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    Re: 2 Months in and this is what's happening.

    There does not appear to be near enough bees to need a super added. Once the bees have built stand off comb they will have robbed the plastic foundation of what little bit of wax it had originally....
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    Re: LIFTING HEAVY DEEPS

    This is slow but allows a person to lift off a number of supers or upper box plus supers. With a bit of engineering such as wheels and hives set up to be easily straddled it could allow a person with...
  3. Thread: Bad Queen?

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    Re: Bad Queen?

    Sorry I missed your last sentence about the mite count.

    Marking the location of the frame of eggs would be a good suggestion. If those eggs are not becoming brood there is a problem for certain....
  4. Thread: Bad Queen?

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    Re: Bad Queen?

    Do the frames of eggs you noted turn into frames of capped brood or is the process aborting at some stage? Are there cells being uncapped? Is there stored pollen? Stored nectar and some capped honey?...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    There is a lot of embedded corruption and exploitation in most examples of human governance. Not an easy situation to remedy. Human nature seems to hunger for simplistic instant solutions and will...
  6. Thread: Refractometers

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    Re: Refractometers

    Sometimes flow conditions taper off and though uncapped the honey is well within acceptable moisture range. The bees seem reluctant to cap. I dont get a real dearth but some places may choose to...
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    Re: Uncapping Knife

    I dont remember the brand of the knife but it is temperature adjustable. I set it a bit higher when I can uncap frame after frame and pass off to my wife to use the cappings fork on any low spots. If...
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    Re: Uncapping Knife

    I bought the woodpecker roller and tried it on several occasions. Not impressed. When very hot frames and room it does not clog badly but cooler conditions it plugs up and you need a bucket of very...
  9. Pic. of laying worker drones in worker cells

    I had a small split that apparently lost the queen on mating. I gave her a few more days and put in a test frame with brood. They started cells and about the same time some multiple eggs per cell. In...
  10. Thread: Vid's blog

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    Re: Vid's blog

    I believe I have seen a few references that suggest if there are drone congregation areas very close to your yard that the queens will be bred before they travel very far. I have seen nothing...
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    Re: The Covid 19 Thread

    psm1212;

    Yes;:thumbsup: That checks off a lot of the boxes for why my faith is in science vs. colloquial convictions!
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    Re: Any experience with "Feedbee" pollen sub?

    I came across this information on comparative consumption of the Feed Bee pollen substitute VS. some other brands.
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  13. Re: Do you think there's life outside Earth in the Universe.

    We need definitions to imagine with.

    Are we limiting the possibilities by assuming that a body is required to support a consciousness. Is self consciousness even an essential part of what...
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    Re: New here - made really stupid mistake

    Yes; I have changed my mind about the truth of putting undrawn frames above to have them drawn out. That puts them in the situation of having to build comb from the bottom up. It is more natural for...
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    Re: New here - made really stupid mistake

    I must be mistaken but it appears that you have an inner cover between lower and upper boxes!

    "The last time I suited up to look in there, the inner cover hole was almost completely closed off...
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    Re: Converting 1:1 to 2:1 formula

    No! To get four cups of 1:1 you would have had to use more than 2 cups of each. 2 cups of each would only give you a little more than 3 cups volume of mixture. If you want to be accurate you have to...
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    Re: Converting 1:1 to 2:1 formula

    The longer you keep the heat on a sugar solution the more HMF (hydroxymethylfurfural) you create. Take the advice above about not targeting a fully saturated solution. The higher sugar one is more...
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    Re: replacing old queen

    Have a look over this thread.

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?361315-Getting-mated-queens-accepted&highlight=queen+introduction

    That is myy experience with having a fair...
  19. Re: First virgin destroys remaining cells or Not?

    I just hope that they did not ALL leave with the swarm. I did destroy the one apparently viable cell left in the process of removing them all. I put in a test brood frame this morning to see if they...
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    Re: How many queens can be in a single swarm?

    Then perhaps the cell I destroyed with the purple eyed pupae was the only existing queen potential of the colony. I guess I will wait a few days and put in a test frame with eggs and open brood for...
  21. First virgin destroys remaining cells or Not?

    Had a strange one today;

    10 frame deep parent colony of a split decided to go back to nature I guess. They had one honey super on and seemed to be doing OK as a single deep. Today I noticed lower...
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    Re: Shop Towels with Supers on?

    gww;

    Maybe is a bit like making moonshine. People who knew exactly what to do and not do, could pull it off. Enough of the craft was handed down and all the technicalities not known in detail....
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    Re: Mite away question

    Anybody here still using the 65%liquid formic acid on meat blotters option? It gives you the option of lower dosing over an extended time.
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    Re: If it looks square, then it is square

    Sorry:o I jumped to the conclusion you were talking of splitting the 1 1/2" stock evenly. I see now you had in mind a 7/8 and 1/2" split. If you were into making the British box style joinery to...
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    Re: Bees just not filling deep

    You might find it interesting to search up some of Enjambres posts where she puts styrofoam dummy frames at either side of ten frame boxes so that functionally she might have a five over five frame...
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