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  1. Re: Extractor Identification Problem Help!

    Most likely SAF Natura if it is the same as what I bought.

    https://www.safnatura.com/eng/prodotti-lista.asp?cat=spare-parts&qi=e68c94d97bd4cada8f29f195d0cf5d2d

    I'm not sure if anyone in the US...
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    Re: beeswax melting / filtering - need help

    Yunzow:
    "My most recent method - solar wax melter. Passive. This is the first season and it works well. I can see that I will need to do some "clean up" of the heating tray for next season."

    Make...
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    Re: Adding capped honey error

    You can move frames and bees around during a flow but during robbing season bees don't get along.I would have used newspaper.
    You will find out if you see a pile of dead bees outside the entrance
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    Re: Owens Bee Vac - availability

    Probably no longer made due to Brush Mt closure.
    Doesn't look to difficult to make if you have a table saw.

    https://www.johnsonsbeesandsupplies.com/product/extra-cage-for-owens-bee-vac/
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    Re: Plastic Drone Foundation Sheets

    Try a call to Pierco

    https://www.pierco.com/collections/drone-frames
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    A hole in the box just above the handhold is a pia if you don't use gloves.Drill it just below the handhold if you must,what difference does 2 in make.

    I use and have used various types of inner...
  7. Re: Screen vs Solid bottom board in Florida

    Keep this in mind.
    An average deep frame has aprox 4500 cells per side so thats 9000 per frame and 90,000 per 10 frame box.
    The average Queen lays between 1500 and 2000 eggs per day so at 2000...
  8. Re: What do bees do with blood and urine?

    Honey bees seek out micronutrients that may not be readily available in pollen.
    Rachael Banoan has done research and written about this action.She wrote an article in ABJ in 2017 "Why do bees drink...
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    Re: cut out survival

    I would say very similar to swarms.
    A large percentage hived in May and a small percentage in Sept.
    Some queens are great and some are dinks.
    And then you may have high or low varroa loads.
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    Beltsville does not test for viruses.

    https://www.ars.usda.gov/northeast-area/beltsville-md-barc/beltsville-agricultural-research-center/bee-research-laboratory/docs/bee-disease-diagnosis-service/
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    Re: Moisture content

    Rate of drying depends on ratio of surface area to volume.Stirring can mix dryer layers but what a pain!
    If you live in a humid environment,an open container of honey will gain moisture.
    It is best...
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    Re: Best Feeder (top, 8F)

    I run 10 F med. and keep a feeder like this with cap & ladders in every top box, year round, on the west side.
    I have found that bees will take feed in colder weather than with top feeders,the...
  13. Re: Caught a swarm in one of the flower pot style traps

    Shake them into a box with a frame of mixed brood and a frame or 2 of open stores.Screen them in for a day and provide shade.Do it soon before they orient to their new location.Absconding is severely...
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    Re: Did I kill my Queen? NNOOOOO!

    Search the archives for fainting queen.It's pretty common.
    I had it happen twice this year after marking.
    Check for the queen again or for eggs after 4 days.
    I bet she's fine.Queens are tough.
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Smaller,lighter colored bees ,called callow bees,are newly emerged.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/ADEQZbLmK1tpk6ov9
  16. Re: Mouse Guard and Entrance Reducer for Winter

    I use a 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 in piece of 1/2 in hardware cloth ,folded in a V, and pushed in the gap,year round.Bees don't mind.
    For smaller hives or robbing situations,I nail a length of 1x1 on one side...
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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    Don't fool around.Call your bee inspector if you don't know what you are looking at.Mass has one of the best state inspection services around.If you are lucky,you might be in Ken Warchol's district. ...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    Get a refractometer and test your uncapped honey frames.
    You may find that the moisture content is low enough to extract.Or you may find that the majority of your honey is 16.5% in which case a few...
  19. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Your last line says it all!!
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    Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    Perfect alignment is key.
    Try a light tap with a small hammer
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    Re: Hornet Nest

    They serve a purpose in life.
    Leave it alone unless it's a direct threat
    They will die at first hard frost
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    Re: Repairing Lega Extractor

    I would start here.
    https://www.legaitaly.com/en/contacts
    Since Lega is manufactured in Italy, there is a manufacturer named Elba.Try Googling " name serial number"
    Not sure what you mean by "...
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    Re: Drawing comb

    I had about 30 deep green plastic drone frames.Because I am a cheap b****rd, I scraped them clean and ran them through my table saw and cut them down to 6 1/4 in. and now use them as mediums.
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    Re: Drawing comb

    Transition to all meds takes time.Just leave your med supers on your hives over winter and the bees will move up and the Q will start to lay in the upper boxes.Remove deep boxes from the bottom as...
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    Re: Pouring from 5 gallon bucket

    I use something like this but only fill it 2/3 full.Fry oil comes in them so if you look around you can find them for free from restaurants or big grocery stores.Not as sturdy as a bucket so I carry...
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