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  1. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Spot on :) Good links, thanks.

    I agree - a tad over-engineered - but still great fun. It's really good to see what other people (and from a different culture) can come up with.

    I've noticed...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    Exactly - their intention IS to maintain core temperature - we're talking about purposeful behaviour being exhibited by biological organisms prior to that altered behaviour becoming absolutely...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    I've been thinking about this overnight ...

    Imo, it's down to a distinction between an intention and it's consequence. Just as with an electric kettle, the intention is to heat the water only ......
  4. Re: Mating Queens in Two Queen Hive under Shared Super

    I agree with both queens needing to have the same status. I've experienced absconding to that half of the box which presents the 'better' chance of survival several times, both with a virgin and a...
  5. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Hi Greg.

    I found myself reading an account yesterday of the controversy which developed between Heddon - who favoured a contracted 5-frame broodnest - and Dadant who, in contrast, championed a...
  6. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    Late in on this thread, but must say that I'm well impressed when seeing HUGE numbers of 'nuc-sized' boxes on a flat-bed trailer which indicates to me that there's some serious honey-farming...
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    Re: Extending Shelf Life of 2:1 Sugar Syrup

    There's really no practical upper limit if you fully invert - here's an example of the gel which is eventually formed with a very high concentration of sugars:
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    Re: Extending Shelf Life of 2:1 Sugar Syrup

    Quibbling ? No - just trying to be helpful ... :)

    By fully inverting, I have raised the concentration to somewhere in excess of 3.5:1 - but I only did that as a test 'just to see what was...
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    Re: Extending Shelf Life of 2:1 Sugar Syrup

    It's only super-saturated in terms of sucrose - so you might want to consider inverting it - that way you will have a glucose solution which is highly 'contaminated' with fructose, and vice-versa....
  10. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    Greg, thanks for the above link.

    That video has been running around inside my brain overnight :) It reminds me of Doolittle's '6-frame' Hive (which was actually a 15-frame Long Hive, in which...
  11. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    One of Britain's principal supermarket chains (Tesco) has just had to remove all of it's own brand 'Natural Honey' from the shelves, after Inspectors detected unacceptably high levels of sucrose in...
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    Re: OAV, putting the risk in perspective

    I wish only to correct your errors.



    You are very persistent about this - I can only conclude that your knowledge of biochemistry must be limited. BTW, I said "routinely" - not "sometimes".
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  13. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    Brilliant ...
    Tongue and groove box construction with battens on the outside, bicycle-wheel carriers - love it. :)
    LJ
  14. Thread: Worm wood

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    Re: Worm wood

    I'd use it - but then I happily use pallet-wood to make boxes. :)

    I find that such wood lasts well, providing you can keep the rain off it - which is why I paint my boxes, and provide all hives...
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    Re: OAV, putting the risk in perspective

    That's quite an assertion ...

    I hope you'll agree that the human body has a need for a daily intake of Vitamin (Vital-amine) C - otherwise known as ascorbic acid - and, when ascorbic acid is...
  16. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Not so - Vitvitsky wrote that in 1835. Even 75 years later-on, people were still using horses and carts to transport hives (and people) around:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/97/60/M9Og3mb3_o.jpg
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  17. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    I stumbled across this a few days ago and thought of this thread ...



    So, the idea of less productive hives - but a lot more of them - might be worth considering. :)
    LJ
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    Re: How do you ventilate Layens hives?

    Hi Greg
    The reason I think that touching frames are less than ideal, is due to the inevitable build-up of propolis, whether this be between top-bars or Hoffman side-bars, which gradually increases...
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    Re: How do you ventilate Layens hives?

    Sorry for the delay in replying - that hive now houses up to twenty 14x12 frames (or a mix of 14x12's and Deeps). The provision of entrances at both ends came about largely by accident: during it's...
  20. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    That's the one - thanks :)
    LJ
  21. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    I agree. VOA in winter is pretty-much like sprinkling flea-powder over your dog - it's not going to matter much whether you use one packet of powder or half-a-dozen - the excess is just a waste of...
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    Re: Vertical hive entrance

    The basic 'up and over' entrance has become known as a 'periscope entrance' and features in the Dartington Hive design and it's plastic equivalent (the name of which I've forgotten). Maybe other...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    With regard to the Layens Beehive, what follows here are a couple of 'clarifiers' of errors, revealed just as soon as I discovered them, as I wouldn't want to continue misleading anybody ...

    It...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    I've never had that much of a problem with the girls drawing-out comb below the top-bar - my problem used to be what happens above the top bar.

    For a while I tried 'soft' Crown Boards (Inner...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    Thanks JWP - you're much quicker on the keyboard than me :) As I'd already written this, I'll let it stand ...

    You're obviously 'not getting it'. 'It' being the distinction between a particular...
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