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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...
  7. 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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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Much depends on your success rate (in getting larvae fed and ready). The wax-propolis mix they use to coat the cell-cup is somewhat sticky, and doesn't break away cleanly - so, whenever you pull and...
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    Re: Giving the Nicot a Try

    Cell-cups can easily be re-used, although they're cheap enough to buy in bulk.

    Before the queen lays in a cup, the bees will 'polish' the cell cup - what this means is that they lay down a coating...
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    Re: Warre progression question

    +1.

    I have never bought even a single piece of wood - can't afford to, as wood is uber-expensive over here.

    I use pallet wood - free - not great wood, sure - but the price is right. All I ever...
  22. Re: Trials and tribulations of Queen-Rearing 2020

    Checked the J-C hive yesterday - one puzzle solved: it had somehow become queenright - and that lady is laying like a train ... But - another question's raised: how on earth did that happen ? Must...
  23. Re: "The warm way" is there also a "cold way"

    Have you never considered using Google for some of these questions ?
    Google "warm way beekeeping" - which returns plenty of examples/ discussions which are already in existence ...
    LJ
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    Re: Caging a Queen

    Therefore THAT queen is already mated.
    LJ
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    Re: Caging a Queen

    But would you want to ? Right up until the Middle Ages (and beyond that, in some places) honeybee colonies were killed wholesale in order to harvest their honey. I wouldn't want to be part of that....
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