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  1. Humidity - Insulated hive - no top exits

    I have been recording temperature and RH in a top chamber for three well insulated hives, daily, along with external temperature and relative humidity. Internal relative humidity has been dropping...
  2. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    LJ, "It's not an issue of physics at all - it's an issue of biology."

    let's see if we can clarify the first issue, physics and biology relationship. I found this as the best description of how I...
  3. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I keep top insulation on with no top vent all last year. The combination of a good flow year and top insulation produced an incredible yield (just luck too). I did check internal top temperature...
  4. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    Crofter "Wings would not co operate! " - Interesting, logical observation - I wonder how it could be verified - they cannot back in? But what would be the purpose of abdomen first? And the queen has...
  5. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    It would seem all-foam boxes need more ventilation. When I closed the rear vent and fornt vent leaving the exit only a puddle formed in the bottom of the 5 frame EPS nuc. I had to open all vents. ...
  6. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    LJ - "any colony insulation requirements can always be met by the bees themselves by the mechanism of clustering behaviour"

    Do you like reacting to thermal stress situations, physical stress such...
  7. Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I'm keeping mine on, R20 top, R10 sides, no top vent. Based on hive weighing from Nov.2 till a week ago I have not noticed anything out of the ordinary with respect of hoeny consumption. I have not...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I have plenty to do right now. I had a good 1/2 mask cartridge type filter mask for wood working dust. I often use an old hooded, Gortex jacket. The only real issue is getting food safely. The...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I have not read that and I live in coastal RI. The governor has asked the NY'ers coming in, many own summer homes along the coastal areas, to quarantine themselves for 14 days. I believe that is...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Just wait a couple more weeks. BTW, swarming season is on - we are being flooded with NY cars, like it was summertime. Now, I'll never be able to find toilet paper or a ventilator.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    I'm getting my Martian space suit ready to go shopping. When wearing it, Tyvek bunny suit, you are protecting people from you. They should thank you as you maybe asymptomatic. I would consider it a...
  12. Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    I believe the answer is the Veterans Administration which has a mandate from Congress. Now the question is was funding provided or even requested? I do believe the Pandemic team, 400 strong (that...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    I have not had that problem since adding toads and snakes to my garden, 20 years now. But Brussel sprouts are impossible without some kind of help. Cabbage is doable except when a woodchuck and a...
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    Re: Wax moth larva mystery

    I recently read Xentrari like product is being evaluated by the EPA for beekeeping purposes. Likely will be approved but the cost of maintaining approval seems weird and detrimental. But I do not...
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    Re: Honey Storage / fermentation

    I find my neighbors, after being told what it is, love the partially fermented honey. All my honey is checked and below 18%. It is becoming a privarte Reserved Honey.
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    grozzie2 quote "I can say with absolute 100% certainty, this is not the case." Ever hear of the Uncertainty Principle? Personally I am so busy with early Spring, working a little farm, having to...
  17. Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    I have a son with a rare genetic illness that use to cost about $200 per month in today's dollars; been taking the drug for 40 years. Suddenly the price went up, 5-6 thousand per month. It has...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    LJ "I would have liked to have switched-on a small heater inside each hive during the wee small hours - just an hour or two to prevent"

    My hive temperatures have been extremely stable albeit I...
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    :applause:
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    Back to normal in New England

    It was snowing this morning and it changed to rain, In the afternoon it started raining harder and blowing. Then it started snowing again after sunset. Everything is normal again for one Spring day...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: A sign of the times

    :thumbsup:
  23. Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    "Who's job was it to make sure the hospital's etc had enough?"

    Interesting comment as I thought about it as well. I think the root problem is the capitalistic approach to supply and demand. You...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Steady, upper 30's, 12 mph winds today but dry and sunny. So I waited 'til 5:00pm and weighed the hives. The all are still carrying Fall stores, 30 lb or more but it seems they are picking up the...
  25. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    :thumbsup: I like in-depth details. So, if not warming what do the numbers mean?
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