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  1. Thread: Spring nucs

    by JoshuaW
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    Re: Spring nucs

    Nhaupt2, what is your goal? Are you selling all the bees? Wanting to control swarming as much as possible but not harvest honey?

    I always see the first swarm cells one month after maple bloom. ...
  2. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Thanks for sharing!
  3. Thread: Worm wood

    by JoshuaW
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    Re: Worm wood

    Sounds like a lot of work relative to how long the boxes might last...but I'm not a restorer-type.
  4. Thread: OAV overdose?

    by JoshuaW
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    Re: OAV overdose?

    My guess is that the major cost for OAV is the vaporizer and respirator, which are a one-time purchase until one of them breaks, and OA is only a little more expensive than dirt, whereas formulations...
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    Could the Mods make the thread dudelt recommended in post #7 a sticky, please? ...
  6. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    You might look into the Demaree method. Essentially it involves separating the brood from the queen, and re-uniting later.

    I don't know where you're located, but re-queening every year would be...
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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    Dadant.
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    Hi Roland, would you mind sharing your method? Thanks!
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    OT's advice takes the cake (again!)
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    I just ran across this while looking for something else:
    Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating
    Gianluigi Bigio ,
    Christoph...
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    What is the current hive configuration? A single deep? a deep and a medium? double-deep?

    Hopefully someone from your area will chime in because I wouldn't know if you have a flow or not going...
  12. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Management lesson (more than one apiary not needed):

    Stack
    Load
    Move
    Unload
    Unstack
    Repeat

    Feeding lesson: when blue food coloring is added to spring syrup, bees in my location mix it...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Nice rig msl! JzBz missed the boat when they didn't design an emergence cage, IMO...

    I think if the virgins were emerged in a queenright hive then the bees didn't feed the virgins (or not enough...
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    Re: Using provap 110 with inverters

    I use my provap with my Tacoma's built-in inverter with no problems at all.
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    Re: Think I messed up big time

    The more paint the better in the humid east! Especially on the inside along the frame rests and around the corners.

    As long as the paint has time to cure, paint as many surfaces as possible!!
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    Re: OAV in the winter?

    Yes, you can oav at 45 degrees. I believe some say the lower temperature limit is 37. I oav'd at 40 degrees last weekend...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Also, did the 2 hives used as banks have a laying queen? Or did a virgin get into the bank?
  18. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Juhani asked "Did the both groups have similar structure concerning upper entrances?"
    Me: Yes: no upper entrances on any hives.

    clong: yes, that's one article.

    The main article is in ABJ...
  19. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    LJ, I don't understand the question, but when I said "research" I meant Derek's.

    I read Derek's articles that he wrote for ABJ and Bee Culture. Somone else (can't remember off the top of my head)...
  20. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Hi Fusion, thanks for the response.

    I've decided to use standard-size equipment. As far as managing earlier swarming, I draw a parallel of using poly hives to growing plants in a greenhouse:...
  21. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert,

    Derek's research is among my favorite reading, too, especially this time of year. His insulation experiments prompted me to experiment with a few polystyrene hives last winter. I had 30...
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    Re: A question for Thyme oil users.

    Apiguard.
  23. Thread: Frames

    by JoshuaW
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    Re: Frames

    I've bought a couple thousand Dadant frames. I've been very pleased with the frames.

    The frames are really good, BUT with the pre-assembled frames with Plasticell, Dadant doesn't put enough wax...
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    Re: Superior Bee poly vs. Bee Box poly hives

    We have 60 of the Paradise Bee Box hives from Blue Sky now, and can't say enough good about them.
    The boxes are very well-made, and they fit perfectly; it's pretty rare for ladder comb to be built...
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    Re: Disappointing Fall Inspection

    What is the mite situation? Have you treated recently, if at all? What did your last inspection show? Pollen stores? Queenless or queenright?

    Sometimes the biggest hives have the most mites and...
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