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  1. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    Years ago, when FGMO Fogging was the popular mite treatment craze, I got sucked in. Hook line and sinker. Bought the fogger, Thymol crystals, and applied religiously. Did everything "by the book" but...
  2. Re: Beek attire - Wish I knew before yesterday...

    Same issue with my glasses, I use a rolled up bandana as a headband. In mid summer when it's really steamy I'll periodically soak it in cold water and wring it out before placing back around my...
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    Re: The perils of giving advice

    I think that nails it. Good post dudelt. If experienced beekeepers stop giving advice there would be no point of reference for a beginner to return to and learn from, after a mistake was made. It's...
  4. Re: experiments in entrance size and shape

    Never tried a 1" hole, but I use 3/4" holes on my boxes and it works great. I took this video recently a few days after adding an additional super on top with drawn comb. In general it looks like...
  5. Re: Entrance Hole Above Excluder in Honey Super

    Very little chance of robbing during a strong flow. Give them another entrance above the excluder during the flow and you might surprised how much it will be used.
  6. Re: From bottom to top entrance question?

    With top entrances this is a normal consequence. It's usually not an issue, just a lot of confused bees flying around when they return to the hive and their entrance is not where it should be.
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    I just reread this thread. No one ever answered the poor guys/gals question.




    The thread was hijacked and proceeded down a rabbit trail that had nothing to do with what was asked.
    Guilty as...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    For the past few years I've been getting $6.00 for a 1# jar.

    $5.00 for the honey + $1.00 for the queenline jar and label. This year I think it's time to go up $1.00 to $7.00.
    We'll see how it...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    That's a great point. And it's relative to a host of other beekeeping practices and management styles. Discussion and debate marches on endlessly.

    Those who have been keeping bees for a long...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    Some people don't care at all, for them it's meaningless. Nothing wrong with that.

    Others may be more naturally inquisitive. Everyone spends their time doing "something".
    Inquiring Minds Need to...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    Thanks, that one was staring me right in the face and I still missed it. Lol
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    Re: SC flow over :(

    Wow, that's a bummer. We're just getting started here. Should be good through June.
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    Just measured cells on some frames with a dial caliper.
    Measured across 10 cells. Divided by 10 to calculate average cell sizes below.

    PF-120 plastic frames
    1.88 in = average .48 mm cell...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    Mann Lake PF series plastic frames are generally considered "small cell", and are advertised as "4.9 cell size". Do they measure across 10 cells, or are they also measuring the distance between cell...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    Maybe. What is the cell "wall" diameter of wax cells vs. the plastic? If we're measuring total distance across 10 cells it might be different, based on the thickness of the cell wall.
    I wonder if...
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    Re: Help Identifying Frames

    Very good timing on adding another box. I think that very soon you will have a large number of bees emerging from those capped cells and your bee population is going to grow very quickly. You are...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation : Natural Cell Size

    I wrote Premier and asked them about cell size. See their reply below.
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    Re: Deer, a problem or not?

    I've had hives at one of my yards for several years which has a lot of deer traffic right around the hives. The only issue I've had at all is watching out for ticks in the tall grass.
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    Re: Heating Honey to stop crystallization

    Most local commercial honey in this area is marked "pure", but very little is marked "raw". For extended non-crystallization shelf life most of them warm the honey enough to heavily filter it before...
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    Re: A swarm landed on me!

    Now that was pure entertainment!!

    I don't know how you kept your composure. With that many bees deep down in my pockets I would been fearing the worst. :eek:
    Thanks for posting!!
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    Re: Blue -green mold - usable ??

    I'll second Ravenseye's comments. Bees are usually very diligent housekeepers. Inserted into a strong hive, it's impressive how quickly they can scrub frames like that clean.
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    Re: Question for posters/ morning rant

    It was a great idea to add sub-forums to help separate and organize specific topics. But I think as time went by this may have unintentionally gone too far. Right now there are so many stickys and...
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    Re: Do these capped cells look normal

    Center cappings look a little dark. My guess is capped honey in the worker brood cells.
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    Re: The Unstoppable Swarm

    I guess I lean toward believing that the data is only valid for the specific area where the research was performed.

    In some of the New England states their flows start later in the spring, but...
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    Re: The Unstoppable Swarm

    Lots of regional variables to consider. Most important, how long is the flow.
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