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    Re: Bee Morgue for Observation Hives

    Cool. But do you mean the bees will drop the dead into a hole instead of removing the dead out the front entrance?
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    Re: Bee Morgue for Observation Hives

    Yes, one of those mud tubs would be perfect if long enough and roughened. Good idea. I like the idea of screening. Actually the one I have has screening. 1/2". Bees have to crawl down through the...
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    Re: Bee Morgue for Observation Hives

    I've often thought that an observation hive could be designed having extra space a good distance below the bottom frames. Dead bees could fall into the bottom space and perhaps the morgue bees would...
  4. Using battery w/inverter and ProVap 110: how many colonies can be treated?

    Yesterday I treated 20 colonies using the ProVap 110. All 10-framers. One single and the rest doubles and triples. (BTW, I treated through a 1/4" hole in the feeding shim placed above the brood...
  5. Re: Too late to add frame of eggs to queenless colony in MD?

    OK. Makes sense. Thanks.

    I agree about the prospects for both colonies. As is often said, our failures are often times our best teachers.
  6. Re: Too late to add frame of eggs to queenless colony in MD?

    Good tips. Thanks.

    Both colonies were treated with Apivar in spring. No treatment since. Ugh.

    The strong queenright hive (#1) has 20% mites with some DWV. But still with lots of brood all...
  7. Too late to add frame of eggs to queenless colony in MD?

    A fellow beekeeper in mid-MD has one double-deep 10 framer with queen, eggs, brood of all stages. The second colony is also double deep, but it is queenless. The second colony has a top box 100% full...
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    Re: OAV injection location

    You might find these two experiments of mine done this past winter regarding OAV from the top to be interesting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5dk52VMUB8...
  9. Selling club member honey at Fair: 1lb jar vs. 1/2 lb jar?

    Our club members are allowed to sell honey at the club fair booth. All have standardized club-provided label. All use standardized jars (queenline). Lid choice up to seller. All sellers allowed to...
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    Re: Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    The idea is not to soak and then reuse. The idea is to soak and then BLAST with water from a garden hose to wash out the now-soggy bee bread.
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    Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    I searched this forum and found helpful posts regarding what to do with extra frames containing bee bread. I have about 12 of them in the freezer. From this year. I'd prefer they be free of bee...
  12. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    I am in mid-MD. All 20 of my medium honey supers have a 3/4" hole drilled just below the hand hold. I am of the belief that the honey super entrance facilitates the coming and going of foragers and...
  13. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    I do not do OAV with supers on.
  14. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    These videos I made recently regarding OAV injected into the bottom vs top of a colony might be of interest to this thread. The second one shows the crystals that form.
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    Really need to feed during dearth?

    I am in mid-MD with 20 colonies. Doubles and triples. 10-framers. About this time of year with the dearth setting in I read a lot about feeding during the dearth. I experimented a week ago and open...
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    I did some experiments earlier this year regarding OAV. I think you might find these interesting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5dk52VMUB8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpTjPWW9Pe8
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    How to treat OH for mites?

    In mid-MD I maintain two OHs. One at Earth Space & Science Lab. One at a Nature Center. Single layer. Shallow frame over three deeps.

    I have never treated for mites. The ESSL swarms every year....
  18. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    Yes, that is what I figured. Thanks for confirming the difference. All nucs are not the same!
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    OK. I understand. I have moved two 5x5 into two double deeps, keeping upper box frames from the 5x5 in the upper box of the double deep. And vice versa for the bottom frames. The third and last 5x5,...
  20. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    My only concern was that when I tried the follower board/foam board this first time, I found 6 of the 10 frames full of capped brood! Scared me. So many bees already there. And now with 6 frames...
  21. I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to do?

    I made several 5-frame deep nucs early spring here in mid-MD. Taken from overwintered colonies, they all made their own queens, are now in double 5-frame deep nucs and are very strong. I have used...
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    Re: Single deep hive or 5 over 5 for winter??

    I am really enjoying this thread. It all makes sense. Yesterday I made 2" foam insulation inserts. I made them long though (19"x18") to fit all the way down in a 2-deep (10-frame) brood box set-up. I...
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    Re: Single deep hive or 5 over 5 for winter??

    Thanks for this. Just what I was looking for. Do your insulation boards have any foil covering on the sides? Will they chew sides of the panels as well as the edges? You emphasize putting foil tape...
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    Re: OH Change locations

    Three weeks ago in mid-MD I moved three triple deep colonies 20 yards on a cold day. Because it was cold, the bees were all inside. I plugged the entrance with 1/8" wire cloth and left them in the...
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    Re: In mid-MD OBH packed with bees! What to do?

    Oldtimer, can you explain how you trap out bees to reduce the population in an OH? Do you attach a cone to the entrance? Don't bees that leave just cluster on the wall trying to get back in? Do you...
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