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  1. Re: what to do with comb exposed to mothball treatment?

    Mothballs with naphthalene, or moth crystals of paradichlorobenzene?
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    Re: Global Warming

    Burr was my 5 great grand uncle. My gr grandmother was Amelia Burr
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    Re: Brood Rearing Below Zero Help!

    I have an observation hive in my shop, with a 2" clear tube through the wall. Bees gather in the tube on warmish days. Seem to be moving dead bees to the entrance. Chickadees are entering the tube to...
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Excellent OT. You came up with the solution. Are you selling nucs and queens again?
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Max could get a lot done...but one sting on the nose and he was done for the day. He'd much rather chase his ball.
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    Re: Using Dogs To Detect Bee Diseases?

    Fivej, we used to have one here in Vermont. Max the wonder dog. German Shepard. Failed as a drug dog, so the State Police trained him for AFB. Rick Drutchas was the inspector, and Max lived with him....
  7. Re: Adding queen cell to queen right hive

    If you want to use a queen cell to re queen a colony (supercedure), add a ripe cell up in the supers during a flow.
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    Re: --Never Say 2019--

    What would I recommend in selecting bees with a lower propensity to swarm? Stop using colony division as the default swarm control method. Use hive manipulations instead...reversing and proper...
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    In the original posts with MC, he talked about feeding syrup until Thanksgiving. St 2000’ in Catskill mountains of New York. Then he had a moisture issue which he corrected with his MC method. Gave a...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    The pool owners might try using Baquacil rather than a chlorine product. Bees love chlorine...as it breaks down into NaCl.
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    About the Mountain Camp method. Back in 2007? he and I had a good discussion about his sugar feeding. I would like to bring that discussion back. I've tried to find it but can't. Are these old posts...
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    Yes, some colonies need a bit of syrup in the spring. Depends on the Autumn and the winter and the spring. My target weight is a guideline for me. Many colonies are 20-30 pounds over weight in the...
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    Ok, so feed your bees the proper amount at the correct time, and be done with it.
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    IMO, the bees work the sugar because it is there. The bees won’t allow spilled syrup or honey to sit around the house. If the bees had enough feed in the combs, why would you add sugar bricks. Do say...
  15. Thread: Skunks

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    Re: Skunks

    Electric poly chicken fence around the apiary. Needs a good ground.
  16. Re: Conditions for early splits w/purchased queens

    I can't give you a number. All I know is what I see. We have very low swarming issues, but there are always some that do. I see lots of colonies that have 8-10 frames of brood at dandelion that don't...
  17. Re: Conditions for early splits w/purchased queens

    Since you plan on buying queens, I would say...the condition of the colony to be split is most important. Is the colony strong enough to give up a split? Are there resources available for the new...
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    Poll: Re: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    I agree. No where colonies go broodless for winter, and have no regular cleansing flights. Unnecessary for colony survival, and IMO, causes the colony to be too active creating more indigestibles in...
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    Re: New Smoker

    It had no HUFFFF
  20. Re: Towards integrated control of varroa: 2)comparing application methods and doses o

    I guess efficacy might depend on where the apiary is located. I vaped tow years, in early November when the colonies were broodless. In th spring after the second year, the mite levels were sky high....
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    Re: New Smoker

    Yes Groz. I meant dome top. :)
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    Re: Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    The lightest doubles I ever weighed, with bees, at the beginning of October was 70 pounds. Add to that 70 or 80 pounds I get 140-150. That's why I suggest the weight I do. If you winter double nucs...
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    Re: New Smoker

    I had a round top smoker once. I hated it so much...How much did you hate it? I hated it so much that I ran it over with my truck, and then put the truck in reverse and backed over it to make sure it...
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    Orin my case, push-in cage
  25. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Yes that one. The presentation was 10/2013. Published the following March.
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