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    They build a queen cell on a board!

    I am in mid-MD. It is swarm season. This pic is of a 6x6 in two 10 frame deeps. It is a nuc from last spring I used for resources and tried keeping small. Going into winter it had 6 frames in top and...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    There was an excellent article in the recent ABJ regarding the "ventilating" hive vs. the "condensing" hive. Agrees with your points. We were always taught to put sticks under the inner cover during...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    Makes perfect sense. A Novice mentioned this as well. I think I agree with you.
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    Good point, Robert Holcombe. We keep a fresh supply of 1:1 on them. Maybe that contains sufficient water? I manage two of these at two different locations. The bees often propolize those vent holes...
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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    Yes, there will be over crowding. Especially after four sides of those already-capped deeps emerge. We will get in there but only after temps are consistently in the 60s. I have cautioned them to...
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    Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    This single-layer OH has a shallow over three deeps. It is in mid-MD. Yesterday Feb 16, 2020 was overcast and 43 degrees. Bottom two deeps are filled on both sides with capped brood! Top deep has...
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    Re: OH design reality check, please

    You might be correct. State inspectors might have a different take on it, though. When a MD inspector comes by my apiary (they are not required to give advance notice) to inspect (often with a...
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    Re: OH design reality check, please

    In MD, all frames must be removable for inspection purposes. I suppose this would also apply to OH.
  9. Thread: Bees starving

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    Re: Bees starving

    With MC of no-cook sugar bricks, I find 10-20% of the sugar on the mite board (I use SBB with mite board inserted all winter). Am in mid-MD. Is that sugar just being accidently dropped, or is it...
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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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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.
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  18. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    I do not do OAV with supers on.
  23. 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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