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  1. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    If insulating the bees in colder climates is the main aim of this new design, you could look to the A-Z hive from Eastern Europe. This is a vertical hive or multiple hives built into a bee house...
  2. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Hi Arnie, There is the 'Mite Zapper' electric heated drone elimination frame that will do that!
  3. Thread: Best Bee Smoker

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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    If you want a battery operated one rather that the bellows, go onto www.wish.com/beekeeping they have a lot there.

    51869But I modified my smoker to make it easier to light, and keep alight, and...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    In Africa bee larva and bee pupa are a sort after food source and, on finding a wild bee nest, often with the help of the honey bird, which is looking for scraps after the man has raided the nest,...
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    Re: Why use a Flume "board"?

    When I made mine using a 2" riser and a tin roof, old towel stapled inside I found that warming it the sun before applying the Bee Quick worked a treat. Also used my smoker at the same time to speed...
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    Re: Monterey BT for wax moth prevention?

    I have used it for the past 6 years but ONLY for drawn out frames going into storage for the winter to protect them from any eggs that may have been layed while in the hive. I have never spray it on...
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    Re: Monterey BT for wax moth prevention?

    The official name for the product is B 401 or Certan. Not sure if it is avaliable in USA but try Canada
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    The official names for bee safe products are B 401 or Certan. Not sure if you can get nit in USA but you may be able to get it from Canada!
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    Re: He didn't think BT was necessary for wax moths

    The wax moth larva are going for the protine, mostly on the brood frames but also in the honey frames.
    Product avaliable as Certane or B401 in the beekeepers supply companies
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    That is the one! I like this one as I can cut out the full drone brood section and feed it to my chickens.
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    Re: Drone vs Worker comb

    It is possible to fool the bees into building ALL drone comb by giving them a frame designed by Randy Oliver where you have a cross bar 50 mm down from the top bar. The bees believe that this is the...
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    Re: Belt Magnet Source

    I found what I was looking for in a magnet from a old radio speaker found at the dump! Free! Priceless!
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    Re: How's it going in the cold

    Over the years I had wondered the same until I started to read about the A-Z Hive that has been used in Slovinia for a very long time. Rear opening hives with frames that are stacked like books on a...
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    Re: Yep, bees in the smoker. Wait....What?

    It would appear that BWrangler has closed his site. The last I saw was on bwrangler.litarium.com but that page no longer exists.
    Pity, as he had some very interesting atricles and drawings which I...
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    Re: Cleaning honey extractors

    Best not to use HOT water, it melts the wax and proplis and it is then hard to remove from the components!
    Just cold water, it is just sugar that you are washing off.
    Re grease the bearings with...
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    Re: Old mystery bee equipment found in barn

    These are very similar to the Japanese hives with the crossed sticks. Very similar to the Warre hives in size. Was your relative from French extraction?
  17. Thread: Mite bombs

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    Re: Mite bombs

    For those beekeepers that wish to be 'treatment free' but not compromise their neighbours with thoughts of a 'varroa bomb' they can always use a number of mechanical methods now avaliable to the...
  18. Re: Heat treatment of varroa mites, anyone have any reviews?

    I have seen the Mite Zapper, which is a plastic drone brood capture frame with electrical wire imbedded in the frame. The idea was to have drone brood, and lots of mites in the drone cells, heat up...
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    Re: Comb fell off top bar

    We had a similar problem with the TBH I made for our bee club.
    After some thought we decided to include a 8" 'T' piece in the middle of the top bar, dividing the comb into to two equal triangles....
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    Re: Nadir an active hive

    With a Warre hive you are imitating a hollow tree where the bees would naturally build new comb at the bottom of the nest for the new season brood and back fill with pollen and honey. The idea to...
  21. Re: has anyone seen this apisolis smoker gadget? I got an advertisement on FB for it.

    Hi JC,
    Drilling the hole and using a blow torch, as explained above, is even quicker than a minute and a lot easier. The smoker material does not matter, so your rolled up cardboard is acceptable,...
  22. Re: has anyone seen this apisolis smoker gadget? I got an advertisement on FB for it.

    Vaping for bees!!!! What next, but no, this looks like a good idea as long as the alternative 'smoke' is natural and not harmful to the bees and has the same effect as wood smoke, I would like to try...
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    Re: Selling last Season's Honey

    Here in New Zealand our manuka honey producers keep their honey crop in drums for at least 12 months before bottling and selling as the UMF (unique manuka factor) in honey increases over time and...
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    Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    If you want to make a small fortune in beekeeping..............start with a large fortune!
    Good luck and I hope you make it!
  25. Thread: Top bar hives

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    Re: Top bar hives

    Top Bar Hives are easy to make as there is no critical measurments except the top bars them selves at 35mm. The rest of the body, ends and roof can be made out of any old timber lying around, even...
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