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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    There are some people who feel the seven day spacing between treatments was part and parcel of getting swift passage of approval. I think not many sideliners or commercial operators are spacing...
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    Re: Resource hive question

    I think the North facing entrance would not be good for the winter. Drill holes wherever you like in the boxes. Forget about aesthetics! Look at VanceG's many posts about a 1" hole below the handhold...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I have had very good mating return success even though there were no ferals and no kept bees within 3 miles. I think that is due to being within a few hundred yards of a natural drone congregation...
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    Re: Bees not interested

    I have found that gently scraping the caps is not nearly as effective as really raking them up hard, even damaging cell walls a bit. Wherever you leave caps intact they will work around and leave...
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    Re: Queen replacing Queen

    Are you doing any kind of checkerboarding around the brood nest or perhaps giving them a bit too much space?

    With extended bad weather and carni bees, small groups can get isolated and along with...
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    Re: I just killed both my queens, am I crazy?

    When it comes to bees, statistical probability takes second place to Murphy's Law! If any thing can go wrong it probably will, and it probably will be worse than you imagined it would! :p When I have...
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Hello b1rd; you are off on an interesting journey!

    One reason for replacing the frames in the same order and orientation is that they very often have many humps and hollows on the comb face that...
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    Re: Mann Lake Failed Me - Best Premade Hive Box?

    Having a tight fit at the sides of the frames makes them hard to work and more likely to kill bees. Squished bees cause release of pheromones that riles the bees up. I have some boxes made from full...
  9. Re: Not building on plastic frames, what to do?

    It is generally good advice to stay out of the beesiness until the new queen is settled in. If she has been banked she may not start to lay for a little while. There is a caution about feeding when...
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    Re: Why am I losing my Queens?

    Most places in Canada the weather makes local mated queens unavailable till mid June at least, and that would even require prior order. Bigger buyers get first choice. One breeder here did not sell...
  11. Re: New Hive - Some thoughts on my feeding and mason jar setup, help steer me right..

    I would listen to your neighbor. You might give up a tiny bit by not feeding the last ounce possible but you risk losing a lot if they swarm out because the queens laying space was flooded with syrup...
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    Re: Lonely Queen cell

    That queen cell may be a dud. There should be capped worker brood yet at the time of queen emergence.
  13. Thread: Queen cups?

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    Re: Queen cups?

    Hard to tell in that jumble of drone brood. I do not think they are developing queen cells. I tend to knock them off so they dont spook me but it is a good idea to see if you can get a peak in...
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    Re: Running single deep and medium for brood

    Give a thought to where pollen supplies are going to be in relation to the cluster when late winter broodup must start anew. Frames with solid honey can leave the bees pollen starved if that is where...
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    Re: Quaility and Service Issues at Dadant

    If it is on some of the frame structure, "somebody with a welder" might do OK. if it is on the vessel itself, buyer beware. Thin stainless is very unforgiving! Cant tell from that picture which it...
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    Re: Quaility and Service Issues at Dadant

    I remember a few instances here on the forum where it appeared that one party was a real villain until they got a chance to show records of correspondence exchange, with exactly what was said. In a...
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    Re: Disappearing surplus honey

    Pollen or nectar?

    We have probably had similar weather. Rain can wash a lot of nectar out and cold cloudy weather stops flowers from producing nectar. They are blooming but putting very little...
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    Re: Wax per pound via crush and strain

    Unless you have a system to press the melted brood comb the cocoons hold the liquid wax like a sponge! I dont even bother. With 50 hives though, it would be worthwhile to rig up something.

    I...
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    Re: Too many queen cells

    Are you talking about empty queen cups built on the comb or ones with eggs or larvae in them? "Charged cells"? If empty they are queen cups; not till they have eggs and larvae are they considered...
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    Re: Quaility and Service Issues at Dadant

    I ask for more detail because I dont see any completed welds in the picture. I am guessing that what is pictured is the remains a couple of "tack welds" during assembly. It can happen that these may...
  21. Thread: Laying Worker?

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    Re: Laying Worker?

    Not genetically inferior, but their lower body mass results in them being shouldered out of the most favored zones of the drone congregation areas. Their mating success rate is considerably lower...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Certainly not when the underlying problem is EFB! The mechanics of that disease sure knocks the mites off their game! Though I am sure that you have heard enough about that lately to be on top of...
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    Re: bunch of drunk bees out front...

    Sounds like one of the paralytic viruses. Have never had it diagnosed and occasions I saw it, seemed to pass fairly quickly. One kind resulted in them climbing grass stems but wing muscles would not...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    The law of diminishing returns! 80% of the expense and effort goes into getting the last 20% survival.

    Somewhere you need a target that suits your purpose and put your time and money on that...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Not by choice, but I went from 13 colonies to having only one queenright healthy one, and one surviving but queenless. Picked up two nucs and got the queenless hive back on track and should have...
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