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  1. Thread: Queen issues?

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    Re: Queen issues?

    Clearly, mites have created a game changer.

    But bottom line, good queens are a combination of, good egg from a good queen, good feeding while in their peanuts, good weather when mating, ample...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    It is an extremely vague and misused term, often only addressing whether or not a beekeeper does or doesn't use certain chemicals (of which sugar dusting may not be one of them) to control/kill...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    Proactive. It is winter and I place thin 12:1 sugar cakes between frame tops and inner cover bottom. +-3/8"h space. Not a lot, only about 6"X6" cakes. If my bee cluster makes it through the crown,...
  4. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    I'd suggest 1st, that you determine you are not causing the swarming. A/the main reason for swarming is over crowding. ie. Make darn sure they have more than enough room, specifically a fair amount...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Me, never seen that. Even last year when the flow (rain) ended mid May and was followed by +-5 months dearth, my hives for the most part had honey crowns formed in their top deeps by backfilling...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Me, generally, am suited up with jacket, veil, and goatskin gloves to do my inspections. I care not what anyone says about being dressed with less to do bees. I use PPE, period. And I generally do...
  7. Re: When getting 1st hives they should come with a warning label

    MariahK,
    "Hi, I'm John and I'm addicted to beekeeping..." Welcome to this confound beneficial beekeeping addiction.

    Mental max number of hives is 20, and have enough double deeps to maintain just...
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    Re: Will bees chew through wood?

    I've had some serious chewing of the wood along the bottom edge of the first body above a hive entrance. Enough so that it leaves a 1/16" - 1/8" gap when body position is reversed with another body.
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    Re: 9 frames in a 10

    The only benefit is for honey frames, ie 9 equally spaced to fit 10 frame body, the bees will build out the comb farther on those frames making it a little easier to uncap. And if you...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    trishbookworm,
    First, the top bar hive I made was not for myself. As soon as I built it I gave it to the new beekeeper I built it for. As I have stated already, my top bars were made by cutting them...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    Yunzow
    I challenge you to do the actual research on honeybee combs. Both feral hives and managed hives.
    Over a century ago, Langstroth and other beekeepers during the same period recognized the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Litsinger
    #4 Tablesaw, or money to buy retail.
    #5 & #6 Inside or out side the hive? Inside, bees will deal with it appropriately (in the manner they were designed to do). In winter, they really do...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Juhani, As to the mattering of the Y being right side up or upside down, all I know is I don't care at all whatever direction they are, and as long as my comb is the fairly flat 1" thickness all the...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    What I made my top bars out of was standard 1x2 (ie. 1"x2") material. That designation represents the rough cut size of wood that is then finished smooth all four sides and is actually much closer to...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    odfrank, From my own near 2 decades of beekeeping, that is a well said reply.
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    Re: What to do with pulled honey frames

    20+ hives, close to 2 decades.

    Totally depends on all the details, including location, ie whether prone to wax moth and hive beetles.

    Here, SW WA, I can generally get away with simply placing...
  17. Re: Ramsey: Forced Brood Breaks Could Be Harmful to Bees

    psm1212, my only response would be to pay attention to the natural brood break designed into hives and generally happens each year. Specifically, I am talking about a hive swarming, and naturally...
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    Re: Candy Board Winter cover

    kilocharlie, Not positive, but for some reason, I have always referred to "Lauri Miller" of miller compound bees as a gal. Have never had that contested by anyone nor corrected by Lauri herself. You...
  19. Re: best option to handle fungi all over stored comb?

    AvaleaHill,
    By your exact verbiage, it would appear you are saying para moth and naphtha moth crystals are the same. Did you simply miss the word "not" at the end? ie. Para ... good ... naptha ......
  20. Re: best option to handle fungi all over stored comb?

    Personally, I'd never use soap on comb, simply due to the ability of killing a hive with soapy water. I don't want the risk I did not rinse well enough.

    I've recently come across claims that...
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    Re: Nuc overwinter how many bees?

    "I don't think they will make it with just a little ball the size of a baseball right?"

    Through cold wet climate, I would agree whole heartedly.

    Though I have only wintered bees in either a...
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    Re: who makes the best smoker

    Just saying, the life of a smoker can be extended by slipping a slightly smaller can in the smoker can for the burn chamber. And yes, some holes need to be made in the bottom of the new can for the...
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    Re: Candy Board Winter cover

    I resist "cooking" my sugar.

    I do a twelve oz to one oz mix, and dump on cookie sheet and roll out 5/16" thin to fit between inner cover and frame tops. And this only for emergency "if" the bees...
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    Re: Too many questions....

    Just saying, one of the most common answers given by a beek seeking answers to many hive problems, when asked about how they treat for mites, they say they don't. That answer oftentimes says loads...
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    Re: Bee Stings question

    Stings from my hives hurt like the dickens initially. Anywhere but my calves, the pain is gone in 10 minutes to an hour, and very rarely is the site raised except the first 10 minutes or so, and...
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