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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    These hives are not in full sun. They have more beetles than the others. I have to agree with the people who say full sun is a deterrent to beetles. I'll be moving these into full sun as soon as the...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    This colony, in particular, took to the upper entrance quickly.51437

    I went into each of these hives a couple of days ago without smoke. They were not as quick to react to the slow removal of the...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    As AR Beekeeper noted below, there is room for the SHB to be corralled on top of the frames, but the bees don't get up there with them. After reading this comment from AR it dawned on me that I might...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Thanks, Russ.

    I plan to do an inspection today on the colonies I transferred last week from nucs into ten frame equipment.

    I want to see if they are closing the ventilation hole in the front...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I would call it promising in that it has survived three years with one treatment as opposed to many that don't survive after being treated multiple times, a few times a year.

    Also, I was trying to...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Thanks, all. These are good points to consider. I have done eight hives in this manner and am going to refrain from doing any more until after next Spring's honey flow is over. If this doesn't suit...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    If I was trying TF and had only one colony and that colony had survived three years, I would split it at every opportunity as insurance against the loss of such a promising line.

    Alex
  8. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    If I found three mites in one Drone cell yesterday, I would be treating today.

    Alex
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    ARBeekeeper, I have always used popsicle sticks between the inner cover and the telescoping cover in the past and it has been adequate, but with the cloth inner cover I think I need the hole in the...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Thanks for the input. I'm thinking the hole in the upper brood box is the ticket.

    Alex
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    Re: No harvesting?

    I'm a little confused as to the configuration of the hives going into Winter. Were they two deeps only or did they have a honey super also? Down here where I live, they Winter in two deep brood boxes...
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    Re: Lazy bees, too late to re-queen?

    I don't know if any of mine are lazy, but I have some who stubbornly refuse to pass through a QE.

    Alex
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Grins.

    Have you found that they need any extra ventilation, such as a hole in the box? I have since done a few more, but I drilled a hole in the supers instead of the brood boxes to see how that...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    I got mine online at Canvass ETC.

    Alex
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    Re: A new honey color

    Is this the first year you have separated your Spring harvest from the fall? Honeydew makes a very dark honey, otherwise it must be something different blooming. The honey color here changes through...
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    #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    I got this idea watching a video from UoG.
    I did this to nine colonies of various strengths. Some were nucs I transferred into ten frame equipment.

    The telescoping covers come off without any...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    I find it hard to imagine the Drone cares if the Queen mates again after him. He is an insect that has a bigger problem now that he has mated. Pain and death trumps jealously. :D

    Alex
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    I'd say about 20% of my customers quiz me about treatments. When I say, "Yes I treat", they put down the jar until I tell them only with the honey supers off. That's what it's all about for me.
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    I read that earlier today. Strange days, indeed.

    Alex
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    Psm and Gww,

    I agree with both of you, but laws are not passed to keep honest people honest. They are passed so that those who stray too far past the line can be stopped and punished.
    I guess if...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    And I'll bet the EPA would spend a lot more money defending their position than any of us would, or could, for that matter.

    Alex
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    Re: OAV with honey supers

    There is also an argument within the law in regards to "What would a reasonable person believe?" when it comes down to parsing the letter of the law.

    I believe the label means for us to remove...
  23. Thread: In a Bind

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    Re: In a Bind

    In a high humidity area such as mine, the more surface area the bees have to store nectar, the easier it is for them to dry it down. At the end of the season when no nectar is coming in, what looked...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    A cutting torch hand truck comes to mind. They sometimes have large wheels.

    Alex
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    Re: Mann Lake short an Item

    I've never had that response from MannLake. Coincidentally, my internet service has been very slow for a few days.

    Alex
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