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  1. Re: When do you add fondant/mountain camp sugar?

    This is one of countless trials I conducted with damp-set sugar:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/94/05/v5cEERfP_o.jpg

    But as you can see on the left, the bees consume the sugar next to the jar...
  2. Re: When do you add fondant/mountain camp sugar?

    Perhaps I should explain that I endeavour to ensure that all colonies have sufficient feed in their combs (which is where they want it, after all) before Winter sets in, and jars of fondant are...
  3. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Perhaps you're not aware of the closed-cell high-insulation designs as used in countries like Finland ? Not all hives are wooden these days.

    Relatively thin-walled wooden hives suit me well at my...
  4. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    A predictive sensor ? That has the ring of a Nobel Prize about it. :) I'd like about a hundred that can predict when my virgin queens are at risk of predation so that I can lock them in that day,...
  5. Re: When do you add fondant/mountain camp sugar?

    I only use fondant, which is supplied in inverted jars placed above the Crown Board (Inner Cover) and accessed via feeder holes. These are usually put in place during the first week of February,...
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    Re: Kickstarter-related posts

    Kickstarter projects take money off people and provide something in return for that money - that's the principle of selling. If you post about that sort of activity, then you're clearly advertising...
  7. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    On a personal note, I'd like to see Kickstarter-related posts actively discouraged, or even banned. If you have views about this, then you might want to add them to this thread:...
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    Kickstarter-related posts

    It's occurred to me that Kickstarter-related posts are essentially a form of advertising of some kind of product, and perhaps ought to be banned in forums other than 'For Sale'.

    So - just thought...
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    Re: Problem with oxalic acid wand

    Agreed. OA could be put on the wand soaking wet, and it would still work - it'd just take longer. There's either a bad connection somewhere or perhaps an inadequate battery.
    LJ
  10. Re: Winter Lang Hive - size reduction idea(!?)

    A lick of paint - yup - don't know why we say that. No wonder foreigners have such difficulty learning English. :)

    Anyway - I've just found some photos I've been looking for ...

    One year - long...
  11. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Thanks for the link - appreciated.
    LJ
  12. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Where is "there" ?
    LJ
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    Re: Nuc Hive Box Size

    I was going to reply last night in the wee small hours (different time zone) - but was far too tired. And this morning I find that 2 guys have got there (exactly there !) before me ...

    As I see...
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    Re: Totally Black Honeybee

    That's my experience too - often see them causing trouble. Just as the young nurse bees are timid and unsure of themselves - those oldsters are exactly the opposite. "Bold" is exactly the right...
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    Re: High Tech Beehives

    Good for you !

    Ok - fwiw - acoustic monitoring projects first started back in the 1950's with Woods' Apidictor, a write-up of which was published in 'Bee Craft' in 1965, and even 50-60 years later...
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    Re: Long hives from reeds (Dadant).

    Hi Greg - yes, that would make a lot more sense ... That apiary just had the look of a static apiary about it - hives spaced well apart on concrete blocks and so on ... I should have realised.
    ...
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    Re: High Tech Beehives

    Believe me, you really wouldn't want to hear what I have to say about this kind of nonsense.

    Nothing yet invented beats a human beekeeper using a pair of Mk.I eyeballs.
    LJ
  18. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    There was a guy named Storch who wrote a book called: "At the Hive Entrance" - a copy of which can be downloaded from...
  19. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Well it may not be the correct term to use - some folks call it 'civilised' robbing.

    I tend to see this whenever I make-up a late nuc (in a single-yard apiary). It can sometimes develop because...
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    Re: Long hives from reeds (Dadant).

    Unbelievable ! Not so much the use of reeds to make a hive (pity we didn't get to see inside one of them ...) - but rather the sheer number of hives stationed at one location. (identical hives...
  21. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Assuming that identical feed is being given to both hives, I'd say that 'passive robbing' is certainly a possibility with Hive A, and would be worth checking out.
    LJ
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    Re: Modified Hive

    Personally, I'd be inclined to start again - only this time, instead of thinking-up possible projects and then canvassing for feedback - I'd adopt a "Necessity is the Mother of Invention" approach. ...
  23. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Is there any evidence - however slight - to support that idea ? I would have thought it far more likely that mites would transfer directly from one bee to another, as the bees brush up hard against...
  24. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    If you're killing large numbers of mites with VOA - then that method is clearly working as intended, so why change to using something else ? The wand is working and the OA you have is working - the...
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    Re: Moisture Control

    Yes - bees will certainly propolise upper vents - so - with this in mind it might be worth considering venting from below. This is how I've been achieving bottom ventilation with Long Hives for some...
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