sugar and pollen patties onboard.
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    We were at 57f last week and headed to -15f on Saturday and back up to 40f on next Wednesday. Does that qualify for a roller coaster?
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    Re: De crystaliazing honey

    If honey is in jars, seal the lids and put them in your dishwasher for a cycle or two.
  6. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    Let us hope that our back to back to back use of oxalic does not breed a better mite like all the other treatments seem to have resulted in.
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    Re: Starting Sugar Syrup with quilt Boxes

    Thimk why you believe you are using quilt boxes. It is to get rid of moisture that will drip down on the bees and chill them. Now that temperatures are warmer moisture is just not as fatal a...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    onesie and twosie queens shipped thru the mail really catch it from wild thermal swings. I think that is why those queens are especially problematic. That is just my observation. Queens shipped in...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    57 here today
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    Re: A Small Victory

    What steps are you taking to kill the vorroa mites in your bee colony?
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    Re: Spring Temperament

    I think it is because it is all old bees and I know how crotchety old men are~!
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    Re: Apiguard in the spring

    I am an IDJET! I apologize for being senile! In my experience APIGUARD should not be used on colonies building up as it shuts down laying and will totally discombobulate a weak colony and they may...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    I haven't worked Don's bees but would accept his characterization. In my experience most Carniolans are little kittens with wings. Of course now and then a colony of them or a different strain will...
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    Re: Apiguard in the spring

    Apivar does not harm brood or a queen laying in my experience and if applied correctly will knock down Vorroa populations. That said, I quit using it because of rising evidence that varroa in my...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    I got the impression you were pulling frames. Opening lids does little harm as long as things are done quickly.
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Are you sure you are not being a bit aggressive on your springswork? Making sure they have feed is one thing. Exposing them to a lot of cold air is another!
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Here on the north end of the front, we haven't had a lot of winter. We are having flying weather about every week now with some near zero nights. The last two winters have humbled me with...
  18. Thread: Pollen sub

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    Re: Pollen sub

    Bees metabolize a lot of fresh pollen directly into babyfood and the treatment they give pollen they store is more important for storage than nutrition is my belief. The Global patties 15% pollen...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    I noted his location and stand by my advice. Must be done quickly and wrapping is what will make it work. Top insulation is a must and both colonies need entrances.
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    Re: Early Spring in Southern NY

    Just have a plan! The patties are going to ramp up brood production. Once started feeding them, you cannot stop without damaging the colony. What are you going to do with this critical mass of...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Consider this. Put a queen excluder over a strong colony. On the strong colony, put pollen patties and sugar bricks. Put a queen excluder on top of the rim and put the hive body containing your...
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    Re: How close to Row Crops can I be

    My father the farmer who used chemicals because that was the way to reliably get a crop, said this to those who railed at all use of chemicals and supposed polluting use of fuel: May they starve to...
  23. Thread: Russian Queens

    by Vance G
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    Re: Russian Queens

    Most strains of Italian bees have no reticence accepting queens of other strains. It is the Russians that cling to their genetics. If you put these new queens in a mini nuc just be on your toes to...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    In my experience, the queens will not coexist in brood chambers separated only by an excluder. You only have one queen relatively shortly. My variation that works but is way too much work is to...
  25. Re: Question about snow cover in relation to hive entrance

    In the seventies in North Dakota when I knew nothing about wintering and was told to just kill them and restock, I wintered by putting 24 hives in a back to back, shoulder to shoulder configuration...
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