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  1. Re: Any alternatives to Kelley F style foundationless frames?

    Take any wedge top frame, turn the wedge sideways to be the comb guide.
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    Re: How to make feeding less of a chore?

    Keep it simple.
    2:1 usually needs "extra" heat to get all the sugar to dissolve and it will sometimes precipitate out over time.
    Try what Mike Palmer suggests.
    Put sugar in a container, note the...
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    Re: Questions Concerning Candy

    Since we don't know what YouTube videos you followed we don't know if you are making some type of cooked syrup/fondant or sugar brick.
    Fondant production is temperature critical just like making...
  4. Re: backyard beek trying to raise splits/swarm cells?

    I would suggest that you start simply and slowly.
    Start with a "artificial swarm" by making a small split of the old queen and three frames of brood with stores with plenty of bees because the...
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    Re: Shipping queens - room for improvement

    Anybody have access to the two articles linked above without paying 35-40 dollars?
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    Re: Queens and cleansing flights?

    Her attendants clean her
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    Re: Storing built out frames

    Btk (Dipel, thuricide, etc) also works on moth larvae.
    Bti is for mosquitoes.
    None of the three (Bta included) are labeled for use on bees, comb or wax moths.
  8. Re: How long after pollen starts before queen starts laying?

    What Jim said.
    They use pollen stored in the hive and are raising brood before pollen starts coming in in the spring.
  9. Re: Varroa Mitigation Entrance using Nail Brushes

    Regular sugar dusting is a feel good but ineffective and labor intensive tactic. See study by Jamie Ellis at the University of Florida.
    Drone brood culling does help slow down the mite increase but...
  10. Re: Varroa Mitigation Entrance using Nail Brushes

    You missed what AHudd said and knowing about mite life cycle is important. Mites do crawl from bee to bee as well as across comb and other surfaces and are remarkablely quick. If you brush them off...
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    Re: Melt in your mouth Honey caramel!

    30 degrees low would make it turn out soft (undercooked)
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    Re: Cluster droppings

    There are also some mites you can see in the third picture.
  13. Re: Foundationless Brood boxes - Positives and Negatives

    Single box brood chambers require different management so be prepared to add brood boxes and remove them as appropriate or move brood frames as necessary.
    If you are talking about using a shim to...
  14. Re: Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    Both comments above are good.
    But don't stop at starvation, it is not the root cause.
    As noted, keep looking, probably for evidence of mites. A lot of what is pictured in the cells is sugar that...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle in winter?

    Adult SHBs survive in the cluster with the bees. They mimic the bees begging behavior by stroking the bees mandibles and the bees will feed them. The larvae don't survive in the ground unless you are...
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    Re: Proper name for type of bees

    Mutts, even your Italians were open mated mutts.
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    Re: Found 2 queens on one comb

    If I remember correctly Roland referred to his dad as the "Bull of the woods"
    He was The guy in charge
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    To be varietal it is supposed to be at least 51%, that would take at least a couple acres and good timing.
  19. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    I am with JW.
    Your 4% reduction in brood is not correct without knowing what the variability was hive to hive. The researchers did the statistics and stated there was no difference. Statistically...
  20. Thread: Fumigilin-B

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    Re: Fumigilin-B

    The lab producing it seems to be a lab company that does vet chemicals and is based in South Korea. Don't know who they are working with.
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Thanks, that piece of info eliminates some possibilities at least.
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Question for the OP, MSL
    MB, Oldtimer, and JW all described Queens needing to feed themselves very soon after emergence.
    I am in complete agreement.
    Did you put a drop of honey in the cap of the...
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    Re: Sourwood trees

    Oak leaf hydrangea
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    Re: Best ratio of hives to nucs for mating

    See the thread above most of the answers are there.
  25. Re: How to make DIY Apivar for a 1/100th the price?

    Oxytetracycline is Terramyicine the antibiotic
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