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  1. Re: Study: Small Cell does not reduce Varroa mite infestation; it can increase it.

    I'd be interested to see whatever science there is to suggest that theory.

    Some argue that the moon landing never happened.
  2. Re: Study: Small Cell does not reduce Varroa mite infestation; it can increase it.

    Already been done. The efficacy of "drone trapping" has nothing to do with the small cell idea.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fighting-varroa-biotechnical-tactics-ii/

    "Bottom line:

    Drone...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    I tend to overthink and over build things. I did essentially as you described but I bought extra long sides from the manufacturer and manually cut the finger joints in the front and back of the box...
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    Re: Moving out of sheds

    I've never see a storm last this long. Most of southern Manitoba has been at a stand-still since late Monday. Things are improving but still many major highways closed.
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    Re: What frames for cut comb foundation

    Medium, with a simple wooden wedge at top, no added wax etc.

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  6. Re: When did you first invest in an extractor? Recommendations for small scale beekee

    Bought a Mann Lake 18/9 motorized radial our first year (last year). It's a good unit and is affordable.
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    Re: Drone or worker brood?

    They don't look as domed as they normally do. I doubt they'd be workers in the large cells. Those cells are WAY larger than worker cells. Do yours normally look as domed as this?

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  8. Re: foundationless frames in a honey extractor

    I've run foundationless deep frames in my radial extractor with 100% success. The key is to wire the frame so the comb has lateral support. Other than that, they are an excellent honey frame in our...
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    Hive Body Clips

    I don't know what it's called but I know I've seen online a clip that will hold a second hive body to the first one. This clip just slips down over the corner of the lower box and then has a...
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    Re: Extracting advice

    I have a Mann Lake 18/9 and have used it only one season, I've never owned any other extractor but, we like the 18/9 very much. It seems like a well built unit and it works very nicely.
  11. Thread: Smoker

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    Re: Smoker

    IMO, questions to ask yourself, do you want people buying Chinese honey, or YOUR honey? How do you think the smoker manufacturers feel about that question? Make whatever purchasing decisions you...
  12. Re: Using Green Drone Comb For Mite Control

    It's the drone's brood cycle you're wanting to watch. I give it three weeks...21 days, tops then those frames come out and into the freezer. Let those drones hatch and you've just made your problem...
  13. Re: Using Green Drone Comb For Mite Control

    Rotate those frames every 30 days and what you have there is a thriving mite farm.
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    Re: Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    So, I managed to talk to the Dancing Bee and, even though the NOD Bee Cozy is pictured on their site and the description refers to the product as a "Bee Cozy". I was sent what they are calling a Ben...
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    Re: Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    I've been trying to contact the vendor...this is what I ordered...not what I got.

    http://shop.dancingbeehoney.com/products/winter-wrap-bee-cozy

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    Re: Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    Hi Ian. I have two feeder jars under the top super until it gets too cold...then I'll put a 5.5" quilt box on top of the hive, I don't know if I can tuck it under the outer cover at that point. I...
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    Re: Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    I think they are the NOD produced covers. I got them from Dancing Bee Apiary in Ontario...they had no label on them that I recall seeing.

    I've requested an add to that FB group, thanks for the...
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    Re: Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    Thanks Michael. They came highly recommended by other Manitoba beekeepers. Our winters can go to -30C for weeks and lows below -40C.
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    Re: Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    They've been on the hives for weeks...no change.
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    Bee Cozy Not So Snug!

    My first year wintering bees and of course I've never used a Bee Cozy before. They seem to fit rather loosly on my hives. I'm looking for some opinions from those who may have used these before. ...
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    Re: Built Ten New Quilt Boxes

    Thanks for the suggestions. I have struggled with how much ventilation to use. There is an upper entrance on the bottom front edge, the 1.75" vent hole is on the back...near the top...it'll line up...
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    Re: Built Ten New Quilt Boxes

    2x6 actually. I wanted to be able to run a rabbet around the bottom to attach the screen, rather than using cleats...it's just personal preference.
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    Re: Built Ten New Quilt Boxes

    The quilt box is "filled" with wood chips and they theoretically provide two purposes. 1. Insulation from the cold of winter and 2. Wood chips in the quilt box will absorb moisture from the colony's...
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    Re: Built Ten New Quilt Boxes

    Good eye! 1-3/4" in fact. As I recall, I chose that size rather arbitrarily. There's a 3/8" x 1.5" entrance cut into the bottom edge of the box on the opposite end from the vent hole.
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    Built Ten New Quilt Boxes

    I just build ten new quilt boxes and they are ready to be installed. I have a good supply of wood chips this year so I hope this approach works well for the ladies.

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