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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    Googled average temps for Great Falls And Elliot. Feb about the same, Mar -5 for Eliot and -2 for Apr, ave daytime. Matters a lot where in Eliot the hives are. Inland gets warmer faster. Not doubting...
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    Re: Laying worker?

    I do not understand the dynamics of LW prevention in a winter hive. I accept brood in a summer hive prevents LW, there is no brood in a winter hive so more is going on or most hives would come out of...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    In Eliot Maine I would not be shifting bees yet for a weak hive. Couple of weeks more. Are they are raising brood on their own? The nuc is two frames? Foam followers on each side and foam on top. No...
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    Re: Helping small winter cluster

    I haven't seen a robin yet, trust them more than a groundhog. Got a ways to go yet I think.
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    Re: Laying worker?

    About 60% myself . Cannot tell if domed cells or just shallow cells from converted honey cells. Cells are only as tall as bottom bar. Is that the cluster or are there other frames with brood and bees?
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    Apparently it would run along the lines of UTI prevention. Considering the back end of the average cow in a barn, must be more than chance.
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    Re: My first trap-out

    It's all local isn't it.
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    Re: My first trap-out

    If I was the building owner I would say the longer the better. Best case is they are making a new queen for you and cleaning up all the honey and stores for the owner.
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    I would be concerned running two queens about space. Would be nice and crowded though.
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    Ruth,
    I'm way less fancy than to worry about that. An inner cover, a board and a sheet of ply on top of it all.
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    Re: Easy cell builder help

    A piece of 3/4 scrap screwed onto each side of the bottom fixes the mismatch. Not much effort to try the method which has resource and stability appeal. Basically a vertical split with more than an...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    I expect so, but not until drawing it out. Or at least as they draw it out. Doubt they will simply plug the hole.
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Agree early cold and warm are two different games. As MD indicates he does a triangle early and full sheets later. Center hole instead of triangle was my thought. Earlier switch to worker brood. It...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    If the trigger is feeling the cold, would not a 3 inch hole saw in the middle work?
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    The willingness of bees to move onto the next frame varies a lot to my observations. As much the bee as the conditions. Moving the foundation one frame in with one at least partially draw outside...
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    Re: Acorn frames

    You have a longer window of safety leaving a white frame in the sun before a puddle of wax and a warped foundation results. Square onto the sun angle is a bad idea.
  17. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    what we "know" seem to change with such actions

    And you get at my real pondering. On the face of it interrupting feeding would fly in the face of raising high quality queens. Must be a lesson in...
  18. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    How much jelly is left for the queen at arrival?
    You may get good genes in a relatively poor queen. Nothing wrong with that as long as you have a plan.
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    Re: Global Warming

    jim,
    Well written and thoughtful.
    Did she tell you to go back to where you came from?
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    Re: Global Warming

    Compare to belief that the Constitution should only be read under the original writer's meaning.
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Bear resistant!
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    Re: Global Warming

    Oh I do not know if it is that far. Much about why one view is way too little action and the next view is way too much interference. At least nobody is screaming.

    I know I hate Citizens United in...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Voters are incompetent. Voters are better than the alternatives.
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    Re: Global Warming

    Because they are picked by Party Lines. Or blocked from the floor of the Senate by an extreme party line.
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    Re: Global Warming

    Those incredibly gifted men are the same ones who determined that the Supreme Court was needed. Three checks and balances.
    If they agree with me they are brilliant, disagree they are boneheads? You...
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