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    Re: Treated lumber for hive stand

    I try to avoid treated lumber. I would use cedar, redwood, or cypress, depending on what was to hand.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Shear genius. Except every year about this time I convince myself that all my colonies must be dead because I don’t treat, and so many folks say that you have to use miticides or your bees will die....
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    Re: Hive entrance size.

    I use a bottom entrance that is ⅜" by about 13" and an approximately 1" x ⅜" vent in the inner cover (top) 24x7x52 hrs/yr. Keeps rodents out here. Allows bees to control ventilation and not have...
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    Re: Does anybody reverse/flip bottom boards?

    I use ⅜” all year. Works great.
  5. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    That is helpful!
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    Bernard, you’ve got me curious. Do you treat for Varroa in those fixed comb primitive hives? Do you normally requeen them? Do you crush and strain and harvest both the wax and honey?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Mutable and interrelated.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Location. Genetics. Management technique.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Good photos. Great bees.
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Queen excluders between the boxes, wait a week to ten days, look for the box with uncapped brood, isolate that box, leave the queen excluders on, put that box over an empty box and smoke the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    :)
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    This thing I do is do all I can to avoid unnecessary stress to the bees that live in my hives. Most manipulations kill at least a few bees. They also interrupt their daily comings, goings, and...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Thank you!
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Merry Christmas!
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Gray, that is a fascinating thought, particularly if there were uninterrupted, multigenerational artificially inseminated queens. I would think that queens from local feral bees would have a genetic...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I really haven’t in several years since I stopped opening hives and rolling queens. Of course, if I’m not in it, I’m not seeing them when they’re queenless; I’m just seeing a deadout. But any...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    So talk of introducing laying queens got me thinking. I introduce laying queens by the most gradual method I know which is to stay out of the hive as much as reasonably practical and allow the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Same to you. I generally expect the worst, and I have continued to be pleasantly surprised come March. There is a lot of honey in the hives by my standards (particularly relative to the small...
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    :)
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    Cockamamie monkey motions.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Nollaig Chridheil, mi amigo.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I didn’t go very deep into the hives when I was removing the excluders, but the temperature was warm, and the bees’ activity levels were nevertheless low. That reminded me how small (and frugal) the...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Yesterday, I removed the last of the queen excluders from my hives. The temperature was 78 degrees.
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    Re: Win a free Dadant Smoker

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  25. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    :)
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