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  1. Re: Bees crawling inside of hive top feeder

    Something about this doesn't make any sense - and so I've just dug out a Rapid Feeder I once tried.

    https://images2.imgbox.com/b9/a6/Lt9foqSa_o.jpg

    I had plans to buy 50 of these, but luckily...
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    Re: Frames with **no** sidebar relief

    Hoffman side-bars hold no interest for me, but if I did want to make some - then I'd make them 'double-length' end-to-end (cutting-out the middle narrow portion on a router-table, using simple...
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    Re: Queen excluders or honey excluders?

    Around 1870, a guy named Adair began to promote what he called his "New Idea" - which became associated with the Long Hive, but actually had nothing whatsoever to do with the style of hive used (the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Thanks - neither did I - it seems there's always something new to learn :)

    On this humidity transfer across the porous cell-cap issue (to save me writing a separate post) - this has to be passive...
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    Re: Can anyone explain this?

    It's always possible that the bee that just carried her off into the long grass was the bee that dropped her in the puddle in the first place ... :)

    She's probably thinking "memo to self - take...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    From my post 2618:


    Contrast the percentage of a cell-cap area viz-a-viz the cell as a whole. with the 100% surface area of a hen's egg. Huge difference in percentage terms.

    Also, FWIW - the...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Another one for the paint scraper then ...

    To be honest my 'pallet knife' is really a 2" paint scraper, but I thought 'pallet knife' sounded a little more up-market ... :)

    The thing is - they...
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    Re: I built a cloake board

    It is - it's what we call 'hardboard'. LJ
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Yeah - so it would appear to be something which people keep having trouble with. Which I can't understand either ...

    I use a cheap s/s smoker (ex China) - works perfectly ok. The bellows could do...
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    Re: I built a cloake board

    FWIW - the slide doesn't necessarily have to slide within a groove - it can rest on the board surround thusly:
    https://images2.imgbox.com/e9/f2/5FQrau5E_o.jpg
    Provided the surround is wide enough...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Sure I have - but egg-shells ain't made of wax. :)

    Let's not forget that before the advent of silicone treatments, beeswax was the substance of choice for making materials waterproof. It repels...
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    Re: Hive Identification (People and Bees)

    I just paint numbers on the hives (am a bit short in the imagination department ...) :)
    LJ
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The whole subject of humidity viz-a-viz brood and queen cells is a curious one when you consider that the cells are almost entirely made of a wax which is impermeable to water. With open cells I can...
  14. Re: Welcome Leo Sharashkin, editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile!

    Permies, aka the Beekeeping Taliban. (the perfect descriptor, Randy)
    LJ

    Good link for a free book though :)
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    Agree totally - any chance that queen is an intermittent drone layer ? That would cause tear-downs, or as Jim says - check the mite load. Also - has larvae from another queen been tried using the...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    Well, Radar doesn't tell us precisely how the queens arise during his own making of increase - but if it is using swarm cells, then as I say I'm impressed.

    However, the vast majority of beekeepers...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    I'm impressed. Didn't realise anyone still used swarm cells (that is, those produced by the swarming impulse).

    As the first virgin out kills the others, reducing the count to one (which timing,...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Indeed - bees are used to working under conditions of high humidity. It never ceases to amaze me how arrogant we humans can be in our perception of the world around us: at one point we even believed...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Just realised I hadn't explained that very well. The wax moth was burrowing in the space between the caps and the larva below them, so that when the silky tube (which had created a 'white line') was...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    +1

    But - I do like to use a puff or two when closing-up to save any bees from getting squashed. :)
    LJ
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I've tried about everything and have finally settled on sawdust - as I usually have several dustbins full of the stuff ...

    I find the secret to getting a smoker to light really easily lies in the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Extraordinary - goes to show you never can tell (apologises to Chuck Berry).

    A first for me happened yesterday. I was inspecting a colony and came across a capped brood frame with a white band...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Interesting idea about taping-off some cells. The original Patent talks about painting wax over the face-plate in order to make the plastic surface more acceptable to the Queen - so that's what I've...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    For the benefit of anyone who couldn't follow what I saying about wax build-up in Nicot cell-cups - here's a diagram which might help. Although cells have a few degrees of down-bubble from the...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Yes - that's about it. In my case it's can't - at least not with sufficient predictability.

    Grafting has many advantages - the ability to rear a few larvae from several queens at the same time,...
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